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Tamales for All Occasions

By Arianna McKinney

In the month of December, it is tradition for family and friends to get together and make huge batches of tamales to eat and to share. But for those who don't have the time to make tamales or the blessing of family and friends who share their tamales with you, here are some of the best places to buy tamales in the area, based on reader feedback through VON's Facebook page.

At the plaza in Caimital
For the past three years, anyone who passes through Caimital in route between Nicoya and the coast has seen Mireya Mejias Quiros seated in a plastic chair on the corner near the plaza, holding up a bag of tamales for sale, two for 1000 colones ($2). Her tamales are made of sifted corn flour with "all the ingredients," including cumin, garlic, onion, celery, sweet pepper and oregano. In December, she also makes sweet chicheme, a traditional drink.

 

Bar and Restaurant La Roca
Located in Cuesta Grande about half way between Samara and Nicoya, La Roca serves up tamales yearround for 600 colones ($1.20) each, but during December, waitress Elizabeth Gomez Castillo said they get orders of up to 30 or 40 tamales at a time. The tamales are prepared by Chef Soreida Castillo Sandy using cilantro, pepper, onion, celery, a little bit of pork lard and some of the juice from the meat added to the masa.

Soda Playa Garza
Teresa Carrillo Perez, owner of Soda Playa Garza, located directly on the beach in Garza, halfway between Samara and Nosara, only makes tamales in December, which she sells two for 1000 colones ($2). She says one of the secrets to great tamales is sifting the corn flour first so that it comes out finer. She has been selling tamales for about 10 years now, although she said she has been making them all her life.
 

 

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