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Verdict on the slimcado?

luckyfatima Jul 21, 2011 07:03 AM

Have you tried the slimcado? I read up a little bit on it and it seems to be a specially bred low-fat avocado. Is it good? Gross? What say you?

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  1. crowmuncher Jul 21, 2011 11:02 AM

    No I haven't, but if it's just a Florida variey I have. Never heard of a slimcado, but it sounds like a marketing gimmick. Kinda like "microwavable potato". It's the same thing, just a potato, but if they call it something else they get a new market. A Hass avocado (California) will be heavier than a Florida one, but they (FL varieties) are bigger in size. You won't feel as heavy eating a FL variety (I eat like one a day during season). I have not reserached or even heard of slimcado, so I apologize ahead of time if I am wrong about it being the same thing as one of the lighter, FL varieties.

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      escondido123 Jul 21, 2011 11:11 AM

      I've never heard of it and I live in avocado country. Do you have specifics?

      1. inaplasticcup Jul 21, 2011 11:24 AM

        I've never had it, but it sounds like a really bad idea. :/

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          ediblover Jul 22, 2011 11:34 AM

          That was exactly my first thought. I mean, doesn't it really defeat the purpose of using avocado (that creamy, delicious, fat) in the first place?

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            crowmuncher Jul 22, 2011 11:44 AM

            yeah, it's kinda like lowfat butter; I have them in my yard so I have no choice but to eat the "slimcado" I'd rather be on the west side growing the Hass, but as they say beggars can't be choosers so I make a delicious guac with them all season ;)

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              jennaroo Jul 29, 2011 10:30 AM

              Yes, exactly

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                sunshine842 Jul 29, 2011 11:50 AM

                they *are* lower in fat than a Haas...but it's by a pretty slender (pun intended) margin.

                Marketing as wishful thinking -- ain't it great?

            2. luckyfatima Jul 21, 2011 02:55 PM

              Well, I have one but I haven't eaten it yet. When I lived in Dubai we had different types of avocados at the grocery store, especially African varieties, that looked nothing like the small Mexican type ones I have at my market in Texas. A Venezuelan friend told me avocados are totally different in her country, too. She said they are firmer and never get very creamy.

              Anyway, the slimcado is from Florida, and it is green and very thin skinned. It is also shaped like a 3 dimensional paisley rather than an ovalish avocado. I have one but I haven't cut it yet. There is no wiki on it, I could only find a few blog posts about it. Seems it is a very new thing?

              I'd like to know more about it because I don't want to eat it when it is over or under ripe and then not like it because I ate it at the wrong time.

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                Ladycale Jul 21, 2011 06:50 PM

                You know, I noticed these in the supermarket the other day and was wondering the same thing.

                Google and ye shall receive:


                From the article:
                "SlimCados are green skinned Florida avocados which have grown down here since the turn of the century (18th to 19th that is). Brooks Tropicals has sold them since 1928"

                1. scubadoo97 Jul 21, 2011 07:07 PM

                  Haven't tried it but from the Google images for a slimcado, it looks like a standard Fla. avocado. There must be some difference. You think?

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                  1. re: scubadoo97
                    Altarbo Jul 22, 2011 03:26 AM

                    The sticker?

                    I was curious about this recently. Slimcado has the same upc that Florida avocados used to have. I think they're the same, but I always get the ugly ones.

                  2. sunshine842 Jul 22, 2011 03:34 AM

                    I'm pretty sure that's what we used to call an alligator pear -- or a Florida avocado.

                    I believe they are marginally lower in fat than a Haas avocado, thus the squicky marketing name.

                    I prefer them to Haas avocados to just eat, but the Haas make better guacamole.

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                    1. re: sunshine842
                      LorenM Jul 22, 2011 12:49 PM

                      There was apparently a Haas shortage a number of years ago and the chef where I worked ordered Florida avocados for our guacamole because the price of Haas had gone up so much. He insisted I use them. Under protest I made the guacamole with those flavorless things, customers complained and we bit the bullet and went back to Haas. Florida avocados are good at taking on other flavors, like a vinaigrette, for example, but do not have enough of an avocado flavor to stand as the main event, in my opinion..

