Monday, September 5, 2011

I Will Buy You an Avocado Tree.

Jerry's excitement to be in Mexico was similar to that of a contestant on The Price is Right. It was unrelenting and mildly contagious. He might as well have high-fived and chest bumped his way out of the airplane once we landed.  For the several weeks prior to our trip, Jerry listed for me all the many things he loves about coming to Cozumel, which includes the very first place we ate lunch when we arrived, Sabores.

This "restaurant" is literally someone's house. You walk through their living room and kitchen to get to the backyard dining area. The cook is someone's abuela who is probably making the recipes of her mother, who made them from her mother who made them from her mother. The meal usually comes with soup and your choice of entree. We had mole enchiladas, which were one of the most amazing things I ever tasted! The food was excellent!

As we sat outside, waiting for our first course of guacamole, Jerry noticed an avocado tree in the yard. "I wonder if they made our guacamole from the avocados on that tree."
"Yeah, probably, " I replied. "That's pretty fucking awesome." I do have a way with words.

Jerry, hardly containing himself, asked Carmen, our waitress, in broken Spanish (points for even trying) if our guacamole was made from the avocados on the tree. Carmen confirmed that it was and it was as though Jerry had just been told to "Come on down!" (yes, another PIR reference).

"See, I love this place! It's awesome! Do you think they'll sell us one of the avocados? Do you think we can have one?" Huge grin from ear to ear.
"Ummm....I'm sure we can buy one at the supermarket that we're going to visit three more times today, sweetie." It's not often you go to a restaurant and ask to leave with a bag of produce, right?

Which we did. Which really wasn't nearly as exciting as picking it straight off the tree or the BIG MONEY wheel spin, but we all make concessions.

Avocado-Tomato Salsa

1 fresh, supermarket bought avocado
2 - 3 plum tomatoes, diced
1/2 small onion, chopped
3 - 4 roasted garlic cloves
1 small handful cilantro
The juice of one small lime
1 tsp white wine vinegar
salt and pepper

1. Chop up the avocado, tomatoes, onions, and garlic cloves. Toss together.
2. Add the juice from the lime and vinegar.
3. Chop up cilantro and add to salsa.
4. Generously salt and pepper. There is not much seasoning in this recipe because you want to ingredients to speak for themselves.
5. Stir well and enjoy!

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