Saturday, February 03, 2007
Secret Food of New York
At the Lovely Wife's "Holiday" party last week a friend of the lovely wife brought us tasty Tamales from the Upper West Side. Filled with pork or chicken, they were moist and tasty. I heated a leftover one up for a snack last night and it was still good, three days later. But here's the catch: the friend bought these tasty snacks from an unlicensed vendor. Because I thought they tasted so good, I dare not publish where and when to get these Tamales (although, surprisingly, it is on the Upper West Side somewhere). And yes, I thought to myself, I am glad that I am heating these pork and chicken filled petri dishes to well over 160 degrees for several minutes to kill any bacteria. So maybe I wouldn't buy sushi on the street. Having said that, I looked into what it takes to serve food on the street in the City of New York and I can understand why an immigrant tamale vendor would choose to take her chances. I have an advanced degree and can't really understand what you need to do.
Let me know if you want some tamales...