Hey, we get it! Amidst the joyous whirlwind of the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of preparations, festivities, and social obligations. However, amidst the merriment, it’s crucial to carve out moments to slow down and truly savor the season’s unique magic.
While social gatherings and festive feasts contribute to the season’s joy, it’s equally important to prioritize individual well-being. Whether it’s a quiet moment with a captivating book, a rejuvenating walk in nature, or simply relaxing and appreciating the quietude, tending to personal needs ensures we are fully present and capable of embracing the season’s magic.
By making a conscious effort to slow down and prioritize well-being, we can transform the holiday season from a fleeting rush into a cherished experience, one that nourishes our spirits and fosters lasting connections with loved ones. Let’s make this holiday season one we truly remember for its warmth, togetherness, and personal fulfillment.
And isn’t that what this post is supposed to be all about each week?
Ok so outside of maybe your best friend’s Abuela, who makes the best tamales?
Did you know that the tradition of eating tamales at Christmas goes back for ages. Tamales themselves go way back to Mesoamerica and were chowed down by the Aztecs, Mayans, and Olmecs. They were like the VIP dish for special occasions and even got some love from the gods. After the conquistadors arrived and banned human sacrifice, little bundles of corn — tamales — were “sacrificed” instead.
Plus, these bad boys were the OG takeout—they were easy to carry, traveled well, tasted great, so they fed folks that were off on battles or hunting trips.
Tamales and tamale making are all about tradition – bringing multiple generations together in a labor of love often accompanied by warm memories and laughter. If you ever made tamales, you probably did so with a group of people.
In the mood for a great tamale now?
Friday night, the Tamale Throwdown, presented by Fresno Street Eats and held at Tioga Sequoia Brewing Co. in Downtown Fresno, will feature seven fantastic local tamale creators competing for top honors. The event kicks off at 5 pm and runs until 10 pm. It’s open to all ages, and guess what? Admission is totally free!
They will have Judges’ Choice and Peoples’ Choice awards to hand out, deciding who has the best tamales in the Central Valley. Check out some of the competitors: Me Gusta Tamales, which has won awards up and down the state for its tamales; Tamale Mama, who is a viral local success story; Miguel’s Salsa, which was recently named the No. 1 place to eat in the Valley by Yelp, plus other great tamale makers like Tacos Ama, The Golden Tamale, and Vornitas!
And yes, bring your best friend’s Abuela too!
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YOUR HAIKU OF THE DAY
Leaf-wrapped bundles hold
Heritage and taste combined,
Tamales, a gift.