Jun 302011

Last night we had sliders on the grill and guacamole.  It brought back a memory of  one of my favorite “dinner parties” , a progressive day we planned for another couple. A progressive dinner is usually from home to home but we did a variation and went from event and restaurant to restaurant.  The day was full of funny shining moments and I will give you a few of the silly ones.  Of course things are funnier if you are there with the facial expressions and the follow up comments to the events but I will share anyways.   Our son was the “driver” for the day.  We started the day at noon at an outdoor art fair including vip passes to all the food and sangria we wanted.  The day was beautiful and we had an incredible time.  Late afternoon we stopped in at Bravos for salads and had the most excellent bottle of Bricco Riella  (champagne).  For a long time that was our favorite champagne, and I still have an empty bottle in the wine rack.  We haven’t been able to find it for quite some time and I truly miss it.  From there we headed to Adobo Grill for our main course.  We asked our son to join us for dinner and   it was there that I had a guacamole that I liked for the first time.  It was made fresh at out table, was chunky & creamy with loads of flavor.  I decided I needed to make guacamole at home and set out to make it with our favorite flavors without varying too much.  Thus this is what I came up with.  My daughter makes it the same but she heats it up a bunch with more peppers!  My recipe is at the bottom.  She just doubles the peppers and adds some jalapeno too.

While dinner was being prepared we each drew a card with a silly question to answer.  Needless to say it was so funny and we all got in on each others questions.  One such question was if you could have any super power what would it be.  Justin (our son) answer was the best, invincible, his reasoning I can’t quite put into words (he is very quick witted)   We all had a lot of laughs and a truly good time. Especially when The Hubby and my friend Jenny ordered fish and it can complete with the head and eyes.  Justin just happened to be sitting in the middle of them and each  fish was turned facing him, lets just say he was a bit taken back.   Guess it was only funny if you were there and perhaps because we were getting tired silly but it was a moment to remember.    From here we moved on to Bahama Breeze for Dessert Drinks & to listen to some Jimmy Buffet style music. We had a great time and our buddy Chris decided to see how fast he could take out a 32 oz beer.  He had the waitress time him…30 seconds….stupid!  He is a daddy know…we won’t share that for awhile lol.  At this point everyone needed to be up and moving so we headed to Pinheads to meet up with my daughter,  friends and family.  We started out in the bar with more food and drinks and listened to the band while shooting pool.   For bowling time we had a private room with music of our choice and neon bowling.  When time was up there we decided to bowl one more out in the main alley.    The night still wasn’t over,  from here we headed downtown to a local night spot owned by a NBA basketball player.  Let’s just say most everyone…The Hubby and I dropped off here…..little too much day for us….lol.  Needless to say we all had a good time and it was a night to remember.  Well actually that’s how I remember it…would be fun to hear how and what the rest of the party remembers.

Recipe Type: Appetizer
  • 2 avacodos, mashed slightly with a fork
  • 1 small onion diced fine
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cubanella pepper minced
  • 1/2 serrano pepper minced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Scoop out the avacodo and put in bowl. Slightly mash with a fork. Dice the onion and add to the bowl. Mince the garlic add to the bowl. Mince the cubanella and the serrano and add to the bowl. Dash in the salt and pepper to tasted. Using a large fork mash & stir together trying to leave it slightly chunky. Serve immediately. If you have any left over sprinkle it with a bit of lime or lemon juice and stir in. Refrigerate.


  3 Responses to “Progressive Dinner”

  1. uuuh I wanna do a progresive dinner!!
    that guacamole its looking good!!!

  2. I love this, Karen. I used to arrange progressive dinners all the time. I don’t know why, but I haven’t done so in years. Your post brought back so many memories. I’m going to plan one now!! Thanks for the idea about drawing silly question cards!
    You are a blessing!

  3. What a fun day for you! I love that I know of all these spots you visited…and I agree about Adobo Grill’s guac…SO good! Hope you have some great plans/food for the 4th!

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