Have you ever written a list of your favorite foods? Avocado is at the top of my list. Yes of course there are other favorites—artichokes, blueberries, a good steak—but avocado is queen of them all. As long as I can remember, my family has always had avocados in the house, either out on the counter ripening, or in the fridge. For a couple glorious years we even had an avocado tree, until it died in a freeze. :-(
Have you ever tried octopus? It tastes a lot like calamari, just meatier, which makes sense given that octopus is sort of like a giant squid. One of my favorite dishes in the whole world is Mexican octopus salad, or “ensalada de pulpo”, with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, and chiles. It’s fabulous as a side or topped over tacos or tostadas. It’s been on my list of things to make for years, but octopus isn’t exactly easy to find at the local markets around here. Lo and behold last week they appeared at the Whole Foods down the street, woo hoo! Thank you Whole Foods, for encouraging the adventurous among us.