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2012-12-25 01:46:06 AM
Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.
 
2012-12-25 02:01:01 AM

Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.


Then you haven't tried enough authentic Mexican food. At least tamales are normal ingredients, just poorly arranged.
 
2012-12-25 02:32:54 AM
For Christmas, Central and Mexican-American families don't crave a holiday turkey; they want a plate of steaming hot tamales.

'Tis true. We also like tortas. My familiy prefers bolillos (rolls) stuffed with beef, chicken, or pork.

/finished shredding 10 lbs. of chuck roast for Xmas dinner about an hour ago
//making tamales is a biiiig job...Older Brother is buying them this year
 
2012-12-25 02:47:28 AM
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Señore Clause
 
2012-12-25 02:51:22 AM

DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause


Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.
 
2012-12-25 03:20:55 AM

Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


Never seen them myself. But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.
I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.
Give em a try, you may spend an uncomfortable night in the bathroom here an there, doubt you'll die, but you may be happily suprised.
 
2012-12-25 03:30:54 AM

DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.


same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.
 
2012-12-25 03:53:06 AM

Lorelle: I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


Food poisoning is one of those risks you can take when you're on vacation. No one dies from it, really. No one who isn't at risk already, anyway. Unless it's botulism.

Don't get botulism.
 
2012-12-25 05:09:19 AM
Subby sounds Caucasian.
 
2012-12-25 05:20:50 AM

doglover: Lorelle: I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.

Food poisoning is one of those risks you can take when you're on vacation. No one dies from it, really. No one who isn't at risk already, anyway. Unless it's botulism.

Don't get botulism.


Good advice. Stay away from botulism.
 
2012-12-25 05:31:15 AM

DownDaRiver: Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.

Never seen them myself. But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.
I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.
Give em a try, you may spend an uncomfortable night in the bathroom here an there, doubt you'll die, but you may be happily suprised.


What's a little bloody diarrhea when there's the potential for a tasty morsel?
 
2012-12-25 06:12:54 AM

DownDaRiver: I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.


So very true.  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.
 
2012-12-25 06:24:44 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: doglover: Lorelle: I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.

Food poisoning is one of those risks you can take when you're on vacation. No one dies from it, really. No one who isn't at risk already, anyway. Unless it's botulism.

Don't get botulism.

Good advice. Stay away from botulism.


Sensible, practical, keeps folk away from botox as well.
 
2012-12-25 06:48:16 AM
We'll be having tamales and eggs in a very short while.   Subby has no idea what he's missing.
 
2012-12-25 06:51:22 AM
And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)
 
2012-12-25 07:02:12 AM

ReapTheChaos: DownDaRiver: I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.

So very true.  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.


So pretty much any restaurant kitchen then?

/health inspector for 6+ years
 
2012-12-25 08:16:46 AM
We always have mexican food on xmas eve and listen to loud mariachi music. I ate cheese and chili tamales last night and they were so good!
 
2012-12-25 08:22:58 AM
How the hell does one NOT like tamales???

Some of you farkers take the whole contrarian too damned far.
 
2012-12-25 08:24:30 AM
I can see it. Tamales are great. Beats the sh*t out of turkey.
 
2012-12-25 08:26:18 AM
Tamales über alles.

Pain in the ass to make.


/learned by watching YouTube
 
2012-12-25 08:27:47 AM

log_jammin: DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.

same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.


Me too. If buy tamales and breakfast burritos in parking lots when I lived in AZ and NM. Never had a bad experience.

Must be my iron constitution.
 
2012-12-25 08:28:08 AM
I'm doing baked spaghetti for XMas dinner, at the request of the Baroness. Was going to smoke a turkey, but forgot to take it out to defrost in time.

/mmmmm, spaghetti
 
2012-12-25 08:28:16 AM
Tasty mush in husks? Yeah, I can dig them, but not to the point of OMG TAMALES.
 
2012-12-25 08:28:59 AM

PreMortem: And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)


No tripe means it isn't menudo.

Menudo is gross. Tripitas in a taco, however, melt in your mouth.
 
2012-12-25 08:31:12 AM

IntertubeUser: How the hell does one NOT like tamales???

Some of you farkers take the whole contrarian too damned far.


RAmen.
 
2012-12-25 08:34:49 AM
I made Chiles en Nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce) mostly because of the Christmasy colors. A lot of work, but good. Also made a beef tedenderloin for a more traditional fare with usual sides, desserts, etc.
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2012-12-25 08:35:13 AM
Tamales are probably the only Mexican food that just doesn't appeal to me. I've tried them, thought meh, and went back to whatever else was available. Put me at a Mexican buffet, and I might eat one or two, but I will devour everything else. But, I will eat tamales over most stuff from the British Isles.
 
2012-12-25 08:37:52 AM
I definitely associate tamales with Christmas and I'm not of any Mexican/Latin descent (as far as I know) but ate them pretty much every year at a friend's house who made her own until I moved to a different city. I had vowed to make tamales this year for Christmas. Ran out of time and still don't have a steamer. I've never made them all by myself, but have helped make them so I understand the basic mechanics of the assembly and prep, I just need to find some good recipes now. And boy, is it a ton of work, but no more than making butterballs, a traditional German type of dumpling that goes into soup. A batch of those take me upwards of 3 hours to complete on my own. Or Eggplant Parmesan which is also a 2.5-3 hour process.
 
