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How I Do Love The Avocado: Mexicans Make Guac For Real!

I’ve said before on this blog that I’m not a gluten for pain. But I sure as hell love a good thing in inordinate amounts even when my stomach is about to give out and my kidneys are at the cusp of causing me to make the ugly face.

I didn’t reach that ugly point last week in Mexico, but I was close. If I counted correctly, I ordered guac 22.5 times in 8 days! Is that possible or disgusting?! If not a single order for an appetizer, I wasn’t bashful to ask for a whopping dallop of the green mush to accompany my main course. It was so bad I even had my dad asking for guac come Thursday morning breakfast.

I love Mexico. It’s one of my favorite Spanish speaking countries to visit. The people are insanely service oriented. The landscape is folkloric yet comfortable and the food is NOTHING like we Yankees try to copy here.

My family goes every 18 months and we always find a new hideaway spot and certainly I’m always on the look out for new food to eat. This time, it was nada nuevo. I don’t know what got into me, but it was all about the aguacate this trip.

Our resort, though being a 5 star enclave, had mediocre food. Like the first night, I ordered sushi grade tuna and the damn steak came back fully cooked! And they had the nerve to charge me for it even tho I sent it back! But it was topped with the green dallop!

Fortunately, we had a full-size kitchen in our suite, so mami and I were able to cook our own lunch and dinner when we stayed in (this required a trip to both the farmer’s market and Walmart–yes walmart–sigh). Going out at night proved to be a challenge b/c of the week-long torrential showers. But that didn’t keep us from exploring new holes in the wall. Well, actually those were left for mid-day. In the event something didn’t sit right around noon time, at least we’d have all day to puke and get it out. Certainly, forgoing dinner was not an option. Have you heard of “hungry girl chemical imbalance” syndrome? I severely suffer from that.

I like to eat at posh places in Atlanta and DC. When I travel though, I like to get my hands dirty and eat like the locals. I like to get “Bourdainish” and try unusual things. Definitely getting off the beaten path. One place that we hadn’t notice in our last two visits to Vallarta was Hector’s Sunset Restaurant. Driving into “El Centro”, we saw this man-made wooden white sign with an arrow pointing to the shore. Sort of.

Quaint and kind of a homey entrance. Not a single guest in the open air patio restaurant. So we sat and ordered. It wasn’t so hole in wall after all, but the food was great. We tore up the smooth and perfectly seasoned guac as the dark clouds were tightening in on us. While I’m hard pressed to keep from being a journalist on this trip, my mom is “stealing” aloe from the shorelines to sooth my sister’s mosquito bites.

After finishing 3 orders of guac and totopos (chips) and our main entrees, we were fully satisfied but wondered why no one else was there. The owner himself made our drinks and the sole female chef grated cheese faster than I could ask to take a pic of the rustic cocina. As we paid our check, a local single woman with two kids came in and had lunch.

(Mom’s shrimp salad, Dad’s grilled shrimp in garlic and Sis’s quesadilla’s)

However, my friends, our visit at “Hector’s”, a 20-year old establishment for the unassuming tourist, doesn’t touch what I did in Sayulita, a real off the cuff village. On a super rainy day, we drove 40 minutes North of Vallarta to this ultra laid back, very Woodstockish, folkloric city.

But, I’ll have to save my adventure as a Mexican for the next installment of my 8 day vacay. In the meantime, enjoy all the guac pics, and some incredible images of the beach at our resort.

Oh, since I didn’t get any of the local guacamole recipes, I link you here to my really good Cuban style one! In the next post I’ll have a recount of the Farmer’s Market and our trip to Sayulita. Part III is yet to be determined, but stay tuned.. may include some goodies I smuggled back into the states!

Viva Mexico!

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23 thoughts on “How I Do Love The Avocado: Mexicans Make Guac For Real!

