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The hunt for tamales

Posted: May 5, 2010 4:23 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Ask me what I did on April 27, and I will tell you a tale of a scavenger hunt. I met a friend for lunch in Mission Hills. She is the greatest homemade tamale-maker in the whole world, and usually brings her delectable tamales when we meet.

Not feeling well, she didn't bring any tamales, which only increased my desire for them.

After lunch I called a friend, to look up on the Internet where I could purchase homemade tamales in the area. My friend had the
same desire for tamales as I did, and she brought over a list of some tamale haunts where we could go to buy homemade tamales.

Unfamiliar with the area, we started out on our tamale scavenger hunt to Sylmar with much excitement. We arrived at our tamale haven, only to be disappointed that they only sold the tamales frozen and by the dozen. I asked the nice people if they sold their tamales commercially. Their biggest retail outlets are the farmers markets in all areas and Whole Foods.

We went to two other tamale shops; one in San Fernando and one in Pacoima. I was very impressed with the city of San Fernando.

We bought tamales at both places and were very satisfied with our purchases. The San Fernando and Pacoima tamale shops both sell their tamales at farmers markets in many areas.

This is where my story becomes ironic. I live in Valencia, one block from Whole Foods and five minutes from College of the Canyons, where they have a farmers market every Sunday.

The Pacoima shop also sells its tamales at the farmers market in Newhall, which is seven minutes from my house.

The irony of this story is that you don't have to travel out of the Santa Clarita Valley to satisfy your desire for tamales.

Happy Cinco De Mayo.


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