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La Vida Nocturna

Guacamole on Bacon Strips

Cultural Perspectives

By Tim Hazell

How good the evening will be! It will have, for me,
The luminous soul, the profound body, of a magnificent lover…
­­—Delmira Augustini

Time-keeping components in humans regulate how we respond to environments that consist of darkness and light, heat and cold. Impulses to seek shelter, nourishment, sleep, and labor are triggered by innate mechanisms that may be located within the nucleus of the hypothalamus center of the brain. Humans are diurnal, or daytime organisms. Within the generalities of diurnal classification, many anomalies have led to distinctions such as “he or she is a morning or evening type.”

People whose modalities suggest combinations of nocturnal and diurnal rhythms are intermediate, or crepuscular. Internal clocks regulating our autonomic and voluntary responses are referred to as circadian time keeping systems. Creative, emotive springs can be wound and released as a consequence, providing us with flights of artistic temperament and achievement.

A “night owl” is an individual who tends to stay up late. Employers have learned to increase productivity by respecting “body clocks” through flexible working hours. Recent studies have shown that night owls may be more driven and more likely to get high-paying jobs than early morning people. Night owls may be more proficient than early birds in intuitive intelligence tests, creative thinking, and inductive reasoning.

The Night Café is an oil painting created by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh in September 1888 in Arles, France. The establishment was run by Joseph-Michel Ginoux and his wife Marie. In a letter to his brother Theo, the artist said Ginoux had taken so much of his money that it was time to take his revenge by painting the place:

“Today I am probably going to begin on the interior of the café where I have a room, by gas light, in the evening. It is what they call here a “night café,” staying open all night. Night prowlers can take refuge there when they have no money to pay for a lodging, or are too drunk to be taken in.”

In the first days of September 1888, Van Gogh stayed up for three consecutive nights to paint the work of art, sleeping during the day.

People who work night shifts, especially artists who often put in long creative hours after dark, have to take their nutrition seriously. Traditional guacamole served on crisp bacon strips is a recommended “quick-energy” food for “La Vida Nocturna!”



1/4 small onion, finely chopped

2 fresh green chilies, seeded and finely chopped

3 large sprigs coriander, leaves only, roughly chopped

1/2 tsp. salt

2 avocados

1 tomato, chopped

Bacon strips


Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pits, scoop out the flesh. Mix roughly with the other ingredients, except tomato, in a bowl. Stir in chopped tomato. Adjust seasonings. Cook bacon strips as desired until crisp. Break into bite-size pieces. Spoon chilled guacamole on top or dip bacon pieces into the mixture as for corn chips.


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