  1. Wow. I’m hungry now…and I’m actually happy there’s a Wal-Mart in Mexico… never would’ve thought it. Mexico can use all the help it can get to bring it into this century.

  2. That looks like a fun trip. I’ve never been to Mexico and I’d love to experience it and real Mexican cuisine–especially all that guacamole!

  3. I sure wish I could truly explore Mexico – I’ve just had little nibbles here and there.

    And I might well have ordered guacamole morning, noon and night, too.  I think, in many ways, it’s the world’s most perfect food!

  4. Oh that’s beautiful! I love guacamole and I love Vallarta. I could live there. Hey, let’s open up a restaurant there. You think we could make it? Great to have you back 🙂

  5. That is a lot of guac, my friend.  I comes out to be like 3 times a day all week… (is my math right?)  Now I know guac can vary greatly, but were they all radically different?  Did some standout?  🙂

    Love it that you go off the beaten path to eat with the locals.  It’s so much better and authentic, not to mention cheaper 🙂

  6. Welcome back . Beautiful pictures. The food seems so simple yet flavorful and lush. I always love to be daring and eat off the beaten track when traveling. Thats always the most memorable part of the trip!

  7. We sailed to MEXICO, after we were laided from our jobs.  Mexico is perfect for retirees wanting a good life with a steady income from the states.

  8. Nothing wrong with tons of guac! When it’s done right, it’s out of this world. Hey at least it’s healthy and your not stuffing yourself with cake. I agree about traveling, I won’t even travel anymore if I’m going to be locked in a touristy area. You really need to get down to the roots of the country and find the local joints. Ideally, you have friends or some kind of connection to the locals who can take you around. Sounds like a wonderful trip! I certainly hope you ask at least one person there for an authentic guac recipe.

  9. Welcome back “Guac Girl”.
    You need to prepare a little cuban style joint(guac) for the KID!
    Ya Heard!
    One Life. One Love. One Guac.

  10. Wow! Nice trip. Can’t wait to hear more about it.

    I think we share your love for guac over here, too. We can have it with anything and more often than not, just because. It’s football season so the guac n chips bust out on the weekends.

  11. I love guac! I’m always looking for new twists on guac recipes. Great photos as well!

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  12. OH my goodness ya’ll!! I”m so guac’ed out it’s not even funny!!! I had the nerve to got to Chipotle last night and ask for a side of chips and guac!! DAMN!! Something is seriously wrong! I love guac!! And my poor sis can’t make my own recipe! The trip was so amazing and peaceful! The rain really did add a great element. I’ll be ready for the 2nd post in a few days. Thanks so much for reading!

    Oh, Barbara, you are so right! My dad and I were talking about how great it would be to own a home there! Good for you for sailing there. I really do love Mexico!

  13. I can’t wait to hear more about your trip to Vallarta.  I’ve visited there on several occassions myself and absolutely love it.  I must say that each time I visit all I do is eat guacamole.  I never eat guacamole here in the states, but there’s something about seeing guac made fresh right before your eyes that makes you just want to have it.  So I can totally relate!  All your food pics look delicious.. can’t wait to hear more!

  14. GUAC GUAC GUAC. did someone say GUAC? I myself have a mouth for avocado and will eat it and order it whenever I have the chance. Just looking at those pics makes me want it! Thanks for sharing your avocado rich vacation.

  15. Ahhh, the scrumptious wonders of fresh guacamole prepared right before your eyes while enjoying the soothing sounds of the Pacific Ocean waves breaking against the shore, and the last golden gasps of the dying sun on the horizon. How’s that for cheap poetry! 🙂 but I loved the guacamole. Would love to try your Cuban version, though. Keep it up, Bren; great blog. The best compliment is it makes you hungry.

  16. K, J, & David: it’s all about the guac. A friend just coined me “guac girl”! I love it! I can’t get enuf of it!

    Art & Aioli: girl, you know me too! It’s so high in fat but atleast the good type! This stuff really is sinful!

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