And no, it’s not Andrew! Although he’s great. Andrew’s leaving for Bali this weekend and there’s a good chance that we might not cross paths before I leave Timor and he comes back. Se we thought a nice meet up would be in order. We’ve been hanging out about once or twice a week since we’ve both been in Timor, so once last meal was in order.
We chose one a nice place in the heart of Dili – Cafe do Brasil. It’s got all of the culinary greats of Brazil. Feijoada, pão de queijo, brigadeiros! I’ve been a few times and eating there reminds me of the awesome time I had in Brazil last semester.
Sometimes we are adventurous eaters, sometimes we are not. I usually get a lime juice or an orange juice for lunch – they’re made with fresh fruit and they taste really great. I kept on seeing these other drinks that people were ordering that looked a little like milkshakes. Odd, snot-colored milkshakes. It turns out that they’re actually avocado juice. The glasses are given a squirt of chocolate syrup and the avocado juice is poured in. A melted-down, chocolate mixed in version is sitting by us in this picture.
I had heard about avocado juice from traveling around but I always thought I liked my avocados in guacamole, not pureed and mixed with chocolate and slurped down.
I was wrong though.
When Andrew and I meet up for supper, I finally ordered one. And Andrew’s often a “I’ll have what she’s having” kind of guy, so he got one too. It was time to try this drink. So the waitress delivered our drinks and we took our first sip. Avocado-y. Chocolate-y. Oddly refreshing. And then we took more sips. And I think I drank most of mine before my food even came.
I’m sitting in my office with an empty cup of avocado juice next to me. It’s been four days in a row that I’ve gotten this. This might officially be the only culinary thing in East Timor that I will miss (I mean, you can get it in other parts of Asia too, so I’m trying not to feel too sad about it). The avocado juice came at the right time in my summer, when thinking about food is too much. I don’t want to see rice for a long, long, long, long time. Even the foods that I loved in the beginning of the summer, like tempeh, mostly just tempeh, really, have lost their novelty.
So thank you, avocado juice. Redeemer of my summer.
Also redeemer of my anti-oxidant and calorie intake for the summer.