Bestie in the house! Hooray! Jenny and I have had such a fun weekend together so far, and the fun will continue until she has to leave tomorrow evening. Her and the man, Frank, arrived on Friday. I had some friends over for a BBQ that night. We grilled up some carne asada, topped it with some amazing homemade guacamole, and served it with a delicious, summery, panzanella salad. If you like guacamole, let me share a little secret resource with you. Gaby Dalkin, chef, blogger, and guacamole addict, writes an excellent blog Whatsgabycooking.com where she shares her MANY guacamole recipes. (The one featured today is cajun shrimp guacamole!) I chose to make her cumin and charred corn guacamole for my BBQ.
Cumin and Charred Corn Guacamole recipe from whatsgabycooking.com
- 3 Hass avocados
- 1 Lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1 ear of corn, cleaned and grilled
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Brush the cleaned ear of corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place onto a heated BBQ and let sit for a 3 minutes or so on each side until slightly blackened. Remove from grill and let cool. Once cool, cut the kernels off and set aside.
- Combine the avocado flesh, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, cumin, salt and pepper into a large bowl and mash together with a fork. Add the charred corn and combine. Serve with freshly made tortilla chips
On Saturday, the weather was perfect, so we had a little pool party complete with some early afternoon cocktails! It felt great to be able to kick back and relax in the sun. In the evening, we headed over to a friend’s house for a going away party for one of our homies, Adam, who is moving to NorCal to start his stint in the Air Force. Adam loves to wear something called “the gray blog” (named by his wife, Courtney) which is a pair of gray sweatpants paired with an oversized gray sweatshirt. In his honor, this was a gray blob party, so everyone wore their sweats! It was actually kind of nice considering how much we ate, including this ridiculous cake I made for the occasion.
(3 layers of devils food cake, 2 layers chocolate ice cream, 2 layers of oreo/choc syrup blend)
Leila came, and wore her mini, gray, baby blob, and got to meet Jenny for the first time. She was cute as ever! The evening wrapped up with some white russians and a dance party.
Needless to say, we were a tad hungover on Sunday, so we rehabbed poolside again. I’m so happy the weather has been so nice since last year when Jenny was here, the weather was cold and terrible. Sunday evening we went to eat some amazing Italian food at Bencotto Italian Kitchen, which was recently named “best Italian restaurant” by San Diego magazine. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! From the squash blossom appetizers all the way through to the semifreddo dessert, each course was amazing (and so was the wine). We had a really great time.
Today we’ve got big plans to cruise down to the boardwalk on our bikes, and enjoy and oceanfront lunch! Hope everyone else has enjoyed their weekend as much as me! I’m super happy to have a short work week this week AND next week due to the 4th of July holiday! I LOVE SUMMER!