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Hot Tamales


Hot Tamales in St. Bernard Parish

Hot Tamales in St. Bernard Parish.

I should never have posted this picture.

Now I want a tamale. It’s not that I’m hungry. I just want one.

Just so you know, a tamale is Mesoamerican food. They originated in — wait for it — Mesoamerica somewhere around 8,000 to 5,000 BC. They were road food. Usually armies and travelers ate them while they were on the move.

Think about that.

There was something like a 10,000 year old 7-Eleven store out there. Before Jesus Christ was born.  Before there was motorized transportation. Before the dawn of politicians for life.

Armies — or travelers — pulled up and bought some food to go. Maybe they even drank something like a Big Gulp. Nah. Probably not. They were healthier than we are. However, if you buy some of that 7-Eleven food today — like a Twinkie — it might be 10,000 years old.

Depending on where you buy tamales down here you can get two different base foods. South and Central Americans use masa, a kind of starchy dough. Or, something very kin to that. However, in the Mississippi Delta, African-Americans use cornmeal. They can be filled with other things, but masa or cornmeal is where a tamale starts. Usually.

There’s a lot more to the history of a tamale. How could there not be? It’s 10,000 year old food. But, I’ll leave that to you.

The picture. I just photographed what I saw. I did brighten the red up a bit to draw your eye to that building, which by the way, looks like an old railroad building. Repurposed.

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10 Comments

  1. The next time I’m in a 7-11, I will definitely be checking the “best used by” date. I love fresh tamales, and I know 7-11 is not the place for those, but my next time in NO, I will be looking for this place. Nice light, btw.

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    • Let me know when you are looking for that place. I told a friend of mine about it. She knows just about every place in NOLA. She had a hard time finding it. But, luckily we have fresh tamale places in a lot of neighborhoods.

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      • Well, it’s not touristy at all. That place is located less than a mile from the Domino Sugar processing plant and at the edge of a very interesting old neighborhood. It’s also just far enough out — just over the St. Bernard Parish line — that it is fairly safe.

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