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Roseville update , and Auburn Mandarin Orange Festival

janet of reno | Nov 20, 200511:30 PM

The weather stays (too) good, so we did the promised road trip today. We never made it to Sac, but I do have a quick Denio's/Roseville update. I reported a month or so ago that we had tamales at La Bamba tamale stand just outside the main entrance to Denio's (in the Auction Town area)..and although they only had pork left these were good enough to warrant a return trip. I'm pleased to report we had success today!! When we arrived around 10:30 am the line was out the door. And with good reason, we tried all the available types, and all were delicious! Hubby particularly enjoyed the vegetable (with lots of corn, and other fresh vegetables inside); I liked the queso con jalapenos....we both enjoyed sweet tamales for desert. I especially recommend the pineapple!! All were delicious, with fresh, soft masa and good flavor. The stand sells tamales and drinks; nothing else. Good homemade red and green salsas are on the tables. A half dozen tamales, two drinks, and a tip for the counter guy came to eleven bucks. Check it out. BTW, Denios once again proved to be produce heaven. (prices are *very* reasonable: Granny Smith apples three pounds for a dollar!) The papayas were especially large and beautiful....other unusual items included Mexican sweet limes (they really are sweet!). DH was in heaven: he found a vendor selling fresh boiled peanuts. (There were actually several, and several selling fresh roasted peanuts...must have been a good harvest recently). When we got home he reboiled them just a few minutes with some seasalt so that they were hot, salty and delicious! yum! Finally, on the way home we stopped at the Auburn Mandarin Orange Festival, which I guess is an annual event in November. Lots of oranges for sale, but frankly the ones at Denios looked just as good and were a lot cheaper. The orange milkshakes were ok.

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