Sunday, February 27, 2011

Guacamole Bowl

Yesterday my friend and I embarked on a journey of gluttony. We attended the 8th Annual Guacamole Bowl in Balboa Park. Upon paying our $5 entry fee, we were handed a bag of tortilla chips and some stickers to use to vote for our favorite guacamoles. Out of 30. I was a little put off when the first three we passed had bacon listed in their ingredients, but was mighty happy that every booth had ingredients well displayed so I could avoid those with meat and dairy. We did come across one booth that listed "dairy" and "love" as two of their ingredients. We stayed well away from that booth.

The event was a charity event to raise money for sports for children with disabilities.
It was a really awesome event and, even passing by the booths that had meat or dairy, we still had plenty of guacamole to indulge in.

Everyone was mighty spirited and encouraged us to try their guac and vote for them.

There were decorated tables, costumes and even a theme song or two.

It was really fun reading the ingredients, tasting the guac and then figuring out first if we liked it (we didn't find any we didn't) and secondly what flavors stood out and what made the best ones the best. I was quite a fan of the ones in which I could taste cumin and lime. I was surprised by the contrasting sweetness of the yellow bell peppers in one we tried.
There were pounds upon pounds of fresh vegetables floating around the building.

We managed to stuff ourselves silly in only a short hour. Luckily I had already been to the gym earlier in the morning and ran a 5K on the treadmill (have I mentioned I am going to attempt a 5K run/race on March 26th?) so I didn't feel so bad.

I'll leave you with one final picture that we took extra care to bring to you. You see, my friend doesn't so much like people in costumes, and this guy disappeared and we had to hunt him down. But here it is, for your viewing pleasure.

Hope you enjoyed my guacamole bowl festivities.


  1. People in giant costumes kind of creep me out. I remember seeing a giant M&M at a candy store in a mall once. That was bad. Going to Disney World was even worse. Giant Timon and Pumba = NIGHTMARE!

    I'm a biiiiiiiiig fan of guacamole, but not fresh, whole guacamole. I wonder what's up with that? I really wish we had things like that over here to support charities. We have things like..the Seafood Festival..and the Crawfish Festival...yeah, not so cool.

    Good luck on the 5K! Drink lots of water!

    (You guys should have gone in costume to the Guacamole Bowl in my opinion!)

  2. **I meant fresh, whole avacado. Making posts when you first wake up is a bad idea, lol.

  3. Haha. I had to do a bit of a double take, but I got what you meant the first time. My friend doesn't like the fact that you can't see the people's faces. I, luckily, do not have that fear.

    I think guacamole is one of the greatest things on this planet. I am not a huge fan of plain avocado, but I do love it mashed with some granulated garlic, salt and a little cumin. You can spread that on toast and it is so yummy. One thing that I like to do with plain avocado is cut it into chunks and put it on top of chili or soup and then eat a chunk with each spoonfull. At first the thought of cold avocado with hot soup sounded so unappealing, but now I love it!