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Tamales, paletas, and donuts in Vista

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I was surprised the other day as I scoured the landscape for breakfast on my way in to work, to see a 'TAMALES' sign in the window of a YumYum Donut shop on S. Santa Fe. The nice thing about a donut shop selling tamales is that they open really early. So for $1.59 each, I bought a beef and a chicken tamale, plus an apple fritter (what can I say). The beef tamale didn't make it out of the parking lot, and the chicken survived in the freezer at work till lunch today. They were both delicious, but the chicken had more chile, not aggressively hot, and had a large helping of meat. The corn husks were stained red from the filling. The masa was better in the beef tamale but I'm sure that's because I nuked the chicken. Chicken and beef were the only kinds they had.

There was also a couple of freezer cases of mexican ice creams for cones and frozen paletas (on sticks). I didn't try any, but remember nueces and coco among the 8-10 flavors of ice cream.

This was a fun find. (By the way, my receipt for the tamales listed them both as 'chicken salad'.)

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  1. Leucadian, there is a pretty nice panaderia if you follow the road (Escondidio Blvd?) that crosses in front of old vista village and Rancho Grande (Pozole place). The pan dulce is nice but I liked their chicken tamal which included a bone --something I like in a rustic sense.

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    1. re: kare_raisu

      Thanks for the tip. I think last year I'd have objected to a bone in a tamale, but now I look forward to it. By the way, I was wondering about tamal vs. tamale. So I figured tamale is English and tamal is Spanish. Otherwise tamale is just bad Spanish. What do you think?

      1. re: Leucadian

        Properly, tamal is the singular while tamales are plural.