It's National Avocado Day, and so we dug up this guac recipe from a classic, long-gone Milwaukee restaurant.
Do you remember El Condor, the Peruvian restaurant on Downer Avenue that during the ‘80s was below the space currently occupied by Café Hollander? (It was a laundromat called the Wash Tub back then.)
El Condor was one of Milwaukee’s few "walk-down restaurants" and also had food carts that workers pushed around the East Side. El Condor was known for, among other offerings, its great guacamole.
Here's the recipe:
Chunky Guacamole El Condor
• 5 ripe avocados, cubed
• 1 1/2 tsp. salt
• 2 tsp. pepper
• 2 limes, juiced
• 1 tbl. vinegar
• 3 tsp. chopped cilantro
• 1 tbl. oil
• 1 small onion, chopped
• 1 or 2 jalapenos
• 2 small tomatoes, chopped
Mix, taste, adjust accordingly if needed and serve with lots of tortilla chips.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.