So: I've always loved corn, I've always loved corn products, and I've always known that the *idea* of a tamale, the very *concept* of a tamale, was a marvellous thing. But most of what I've had has been... well, greasy and disappointing. Some good stuff, but never anything magical, until...
Tamara's Tamales, in Venice, on Washington, by Costco. I chatted with the counter-woman, mostly just to have an excuse to keep lookin' at her eyes, and happened to ask her what her favorite tamales were. She told me Chicken Verde and Machaco Beef. Boy, was she right...
Oh, the pumpkin tamale, special for Halloween, is also a lovely experience. Old flavor, new texture context! Yum.
(Warning: take-out only after 6:30. And if you're taking them home, be sure to get the tamales cold... they degrade rapidly once heated, as I found out sadly last Friday.)
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