How To Whip Up The Best Summer Guac

How To Whip Up The Best Summer Guac

A delicious snack for every occasion!
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It’s a warm summer day, sweat is dripping from your brow and you are craving a refreshing, healthy snack. The thought pops into your head “Guacamole.” However, you don’t know how to make it, and when you try, it ends up a green mush of vegetables. After watching many “How-to” videos, you finally give up on your Mexican dip-making skills. Until you come across this gem of step by step directions on how to make the world’s best guacamole in a flash. Say “adios” to your dull, flavorless salsa variation… and “hola” to the best summer snack!

To start it all off, you should make sure to have avocados, lemon juice, tomatoes, cilantro, salt, onions, jalapeños (if you like a little bit of a kick), garlic powder, and a bit of lime juice. These ingredients will coagulate to form a mixture of ripe vegetables and seasonings that will soothe your famished stomach, and leave you craving another fix.

Begin by peeling the avocados, and putting them in a bowl. Take the back of a spoon and mash the avocados until you get the desired texture: this may range from hard and lumpy, to smooth and silky.

Set this bowl aside, and with a large knife, dice tomatoes into small chunks and place them in the bowl. Once you have completed this step, take a moment to stir the tomato and avocado mixture; making sure it isn’t too soupy. If you find that your guacamole is too soggy, add more avocado slices to the bowl.

Next, mince the onions and cilantro into small enough pieces to where you will not have to chew them. Once they are chopped finely enough, dump them into the bowl and continue to mix everything together.

Lastly, sprinkle garlic powder and salt into the guacamole bowl. At this point, you should stir, then taste the mixture. From here on out, it is mostly based off of personal preference. If you feel like it still needs a bit of additional flavor, now would be the time to add a splash of lemon or lime juice. This will give your creation a tangy and flavorful taste, however, if you are someone who likes a little kick to their food, chop the jalapeño peppers and sprinkle them in as well.

The final (and most exciting) step in making your very own guacamole.. is eating it! Get a bag of Tostitos and dig into your delicious, homemade dip!

Chances are, you are salivating while you read this right now and you can’t wait to get home and make yourself some Guac. Now that you see just how easy it is to make this tasty treat, go ahead and give it a shot! The only regret you will have is not learning how to make it sooner.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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My Strange Obsession: Bibibop Addition

I am obsessed with Bibibop.

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I am obsessed with Bibibop.

Sounds strange, right? But it's true.

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to experience Bibibop, Bibibop is an Asian Grill set up similar to Chipotle. You're able to go down the line of food, choosing a base (always go with the purple rice), hot toppings (they all slap), protein (the tofu is to die for), some cold toppings (a great way to try kale for the first time), and a sauce (if you don't get the Yum Yum sauce, you're weird.)

And, let me tell you, the final product is always delicious.

I hadn't been introduced to Bibibop until this past year, but once I tried it for the first time, I never looked back. Now I am constantly craving the taste of the Yum Yum sauce. I usually hit up Bibibop once every two weeks, but if I was rich, I would probably eat it every other day.

Though, admittedly, the prices are pretty good. And they celebrate meatless Mondays with 20% off to anyone who doesn't get meat in their bowl.

Plus, it's pretty healthy. Unlike most restaurants, like Chipotle, where your somewhat healthy meal can instantly become bad for you with the addition of something on the menu, Bibibop's entire menu provides nutritional value and offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Basically, Bibibop is the most underrated and most delicious restaurant in the world, which is why my obsession with it runs so deep. Although I would usually admit that obsessions are unhealthy, I think this one might be okay.

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