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Saturday, 20 December 2008



Looks good. Any vendors selling champurrado?

Luis Heredia

Chris--most vendors were selling champurrado. It sold for $1.50 for a 16 oz cup. Just like the tamales--every vendor makes their champurrado a little different. Thicker with a good balance of cinnamon is my favorite.

Thanks Ed for attending the festival and sharing your input about the food and festive environment. I belong to the organizing committee and we are all every grateful for your post.

ed (from Yuma)

Yeah, Chris, like Luis said, many vendors were selling it. We tried some, but not enough to write up a comparison. Also water and sodas were available.

Thanks for the kind words, Luis. I really enjoy the festival and appreciate that it is for a good cause.


Ed- I had to stop reading and go make some breakfast. No tamales to be had, but did grill some polenta as a landing pad for soft boiled eggs. Wow, I miss our tamale shop. Still closed. :(

My brother who has just bought a house in Yuma, went this year to the festival for the first time. Still awaiting his "post"! They were planning on buying for the freezer.

Porta Rickin Rick

Hey Ed,

This looks fantastic and well worth a drive next year to check it out in person. Was there anything around in maybe a chicken mole tamale? I have heard that there is a woman in the City Heights area that has these, but she is more elusive than Sandy Claws.

ed (from Yuma)


I don't recall seeing any mole tamales. Sounds good, but moles are not a major part of local cuisine. I can't say that I've ever had a really outstanding mole in Yuma or vicinity (except once when a student brought me some home-made).

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