Guacamole Day

Day 16 - Guacamole Day Avocados In Bowl Watercolor - Doodlewash

Today’s celebration is all about that wonderful dish featuring the avocado known as guacamole. I chose to doodlewash just the avocados themselves rather than the actual dish, which, in its most basic form, takes some mushed up avocados and adds cilantro, onions, garlic, tomatoes and lime. I love avocados in any form, so I’m equally a fan of guacamole. I’ve encountered several friends who are not really fans, so any trips to a Mexican restaurant with them will start with cheese dip instead. But, if you’re curious like me, this dish was invented by the Aztecs who deemed avocados an aphrodisiac. The name comes from the ancient Aztec word “ahuacatl,” which translates to “testicles,” so they really weren’t being subtle about the aphrodisiac bit. I’ve just learned this fact and will probably never look at an avocado the same way again. Actually, in honor of the day, I was able to coax Philippe into making his amazing fish tacos, which happen to be topped with guacamole. He’s currently working on them now and I’m rather excited to try them shortly. I think I’ll wait to tell him this bit of trivia, though, until after we’ve had dinner.

But, in truth, I love little geeky bits of trivia like this. This site actually contains many of them in my previous posts. Yeah, sure, it’s an art blog, but I have a complete inability to stay on topic. Or, I’d like to think at least, a unique ability to cover the topics that inspire art rather than only the techniques used to make it. Our world is so interesting and I adore learning all of the bits of life that brought us to the things we can often take for granted today. I apparently married well, because Philippe just mentioned how excited he was to watch a documentary later… about pickles. Yes, there’s apparently an hour-long show dedicated to this and he can’t wait to experience it. It’s in French and so I was only able to make out the title, but I’m rather sure that cornichons means it’s actually just a show about pickles. Well, the tiny little French ones often included in a charcuterie board. It’s times like these that the American in me feels a little less sophisticated. I was an adult before I even knew what charcuterie was, and I still don’t really speak French very well.

Tonight, we booked trips to visit family. First up is mine in Texas, set for early December. I didn’t grow up in Texas, nor have I ever lived there, so it still feels a bit like visiting an exotic location. Then, in January, we’ll be heading back to Paris to visit our family there. For me, these trips are such an inspiration from both the stories they create in the moment as well as the ones they evoke from the past. I learn a little something new each time and I adore the experience. Granted, it’s a bit of culture shift to move from Tex Mex to charcuterie, but it’s really not all that different in the end. What I love most isn’t all of the distinct differences, but the incredible sameness that proves no matter where you live in the world, we ultimately experience a rather similar life. A wonderful life filled with bits of trivia and routine that connects us in a very special way. While today’s world often glorifies our differences, I’m just happy enjoying our commonalities. And while I’ve no idea if the Aztecs were right about avocados, I’m thrilled to still be enjoying them hundreds of years later and celebrating my own very special Guacamole Day!

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Vermilion, and Indigo.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
Day 16 - Guacamole Day Avocados In Bowl Watercolor - Doodlewash
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39 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Very nice avocados. Definitely more attractive before the masher! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I totally didn’t know how to make the mashed version look appealing.

  2. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    I’m not a cilantro fan, so I prefer my avocados the way you’ve painted them. One of my favorite things to do is to mush up the avocado so I can use it in place of mayonnaise.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Oh wow! Yeah, Philippe makes an avocado mayonnaise as well! It’s delicious! 😃💕

  3. coolncreative17 1 month ago

    Happy Guocamole Day! I love guoca so much. What a nice watercolour.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕Glad you liked this one! And hope you have a very wonderful Guacamole Day!

  4. Jodi 1 month ago

    oh lucky you to get fish tacos tonight!!!!! and ooo la la – who knows what might happen later!! 🙂 <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Jodi! 😃💕hehe!! I was told early on in life to never kiss and tell. But yes, I always speak the truth in this blog. 😉

  5. LoriCtoo 1 month ago

    Lol, gotta love them! Same as Sandra, I use them in replacement of mayo also. They are also great for your vision! Great job on the painting of them….making me hungry for avacado. ;p

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m a HUGE fan! I love avocados… so good and so versatile!

