Posts Tagged ‘tamales’

Mmmm…tamales

December 26, 2008

I can’t think of anything better than Christmas tamales for breakfast (except maybe Thanksgiving pie).   Straight out of my microwave.  I wish I could invite y’all over for tamales since I’ve got 4 dozen left.

tamales

Christmas in San Antonio #2

December 19, 2008

bunuelos

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.