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Latin American Tamales - Calgary

ybnormal Mar 16, 2009 11:41 AM

By coincidence, this actually sorta relates to the Latin community post.

Has anyone tried ordering from here:


Apparently a home-based business (in Sunnyside) for Latin American tamales. I'm not familiar with them, since I'm used to the corn-husk covered pork tamales.

Just curious if anyone has tried it out...

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  1. John Manzo RE: ybnormal Mar 17, 2009 08:11 AM

    This sounds superb- when I was a kid we ordered tamales by the dozens from a local mamacita... pork is one standard but maybe they do it differently in el salvador (vs mexico).

    1. Major_9000 RE: ybnormal Mar 17, 2009 11:41 AM

      This does sound interesting, its across the city from me but if anyone tries it please post your experience here, thx.

      1. AriaDream RE: ybnormal Mar 17, 2009 09:36 PM

        Do you know where it is? The website just says by Sunnyside station, and I'd vastly prefer an actual address. A curious omission.

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          John Manzo RE: AriaDream Mar 18, 2009 09:55 AM

          I'd guess this omission was deliberate since they run the operation out of a home- I think. You place the order and they give you the address, and no I don't know what it is because I haven't placed one.

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          picardsvintagelady RE: ybnormal May 16, 2009 09:02 AM

          Thier site is down. does anyone know if they are still around?

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            cancowboy RE: picardsvintagelady May 16, 2009 10:10 AM

            Goggle cache shows a page from May 12th
            The phone number for ordering is there.

            Facebook page is down

            Twitter page is up - last twit on May 15th "Thank you to all our great customers!"
            Not sure if that means anything or not.

            No posting on Health Region site.

          2. alau2 RE: ybnormal May 18, 2009 08:09 AM

            We had them last weekend. It was quite fun waiting for the address to pick them up and exchange cash for tamales. I've never had tamales before so I can't compare them to anything else, but I thought they were tasty.

            Wrapped in banana leaves, made with corn dough, stuffed with chicken, red pepper, olives and potato slices, two were really filling for dinner (with a side salad). They're $2.50 each which I thought was a good deal for "take-out."

            The lady makes them fresh so requires at least 24 hours notice. Pick-up is on Fri evenings and Saturdays only.

            I noticed the site was down yesterday but looks like it's back up now. I posted photos on my blog today.

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              alau2 RE: alau2 May 18, 2009 09:11 PM

              I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I just noticed Santaneca posted this on Twitter tonight: "To ensure only the best, uncompromised service to our customers, we won’t be accepting new orders until further notice.”

              Not sure what that means, or what's going on... Guess will have to keep an eye on their Twitter and website...

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                John Manzo RE: alau2 May 18, 2009 10:08 PM

                The hell?!?!

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                  Leibowitz RE: alau2 May 18, 2009 10:22 PM

                  Maybe someone could try phoning the number mentioned in their Twitter Feed.

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                    worldwidestuff RE: alau2 May 19, 2009 04:31 AM

                    Tamale marketing for the 21st century.

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                      alau2 RE: alau2 May 19, 2009 07:41 AM

                      Santaneca just posted a comment on my blog, that they're taking a break to ensure "uncompromised service" to customers. But they will be updating on Twitter when they're back taking orders.

                      They also explained why the ordering process is what it is:

                      "The reason for the “espionage” ordering process is actually due to our past experience. We used to sell Tamales out of our home in Albert Park, (close to the Franklin LRT station) and got to the point that we were selling about 1000 tamales a week.

                      Unfortunately, however, after a while most customers would assume the tamales were available all the time, any time, and would just show up at our door at random/odd times every day of the week, and without placing an order in advance. Being a home based side-business, and since the tamales really are made FRESH to order, this wasn’t an ideal scenario… In short, we have found the only way around this is to not “publish” our address but only provide it when confirming orders. We never realized that this might come across as being shady or espionage-like though."

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                        John Manzo RE: alau2 May 19, 2009 08:18 AM

                        This isn't shady but there are TONS of retail spaces at decent prices they could take over. Wish they would consider this.

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                          worldwidestuff RE: John Manzo May 19, 2009 08:33 AM

                          Not sure how much the commercial real estate has changed in this city of ours, but as a micro business the rates may still be too high as a stand alone joint.
                          However, if they would join their comprades at the Heritage Market, which already has a Mexican and Colombian food stall, it could work.

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                            graemejw RE: worldwidestuff May 19, 2009 09:14 AM

                            or maybe a stall at Sweetgrass Market (if it still exists?!)

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                              worldwidestuff RE: graemejw May 19, 2009 09:18 AM

                              Actually, that's a good idea.
                              Bob of Simon's Pies fame has purchased Sweetgrass Market. He plans to open with a new vendor mix and of course himself as the anchor tenant.

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                              John Manzo RE: worldwidestuff May 19, 2009 09:29 AM

                              Heritage Market?? I never even knew this place existed!

                              Thanks WWS!


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