Yuck or Yum: Guacamole


I’m not afraid of guacamole like I am mustard, Ranch dressing and Sriracha. In fact, for most of my life I was intrigued by this avocado-based dip but never had the confidence to try it. The main ingredient is not something I enjoy, after all. Then I met Mitch. Whether it was a late-night Chipotle run during college or an ordinary dinner at the local Mexican Restaurant, Mitch always orders guacamole.

YY7 - Guacamole (Ingrid)In the past year, I’ve decided to see what the big deal is. I started by cautiously dipping the large tortilla chip I could find into the creamy green dip. I was always careful not to attach too much dip to the chip – the amount of a frozen pea along the base of the chip, at most. This way, I tested the authenticity of the  guacamole without committing too much. All guacamole dips are different; I can detect the good ones from the bad with the slightest taste.

It wasn’t until Thanksgiving Day 2015 that the minuscule amount of guacamole on my chip turned into a small dollop. For an appetizer, Mitch’s sister Ella made the best guacamole that I’ve ever had – I’m actually having trouble finding one to match her delicious recipe. I often crave Ella’s guacamole and wish she could be my personal guacamole chef or somehow transport a bowl of it from her kitchen in San Fransisco to mine in Las Vegas. She set the standard high, perhaps too high for my picky taste buds.YUM

That day was a turning point for me. I now (almost) consider ordering a side of guacamole on my own and my life has become that much more expensive because of it.

Pickin’ Your Brain:

  • What is your favorite dipping sauce?