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Old 07-17-2009, 10:26 AM
 
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Best tamales in the area are actually in Pleasanton, TX - made by scratch by my Grandma and Great Grandma only once a year. New Orleans can suck it!
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:54 AM
 
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New Orleans - The Big chEASY
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:09 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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Just came from a visit from the Big Easy and tried the tamales there. The tamales were lightyears better than any tamale I ever eaten in San Antonio.
A few years ago I would have laughed at this statement but NOLA's hispanic population exploded post-Katrina, so I have no doubt you might find good tamale there now.

I would still like to hear why they are better than SA's though, I would have to taste it to believe it..
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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Shredded pork isn't unusual in SA. As a matter of fact, it's the norm. I'd be leery of buying tamales from someone walking down the street. Heaven only knows what kind of bacteria could be festering!

I've never in my life seen or had a tamale with cheese! Bean/jalapeno tamales are good, though.
Having lived in a few developing countries and discovered that street food was the way to go (only ever got sick from restaurant food), I'm willing to take that risk. Best. Food. Ever. But don't tell all my health department sanitarian friends that (note, I wouldn't feed it to my child, but it's ok for me )

I was SHOCKED when I saw people smothering their tamales with cheese in San Antonio. yuk yuk yuk

I didn't mean to imply shredded pork was unusual here, just that it was the norm where my mom's family (i.e. her tamale-making history) originated, hence what is most 'normal' for me. I've never bought tamales in places other than TX though. Prior to living here I had only ever had homemade (with the exception of when I lived in Costa Rica, I did buy some there), so I have no idea how they compare in other places in the US. I do know that many of my friends' families growing up in CA made tamales with vegetables, but they weren't the same.

My point was simply that one's favourite tamales are likely to be the ones which were their first love. Tamales are such a family/cultural sort of food, often unique not only to a region but to a particular family. Eating tamales brings back a memory of my grandmother preparing the meat a day in advance, then watching her mix the fresh masa with her special spices - she always used the same bowl, same wooden spoon to mix, washing the husks, spreading all the items out on the large table while the ladies in the family gathered 'round, us kids putting the olives on our fingers and eating them while she yelled at us because that screwed up her count, making 50, 60 dozen over the day, then steaming them late in the day, ready for dinner. And then distributing them out to friends and family for Christmas gifts. And then eating, and eating, and eating.

If it's not the same kind of tamale, it just doesn't taste right.

(Now it involves all us drinking copious amounts of wine in the process and my mom trying to keep order on my aunts and her cousins....)

Ever read the book "Que Vivan los Tamales?" I highly recommend it!
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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For one thing the masa is thin and stuff with meats and cheese. some just melt in your mouth. You can tell the difference in quality. They are just so so delicious. This was made by an African American restaurant in New Orlreans and they have been making these for years. I guess Tamales are more of an Indian thing than just Mexican.
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:02 PM
 
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Well that's interesting, imaterry. I'd be curious to try them.
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Best tamales in the area are actually in Pleasanton, TX - made by scratch by my Grandma and Great Grandma only once a year. New Orleans can suck it!
Date and address, please.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:21 PM
 
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I heard Perticusrex is throwing a tamale party in pleasanton....
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:30 PM
 
Location: South Side
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ORALE!!!!!! Lemme call my Wela first though cuz she dont like people to show up during her novelas.
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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^^ lemme know too k thx.
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