There are so many reasons to include avocados in your diet. They are a great source of healthy fat, fiber and nutrients. Most importantly, they taste so good. I was able to try avocado in new and different ways during a recent Avocado Walking Tour in Los Angeles hosted by the Hass Avocado Board.
We started our afternoon at the 3rd Street restaurant, A.O.C. If you’ve ever been to A.O.C., you may have noticed the Mexican tile stairscase to the left of the front door. I’ve always wanted to know what was up there and luckily, we were seated in a beautiful private room at the top of the stairs.
We were served an avocado with escabeche, grilled spring onion, cilantro and tuna. It was so fresh and delicious that I tried to remember every taste so I could attempt to make it at home. The dish was paired with a glass of LA Spinetta Toscana Vermentino, a lovely Italian white wine.
During our tasting, dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade talked to the group about how avocados fit into an overall healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy combined with exercise can help reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. We combined those two important pillars of healthy living by walking to our next destination on 3rd Street, which was Joan’s on Third. I was thrilled when we walked in and were greeted by Joan herself.
Our dish at Joan’s was also very good and one that I did replicate at home. It was a brown rice and avocado salad. It was so satisfying that I didn’t think I would be able to eat anything when we got to our third stop.
We walked from Joan’s to Lotería Grill in the Original Farmer’s Market. I already love Lotería, but it was extra special to dine there thanks to our fabulous host, Founder and Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw. He started with a very special black bean dip. The beans were cooked with an avocado leaf and the beans were pureed with shavings from the pit. They were extra rich and flavorful.
Then we had a chilled avocado cream soup. I don’t usually like chilled soup, but it was perfect – spicy and creamy.
I was already an avocado fan, but I’m excited to learn even more ways to cook with it on the Hass Avocado site, which is filled with recipes and healthy living research and tips. Avocado is my go-to fat when I’m trying to stay away from dairy or butter. I talked to Erin about why it’s a good fat and good addition when you’re on a healthy diet plan. You can hear our chat on the MomsLA Podcast (It’s mid-podcast after we talk about our kids and how they don’t talk to us).
For more information on Hass Avocados, visit LoveOneToday.com.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I was treated to a fun afternoon of food and information with Hass Avocado.