The Checkup: The Very Tricky Trick to Making Low-Calorie Guacamole

• Remember when the New York Times published a guacamole recipe that included peas and tons of guacamole lovers round the world were inexplicably enraged while others were all, “Great idea!” Well, I feel this Edamole recipe — that’s guacamole made with edamame instead of avocado — could incite the same reaction. But still, at only 78 calories per serving, it’s worth telling you about, right? [POPSUGAR Fitness] Read more »

Celebrate National Guacamole Day with Free Guac

guacamole-los-camaradas-400Today is Mexican Independence Day (Viva Mexico!), which when translated to ‘murican comes out National Guacamole Day.

Whichever event you are celebrating, Graduate Hospital’s Los Camaradas will be there to help. The Mexican restaurant at 22nd and Carpenter is serving complimentary guacamole with purchase of any bocadito, taco, or plato fuerte. And they will also be featuring $7 cucumber, jalapeño Milagro margaritas. Which we can definitely recommend.

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The Checkup: The Genius Way to Slash Calories Next Time You Make Guacamole



• This is pure genius, people. The way to cut calories in your guacamole? For every cup of avocado you use, use a cup of peas that are blended smooth. You won’t be able to taste the difference, and you can feel way better about not sticking to one serving. Because who ever sticks to one serving of guac? No one. The answer is no one. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: The Super-Easy Trick to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown



• If you thought it was impossible to keep guacamole from turning brown in the fridge, think again! The folks over at Greatist just clued us in to the most genius trick: Put the guac in a container, level it out and pour water over it, then put it in the fridge. The water stops the top layer from oxidizing and turning brown, and when you’re ready to eat it, you just pour the water out and give it a good mix and voila! Green guacamole. [Greatist]

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MANNA’s Annual Guac-Off Returns for Round 3

MANNA's 3rd Annual Guac-Off

MANNA’s 3rd Annual Guac-Off

If mashed avocado is your thing (yet to meet any naysayers there), join MANNA in their third annual Gauc-Off this Thursday, May 21st. The event runs 6 PM – 9PM at Morgan’s Pier, where a ticket snags you unlimited guacamole tastings and a free beer to wash it down. Signature margaritas, alongside a full cash bar, will also be available.

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Cinco de Mayo Roundup: Where to Eat and Drink as the 5th of May Approaches


With Cinco de Mayo just a week away, we over at Foobooz Headquarters decided we could no longer put off going through the folder we had marked, “Cinco de Mayo: Deal With Later,” in our emails. So here it is you tequila and guacamole guzzling heathens: your guide to Philly’s Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo Street Festival at El Rey: The Stephen Starr restaurant is hosting its first ever, all-day (5/5, 2pm-10pm) street festival, featuring Mexican street food (think tacos, quesadillas, nachos, corn, margaritas and agua fresca), live mariachi music, piñatas and giveaways. The festival will be on the 2000 block of Ranstead Street.

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MANNA’s 2nd Annual Guac Off is Back


Get ready to rumble (or at least get your stomach’s rumbling) on Sunday, June 22nd, for MANNA’s 2nd Annual Guac Off. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sonesta Hotel. Competitors from all over Philadelphia, young and old, pros and newbs, will be fighting for the title of Best Guacamole in Town. The competing bunch includes guac-connoisseurs Jose Pistolas’s Adan Trinidad, who was awarded with a People’s Choice Award 2013, and Guerilla Ultima’s Robert Leggett, who was awarded with a Blind Tasting Award 2013. And returning to the competition is MANNA’s youngest competitor, 9 year-old Allison Flam.

Yet the competition goes far beyond the winner. MANNA works to provide those at nutritional risk due to life-threatening illness with meals that are plentiful in both good taste and nutrients. Executive Director Sue Daugherty said, “MANNA works wonders by supplying therapeutic nutrition to the critically-ill, so it makes sense that we’d celebrate a great food source like avocados, packed with vitamins and the source of so many health benefits. The fact that it’s delicious is a great side benefit.”

The lucky judges include Tracy Davidson, Emmy-winning journalist and co-anchor of NBC10 News Today, Roberta Pipito of Homemade Delish, Patty Jackson from WDAS 106.3 FM and Keith Lucas, MANNA Executive Chef and Food Network’s “Chopped” alum. 

And if you’re looking to attend, tickets can be purchased at the door, online or by calling 215-496-2662, ext. 115. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. May the best guac win.

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