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                        1sweetpea Jul 22, 2011 02:16 PM

                        I bought one on the weekend on a whim. In my opinion, it should be marketed as something else entirely. It wasn't unpleasant, but aside from being green, it really didn't taste like an avocado at all to me. It was juicier and sweeter. I can't imagine it holding up in a sandwich or sushi roll, due to its juiciness. I think guacamole made with them would be wet and too sweet. It would be interesting sweetened a bit, frozen and pureed, like a sorbet. I don't think I'll buy them again, though, because when I want an avocado, I am willing to eat the healthy fat and calories and expect a certain creamy texture and rich taste that the slimcado can't deliver.

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                          scubadoo97 Jul 22, 2011 07:16 PM

                          They are great for salads.

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                            sunshine842 Jul 23, 2011 01:27 AM

                            Absolutely -- the firmer flesh holds up terrific in salads.

                            I have to say though, that after 25 years in Florida (including having an alligator pear tree in my yard) -- I've never had one that was juicy.

                          2. re: 1sweetpea
                            JungMann Aug 3, 2011 06:37 AM

                            Pureed in desserts is exactly how I use the Florida avocados. I only recently noticed that the sticker on the produce says "Slimcado," though the signs still say Florida avocado. Either way, they don't have as rich a flavor as the Hass, so I don't use them in guacamole, but they are perfectly fine pureed into shakes or puddings.

                            1. re: 1sweetpea
                              LisaPA Aug 10, 2011 10:30 AM

                              Wow, what's with all the hate on Florida avocados? I've always thought they were better than the ugly little Haas, and usually larger, so you get more "meat". I think they make great guac and have a great flavor, contra all the upthread griping.

                              1. re: LisaPA
                                sunshine842 Aug 10, 2011 10:35 AM

                                shhh, Lisa -- if they all keep hating on them, it means that they stay cheap and plentiful for US!

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                                  crowmuncher Aug 10, 2011 10:47 AM

                                  they are good, it's just that some of us prefer the creaminess of the Haas. It's like the difference between whole milk and lowfat milk. They're both good, but whole milk has a richer taste.

                                  1. re: LisaPA
                                    ferret Aug 10, 2011 11:04 AM

                                    If you grew up with the Floridas, you'll like them, but it is - essentially - a watered-down Haas. Getting more "meat" is only an advantage if the meat is as intensely flavored and, to me, it just doesn't compare to the Haas. Not a gripe, just a personal choice.

                                    There's a reason it's being marketed as "Slim", it has 2/3 the fat and 2/3 the carbs for a similarly-sized portion. So what makes up the difference? Water, and not much else.

                                    1. re: LisaPA
                                      mcf Aug 14, 2011 08:59 AM

                                      They're larger because you get so much more water, not meat. But if you like them better, that's ok with me. :-) I actually like FL ones on salad, Hass for everything else.

                                    2. re: 1sweetpea
                                      alliedawn_98 Aug 19, 2011 04:04 PM

                                      I tried one of these yesterday and was really disappointed. It was difficult to chop and peel in my normal way because the skin kept tearing and it had a weird sort of tissue around the seed. The taste was quite sweet and it was juicy...just different all around. My daughter said not to buy those again!

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                                        crowmuncher Aug 20, 2011 06:35 AM

                                        "was difficult to chop and peel in my normal way because the skin kept tearing and it had a weird sort of tissue around the seed"

                                        fyi as someone who opens an avocado practically everyday in the summer, i know this is not normal; it should come right out of it's own skin and the weird tissue should not be there if it was picked at the right time

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                                          mcf Aug 20, 2011 02:42 PM

                                          Yeah, I've never had those issues with them, either.

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                                  serapharia Jul 25, 2011 10:10 PM

                                  I just tried it today. Saw it at the supermarket and bought it because it was bigger than the Hass (about the size of a mango) and already ripe. I do agree it holds its shape better when cut, hence great for salads and easier presentation purposes. It does taste lighter and sweeter than a Hass, but is still creamy and silky in texture. Sometimes I find Hass is too rich for me so I'm happy to now have a SlimCado option. Hm, I wonder what it would be like if I mixed both varieties together?

