Avocado, My Long Lost Cousin

I am a California native. Turns out the world’s most popular avocado is as well. That means, despite my complexion being less green, we’re distant cousins. It’s an honor having such an esteemed part of the food chain as part of the extended family.

A couple weeks ago the California Avocado Commission hosted a party to celebrate the avocado and Cinco de Mayo at Ciudad.

Famed chefs, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milken were in attendance to judge a guacamole contest and cook up some delicious avocado-based dishes.

The guacamole contest pitted teams of bloggers against one another in a fierce battle (well, mildly competitive). Both taste and name would be rewarded so I set my teammates (Active Foodie and Gourmet Pigs)to handle the flavor while I worked on the name (read: ate chips).

From the extensive ingredients, the contestants that chose bacon had the edge and won in flavor. We won Ciudad hats for our name- “Ciudado-Cado Relish,” because namedropping always works in Hollywood.

While I drank mojitos and sampled the winning and losing guacamole, the Too Hot Tamales cooked up lunch.

These are fried avocado slices, breaded with poppy and sesame seads. You can find the recipe here.

They were delicious, obviously. Fried avocados are only second to avocados with Marie Sharp’s.

They whipped up a 600 calorie salad- chock full of bacon and avocado. You can find the recipe here.

Next were chilaquiles, which combine chicken, chips, cheese and avocados. The recipe can be found here.

I usually order chilaquiles at CJ’s on Pico and these were five hundred times better.

For dessert the California Avocado’s were simply prepared with mango, yogurt, honey and lime. You can this easy recipe here.

There was also a simple avocado orange licuado as well. It may sound off putting to the untrained palate, but avocados are fruit and no one flinches at a mango, banana shake and shouldn’t at an avocado shake.

I know I keep harping on it, but you have to try avocados with Marie Sharp’s hot sauce. They’re two members of my extended family that belong together after all these years.

For all you restaurant PR people out there, this was a really fun even. The interactive element, the drinks, the elaborate cooking demo, etc. While this was an expensive event, it significantly raised the girls’ stock in my mind. Jan DeLyser from the California Avocado Commission was such a passionate proponent of the avocado she had me talking about them to everyone I ran into. Well done.

Happy Avocado de Mayo!

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