Christmas in San Antonio #2


Means buñuelos.  Who doesn’t like big discs of light-as-air fried dough dusted with sugar and cinnamon?   The story goes that the local version was really popularized back in the 60’s for Hemisfair.  Someone always drops off a big bag of them at my office and they are fabulous.  If you can eat them right out of the hot oil they are ethereal, but cold with hot chocolate and I’m not complaining either.   If you want to learn about more San Antonio Christmas traditions read on.

It’s my lunch hour now so I’m off to order the biggest, most important local Christmas food staple – tamales.   Six dozen ought to do it for my family.  The debating about where to buy the best tamales in town occupies a  good deal of time for San Antonians starting about Thanksgiving.   So unless your mama hosts a tamalada you are pretty much going to have to buy them, so getting the best is very important.   Some places take orders, but others are first come, first served, so you could be standing outside a West side hole-in-the-wall at the crack of dawn.   This year the economy is pushing the price for good tamales up to at least $7 per dozen.  But that’s the price you pay for holiday tradition around here.

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2 Responses to “Christmas in San Antonio #2”

  1. Taylor at SACVB Says:

    Hi there! I loved your article about your Christmas traditions and know that it’s likely that you’re already taking part in the Christmas festivities in San Antonio but thought some of your visitors might be interested in discovering more information.

    Taylor from SACVB

  2. tinag46 Says:

    Thank you Taylor for stopping by. I love my hometown and this little blog gives me the opportunity to spread the word around. By the way, great job the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau is doing for tourism around here. Keep up the good work and visit my site again – I’ll be putting more things up, especially as Fiesta time comes around.

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