                                  1. pdxgastro Jul 25, 2011 11:50 PM

                                    If it's only marginally lower fat than a regular avo, I wish they'd get rid of the 'slimcado' moniker. Sooo bad.

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                                    1. re: pdxgastro
                                      crowmuncher Jul 26, 2011 08:58 AM

                                      but it sells...like the "microwavable potato"...they create the moniker because it works- people will vote for it by purchasing it

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                                        scubadoo97 Jul 26, 2011 10:11 AM

                                        Sad but true.

                                      2. re: pdxgastro
                                        guilty Aug 6, 2011 09:29 PM

                                        The worst part is that the FL avocado actually has slightly more fat than the Haas--but since it's bigger, each "serving" technically has less fat.

                                      3. dinaofdoom Jul 29, 2011 01:35 PM

                                        i'm in tx and these caught my eye at the grocery this weekend.
                                        at first i thought they were small papayas.

                                        when i realized they were avocados, i figured they were just the "summer" variety.
                                        upon further inspection, they looked like large versions of alligator pears i tried as a kid.

                                        i had read, years ago, that avocado fat content will fluctuate according to the seasons.
                                        texans use avocados in lots of different things all yearlong.
                                        the taste really has varied depending on the time of year and where they are from.
                                        most here are the haas variety, but some of them come from south america.
                                        and i guess now we have the slimcado.

                                        i can't see fellow texans embracing them, considering our love of guacamole.

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                                        1. re: dinaofdoom
                                          scubadoo97 Jul 29, 2011 02:07 PM

                                          Way back when in Florida we didn't see too many Hass avocados. Guacamole was made wtih Fla. avocados. I don't remember it being overly watery or bad. Just different. Now I use Hass and rarely reach for a Fla. avocado. With the price of small Hass running near $2 each I may be inclined to revisit days gone by and try a "Slimcado". God do I hate that name. Such marketing BS.

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                                            crowmuncher Jul 29, 2011 02:09 PM

                                            yeah when u don't have a choice (Hass too expensive in FL markets) "slimcados" are great because if u know someone w/ a tree they are free...

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                                          piccola Jul 29, 2011 06:11 PM

                                          The name is silly and I'm sure the larger size more than makes up for any difference in fat content. But hey, if it makes people discover a product they might not otherwise have tried, I'm OK with it.

                                          1. sheilal Aug 3, 2011 02:07 PM

                                            I bought one last week and made guac with it. I was very disappointed. It was "wetter" if that makes any sense. It doesn't have the great avo "mouth-feel" that I'm used to. I'm assuming this is due to the lower fat content. But most disappointing to me was it didn't really have any flavor at all. I had to really kick up the chipotle and cilantro to make it edible. I won't be buying any more of those things. I'll stick with Hass avos.

                                            1. scubadoo97 Aug 4, 2011 05:11 PM

                                              I picked up a couple the other day. They were $1.29 each and the Hass were small and old looking and $2.99 each.

                                              I haven't had one in a long time. Again we ate them frequently when I was very young.

                                              My impression was that yes it was a bit watery and not as rich in texture or flavor but it was also quite sweet and juicy. It also seemed to hold up better without turning brown and mushy if you didn't hit that magical time to cut it. For me Hass tend to go from firm to forming dark spots in such a short time. I just tossed one away that went one day too long. Just wasn't home to eat it.

                                              After revisiting the Fla avocado I will not shy from buying it again. It may not be the best for making guacamole but it can work for many other applications. One being salted and eaten out of hand.

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                                                crowmuncher Aug 5, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                i do that all the time too (eat it out of hand salted)

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                                                  Sam Salmon Aug 6, 2011 05:46 PM

                                                  In short-They Suck.

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                                                    crowmuncher Aug 7, 2011 10:00 AM

                                                    it's free for me so I buy it at a good price...can't grow Hass here; sofla makes up for it with its mangos :)

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                                                    sunshine842 Aug 8, 2011 04:58 AM

                                                    and some lime juice. Yum.

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                                                      crowmuncher Aug 8, 2011 10:49 AM

                                                      yeah, even better w/lime; u just reminded me i need to buy more lime

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                                                  smartie Aug 6, 2011 06:41 PM

                                                  they are cheap if not free down here in South Florida but are nothing special except that they hold their shape in slices. They need a good vinaigrette to add any flavour.

