|These are the best corn tortillas I've ever purchased!|
I recently discovered the most WONDERFUL Mexican grocery store. I happened to notice it while I was sitting in a traffic jam. I must have driven by it 100 times in the past, but had never noticed it before. Thank you backed-up traffic! I've had fun creating spicy Mexican dishes with my authentic ethnic food booty, and there are lots more to be created in the days to come. The grocery store also has prepared hot food for sale. I only bought the tamales this time, but I will be going back in a week to get another fix of their fabulous cooked and fresh food items.
Check out the comments below the tamale photos to see just what taking a bite of those tamales meant to me. It was along the lines of what happened to Anton Ego, from the Disney movie Ratatouille. BAM! Years disappeared and I was transported to a beach in Mexico...
Armchair traveling, or should I say kitchen-table-traveling, at its finest! I wouldn't miss exploring ethnic grocery stores for the world, they can take you places ~ at least they do for me!
These fresh grocery store tamales were homemade, served in a HUGE tamale steaming pot, stacked up and piping hot. I haven't had a tamale this good since I used to eat those made by my friend Lupe's mother, Mona. These store tamales were made with love, just like Lupe's mother's were. With the first bite, I was taken back to over 20 years ago ~ vacationing with Lupe & her family. We were at Rosarito Beach, in Baja Mexico, about 35 miles over the California/Mexico border. (that was just before it became the beach holiday destination it is today) Staying at a place right on the beach, with tile floors, sandy beaches, bright blue skies and blue-green seas. The older women cooking in the kitchen, the younger adults & kids playing in the water. The whole beach smelled of home cooking ~ drifting on the ocean breeze, coming from the small kitchens of all the seaside bungalows. A simple day, where family memories are made...
I'd forgotten that memory, and these $1 tamales brought that happy day back in a split second. To me, that is the subtle essence, the profound power of food ~ and one of the many reasons I think it's great to be a foodie!