One of our favorite treats here in San Pedro are chicken tamales.
Not tamales that you buy at a store or a restaurant – but fresh, hot chicken tamales delivered right to our door. How does this work?
Every morning “the tamale guy” rides or pushes his bike up and down the beach. On the front of his bike is a large cooler filled with the freshest, most delicious chicken tamales. (the amount of tamales in his cooler determines if he’s riding the bike or pushing it) Depending on the day he will ride by our place between 7:00 in the morning and 8:30 in the morning.
Ding! Ding! Ding! Fresh hot tamales!
When our mom is here visiting us, she will sit out on the beach with money in hand and wait for the tamale guy to come by. When she’s not here, what do we do? Well, we are way too lazy to wait outside on the beach for an hour, so when our friend comes by with the fresh tamales he stops in front of our condo and rings his bell several times and shouts “hot tamales!”, “fresh hot tamales!”.
If we are up and about we’ll run out onto our patio and shout down – “we’ll take 4!” However sometimes we are still in bed, half asleep, when the tamale guy stops by. If that’s the case, we are awakened by the ringing of the magic tamale bell and we shout out the window….”hold on, we will be right down!”
The tamale guy is more than happy to wait for us, as we play a heated game of “rock, paper, scissors”, to determine who is going to be the one walking down to the beach to make the purchase.