I am looking for exceptional tamales for xmas eve, in the Western IE or Eastern SGV, or even Northern OC. I have made this request before and have no good results to pass on. We have some great taquerias and carnicerias in the Pomona valley, but I have not found a good supplier of tamales.
I am just not able to venture to E LA on xmas eve eve for a couple dozen from one of the fine purveyors that I used to enjoy when I lived in the SGV. Results from other sites(Y) have yielded sub-par examples from this area, and a couple of passable, but not xmas eve worthy tamales.
Almost every time I get hit up in a carniceria parking lot for tamales I buy a doz, and usually they are OK, but not great. But, for whatever reason, this happens quite infrequently out here compared to my old hood.
I know I should make my own, but I am just not able to make it happen so far. So please, someone spill the frijoles and help make the holidays masa-tasty! Thanks for any help.