with Michael Lum

Celebrate the HOLIDAYS with TAMALES!!!!


Tamales a delicious Christmas tradition…

The tamale is emblematic of the holiday season in Latin culture.

Packages of sweet or savory corn dough stuffed with meats and vegetables,

and wrapped in banana leaves or cornhusks,
tamales are a memorable part of the holiday feast,
and the making of them a celebrated tradition
in the Mexican American home.

For many families, Christmas is tamalada time,
the time to crowd into a fragrant kitchen to make tamales.

Wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and filled with anything

from pork to pineapple to squash blossoms, the steamy corn dumplings are most delicious.

But it is the process of making them with family and friends:

 the scooping, smearing, wrapping and tying, that makes tamales such an endearing food.

Each tamal is swaddled with such care that in some parts of the Yucatan, it is referred to as “the baby.”

To this day, the most sacred occasions in Mexico —

baptisms, first communions, and special wedding anniversaries —

are still marked with the ritual of tamale making.


2260 Main St Ste 17 (at Alamitos Ave)
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Neighborhood: Otay
(619) 424-3416
Many of the best Tamales can be found in small shops or at carts…

La Dona

Mon-Sat 7 am – 3 pm

1784 Newton Ave
(between Beardsley St & Sigsbee St)
San Diego, CA 92113
Neighborhood: Barrio Logan
(619) 233-4939

Las Cuatro Milpas

Mon-Sat 9 am – 3 pm

1875 Logan Ave
(between Beardsley St & Crosby St)
San Diego, CA 92113
Neighborhood: Barrio Logan
(619) 234-4460
El Borrego RestaurantTue-Fri 10 am – 8 pm
Sat 8 am – 6 pm
Sun 9 am – 6 pm
4280 El Cajon Blvd
(between Van Dyke Ave & 43rd St)
San Diego, CA 92105
Neighborhood: City Heights
(619) 281-1355
So  grab a Tamale and celebrate the season,
and if you know of great Tamale places let me know!!
Suggested by Dale Dubach

3952 Fourth Ave San Diego
 Neighborhood: Hillcrest

(619) 299-3525


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