Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Momma's Tamales

 I wanted to do a tamale run this Christmas and had big plans - Arandas and Dona Tere on Beechnut, La Roca on Bissonet, Tamales a Mano on West Bellfort @ Chimney Rock and maybe Amigos Meat Market on West Bellfort @ Roark where I've had some very good tamales as part of  a platillo.  I already know I love Alamo Tamales but I thought I'd stick to places on the southwest side, closer to home and see what I could find.

On eGullet I read about fast food tamales - I didn't know Wienerschnitzel had tamales @ Christmas time!  Then I found El Pollo Loco had three tamale offerings on their Holiday Specials menu.  

And on Next Door I read about a new place in Bellaire called Momma's.  I only made it to El Pollo Loco and Momma's, which only opened about 3 weeks ago.


These were the pork; they only have a half dozen varieties ($14 per dozen, $8 per half) and they make a couple of salsas ($4 for 8 oz as I recall).

These were pretty good, a little on the drier-than-I-like-'em side but not too much.

I'll be back to try more, including the Brisket tamales.

I got the Double Loaded Queso Tamale bowl from El Pollo Loco.  I dropped it in the driveway trying to carry too many things into the house in one trip, so no pictures (and the Holiday Specials Menu seems to have been taken down already).  But the tamales were not bad, spicier than I expected.  They only have --- pollo.  Of course.

I probably should be grateful there's not a Wienerschnitzel any where near me.

Momma's Tamales, 5214 Cedar, Bellaire, in the block just west of the Bellaire HEB market.

I went to the El Pollo Loco on Rice, just south of Westpark.  We definitely need more drive-thru tamale stands.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Lockdown Delights - Wieners, veggie balls, tortilla



Brooklyn Hot Dogs - smoked, un-cured, all beef, natural casing (Central Market), veggie balls (Gronsakskaka - Ikea), leftover corn tortilla from Teotihuacan.

Making do, using up what's in the freezer and refrigerator; still adjusting to having to shop a week-and-a half ahead.  I couldn't decide what sauce - mustard for the wieners but not for the veggies or tortilla?  I spread some butter on the tortilla, a la old style Tex-Mex restaurants, before tortilla chips and salsa made their debut, and dabbed a little on the veggie balls.

Plus some Butter Pecan ice cream.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Take-out: Carne Asada


El Escribano - grilled skirt steak topped with  sautéed fresh garlic, scallops, shrimp and Monterey cheese, with arroz, guacamole and pico de gallo, plus chips and 2 salsas, charros, and hot, fresh, hand -made thick corn tortillas.  Note steam.

From Teotihuacan, West Bellfort location

Friday, April 10, 2020

Take-out: Wonton Soup, Fried Dumplings and Hunan Delight


To-Go order for 1.

Large Wonton Soup = 1 quart.   Large dumplings (at least 3) and a package of fried wonton strips.

Fried pork dumplings - 8.  A little burned and not crispy from being closed up in the clamshell for the trip home.  Came with a dipping sauce.

Hunan Delight - shrimp, chicken and beef with vegetables in a spicy brown sauce - huge portion.

The order also came with at least 3 cups of steamed rice (weighed over a pound),

Enough for at least 3 meals.

China House, 8797 S. Gessner, just off 59/69.  Order online, delivery by Door Dash.

Friday, March 27, 2020

This and That on the Global Effort to Stop a Pandemic



An Alton Brown Tutorial - How to Wash Your Hands



J. Kenji-Lopez of Serious Eats  -- Food Safety and Coronavirus



Texan's quarterback Deshaun Watson has been giving large donations to help over-worked health care workers and hospitality industry workers without income.  You can help fill that last need, too.     Follow the link to leeinitiative.org in the last paragraph.

And remember to patronize restaurants with your take-out and delivery orders, and tip generously..




And Carol of Carol's Lunchbox, Farmington CT, with a Beatle's classic, a catchy way to remember the new mantra.




I'm in the high risk categories because of age and a recent bout with cancer.  I'm staying safe and hope you are too.