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Thursday 27 August 2020

Any's Tamales


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This past weekend was the beginning of a new home business based in Hawthorne called Any's Tamales. Any is Ana Roman Morales and like her, her tamales are of Guatemalan descent. Orders can be placed through her Instagram account, and for now everything is pickup only in Hawthorne.

Two varieties are on offer as of now, chicken and a vegetarian version that uses the same ingredients minus the meat. In Guatemala, you will notice a red flag outside of a business or home to signify on Saturdays when the fresh tamales are ready to be purchased. Here at Any's they hung a red balloon, which was close enough to bring back good memories.

You may be familiar with chuchitos from Guatemalan restaurants or markets around Los Angeles, a type of tamal wrapped in corn husks like their Mexican cousins and a bit drier. These tamales that Any makes are tamales colorados, wrapped and steamed inside of banana leaves, chicken thigh, pumpkin seeds, and a complex red sauce that leads to the name.

The resulting product is full of moisture from all of its ingredients and sauces, and like chuchitos, deeply satisfying. Receiving a package is a pleasant experience, shown above with the care they give to their presentation.

Guatemalan tamales are a bit larger than those Mexican cousins, and one can go quite a ways to filling up a "normal" person. Two should satisfy anyone. Do to the fact that they are weekend or special occasion tradition, it is clear that Any's will be a welcome addition to customers seeking to bring many tamales back to their homes in Los Angeles with the familiar tastes of back home in Guatemala.

Check out the photos below first of chicken and then vegetarian. Keep up with Any's Tamales through their Instagram to see when the next batch will be. As of this article, orders are going to be taken from 31 August to 03 September to be picked up on 05 Saturday and 06 Sunday of that weekend.



Online Orders Only

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