Saturday: The “This Is Why Summer Is My Favorite” Post

Reason no. 1 of what is going to be a fairly long, running list: impromptu barbecues! 

photo-26After about an hour browsing the (amazing) cookbook section at the (also amazing) Strand bookstore, I was really hungry. I called a friend, who, as it turned out, was hungry too and happened to be at our friend’s apartment in Brooklyn that has a backyard BBQ area (this is where we barbecued last weekend, too). 

A short 10-minute subway ride later, we all rendez-voused at Sunac Natural Foods,  just off the Lorimer stop on the L Train if you take the exit where you pop up by Union Street. We picked up some curry chicken salad, potato salad, a package of hot sausages, requisite buns, and two of the most perfect avocados I’ve ever purchased in my life. Really, they were absolutely perfect: Soft and ripe without being bruised, mid-to-large sized, smooth like butter. Just beautiful. I would pay $1.99 for an avocado every single time and have no qualms about it if avocados were always like these ones. 

The rest, as they say, is history. Since I’ve been raving about the avocados, which were turned into my picnic table (play on tableside) guacamole, here’s the recipe:

photo-25Picnic Table Guacamole 

1 ripe avocado
2 Tbls. salsa
1/2 lemon
garlic powder
salt and pepper

Scoop out avocado into a bowl; add two spoonfuls (or more, to taste) of salsa. Squeeze juice from half lemon; add healthy shakes of garlic powder, salt and pepper. (estimate 1/2 teaspoon?) Mash, mash, mash, with a fork. Eat. Savor.

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