Guacamole and a Mystery Meet Dinner Next Week

Today let’s talk about two things: how to make guacamole, and a Mystery Meet dinner next week.

First, guacamole. Avocados are one of my very favorite foods. I love it sliced in sandwiches, chopped in salads, scrambled with eggs and cheese, mixed with mayonnaise in tuna salad, churned into sweet ice cream, topped with condensed milk, made into smoothies, spread on top of toast, and of course: mashed in guacamole.

I love the act of scooping out the tender flesh from the skin, of chopping fresh garlic and jalapenos into itty-bitty cubes, of mashing the avocados with a fork into a smooth yet chunky mixture. Guacamole can be made easily, so easily in fact that when I showed up at a potluck party last week hosted by my friend Megan,  I whipped it up on the spot – because guacamole is always best served as fresh as possible.

so today I’m sharing an easy, no-fuss guacamole recipe

you only need four ingredients! (plus salt and pepper)

Bianca’s Basic Guacamole Recipe

4 avocados
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 jalapeno, with seeds removed and chopped
juice of 1 lime
salt and pepper to taste

Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh onto a big bowl, then mash with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine well. That’s it!

This served eight hungry food bloggers so if you’re making this, I would suggest using one avocado per two people (and one garlic clove per avocado). This is also my favorite guacamole recipe because it is very easy to customize. You can play with it by adding any (or all) of the following:

- cilantro
- red onions
- chopped tomato
- red pepper flakes
- cayenne pepper
- cumin
- chipotle peppers
- even pureed chickpeas, making it a guacamole-hummus hybrid

group shot: me, Christine and Michelle standing, and Elizabeth, Megan, Alicia, and Meghan sitting, with Megan’s dog Gunner in the foreground

My friends brought some great nibbles for the potluck too, which was actually a tortilla party because Megan received a box of fresh uncooked tortillas from Tortilla Land. She made some fried tortilla chips, chicken chimichangas and a margarita cake (!), Meghan made a grilled corn salad (which was featured on Boston.com during the 4th of July holiday weekend since it is the perfect BBQ side), Michelle brought a bottle of Skinnygirl Margarita and her spicy roasted salsa, Elizabeth brought a salad and was Megan’s sous chef for the day, Emily (who missed the group shot) brought some fudge from Maine – and her cute dog Sadie who played with Gunner, Alicia (who I’ve been wanting to meet for months!) brought some veggies for veggie quesadillas, and Christine played bartender and concocted some guava margaritas. It was a very fun afternoon filled with great food and even better company. I’m also proud to say that my guacamole was very well received by the ladies, so I urge you to try my simple recipe because it is a proven crowd-pleaser ;)

Now that we’ve covered guacamole, let’s talk about Mystery Meet . If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am a big fan of this Boston event, which is a monthly gathering for foodies to get together for dinner at a secret location. The dinner happens every Tuesday of each month, and tickets go on sale a week before, but the location of the dinner is only revealed the night before the actual event.

I went to my first every Mystery Meet almost a year ago, at Myers + Chang. I also attended the special Hell Night at East Coast Grill. Mystery Meet has hosted other dinners like food trucks, a pig roast, and even Dining in the Dark. It is such a great way to meet other people who are passionate about food (take note that Mystery Meet is open to everyone) and to discover new restaurants. It’s also fun to figure out the clues each month.

tea smoked spareribs from Myers + Chang

wings of mass destruction from East Coast Grill

So I was ecstatic when I was approached by Seth, who is Mystery Meet’s founder, to host this month’s dinner. I knew immediately that I wanted the dinner to be at a restaurant that I’ve already tried and loved, but also a place that isn’t as popular or well known as the others, because I do want it to still be a novel experience for the attendees (I don’t want people saying, “been there, done that”). The restaurant I chose serves very good food, and the people there are so warm and inviting. And best of all, it features my very favorite cuisine of all time: Italian. Some of the clues are already up on the website.

The July event is next week, on Tuesday, July 12th at 7:30 pm. The dinner costs $40 per person (for the meal, tax and tip – you have to pay for your own drinks).  Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6th at noon (food blogger tickets go on sale today, Tuesday, July 5th). You can buy them online.  If you’re in Boston and are free that night, come and (mystery) meet with us!

