Thursday, September 29, 2011

Guadalupe's Tamales

The first line we got on at the Vendys was for Guadalupe's Tamales, a nominee for the Vendy Cup and People's Choice Award. Our priority at the Vendys was to try the vendors that we have never tried before and/or can't get on a regular basis. Since Guadalupe sells her tamales on a corner in Brooklyn, we had no idea when we would be able to get these again. The tamales looked delicious in the video we saw and we couldn't wait to try them.

Guadalupe's Vendys menu and some tamales

We were able to watch Guadalupe making the tamales in a giant pot since she was being interviewed by the press when we got there. We were super excited!

They look sad that they're not getting tamales

In addition to arroz con leche (rice pudding) (to which the bees were very attracted), Guadalupe had 2 types of tamales - verdes (tamales with green sauce - available in shredded pork or chicken varieties) and rajas con queso (tamales with peppers and cheese):

Verde on the left, rajas con queso on the right

We got the verde tamale in pork and one of the rajas con queso tamales. (It wasn't really a choice - just whatever tamale came out of the pot next.) They were excellent. The pepper one had a good heat to it but the spiciness wasn't overwhelming (especially considering the amount of seeds in it). We liked the verde one even more as the sauce was so good. If you find yourself near Knickerbocker and DeKalb, check out Guadalupe's tamales!

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