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Christmas Tamales..

Beach Chick Dec 15, 2010 06:33 PM

Loved to know where you get your Christmas tamales..
Dine in or store bought..
Feliz Navidad

  1. SaltyRaisins Dec 19, 2010 09:00 PM

    I know I may suffer strong barbs, and may have the nacho cheese sauce aimed at my keyboard for this, but, well, here goes:

    The tamales at El Indio are quite good.

    There. Though not the Oaxacan tamales I prefer, they are exactly like the ones the Californiano part of my family has been making from scratch for the last (literally) hundred or so years every Navidad.


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    1. re: SaltyRaisins
      Beach Chick Dec 20, 2010 07:35 AM

      Feliz Salty..
      Did you put up your body armour flame shield when you uttered the word, 'El Indio' ?
      I'm sure some of the tribe are assembling their incendiary devices with a myriad of hydrocarbon concoctions as I type.
      ; )

    2. h
      hamboney Dec 19, 2010 05:14 PM

      Not 'sweet', but...a buddy of mine hails from Lubbock and drives for FedEx; brought me back a dozen last month from Pedro's! YUM, YUM! Boo, all gone.

      1. Beach Chick Dec 19, 2010 09:20 AM

        I was at Costco yesterday and got 10 cheese and chile tamales as back up..$10 for 10 and they had the vendor serving them with guac and they were quite good..all the food vultures were circling for seconds and the yummy sounds echoed down to the book aisles.
        I'm going to go out and see if I can find some local tamals but had to have back up, just in case.
        Besos to all..

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        1. re: Beach Chick
          stevuchan Dec 19, 2010 03:53 PM

          Picked up some tamales at Nortgate this weeked and they were really good, 10 for 9.99 and free champurrado, which I did not get due to transport issues. Res, Pollo and Puerco were all good, they also had pina, strawberry and elote IICR. Place was a mad house, the produce section was a straight war zone, some crazy abueles were fighting over chiles.

          1. re: stevuchan
            DiningDiva Dec 19, 2010 04:15 PM

            Ah, the produce department at Northgate. Best poblanos in town, not to mention all the rest of those you-can-only-find-them-at-Northgate items

          2. re: Beach Chick
            Island Dec 19, 2010 09:26 PM

            Hey I just bought those on Friday! Not wild for tamales, but am for green chiles and I thought they were tasty. People were also loading up the chicken and pork, but they only have the green chile this time of year..

          3. Beach Chick Dec 16, 2010 12:30 PM

            Love all the replies!
            Besides a cold beer with tamales, a nice Merry Edwards Pinot is quite good..

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            1. re: Beach Chick
              cristina Dec 17, 2010 03:47 PM

              With the sweet ones, try champurrado...in Mexico City on Tuesday at Flor de Lis I had the best champurrado of my life.

              Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

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              cookieshoes Dec 16, 2010 11:50 AM

              I love the tamales from El Salvadoreno on Imperial, between 28th and 29th.

              The masa is more moist, at times almost creamy. And they do many in banana leaves.

              Great stuff. The restaurant in general is a gem. Wonderful, clean sitdown and nicely decorated place. And the Pupusas!

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              1. re: cookieshoes
                DiningDiva Dec 16, 2010 12:57 PM


                1. re: cookieshoes
                  syrupy sweetness Dec 18, 2010 07:55 AM

                  Yes El Salvadoreno has great pupusas and delicious tamales. Go there all the time!!! :)

                  Restaurante El Salvadoreno
                  2845 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102

                2. foodiechick Dec 15, 2010 09:34 PM

                  Homemade...along with Posole. Welcome to my Sunday this weekend.

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                  1. re: foodiechick
                    Beach Chick Dec 16, 2010 06:23 AM

                    What time should I be there?
                    12 pk of Modelo stubbies or Patron?
                    ; )

                    1. re: Beach Chick
                      DiningDiva Dec 16, 2010 07:55 AM

                      Noche Buena

                      1. re: DiningDiva
                        Beach Chick Dec 16, 2010 08:08 AM

                        Stay thristy my friend..