   

27 Responses to “Guacamole and a Mystery Meet Dinner Next Week”

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    Nicole @ Making Good Choices posted July 5, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I love making guacamole. I share the same love for avocados also. What isn’t it good in?

    I wonder if NY has anything like the Mystery Meet, it sounds so fun!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 5th, 2011 at 10:04 am

      Hey Nicole, this particular Mystery Meet is just in Boston and SF (for now) but I bet there is something similar in NY too! It’s really fun – too bad you and I live in different states. But I would love to meet you someday!

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    Elizabeth posted July 5, 2011 at 8:59 am

    That guac was fantastic. I would have demolished that bowl if I weren’t saving room for cake :)

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    Lesley Lifting Life posted July 5, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I LOVE guac and just about everything avacado!!

    We have something similar to Mystery Meet called Test Kitchen, but I haven’t yet been able to attend. Congrats on picking the location, that’s really neat! :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 5th, 2011 at 10:07 am

      Thanks Leslie! In a few weeks I’ll see if I can post some avocado-based desserts too!

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    Daisy posted July 5, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Seeing the Tortilla party recaps still make me sad I wasn’t able to make it!!!
    gotta love guacamole, such a staple.

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    Daisy posted July 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I love guacamole! I haven’t had it in all the ways you list above, but avocado will always be a favorite fruit!!

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    Megan posted July 5, 2011 at 11:33 am

    That guacamole was amazing. We basically licked the bowl clean! Thanks again for coming and for making this for all of us! I am checking out your Mystery Meet clues now.

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 5th, 2011 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Megan. There is a typo in the pricing at the Mystery Meet online ticketing right now – but the dinner will be $40 per person (same price for bloggers and non-bloggers) ;) Hope to see you there!

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    Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) posted July 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    yum, i love guacamole! especially if it is paired with beer and good company :) unfortunately i don’t live in Boston, but the Mystery Meet dinner sounds like so much fun!

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    Mrs. Fish posted July 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Great guacamole recipe! The Mystery Meet sounds really fun, it’s such a shame that Ohio can be so boring!

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    RachelJoy posted July 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I am going nuts with all the huge and very CHEAP avocados here in the Philippines…I will try your recipe! All those meats look yummy (drooling).

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    Shannon posted July 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I love guacamole! I seriously cannot stop eating it when there’s a bowl in front of me. What a great and simple recipe to prepare it!

    Mystery Meet sounds like so much fun… I’ll definitely have to check it out sometime!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted July 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    This was excellent guac! I had to situate myself across the table from it to avoid eating the whole bowl :)

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    Michelle Collins posted July 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Wish I could make the Mystery Meet dinner – sounds like a blast! And I <3 avocados, too – I can never not have them on hand!

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    Michelle posted July 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Asians in the back row! Love that photo!

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    Marina @ Yummy Mummy posted July 6, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Wow, the Mystery Meet sounds like so much fun! And avocados are one of my favorite foods too. We planted a tree last year, I can’t wait until it produces avocados!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted July 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

    We seriously devoured that incredible guac! You are totally right, it is best fresh! I would be at Mystery Meet if it wasn’t Eric’s birthday!!

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    purabi naha posted July 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I am so happy to have stumbled upon your blog!! Guacamole is my favourite too. Loved your blog and your photography!! Do visit mine because I know you love Asian (especially Indian) food. Shall come back again very soon!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 7th, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Hello Purabi, thank you for dropping by my blog and the nice comment! I kinda want some Indian food now…

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    shannon posted July 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

    that guac looks fabulous!! i’ve been wanting to attend a mystery meet, off to check my calendar ;)

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    MelissaNibbles posted July 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    The guacamole recipe is so easy! Thanks!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) posted July 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Good guacamole with chips is the perfect appetizer for a party!
    I have plans next Tuesday but I’m seeing if I can shuffle some things around. Sounds like a fun night out :)

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun posted July 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    That Mystery Meet sounds like such a COOL event!!!! I would love to go ot something like that.

    And a Mexican food themed party? Sounds perfect. Love me some guacamole. And skinny margaritas ain’t half bad either. ;)

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    Simply Life posted July 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Oh I got the invite but can’t make it -I can already tell it’s going to be a ton of fun!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted July 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Boo, I totally wish I was in Boston and could come to your dinner!

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    Alicia posted July 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

    YUM – I think I ate at least half of your guac myself. It was sooo good.

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