In his weekend column in the Australian, Baby Boomer journo Bernard Salt managed to turn smashed avocado into an emblem of millennial indulgence and kick-off a cross-generational national debate.
How? Basically by claiming the popular breakfast item is the reason that millenials are unable to afford housing.
“I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop and more,” he writes. “Twenty-two dollars several times a week could go towards a deposit on a house.”
Being reasonable people, we at Broadsheet decided to take Salt’s advice on board, and collaborated with a few Perth cafes to offer some “home savers” smashed avo off-menu specials this weekend.
Salt’s comments clearly resonated with Jesse Blake, the young gun chef behind Petition Kitchen at State Buildings. This weekend, he’s doing his fellow millennials a solid by offering them the “Smash it Yourself”, a combination of avocado, a sweetcorn and potato fritter and jamon vinaigrette. The price of admission for four ingredients cooked with care? $12. Knowing each mouthful is bringing you ever-so-closer to home ownership? Priceless.
Usually a side on the breakfast menus at both the original and West Leederville Mary Street Bakery outposts, avocado gets its chance to shine this weekend. Presenting “Smashed Avocado and Crushed Dreams: an Ode to Misspent Youth”: smashed avo, crushed peas, mint and lemon on sourdough, all for just $12. At this rate, you’ll be rigging up the Hill’s Hoist in your new backyard by Christmas.
In Freo, Hush Specialty Coffee answered our SOS and came to the party with “HASS to have a house”. On weekends, they normally serve smashed avocado, feta and seeds on sourdough for $16. This weekend, you’ll get smashed avocado, vegemite and smoked mozzarella on toasted sourdough for just $10: that’s like a buy-one-get-one-free for all you flippant $22 smashed avo eaters!
An article in the Australian earlier this week promises a “full response to the avocado furore” from Bernard Salt this Saturday in the Weekend Australian Magazine. We look forward to digesting it over breakfast.
The aforementioned cafes will be running these “home saver” specials this weekend from Saturday October 22 to Sunday October 23. If you don’t see it on the menu, just ask staff.