                                                  1. Kajikit Aug 8, 2011 09:33 AM

                                                    From the replies it sounds like it's just a marketing gimmick for a regular Florida avocado. I hate the avocados here in Florida and now I know why... they're watery and tasteless compared to the wonderful ones we got on the West coast that made me think 'oh wow, I guess I like avocado after all!'

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                                                      RaederlePhoenix Aug 9, 2011 01:29 PM

                                                      It wasn't bred to be low-fat as I understand. I think it's good depending on how you make it. Blending it with almond butter can re-fatten it. I made a blog entry about my experience with it here: http://reallyrawraederle.blogspot.com...

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                                                        kathleen440 Aug 19, 2011 09:28 AM

                                                        Oh, good. I was gonna say, as fats go, plant-based unsaturated fats are the healthiest ones to eat! I haven't tried the Florida avocados, but I'm accustomed to the flavor and texture of the Haas.

                                                      2. mcf Aug 9, 2011 01:35 PM

                                                        They're just high water content same old FL avocados. Hass tastes better, has better texture, but FL ones are okay in a salad, they do retain their chunk shapes better.

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                                                          laliz Aug 9, 2011 01:56 PM

                                                          ugh. I don't like Fuerte or Florida avocados under any circumstance so I already know I won't like "slimcados"

                                                          LOVE Hass avocadoes, makes all the difference in the world.

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                                                          1. re: laliz
                                                            Midlife Aug 9, 2011 05:39 PM


                                                            Fuerte avocados are the smooth-surfaced kind grown in Florida. They tend to be watery and have much less richness and flavor than Haas. Given a choice, I'm Haas all the way!!!!!

                                                            1. re: Midlife
                                                              Wawsanham Aug 12, 2011 02:51 PM

                                                              Here in Chile there are Hass avocadoes and a few other varieties (some with a green smooth skin). I think the Hass is the best tasting and creamiest; the others are a bit waterier. Anecdotally, most Chileans seem to prefer Hass--it's also a tad more expensive than the other ones.

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                                                            magiesmom Aug 14, 2011 09:00 AM

                                                            Bleh; not worth eating.

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                                                              crowmuncher Aug 14, 2011 09:51 AM

                                                              had a whole one last night with white rice and salmon; avocado n white rice is so good- even if you have to settle for the FL varieties because it's what u can grow; and if you throw in some slices of raw onion? even better :)

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                                                              Matahari22 Aug 18, 2011 10:25 AM

                                                              I saw the slimcado in the store yesterday, and I thought it just looked like a Florida avocado. The Hass were 2/$5 and the bigger slimcado was $1.99. I was already ticked because the cilantro was $2.99 for a ratty little bunch, so I had to pass. I almost got the slimcado to try it, because I remembered seeing the title of this thread. I was mad at myself for not reading it when I saw it. Lol then I looked over and they had a bag of three Haas for $5.99, so I bought those, because I really wanted the avocado for my tacos, and to make vegan chocolate pudding.

                                                              After reading this, I'm glad I didn't take the chance on the slimcado. I don't think I'd have been happy. I'd rather pay the extra for something I know I will enjoy, than waste $1.99.

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                                                                crowmuncher Aug 19, 2011 03:39 AM

                                                                u wanted them to make chocolate pudding? how do you make it w/ avocado?- i'm so curious :)

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                                                                  Matahari22 Aug 19, 2011 08:23 AM

                                                                  Crowmuncher, it's easy to do. I attached a link for a recipe, but I just throw it in my high speed blender. I do an avocado, a small banana, a little cocoa powder, and a touch of almond milk. The avocado really whips up and it gets to be the texture of pudding.

                                                                  I like my avocados in smoothies, and the first time I blended one up, I was so surprised at the texture, so I googled, and found out you could do the pudding. Happy accident. :)

                                                                  There is a pistachio avocado pudding I'd like to try also. I love pistachios.


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                                                                    mcf Aug 19, 2011 08:43 AM

                                                                    I have a recipe I haven't tried yet for avocado brownies.