2012-12-25 08:38:50 AM
Tamales are delicious. So are:

mundochapin.com
Chuchitos

25.media.tumblr.com
Paches
 
2012-12-25 08:39:23 AM
Later today at the mad_mans house it will be a turkey dinner and tamales for supper. I had to let the soon to be mrs have one Mexican dish. I think it would kill my grandparents if they came over and it was just Mexican dishes
 
2012-12-25 08:39:45 AM
I first had Tamales about 10 years ago when visiting a friend whose family is from south Texas. They were amazing and one of the most delicious foods ever! Each year, that is what I wanted (and a honeybaked ham) for Christmas. This year I just got the ham.
 
2012-12-25 08:39:51 AM

Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.


Those are for the bad boys and girls for Christams. Maybe if my parents were the type to have tamales around I would have been a better kid .
 
2012-12-25 08:39:53 AM

Rufus Lee King: Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes, she got 'em for sale,

Got two for a nickel, four for a dime,

I would sell you more, but they ain't none of mine,

Hot tamales, and they're red hot,

The girl, she got 'em for sale!


Just great, now I'm hungry and need to change my play list. Nothing like a little Christmas morning blues.
 
2012-12-25 08:41:25 AM
Remember: real tamales don't' come from a can people!!! Just have to have a good one to know what you're missing :)
 
2012-12-25 08:45:10 AM
My grandmother is 92 and still makes the best goddamn tamales in all of Ohio. She can't keep up with the demand for them any longer, especially since there's so much work involved to make them, but she still makes them for our Christmas feast.

/No bullshiat. Everyone who has tried one wanted more.
//She doesn't make them like the fellow in TFA. They're not supposed to blister one's mouth.
///They're just motherfarking awesome.
//Slashies rule.
/Happy HoHo day everyone. i am going to smash on some Tamales!
 
2012-12-25 08:46:18 AM

log_jammin: They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.


AMEN!

/we don't need no regulation...
//No, really.  This is why onerous regulation is bad...
 
2012-12-25 08:46:40 AM
 
2012-12-25 08:48:13 AM

Smackledorfer: PreMortem: And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)

No tripe means it isn't menudo.

Menudo is gross. Tripitas in a taco, however, melt in your mouth.


You might want to try Pazole.
 
2012-12-25 08:48:23 AM
Mmmm, that takes me back.
Every Sunday night I'd go down to the square, get me some banana leaf wrapped tamales, a cup of sopa de elote, and sit back and listen to music while watching the beautiful señoritas walk by.
Now I'm homesick.
 
2012-12-25 08:48:23 AM
For our traditional Christmas dinner, we switched from ham to enchiladas a few years ago.  Enchiladas are much easier to make than tamales.
 
2012-12-25 08:50:47 AM

Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


Use good judgement and you'll always be safe. If they're cooking food in a galvanized container (which I've seen), stay the HELL away! If they're someone whose well established and keeps a clean work area, there is no harm in giving them a try. Although somehow I'd wager that if there was a Twitter account written with some flashy graphics on the side of the very same carts that you slam, you wouldn't stop yapping and babbling on and on like some deprived hipster about how great they are. I just love how everyone used to call taco trucks "Roach Coach" or "Maggot Wagon". But as soon as suburbanite folks suddenly saw that the Food Network was endorsing them, they suddenly became OK to eat out of.

I guess that a Twitter account means the difference between " Random Dirty Messican peddling unsafe food in a parking lot with", and "Artisan Crafted Food Cart appearing in a prime location."

I'd rather eat out of a Mexican food cart or truck than any pot luck you could put together.

Speaking of tamales, if you can't get freshly made ones, these will always do...

www.yummy.com
 
2012-12-25 08:52:44 AM

XplodedSynapses: My grandmother is 92 and still makes the best goddamn tamales in all of Ohio. She can't keep up with the demand for them any longer, especially since there's so much work involved to make them, but she still makes them for our Christmas feast.

/No bullshiat. Everyone who has tried one wanted more.
//She doesn't make them like the fellow in TFA. They're not supposed to blister one's mouth.
///They're just motherfarking awesome.
//Slashies rule.
/Happy HoHo day everyone. i am going to smash on some Tamales!


My wife worked with this Mexican woman who used to make huge batches with her family (it was a thing with them) and she'd give the wife a bunch to take home for me. Those were the best thing. chicken and pork deliciousness from heaven.
 
2012-12-25 08:53:52 AM
That's odd. I just this past week thought about tamales for the first time in over a decade, and had a sudden craving. But there's no place around here to buy any, and I'm not going to make some.
 
2012-12-25 08:54:43 AM
Subs you really don't know what your missing:

www.itsalldirect2u.com
 
2012-12-25 08:55:40 AM

EyeBallStu: Smackledorfer: PreMortem: And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)

No tripe means it isn't menudo.

Menudo is gross. Tripitas in a taco, however, melt in your mouth.

You might want to try Pazole.


Just googled it. Looks awesome. I've made a mental note to cook it.
 
2012-12-25 08:56:10 AM
My guatemalen ex's mom made tamales from scratch for thanksgiving, until he started bringing the gringa (me) - then she switched to turkey. I swore I loved both tamales and turkey (both were untrue, even though she's a damn good cook), but to his disappointment, no tamales. Here's hoping he's unwrapping a banana leaf now.
 
2012-12-25 08:56:21 AM
Where I live, tamales are just part of the holiday landscape. I'm not a big fan but when they're good, they're damn good! When they're bad, they're pretty bad. Not too much masa please!
 
2012-12-25 08:59:25 AM
Only in the author's diseased, asshole mind it is.

Everyone else is having turkey & ham.
 
2012-12-25 09:01:23 AM

log_jammin: DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.

same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.


And they would have a more permanent location if their food didn't poison people.

Mexican food makes people shiat geysers even if it IS safe! Imagine what the unsafe stuff would do to your guts.
 
2012-12-25 09:01:36 AM
One of the things I really miss about LA is getting some awesome Christmas tamales.
 
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