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The Guac-Off

I am a little late in blogging about this, but a couple Friday’s ago my work had a Guac-Off (guacamole contest) to celebrate the Super Bowl.

guacs

So much guac. We had nine participants in total.

I have to be honest here and say I don’t even really like guacamole all that much. I think because I just LOVE SALSA SO MUCH so if I am eating my tortilla chips with anything, I prefer to eat them with that spicy tomato deliciousness (and a friggin’ lot of it).

But I do like contests or any sort of competition. Quite a lot. Also, the winner received a bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila, and again, not the biggest fan of tequila, but I think winning is more important than the prize.

So I was on board for the guac-off. And having never made guacamole before, I needed a partner who kind of knew what they were doing with guacamole-making if I stood a chance at winning. So I roped in Evan (who LOVES to cook, have I mentioned this? Score again) to help me.

We went out and bought a ton of avocados (and Corona, as you can see in the background, and we also had tacos for dinner to complete our Mexican night).

avocado

We mashed those babies up with a potato masher, and then just started adding ingredients. We didn’t follow a recipe, or Evan didn’t, because I mainly just supervised and let him take over. He put onions, garlic, tomatoes, lime juice, cayenne pepper and cilantro in the food processor and then just added that to the mashed avocado.

ingredients

Which we then mixed together until we had a beautifully creamy guac.

guac

Which was not quite as fluorescent green as it looks in this picture. My iPhone likes to get excited about colours sometimes.

We thought the guac still needed a little somethin’ extra, so Evan had the great idea to add a little tahini as a secret weapon. I think it was a good call.

Honestly our guacamole was really good. Again, no expert here, but I really liked it. By this time I had been taste-testing guacamole for about two hours so I couldn’t tell anymore whether it was good or not, but the next day I was loving it. We didn’t think it was winning guacamole, but it was good!

We had a bunch of leftover taco beef from dinner, and Evan really wanted to add it to the guacamole, which looking back I think would have been an amazing idea. But at the time I voted that down. I love the idea of buafamole (haha), but I thought people would be weirded out by eating beefy guacamole. I kind of wish we did this though… Ah well. Next time.

I felt confident in my entry for the guac-off. My guac was in good company!

guac2

(my guac is in the middle of the above pic)

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There was some gooooood guacamole kicking around.

guac-friends

Alex on my left had a DELICIOUS and extremely well-presented apple tequila guacamole. He let the apples soak in the tequila before adding them to his guac, and I was definitely skeptical about this guacamole recipe when he told me about it the day before…but it was extremely good. His guacamole bowl was the only one that was completely empty by the end of the guac-off. And Christina on the right made a tex mex guacamole, which was also quite delicious.

Some people chose to bring all their ingredients to work and make their guacamole last minute.

last-minute-prep

Which was a good idea, as then your avocado doesn’t brown.

This guacamole was definitely the best presented:

superbowl-guac

I thought this should be the winner before I even tasted it. So creative. I was kicking myself for slacking on presentation after I saw this.

And then the taste-testers rolled in.

taste-test

And we enjoyed our guac with Mexican beer.

beer

I still can’t get over this beer-at-work thing. It’s great.

In the end,  the winner of the guac-off for both presentation and taste went to the football field guacamole, and one of our interns Christina (not the same Christina pictured with me above).

winner

The boys in the background look a little jealous…

But my guacamole did get three votes for taste! Fine, one was my own…but I didn’t expect to receive any votes at all, so I will take that.

I had an extra container of guacamole left and by then I was so sick of guacamole I never wanted to look at it again. Luckily my friends had a girls’ night that evening to rehash all of our Jamaican stories, and you know we love our food tables… My leftover guac fit right in.

snacks

And that was the Guac-Off. Good times.

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Switching It Up, Mexican Style

Since I have been mostly eating leftover turkey, ham, and stuffing for the last few days, when my friend Lisa (my Running Date date) asked me yesterday if I wanted to hit up a new Mexican restaurant in her Toronto neighbourhood, I was immediately down. I needed some new flavours in my life.

The restaurant was called Guacamole and was located on St. Clair West.

(pic from their Facebook page)

I love Mexican food, and I make it often for dinner, but for some reason I rarely go out for Mexican. This definitely needs to change. Our lunch was amazing!

We started with complimentary homemade tortilla chips (which were still warm), guacamole and salsa.

We demolished the chips in minutes, and were immediately brought a second round. That guacamole was really garlicky, and really good.

The menu was very informative.

We loved that they included the Wikipedia definition of a taco on their menu, in case anyone is unsure. Very helpful. And do you hear that McDonalds and Tim Hortons (Hourtons)? You are selling tacos!

I ended up ordering the chicken enchiladas, which came with rice and black beans on the side.

Holy mother of all things delicious, those were good. A huge portion for lunch (that would be my only complaint about this place – no lunch menu), and I had planned on packing half of my plate up and saving it for later, but nope. I ate it all. So good.

Lisa ordered the tilapia, which I had a bite of. It was also delicious.

We were really impressed with this place. I’d totally go again. Our server was pretty awesome also.

What is your favourite ethnic food?

I don’t know if I can decide. I really love Japanese, Thai, and Mexican. Oh, and Greek. And Italian!

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