Monday, January 21, 2008

A Florida Tamale???

So I had a Florida tamale today. I know, kind of sounds like an oxymoron to me too. I usually shy away from tamales because typically they are made with pork and I don't eat pork because I'm really Jewish. I'M KIDDING! Although, my father was a Jewish carpenter! But I really don't eat pork. And I've actually MADE tamales before and after you make them, trust me, you'll never want to eat them again! But I used to work with a girl who would bring me BEEF tamales and despite the tub of lard that went into them, they were DEEEELISH! (Do you remember our attempt to make tamales Mom??? I think I was like 10!!!) So before I give you my report on the Florida tamale, I must tell you WHY I had a tamale, because I know you care. I have had the most WRETCHED craving for Mexican food for the past 3 weeks. I've tried to fulfill my craving by cooking fajitas at home, Cary even bought me one of those $1.50 Banquet (frozen) enchilada dinners (GAG) and my craving would not subside. So this past week, I suggested that we save ALL of our eating out allowance and go eat at our favorite Mexican place here, Aztecas. It's not Tex-Mex, but it will do! So yesterday, after church, we went to Aztecas and had A FEAST I tell you, A FEAST! Oh, it was heavenly. Cary brought half of his home, which ended up being my lunch today.

Now, on to the tamale. And let me preface this by saying I KNOW MY MEXICAN FOOD. There was this BIG ROUND thing in the container and I had NO IDEA what it was. I thought, maybe a chimichanga, maybe a burrito??? So I tasted it. And I still couldn't figure out what it was. It was good, but I had no clue what I was eating. I took another bite. And then another. Still, nothing was coming to me. It definitely was not an enchilada. About half way through, I asked him, "Honey, what the heck is this thing???" And he replied, "Oh, that's my tamale!" ("You mean, MY tamale, right?" Heeheee.)

So that was my first experience with a Florida tamale. I didn't even know what it was!!! He assured me it was a BEEF tamale. Shew! Good thing! I wouldn't want to eat Babe. But still, it made no resemblance to any tamale I've ever seen. Except that it was round. And full of meat.

9 comments:

Lisa said...

You poor thing... I'm sure you are dying for good Mexican food. My brother lives in Kentucky and everytime they come home to Dallas we go eat good Mexican! I totally take for granted all the yummy Mexican food places around here.

Lisa said...

I saw your comment on BigMama's post, and now I'm wondering if you know my husband's family since you said you grew up in Friendswood. He's the youngest of four and graduated in '85 from FHS, so if you're younger than that, maybe not... just curious. =) We're both Aggies too, class of '89.

I'd ask him if you look familiar, but I'm the night owl and he's asleep. LOL. Love your blog header, btw -- very nice!

Texas Aggie in Florida said...

Actually I grew up in Pearland...right down the road from Friendswood. Friendswood/Pearland are next door neighbors. I graduated from HS in 92 and graduated from A&M in 96. So I probably didn't know him.

But thanks for stopping by! And gig'em!!!

Ashley said...

Man, you have me wanting mexican food. At least we still have good mexican food here in Oklahoma! My favorite places are the "hole in the wall" joints!

I might have to have some for lunch! What is wrong with you?? writing a post about delicious food on your blog where you KNOW a starving pregnant woman is going to read it!!!

Mel :-) said...

I SO get that!!! We have finally found a Mexican restaurant we love- after almost 2 years here!!! I want it every week and my hubby thinks I am crazy!! I just can't get enough!! ;-)

Rachel said...

We have a place here in Mckinney that we eat at every single weekend. OMG- it's so good. But, it's actually not typical texmex...more real mexican food. The best part is we are in and out in less than a hour...never a wait b/c it's like Peiwei. :)

Texas Aggie in Florida said...

UGH! PEIWEI???? Love that place. Actually I just remembered I saw a Peiwei in Orlando the other day. It's a blessed thing! We used to go to Peiwei after the Saturday night services at Fellowship. The one in Southlake Town Square. Mmmmmm!

tales_from_the_crib said...

yeps...the best mexican place here involves a hole in the wall location and a gravel parking lots thats always full.
oh, and also involves churros or sopapillas!
mmm...

mom2iande said...

Cravings.....trying to tell your blog readers something???

Just kidding. I know this is going to gross you out since you can't stand Taco Bell but...I like Taco Bell burritos with green sauce.