I really like vanilla. In its various subtle forms it can be arousing and enticing without overwhelming the palate. What I can't stand is beige. Instead of criticizing vanilla, we should focus our ire on beige, where it belongs.
A surprising thing happened today. I wanted to ask "What's The Most Beige Car Of The Year" but was voted down in favor of What's the most vanilla car of the year?. Sure enough, there was an immediate defense of vanilla. And rightly so.