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Getting the raspberry in Richmond ... atole & tamale, that is

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I worked late last night, overslept, missed the chance to get my planned Swedish pancakes before going to the farmers market ... which I was late for.

Annoyed I'm driving down the street trying to get to the farmers market before it gets too crowded. I pass by the tamale lady and my coffee-deprived brain registers that she has more coolers than usual and perhaps some contain beverages. So I turn around.

The tamale lady seems to have expanded her menu. She now has chicken, pork, pepper & cheese, dulce & corn tamales. There was also raspberry atole and chocolate atole today.

I really liked her tamale the last time I bought one a while back. There were about half a dozen guys sitting around enjoying atole and tamales. By the 'late' hour of 9:30, she only had corn and raspberry tamales left and raspberry atole.

This was a nice atole. She uses milk and raspberry syrup and it was a warm sweet creamy drink on a cold morning.

I'm assuming the pink dulce tamale was raspberry and used the same syrup. It was pink and pleasant though the fruit flavor wasn't very pronouced. I like her tamales. She uses just the right amount of lard ... not to much, not too little ... so the tamale is rich and moist.

Atole & tamale ... $2. So much better the the McDonalds $1 breakfast meal and more than I would have tipped for those pancakes.

She's there from 7 am till she sells out on Sat & Sun. Her atole guy ... he said it was his talent to pour the atole ... said she's there early so the guys going to work on the weekends have breakfast. They seemed to be enjoying the food as much as I was.

I was very happy and the lucky stop altered my attiude for the day. So what if the melons I wanted weren't at the farmers market and they didn't grow my favorite tomato this year. The fresh raspberries looked nice ... so going with today's theme, I bought those.

When life gives you a little raspberry ... make atole & tamales ... or at least buy them.

Previous report with location:
Richmond - the Easter tamale
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/45220

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  1. Nice report...never seen raspbery flavored