Avocados are great. They are rich, flavorful, and good for you.
This tasty food source is finally getting its day in the spotlight and chefs worldwide are enjoying experimenting with this fruit — yes, it’s a fruit!
New and exciting flavor combinations are coming out almost daily. You can get avocado wrapped in prosciutto, crab-stuffed avocado, avocado-stuffed eggs, heck, they’re even experimenting with avocado pizza!
It’s awesome that this fruit is gaining notoriety, but not everyone is on board.
Old Australian men have been claiming that expensive tastes in avocados in particular are the reason that millennials are unable to afford getting into the real estate market, ignoring, of course, massive student loans and the cost of property as compared to wages and inflation,
Billionaire Tim Gurner told Australia’s version of 60 Minutes, “When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each.” Sure you weren’t, dude.
Another grumpy old man named Bernard Salt condescended to creatives and young people in a piece published in The Australian:
“I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop and more. I can afford to eat this for lunch because I am middle-aged and have raised my family. But how can young people afford to eat like this? Shouldn’t they be economising by eating at home? How often are they eating out? Twenty-two dollars several times a week could go towards a deposit on a house.”
From those couple of sentences, you can tell that Salt is the kind of man who would corner a young woman at a party only to spend 20 minutes trying to convince her that mansplaining isn’t really a thing.
Of course these self-righteous old timers neglect to recognize that many young people don’t want to be tied down with the standards of their parents’ generation — houses, cars, mediocre food options. And, oh yeah, young people’s spending habits are roughly on par with their parents at the same age.
As these old men were fuming about this green berry — that’s right, not only is it a fruit, technically, it’s a green berry! — another Australian avocado controversy was brewing… literally.
This time, though, avocado creatives may have finally jumped the shark.
Melbourne’s Truman Cafe is now serving “Avolattes.” That’s right, espresso and steamed milk served in the skin of your favorite berry.
We want to live in a world where everyone is free to explore their culinary imaginations and experiment with new flavor combinations, but there comes a time with all trends and fads that someone takes it too far. It’s hard to tell where the line is, but you can always tell once you’ve passed it.
People on Twitter went nuts about the avolatte, mostly using it as an excuse to make fun of hipsters.
But, hilariously, the cafe was actually just trolling us all with their invention, claiming “it was actually just a joke.” They all had a great laugh until people came in asking for the new product.
Now the baristas at Truman Cafe are stuck in an irony feedback loop where they made and ironic joke that people genuinely like forcing the cafe to wonder: who’s the joke on now?