The Tamale Gazetteer is our occasional look at the world of tamales. We live in a hotbed of tamale making, New Orleans, Louisiana and prior to our life near the Gulf of Mexico we were settled in nicely in Austin, Texas-another tamale stronghold.
Tamales are important.
Ascension Amado thought that the tamales of Houston, Texas were awful http://communityimpact.com/grande-tamales-2/ so she set about rectifying the situation.
Al’s Italian Beef sells tamales http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150312/little-italy/als-italian-beef-opens-texas-people-there-go-nuts-for-it in Chicago, then they opened in Dallas and things were never the same.
Marvin Wilson, the Tamale Man is dead http://www.cleveland.com/obituaries/index.ssf/2015/03/marvin_wilson_clevelands_enter.html “Hot tamale make you jolly, need to eat some, won’t be melancholy”
If you like Tex Mex hearken to Rosie’s Tamale House http://communityimpact.com/rosies-tamale-house/
Padrino Foods has discovered how to make shitty tamales http://sidedish.dmagazine.com/2015/05/04/the-localist-padrino-foods-tamales/ and of course Melissa Mackaly is there to shill for them