Family Fun and Recreating Favorite Restaurant Meals

  August 7, 2013  |    Appetizer

Our version of Rosa Mexicana’s Famous Guacamole


As a registered dietitian and a Mom, I know how important it is to set a good example for your kids. After all, kids often mimic their parent’s behavior and I’ve witnessed this first hand with my kids as I’m sure most of you have as well. It definitely makes me be more cautious with my actions around them—and always have my “game” face on 🙂

The good news is if you can instill good eating habits in them as kids, those habits have a good shot of lasting a lifetime–woohoo!

That’s one of the reasons why family meal times are so great—I feel it’s a chance to show my kids how to eat together as a family and enjoy our time eating delicious and healthy meals together. However, even for me, my best intentions to eat meals as a family sometimes get derailed when unexpected work obligations create a sudden shift in plans. So for my family, we really enjoy the weekends when we take full advantage of the time we can spend together and frequently go out to lunch and dinner—and just enjoy the moments we have together.

One of our favorite restaurants that we frequent is a large Mexican restaurant on New York City’s Upper West Side where they make guacamole to your liking—we love to watch them make it—they have it down to a science and the whole process is a bit mesmerizing. Plus, Summer and Riley always laugh as my husband requests more and more hot peppers in it—and surprisingly, they enjoy it that way! We have so many memories enjoying ourselves as a family while eating there.

Recently, my husband, Scott decided to create the same moment in our house by recreating the guacamole (see photo above)! He went hard core—he came home with his own authentic stone guacamole pot and stone crusher. And guess what, he made his own guac—and it tasted just as good as the version from our favorite swanky Mexican restaurant! (Yep, he knew I was impressed.)

So whenever he wants to hear us sing his praise (“Yum, this is delicious Scott!” “Daddy, we want more!”)—basically anytime he gets a chance, he makes what is now called “Daddy’s Famous Guacamole”) and we all come running and gather around for family fun.

Daddy’s Famous Guacamole


  • 1 large, ripe avocado
  • 1 medium, ripe vine tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 medium-sized Spanish onion, chopped
  • 3 pinches chopped cilantro
  • 1/2-1 small chopped jalapeno pepper (optional– adjust to how spicy you like it)
  • Salt to taste (optional– we don’t add it to ours, but in the restaurant version they add it)


Mash avocado and mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Serve and enjoy immediately!

The family photo above was taken a year or two ago in one of our fave Mexican restaurants – as you can see, we’re all having a good time–  and being silly (well, they are– they didn’t let me in on silly face action!)!

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