So I've been asked to bring something to christmas eve dinner in seattle this year, and I got to thinking about tamales. Not only are they a traditional food to eat this time of year (at least for me), but they represent all that great mexican food I'm likely going to miss in the northwest.
Plus, I don't think my anyone in my fiancee's family has ever eaten one.
Well, it just so happens that I'm driving the entire length of california just before christmas eve, so it's possible for me to make a stop pretty much anywhere and pick up a cooler-ful of the best tamales I can find.
So I pose to you:
Where can I find the best tamales in california, and how do I contact them to make a serious tamale pickup? I'll be travelling through San Diego, LA, Santa Barbara, SLO, Salinas, San Jose, and over to the five (fairfield, redding, etc).