                        1. re: Beach Chick
                          DiningDiva Dec 16, 2010 08:08 AM


                        2. re: DiningDiva
                          The Office Goat Dec 16, 2010 08:55 AM

                          Is there any easy way to get Noche Buena this side of the border this year?

                          And thanks for the thread, gotta remember to pick up some tamales. Linkery has turkey ones to go, but we'll also need some sweet ones if I can grab 'em.

                          3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                          1. re: The Office Goat
                            DiningDiva Dec 16, 2010 10:26 AM

                            Well, believe it or not, BevMo! had Noche Buena last year. Not sure if they've got it this year or not as I haven't looked. There was a period of time when it was pretty easy to get on our side of the border. It's gotten increasingly more difficult over the last 2-3 years. Along with Indio, Victoria, Montejo and Leon it's one of my favorite Mexican beers.

                            1. re: DiningDiva
                              The Office Goat Dec 16, 2010 03:51 PM

                              Thanks! Wow, I'd given up looking for it for a few years.

                          2. re: DiningDiva
                            Gypsy Jan Dec 18, 2010 09:09 AM

                            Have you tried Bohemia Obscura? To my taste, Noche Bueno is a bit raw and bitter. The Bohemia dark beer is more balanced and always available.

                            1. re: Gypsy Jan
                              DiningDiva Dec 18, 2010 10:01 AM

                              Yes. I like all varieties of Bohemia :-)

                      2. DiningDiva Dec 15, 2010 09:22 PM

                        Tamales Ancira, but usually I make them. This year I'm schlepping everything up to Sacto for the tamalada

                        Tamales Ancira
                        707 S Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025

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                        1. re: DiningDiva
                          Beach Chick Dec 16, 2010 06:28 AM

                          The 'tamalada' sound like a fun time..

                          I've had good tamales from Tamales Ancira but I didn't know they made Christmas tamales.
                          I used to schlepp down to Chula Vista at their factory off the 5..worked out to about $1 a tamale.
                          Thanks DD and a very Merry Christmas to you!

                          1. re: Beach Chick
                            Island Dec 16, 2010 07:28 AM

                            What are Christmas tamales? How do they differ from 363 other day of the year tamales?

                            1. re: Island
                              Beach Chick Dec 16, 2010 08:07 AM

                              Dulces are common at least when I lived in Guadalajara for the Christmas season with roasted walnuts, raisins, cinammon and other spices that are so delicious.
                              Wrapped in banana leaves during holiday season..

                              1. re: Island
                                Island Dec 16, 2010 10:47 AM

                                Never had a sweet tamale. Thanks for the scoop.

                                1. re: Island
                                  DiningDiva Dec 16, 2010 11:16 AM

                                  Sweet tamales are really wonderful. You can generally fine "fresa" (strawberry) and piña (pineapple) pretty easily in SD. I think Tamales Ancira does them both on a fairly regular basis.

                                  One of the best tamales I've ever had was a sweet and savory combination tamal. It had a piloncillo (dark brown sugar) syrup mixed into the masa along with raisins that had been rehydrated and ground chicarron. These were so good. A little sweet, a little savory, a little corny, a little porky, very rich, very addicting.

                                  Tamales Ancira
                                  707 S Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025

                                  1. re: DiningDiva
                                    The Office Goat Dec 16, 2010 03:53 PM

                                    Liz from Ancira used to always come by my work and sell them. I remember I always was looking for the sweet ones with raisins, but she usually only had the pineapple ones if she had sweet at all.

                            2. re: DiningDiva
                              SaltyRaisins Dec 18, 2010 06:51 PM

                              Too bad you have to schlep. I lived in midtown Sacto for over a year some years ago, and still haven't found an Italian grocery anywhere in the US as good as Corti Bros. Can't believe there's not a Mexican equivalent up there...

                              Wish I could have a tamal ala DD...


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