California Dreamin’

Theme: California Cuisine

Many people when they hear the term California Cuisine they automatically think of food eaten in California. That is not necessarily the case though. California Cuisine focus’ more on Fusion Cuisine while using local ingredients. Since we have been living in Southern California for 13 years now, California Baja Mexico fusion comes to my mind first. I had never eaten or heard of fish tacos/burritos and California burritos before we moved to California. Oregon Mexican food is quite different. Mostly things with a lot of sauce like enchiladas. Let me just say the fish tacos and California burritos were life changing! I have to say though that my all time guilty pleasure is carne asada fries, which I also had never heard of before moving here. How I managed to go through life with out them, I will never know.


California is very much known for avocados, so it only seems natural to incorporate them into this weeks challenge. You would think that since they are mass produced here that they would be cheaper than buying them in Oregon where they have to be shipped. Nope… they are more expensive here. Smh!! $1.80/avocado, really?!

Since our weather is crazy hot right now (100-106 F), this is perfect. No cooking is required, so you do not have to heat your house up by using the oven or stove. It tastes fresh and and since it’s served chilled it’s also refreshing.

2 cups grape tomatoes, quartered
1 cup celery, chopped
1 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and diced
1 cup red onion, dived
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, diced
1 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
16 oz Clamato juice
2 tablespoons Tabasco
1 lime, juice
1 pound shrimp, cooked/peeled/deveined
Salt to taste
1 avocado, sliced


1. Combined all ingredients in a large bowl except avocado. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
2. Serve with avocado and crackers/chips.



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