Ellen Riojas Clark is an old-school UTSA Roadrunner and an authority on the San Antonio tamale scene. We just unearthed a killer video where ‘Texas Stories’ sits down with the tamalera to learn her secrets of the craft. It’s well worth the 3+ minutes it takes to watch.
The Clarion-Ledger sits down with Anne Martin, a Mississippi guru on Delta hot tamales who has written a book: “Delta Hot Tamales: History, Stories and Recipes.” Martin was born in Greenville, “the middle of the hot tamale epicenter” in the Deep South. We have not read the tome but it does sound interesting.
Adam and Fawn Freis have come up with an interesting tamale-based gimmick. Their Delta Blues Hot Tamales restaurant in Birmingham offers a 100% gluten free menu. The couple opened their joint in the same room that housed the legendary Cobb Lane Cafe, a long-shuttered ‘ladies who lunch’ joint that served me some of the best meals of my life when I was teenager living in Alabama.
Why am I just now finding out about Unicorn tamales?
Raquel Flores paid a smuggler $1000 to help her, along with her daughter and son, across the Mexican border into the US in 1981. She spent years in Los Angeles as an illegal immigrant before taking advantage of Reagan’s Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Nowadays she’s an official American citizen and plies the tamale trade at Garduños at Fiesta Rancho in North Las Vegas, Nevada.