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Guac-pocalypse Now With Robert Earl Keen

Nov 22, 2019
Originally published on March 13, 2020 9:36 am

In the first season of Queer Eye, previous Ask Me Another guest Antoni Porowski broke the Internet by making guacamole with Greek yogurt. Inspired by this, singer-songwriter and Tex-Mex fan Robert Earl Keen tackles questions about other guac-troversies.

Heard on Robert Earl Keen: Texas Troubadour.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

So let's keep rolling with the Tex-Mex theme with a game about guacamole. And to play it, please welcome back our special guest, musician Robert Earl Keen.

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EISENBERG: So, Robert, you recommended a restaurant for us to eat at.

ROBERT EARL KEEN: Yes, Mi Tierra.

EISENBERG: Mi Tierra, and...

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EISENBERG: We went there last night.

KEEN: Yes. And?

EISENBERG: We had margaritas.

KEEN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: We had, like, basically one of everything on the menu.

KEEN: Yes.

EISENBERG: It was delicious - tons of chips.

KEEN: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: And it was - and pastries.

KEEN: Yeah?

EISENBERG: They have amazing pastries. It was - and it was a...

KEEN: Songs? Did anyone...

EISENBERG: Songs - we had songs.

KEEN: Oh, yeah.

EISENBERG: It was a great experience.

KEEN: I know. I always get those guys to - like I always tell them, look; I want to hear the saddest song you know, you know?

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KEEN: And they look at me, like, really weird, you know, because they're always playing happy songs. They're not...

EISENBERG: We asked for a happy song.

KEEN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: They're like, what kind of song you want?

KEEN: So I go, muy triste, muy triste.

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KEEN: And so one time, I kept, you know, hounding them. And they finally played one. And two of the guys started crying in the middle of it.

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KEEN: It was a pretty cool experience.

EISENBERG: Are you kidding?

KEEN: Yeah, no. I'm - no. It's a pretty cool experience, you know? There was - man, when they want to play a sad song, they can play a sad song, you know?

EISENBERG: Wow.

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EISENBERG: You...

KEEN: I mean, if my Spanish was any better, I would've been crying.

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EISENBERG: You got some theater. You got some theater in there.

KEEN: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: OK. So I also understand that you love to cook. What is your specialty?

KEEN: Well, you know, I don't know - just anything that's in the icebox, basically.

EISENBERG: Nice.

KEEN: I mean, I'm pretty good at that, like, let me make this out of this, you know?

EISENBERG: That's great. How do you feel about guacamole?

KEEN: I love guacamole.

EISENBERG: Do you make your own?

KEEN: I make my own.

EISENBERG: OK.

KEEN: Absolutely.

EISENBERG: So here's the deal. We - our previous guest from the Netflix show "Queer Eye" Antoni Porowski famously riled up the Internet by putting Greek yogurt in guacamole.

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EISENBERG: I know. I know. People are...

KEEN: Thank you, San Antonio.

(LAUGHTER)

KEEN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: But it turns out there are loads of examples of unconventional ingredients that people put in guacamole and anger the Internet and the people at large. So...

KEEN: Yeah, I can understand that.

EISENBERG: So we have a game about it. All you have to do is guess the controversial ingredient I'm talking about in this game called Guac-pocalypse Now.

KEEN: Guac-pocalypse Now.

(LAUGHTER)

KEEN: OK, OK, OK.

EISENBERG: Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, raised eyebrows when she revealed the secret to keeping her guacamole green. Instead of adding a bit of lime juice, she adds a lot of what freshly squeezed juice?

KEEN: And who is this?

EISENBERG: It's...

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KEEN: ...Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa.

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EISENBERG: It's - there's a television show. She's a...

KEEN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

KEEN: OK.

EISENBERG: Citrus fruit she squeezes in there, but it's not lime.

KEEN: It's a lemon.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

KEEN: Oh.

EISENBERG: I know.

KEEN: Wow.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's it. And, you know, purists are mad.

KEEN: I mean, that - I wouldn't even think about that. I mean, like, I look over there in the little fruit bowl, and there's no green things over there, I'd grab the yellow thing.

EISENBERG: Yeah (laughter).

KEEN: Yeah (laughter).

EISENBERG: Oh. Oh, people are mad.

KEEN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Avocado prices have been going up lately. And NPR interviewed a food writer who learned that some LA taquerias are saving money by making guac without avocado - I know...

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EISENBERG: ...Substituting with what ingredient instead?

KEEN: This is not a multiple choice thing?

EISENBERG: No.

KEEN: OK.

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EISENBERG: I'll give you a hint.

KEEN: All right.

EISENBERG: Butternut.

KEEN: Butternuts?

EISENBERG: Keep going.

(LAUGHTER)

KEEN: Wow. OK. OK, squash.

EISENBERG: Yeah, I knew you knew. I knew you were playing me, but I love it.

KEEN: All right (laughter).

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EISENBERG: Yeah, calabacitas squash, matter of fact.

KEEN: OK.

EISENBERG: Yeah. This writer said that after a side-by-side taste test, he could barely tell the difference between the squash one and the avocado one (laughter).

(BOOING)

KEEN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Who knows?

KEEN: Does he work for Birds Eye or something?

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yeah, maybe.

(LAUGHTER)

KEEN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Maybe.

KEEN: All right.

EISENBERG: In 2014, Bon Appetit suggested adding a little crunch and a lot of fiber to your guacamole by throwing in a finely chopped stalk of what vegetable?

KEEN: Finely chopped stalk...

EISENBERG: Yeah.

KEEN: ...Of what vegetable?

EISENBERG: Yeah.

KEEN: Celery.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right, of course.

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EISENBERG: And here is your last clue. In 2015, in response to a controversial recipe published by The New York Times, even Barack Obama tweeted that he was not buying what as an ingredient in guacamole? Little, tiny green rounds.

KEEN: Peas.

EISENBERG: Peas, yes.

KEEN: Oh, my God.

EISENBERG: Peas and guacamole - gross.

(SOUNDBITE OF MENAHAN STREET BAND'S "MAKE THE ROAD BY WALKING")

EISENBERG: Robert, you did great. You can see Robert Earl Keen's Countdown to Christmas tour, Lunar Tunes and Looney Times, this December. Give it up for Robert Earl Keen.

KEEN: Thank you.

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