Guilin, China was such an amazing decision for our Mid-Autumn Festival holiday this past September. The weather was warm, it was easy with our little man who was just 10 1/2 months, and there was loads to both do and see. We decided before we left to hire a private tour guide for two days (was fairly inexpensive). This was necessary for us because we needed a good driver with an excellent reputation with foreigners, as there was no way in hell I was putting lil’ G in a car otherwise. If you’ve been pretty much anywhere in China you will understand this. Let’s just say I can’t even take him in a taxi in Beijing because 98% of them don’t have seat belts and I can’t put his baby seat in. Crazy! I digress, this trip was awesome! We went on a beautiful night river cruise, a long day Li River cruise to Yangshuo (big boat), toured the walking street and the area around our hotel (Lijiang Waterfall Hotel-great) daily, went to these amazing caves, and so much more. As a vegetarian, there was an incredible restaurant that surprisingly was part of a hostel, it took me 3 visits to figure this out! Haha. If you’re looking for an area of China that is not a huge & major city this should definitely be on your list! Leave me a comment if you want to know more about what to do, where to stay, or where the pictures are from. Please enjoy!
Why is Guacamole not everyone’s staple appetizer? It is healthy, incredibly easy, and delicious. I use it on sandwiches, pastas, and as a dip. This Amazing Classic Guacamole recipe, though simple, took me months of trial & error (if that sounds long just remember, I didn’t make it everyday!) to find the absolute perfect balance of ingredients for the best tasting (as far as my palate is concerned) Guacamole one can eat. I pretty much top any Mexican inspired dish with this and serve it frequently at my parties. It’s almost as much of a staple as my Classic Hummus, and that is saying something! Bust out your best margaritas and party down, by yourself or with others, I’m always quite happy to party by myself if need be, and dip into your best avocado dish. Party on!
- 4 avocados
- 1/2 C cilantro - loosely chopped
- 1/2 tsp (or more if needed) salt
- 3/4 red onion - diced
- 3 limes wedges - squeezed
- 3/4 C ripe tomato - diced
- Optional: If you want a spicy Guacamole, dice up some jalapenos in there!
- In a medium sized bowl, smash the avocados will all of the other ingredients together
- Mix well (multiple times)
- As a dip with tortilla chips
- As a spread on sandwiches
- On top of pasta
- Or with nothing but a spoon to your mouth!
- *A nice lime margarita on the rocks goes quite nicely at all times.