November 14th – National Spicy Guacamole Day with Adam Gamwell

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Today’s guest is Adam Gamwell, host of This Anthro Life podcast.

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Hey. This is Paul Kondo. This is the Podcast Gumbo podcast and I’ve got a rhetorical question for ya.

Are you like me and find those things we call National Days, like Cheeseball Day or worse, Moldy Cheese Day, amusing? Yeah, me too. So each week, I’ll have one of my podcast friends challenge me to find an episode related to one of those days and I’ll be releasing it on the actual day it occurs. 

So, let’s get to it. What is today’s National Day?

Hey Paul, this is Adam. I’m curious about National Spicy Guacamole Day. As a person born in Texas, I had my blood replaced with hot sauce at a young age and was raised thinking that guacamole was its own food group. I’m also a sucker for cultural history so here’s some food for thought. The original Aztec word for avocado apparently had, shall we say, an anatomical correlate. Is this true or is this story, I don’t know, nuts? Thanks for helping us solve this important mystery. 

I’m going balls-out on this episode thanks to Adam. There is so much to unsheathe here so I’m going to do it in less than 5 minutes so here we go.

Today, November 14th is National Spicy Guacamole Day. Who out there doesn’t love guacamole? But I have to admit that I’m not sure I’ve ever had the spicy version. All I really know is that guacamole is made from avocados. But that name is only for marketing purposes because a) the real name is hard to say and b) it means testicle. Yup. You won’t look at an avocado the same way anymore. 

I’ll put a link in the show notes so you can learn about the origins of the avocado.

When Adam sent me his request, he also said he now is loving the short format podcast. It was only by coincidence that I found a short podcast for him about avocados. 

For my first recommendation, I’m going with the Nutrition Diva podcast. As I just mentioned, the episodes are very short and I found not one but two interesting episodes about avocados so I’m going to give you both here. Both eps will take a total of 10 mins of your precious time. 

The first episode kinda blew my mind about guacamole. I learned that when you eat something like celery, it’s much healthier to eat it with some guacamole but maybe not for the reason you are thinking of.

The second episode talks about the difference between the California and Florida based avocados. Who knew? 

After listening to those episodes, post your favorite guacamole recipe on social media using the Spicy Guacamole Day hashtag.

My guest today is Adam Gamwell, host of This Anthro Life podcast. This Anthro Life digs into the truth and hope in our creative potential through design, culture, and technology. 

If you are a coffee or tea drinker, take a listen to The Connected Cup episode, where Adam interviews filmmaker and coffee anthropologist Brooke Bierhaus about how coffee and tea connect humans across cultures and backgrounds. 

For our third (really, our fourth) recommendation, Adam recommends the Guts episode from City of Women. If you are a woman, have you ever been called gutsy for doing something… well normal? Is it only brave because you are a woman? Why not give it a listen and find out. 

For today’s Extra Hot Sauce, I dug up what seems like a good spicy guacamole recipe but I haven’t made it yet so eater beware. 

As always, take a look at the show notes for links to all the podcasts mentioned in this episode as well as other life-altering information. To make it easy for you, there’s also a link to a podcast playlist that will contain all the episodes ever mentioned in this show. 

See you next week sometime for another round of recommendations. 

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