It was a big change to move from China to the States. Needless to say, there are so many differences between living in Shanghai and living in San Francisco. Other than directly drinking tap water(it’s awesome!), one of the biggest differences is ingredients!

Avocado isn’t something you can find easily in China, even in big cities like Shanghai and Beijing. If you are lucky, you might see them in a special corner at one of those high-end boutique supermarkets but they are usually hella expensive. In Shanghai, there’s a tiny small grocery store with no name, but the owner of the store has a very well-known nickname – Avocado Lady, as it’s the only place that you can buy avocados at a relatively reasonable price within the entire Shanghai city whose size is 2,448 sq miles and population is over 23 million.

Cilantro and Mango Guacamole

This is why I was so excited to see avocados here in Target, Farmers Market, Whole Foods, etc. They are everywhere. Indeed, I needed to make something with them immediately. I didn’t care what, just something. However, I was so lucky to find a guacamole recipe online and it is simply irresistible – Mango and Cilantro Guacamole. After I discovered this recipe, this guacamole started appearing on our dining table at least once a week. It also appeared at a picnic we went to in Golden Gate Park. I lost count of how many times I have made it. It’s ridiculously delicious and healthy!

Mango and Cilantro Guacamole

Thanks to Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen, I was introduced to the cookbook where this Mango and Cilantro Guacamole recipe comes from, Absolutely Avocados, which contains 80 amazing avocado recipes for every meal of the day. Because of this cookbook, I wanted to learn about the author, Gaby Dalkin, a little bit more, then it led me to her blog, What’s Gaby Cooking. Apparently, the food blogosphere is crazy and wonderful!

Gaby Dalkin

Any of the guacamole recipes on What’s Gaby Cooking are totally easy and require almost no time at all! Plus they are crazy delish!Gaby Dalkin

I had to try another guacamole recipe from Gaby’s site.

Spicy Cheesy Guacamole

How does Spicy Cheesy Guacamole sound? It is not only spicy but also has loads of cheese in it. It sounded exactly like our cup of tea. I went a little further by using habanero pepper instead of jalapeño pepper though. Gaby was absolutely right about how easy and fast to make it, and how delicious it is!

Well, here are the two irresistible guacamoles. I hope you enjoy them! I am making Mango and Cilantro Guacamole again tonight! 🙂

Spicy Cheesy Guacamole

P.S. I asked Gaby what her favorite dish is of all the amazing food she makes. She pointed out that these Chicken Burgers have been her all time favorite. Oh, don’t forget to put guacamole in it! 😛

About the Author

Sharon Chen is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, an author and a sous vide fanatic who believes food not only brings healing but also connection. As the creator of StreetSmart Kitchen, she's on a mission to help you find balance, ease, joy, and simplicity in the kitchen as you improve your well-being.