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                                                                      Matahari22 Aug 19, 2011 05:32 PM

                                                                      That could be good. I have the black bean brownie, and pumpkin browies on my list to try.

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                                                                      crowmuncher Aug 20, 2011 06:39 AM

                                                                      sounds really good to me...i would have to buy Haas to make it though- thanks for the recipe!

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                                                                        Matahari22 Aug 20, 2011 01:07 PM

                                                                        Yes, that is what I use, the haas.

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                                                                          crowmuncher Aug 21, 2011 09:54 AM


                                                                2. inaplasticcup Aug 19, 2011 06:50 AM

                                                                  Ok. Since I've not seen them marketed as a slimcado, is this avocado that I got last week one of them?

                                                                  If so, I like them a lot, and I think they're so very pretty. :)

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                                                                  1. re: inaplasticcup
                                                                    mcf Aug 19, 2011 07:03 AM

                                                                    They are prettier, I'll give them that. Too watery for guacamole, though.

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                                                                      inaplasticcup Aug 19, 2011 07:16 AM

                                                                      Agreed. I'd prefer the butterier texture of Hass for guac. These have a grassier flavor and a slightly less creamy texture.

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                                                                        mcf Aug 19, 2011 07:29 AM

                                                                        I think it's MUCH less creamy, but I do like it as a cup for crab salad, frex, and with lemon and salt or as a topping for mixed greens salad. I prefer Hass for everything else except looks, I mean, what's fresher and brighter than a FL avocado, right?

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                                                                          scubadoo97 Aug 19, 2011 09:38 PM

                                                                          But they are sweeter. Yes watery compared to Haas has but great on salads or eating straight.

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                                                                        crowmuncher Aug 20, 2011 06:42 AM

                                                                        yours looks so perfectly round; the ones on my tree are longer (like a pear shape) and i guess that's why they call them alligator pears? i spoke to a Jamaican who was calling them just "pears", dropping the whole "alligator" thing altogether

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                                                                          Midlife Aug 22, 2011 06:48 PM

                                                                          No way I could tell for sure without seeing the skin side. Hass are bumpy, Fuerte/Florida/Slimcado are smooth. But I don't think I've ever seen a Hass quite that round, so it's probably not Haas. Actually I don't think I've ever seen a Fuerte that round either, so ???????

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                                                                            scubadoo97 Aug 23, 2011 05:25 AM

                                                                            I purchased a Florida avocado the other day that was pretty round. The color in the photo inaplasticcup posted looks pretty much like a Florida variety but could also be a California variety called Reed. California varieties have a very bumpy skin texture where the Slimcado is quite smooth.

                                                                            Here is a list of many varieties. Note the number from Florida. http://toptropicals.com/html/toptropi...

                                                                            The Simmonds variety looks closer to the Slimcado than any other on that list. The Simmonds also has a very low oil content compared to other avocados.

                                                                            1. re: Midlife
                                                                              mcf Aug 23, 2011 07:27 AM

                                                                              I've seen both roundish and the more common egg shaped FL avocado. You can tell the difference by the bright yellow flesh, compared to the greyer/muddier yellow of Hass.

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                                                                                Midlife Aug 23, 2011 09:15 AM

                                                                                While reading these descriptive posts it occurs to me that I haven't seen any Florida avocados here in my area of SoCal for a very long time. Years. Used to see them at certain times of the year (maybe when local or Mexican sources were not available?). I think I DO remember that the color was yellower than Hass but honestly thought a posted pic could be off.

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                                                                            MysticYoYo Aug 19, 2011 02:55 PM

                                                                            I love them. I originally became a fan because so many times I'd buy a Haas avocado, take it home, cut into it only to find bruised or blackened flesh. Ugh. But the Florida avocados are almost always good inside. I love them in salads, guacamole, or as a delicious sandwich on good, whole grain bread.

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                                                                              scubadoo97 Aug 19, 2011 09:42 PM

                                                                              Agreed. I've bought my share of bad Haas that looked good on the outside too

                                                                            2. crowmuncher Aug 21, 2011 09:56 AM

                                                                              made "slimcado" pancakes for brunch; don't know what possessed me to make them, but I'm glad i did; i make mango pancakes when they are in season so all i did was switch mango for avocado

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