About a month ago, I bitched about out-of-season avocados, specifically the dark green monuments of Giza on display at my local Safeway, on sale at a seemingly unbeatable price of a buck per. For whatever reason – I, of course, speculate in that earlier post, but can’t say definitively – they were appalling: Watery, mealy, flavorless, an ultimately disgusting pale green mush and affront to guacamole everywhere. Well, today (in point of historical fact, two nights ago) I got to eat my words: Said avocados are now $1.25, but – and this is the important thing – they actually taste pretty damn good. No, not the dense, creamy confection of the mid-summer California version, but still and all, a far cry better than most of my local taquerias have been serving up, and a worthy bridge-loan from last season to next for those of us, myself included, in the throes of mid-winter guacamole withdrawal.
Because, even as I kvetch unrelenting about stuff I don’t like, I try to be fair – harsh, perhaps, but fair, regardless – here is my official Tip of the Hat to the produce buyers over at Safeway: We weren’t even on speaking terms when I wrote that other column, but you just saved my wife’s burrito from its tragically banal meatless destiny, and got my freshly fried tortilla chips their sorely needed fix.