  6. Lisa 1 month ago

    I do love guacamole! And speaking of Trivia, I got my undergrad degree from US Stevens point. Stevens Point’s campus radio station run the biggest trivia contest in the world! Pretty cool right? I played for four years. Never even won placed or showed!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 And yay! Congrats on your undergrad! And I don’t think, even with all my bits of trivia, that I could ever win a contest either! lol

  7. Chemical-Free Savvy 1 month ago

    I love avocados! Nice drawing, such a talent! 🙂

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 month ago

    Guacamoile looks like green mashed potatoes, not an appetizing image at all. But oh. the flavor. One of my current favorite lunches is guacamole toast – yum! Though I could have gotten though all the rest of my life without knowing exactly what the translation is. I always thought it meant, “Bring your chips and dig in.”

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Yeah, I just couldn’t figure out how to make it look cool in doodlewash form all mashed up! hehe But love guacamole! 😃💕And yeah, we’ll still with the “bring your chips and dig in” definition. The real one isn’t quite as appetizing in the same way. 😉

  9. Sharon Nolfi 1 month ago

    Beautiful avocado! Part of your charm is your ability to move from topic to seemingly unrelated topic with ease.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Aww… that’s the sweetest compliment ever of my rambles! hehe… I just can’t stay on topic, but I hope it all makes some sort of sense in the end. 😊

  10. Anita Sinha 1 month ago

    Nice doodlewash…I have purchased one avacado to try making guacamole for the first time at home…Let’s see how it turns out…

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Anita! 😃💕 And yay!! YUM! I’m sure it will turn out wonderfully!

  11. Rowena 1 month ago

    I’ll never look at an avocado the same way again either, and we do love our avos. Power food!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      hehe! Yes, this definitely puts avos in a whole new light! But they are still so awesome! 😃💕

  12. Margaret Parker Brown 1 month ago

    Oh I love my avocadoes and lucky me I eat them everyday. I am also lucky that I have a Mexican born son-in-law who can make the best salsa and guacamole. Also lucky that I live within 15 minutes of his parents who have large parties with food involved and we constantly invited. I love the differences and cultural and ethnic diversity in our family. Just give it a chance I say contrary to what we are encouraged to fear!! I am a rebel 😊 Love your post!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Margaret!! 😃💕 hehe… and now I’m soooo jealous of your luck! Everything sounds so amazing!! Glad you enjoyed this post!

  13. Carol Cormier 1 month ago

    My husband, who loves avocado, laughed when I share the story about the Aztecs and the origin of guacamole.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      haha! Yay! Glad I could add a little laughter to your evening! 😃💕

  14. Jill Gustavis 1 month ago

    Oh I love guac! I’d actually never had it before I met my husband, but now I’m entrusted with the honor of guac maker for any party we throw. Love your avocados here, since anyone who’s ever tried to make guac with an unripe avocado knows, they’re the most important part!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Yay to that, Jill! 😃💕 Didn’t know you were now a pro quac maker! It’s wonderful! And yes… an unripe avocado is the death knell of quac!

  15. Carol 1 month ago

    Lovely Doodlewash, dear Charlie. I just returned from an enchanting trip to Ireland, and I felt somehow like it was a homecoming (maybe my DNA showing I am 45% Irish had something to do with it – or maybe it was just my imagination!). At any rate, visiting family is always a precious homecoming, no matter where they are. I’m sure you’ll cherish every moment of it – even those fancy French pickles 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Carol! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoyed your trip to Ireland! I haven’t been back in years, but loved every minute I was there. And I’m sure 45% is more than enough to make it feel like home! hehe I, however, don’t have that when I’m in Paris and still can’t speak the language properly. 😊But it’s actual family so that always makes up for the bits I’m lacking.

  16. smzang 1 month ago

    I am not a huge fan of guacamole, but I am a huge fan of your writing and your painting
    and of travel. Both Paris and Texas sound like an exciting get away. Add to it the joy
    of family and I can imagine the anticipation as those dates draw near. It is a while yet,
    but, still, I’ll offer early good wishes for safe travel and grand experiences.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m totally looking forward to being with family again. They’re always such fun trips!

  17. Phoenix 4 weeks ago

    Lovely Avocado!

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