We finally got to try some of the much ballyhooed New Orleans-style tamales.

In Arabi, Louisiana.

At a sno-ball stand. They were so radically different from the San Antonio version that we’ve eaten thousands of-if you would’ve blindfolded us-we would not have been able to recognize the form.

Beef in tamales? Heresy.

A paper wrapper? An outrage.

Accompanying salsa a bland, ragu-like sputum? A liberty we could never grow accustomed to.

Delicious. Of course they were, it’s just going to take some getting used to.

Now, on to our monthly tamale update:

David Hagerman dishes on tamales in DF at the Coyoacan market http://www.culinarybackstreets.com/mexico-city/2014/first-stop-9/

Tamale Spaceship failed in their Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/956606471/tamalespaceship-restaurant but still, somehow managed to open a brick and mortar in Chicago

Jay Jenning eats tamales at Doe’s Eat Place while on assignment for the New York Times. Some fine writing here http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/travel/on-the-trail-of-true-grit-a-tale-comes-to-life.html

Eddie Hernandez won last year’s Delta Hot Tamale Festival competition. Julia Reed checks in from Greenville, Mississippi http://online.wsj.com/articles/delta-hot-tamales-are-hotter-than-ever-1405702453?tesla=y&mg=reno64-wsj&url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304168904580029493528665492.html

Zwolle, Louisiana Tamale Festival http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/america/festivals-events/2014/07/24/zwolle-tamale-fiesta/13101759/

Not sure why USA Today removed this story from their archive but here’s a snapshot of what they attempted to whitewash from history.

last month’s edition: Amy C Evans, Budding Tamaleras, Tamale Boy, El Viroleno, Doe’s Eat Place http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2014/6/27/June-2014-Tamale-Report-Amy-C-Evans-Budding-Tamaleras-Tamale-Boy-El-Viroleno-Does-Eat-Place

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