I purchased a $10 margaritas and guacamole class through LivingSocial that I took tonight with my friend Leah at Burrito Bar. SO WORTH IT.
We started with the guacamole, which we made in a mexican bowl called a molcajete. First we added jalapenos (roasted, and about a spoonful), salt (1/3 of a spoon), garlic (I failed on this! did too much! a little bit goes a long way…), and cilantro (a healthy pinch) to the bowl and grinded it together. Mashing is bad, I learned, because it breaks the bowl and doesn’t let all of the flavors blend as well.
Next, I opened an avocado and put half in the bowl. The avocados that are a little softer and smaller with a yellowy-green inside are better for guac making. Then, we added some lime juice and cut the avocado in the bowl into smaller bits. Instead of mashing or mixing everything together, we folded all of the ingredients so that it stayed chunky. Greg, our fabulous, patient instructor and the manager of the restaurant, said that some lower grade guacs are made from frozen avocados and other additives (gross!), which is part of why it should be kept chunky.
The second half of the avocado was then sliced vertically and horizontally, and then scooped into the bowl. We added some pico de gallo (mix of tomato, onion, jalapenos, lime juice, salt, and cilantro) and voila! it was done!
The margaritas were simpler and perfect. No frills, a bit tart, and healthy (right?!). Start with a glass of ice, add 3/4 shot of tequila (blanco…you taste the agave more strongly then in mixed ones), 3/4 shot of triple sec, and a pour of fresh lime juice cut with fresh orange juice, shake (I got a little into it!), insert straw, and drink.
The atmosphere was fun (and hilarious…not everyone is able to sit still or sober in an hour long class!), the products delicious, and the skills concrete. I’m excited to try both of these for my next dinner event! You can take the class too if this sounds good; keep an eye out for a deal on LivingSocial or call Alina (their event manager) at 718-230-8646 to find out when the next classes are.