Why do so many people love avocados? It’s not just about their mild, slightly citrusy taste; it’s the rich, creamy texture that makes guacamole the perfect foil to a crunchy tortilla chip or a decadent surprise tucked inside a sandwich or burger. This same luscious texture and delicate flavor makes avocado equally delicious in sweet as well as savory preparations.
Avocados smoothies are popular in Southeast Asia, where avocados are treated more like a fruit than a vegetable. Ripe avocados are blended with sweetened condensed milk and ice for a cool, refreshing snack that’s thick enough to eat with a spoon. The flavor is mildly sweet, with just a hint of vegetal avocado. In Indonesia, chocolate syrup is swirled around the inside of the glass for an extra treat.
Avocado smoothies are easy enough to make at home, but you’ll also find them at many local Vietnamese restaurants. They make a great accompaniment to a salty, beefy bowl of pho or are also excellent all on their own on a hot day.
Beach Blanket Bingo
Going Out Guide has the drop on Tom Brown’s latest endeavor, the New York Avenue Beach Bar, a tiki-party extravaganza located in the parking lot around the corner from The Passenger. The bar will feature luau-themed pig roasts, crab feasts, and rum punches, all atop about 80 tons of sand-just like the beach.
Hank’s Coming to the Hill
Hank’s Oyster Bar will be opening a third location in Capitol Hill. The new, 40-seat space will offer more than the usual selection of casual seafood fare. Mixologist Gina Chersevani will be presiding over the new bar, which will featuring nautically-named libations like the “Deadliest Catch” (mezcal, rye, salt water taffy foam) and “Siren’s Call” (Plymouth Gin, pineapple cardamom soda, beet and vanilla syrup). The new restaurant and bar is schedule to open in June.
What a Boar
Cork Market is going whole hog-literally-with their new Whole Animal Grill-Out dinner series Chef Rob Weland will be grilling an entire animal, from pigs to goats to fish, every second Tuesday of the month. The family-style dinners cost $50 per person or $75 with wine pairings. Make a reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Next Best Thing to Going to Church
Feeling guilty about choosing brunch over church? Never fear, The Hamilton has got you covered. Starting on Sunday, the restaurant will be rolling out a Southern brunch buffet featuring live gospel performances. There will be two ticketed performances each Sunday at 10:30 a.m and 1 p.m. at $25 per person for both food and the show. Tickets can be purchased online.
Mostly Jewish Pop-up Bacon
It looks like D.C. is on its way to getting another Jewish-style deli, this time from former Pete’s Apizza chef Doug Singer. Singer is currently looking for a temporary space or food truck to test out his Mostly Jewish Delicatessen before moving to a brick-and-mortar location. The restaurant-to-be will feature house cured meats, including bacon.