Steve Lopez takes a tamale tour of Los Angeles. The hallowed holiday tradition can leave a person filled with Christmas joy.

It’s Los Angeles, after all, and for many folks, tamales are part of the Christmas tradition. I figured that in the interest of public service, someone had to step up and do the difficult work of sampling some of the best. So I called an expert to see if she would assist me, and Sandi Romero of Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe, across from MacArthur Park, was happy to oblige.

Uhh… we definitely need to do this…
Photo:   Sandi Romero, a longtime community activist, opened Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe as a nonprofit training center for food cart vendors. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Steve Lopez takes a tamale tour of Los Angeles. The hallowed holiday tradition can leave a person filled with Christmas joy.

It’s Los Angeles, after all, and for many folks, tamales are part of the Christmas tradition. I figured that in the interest of public service, someone had to step up and do the difficult work of sampling some of the best. So I called an expert to see if she would assist me, and Sandi Romero of Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe, across from MacArthur Park, was happy to oblige.

Uhh… we definitely need to do this…

Photo: Sandi Romero, a longtime community activist, opened Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe as a nonprofit training center for food cart vendors. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

  1. librascurio reblogged this from latimes
  2. lenxo reblogged this from lalilster and added:
    TAMAL! TAMAL TAMAL TAMAL TAMAL TAMAL NOT TAMALE NOT TAMALE NOT TAMALE TAMAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
  3. mycarpetbag reblogged this from latimes
  4. stolenpostit reblogged this from latimes and added:
    yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmm
  5. afroxander reblogged this from latimes
  6. nuestrasenoradeputazos reblogged this from latimes
  7. cynthiahasatumblr reblogged this from latimes
  8. daydreamntn reblogged this from latimes
  9. turneditoff reblogged this from fresafresca and added:
    oooooh my god I need a tamale tour. Sometimes at a certain family gathering during the holidays red chile tamales and...
  10. kamikazisc reblogged this from latimes
  11. panburger-partner reblogged this from styro and added:
    Making tamales is time consuming. But I’m all up for a tamale tour of LA!!
  12. victoriabernal reblogged this from latimes and added:
    Enjoying this LA Times article. And as someone who is biracial (half mexican, half white), think this is my favorite...
  13. loremipsumpoet reblogged this from latimes and added:
    Bookmarked.
  14. styro reblogged this from latimes and added:
    My mom and I usually make Tamales at christmas. Mmmm tamales.
  15. bitchkittenwaffles reblogged this from latimes
  16. fresafresca reblogged this from latimes and added:
    I’m helping to make some tamales in a couple of days with my sister and my mom :)
  17. obscurantic reblogged this from latimes
  18. latimes posted this