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Indio Tamale Festival - Mon, 02/11/08 4:00 AM
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I hope this is a good place to post this... The LA Times had a piece about the Indio Int'l Tamale Festival. Dec 6-7. I know it's a ways off, but this is supposed to be one of the top 10 festivals in the country. It would be fun to get together as a Roadfood caravan. Everyone meets up somewhere, and maybe we all have special badges, stinking badges, so we can spot each other at the site. It's 26 miles east of Palm Springs.
Something to keep in mind. I'll be there.
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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Mon, 02/11/08 8:51 AM
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What's with the Indio? Native American? East Indian? Independent? Other?

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Mon, 02/11/08 2:19 PM
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Oh, Indio, Schmindio, whatever. Look up Indio, CA on Wikipedia, they say something retarded about how "it's thought that the name Indio was chosen because there had been Indians there", pretty dumb stuff. I don't know. Not EAST Indian, I'll wager. I didn't name it! It's just INDIO, OK? Ha.
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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Mon, 02/11/08 4:02 PM
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Oh, Indio, Schmindio, whatever. Look up Indio, CA on Wikipedia, they say something retarded about how "it's thought that the name Indio was chosen because there had been Indians there", pretty dumb stuff. I don't know. Not EAST Indian, I'll wager. I didn't name it! It's just INDIO, OK? Ha.
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Gimme a break! Ys Easterners don't know all the cities in CA. I really did think it was an ethnic festival.

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Mon, 02/11/08 4:44 PM
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Indio: Low desert and full of date palms.

If I recall correctly, EliseT has attended this Indio tamalefest.

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Mon, 02/11/08 6:05 PM
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Yes, enginecapt is right, I think you can eat dates all day long in Indio. Until they are coming out of... well. But it sounds like fun, do take a look at the Wikipedia site, and the Indio Tamale Festival site, I don't know how much more Roadfoodish you can get!
The main thing is, I bring this up at this early date because it gives folks a chance to think about it well in advance, and ooh, maybe make hotel or resort reservations NOW. If this thing is as big as it appears to be, rooms may sell out months ahead. Hey, NYNM, calm down, I was not poking fun at easterners at all. Hell, I was born in Dallas, but spent years 5-10 in Danbury, where my Dad ran the Parole Dept at the FCI there.
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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Mon, 02/11/08 6:29 PM
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I'd be interested in that. But I'm only an hour and a half away, so no worries about securing lodging.

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Mon, 02/11/08 6:43 PM
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I agree with NYNM-would have enjoyed a bit of background with the announcement of the festival.We have no idea what it is about, and just wanted an explanation.No need to get testy, my friend.

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Mon, 02/11/08 6:43 PM
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Elise did post a description of her visit to the Indio Tamale Festival some time ago. One of the Food or Travel channel's Foodie Programs, I think it was the one on Fairs and Festivals a couple of years ago...anyway they filmed the events and reviewed the festival. They filmed a sequence dealing the the "Strawberry Tamales" that looked outstanding.

Indio is home to the Date Festival also. It is a major fair, usually in February. If ever in SoCal during the winter I do recommend a day at the 'Fair' It is quite a spectacle.

PS I deleted the duplicate of this topic in another forum.

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Mon, 02/11/08 6:57 PM
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Sounds like a fun festival to explore!!

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 12:48 AM
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Well. What part of the word "Tamale" are people confused about? It's a tamale festival. You can go there and pig out on tamales. I have not been. It's supposed to be good. That's all the background I have for you guys. OK? I'm not being testy. Jeez. I'm always in a cheerful mood. I'm thinking about Hello Kitty right now.
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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 9:16 AM
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Scott, if I were independently wealthy, I'd fly out to Indio for this festival lickety-split. (And to Austin, and to Mobile, et al.) I've been jonesing for good tamales ever since we left CA in December, and that is one Mex item that cannot be found around these parts of CT. I hope that you drive out for it and do a trip report for us! Chris

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 11:35 AM
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Ayersian, that has always been my dream, to tavel around the world to all the food festivals. Hmmm, that would make a good Travel Channel show.

The Tamale festival sounds fun to me.
Joe

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 12:36 PM
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Si. As I said, I'll be there with the camera. Ya'll just are gonna hafta wait until Dec for the pix. I'm thinking I might want to get out there on the 6th, fill up, crash in a hotel, then go back on the 7th, eat more tamales, and drive back to LA. How do you say "Yummy!" en espanol?
-Scott Lindgren

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 12:59 PM
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Scott, Just a little Friendly advice...Not all members are familiar with SoCal place names and geography..Hell, not all SoCal members are familiar with them either. It would help avoid confusion or "duh?" questions, if you would be sure to include the area you are referring to when you list someplace. Putting it near but not in Palm Springs helps ! Confusion reigns when one has to decide if LA is Los Angeles or Louisiana...or USC is in Los Angeles or South Carolina????? You get the idea! Thanks

I have never been to the Tamale festival, but would like to go sometime...I Have been to the Date Festival, several times, and loved it. If you can visualize your Grandmother in a "I Dream of Jeannie" Hareum outfit..Hundreds of senior citizens dress in those outfits and serve as the fair's "Staff" The gentlemen all look like retiree's from one of the Shriner's Organizations....Pastel leisure suits and vests and Fez-type hats. ALL with LARGE NAME TAGS ! The fair really is fun, Ostrich and Camel racing, more food than I have seen at many county fairs, and always great weather. It is also the Riverside County Fair, so the events include stuff other than Date-related happenings.

Here's a Link to the festival website It just happens to be running this coming week !!!!!!!

[url][/url]http://www.datefest.org/

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 1:25 PM
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Well, OK Al-TM-B, I gotcha, I guess. But I reference the "LA Times". Most folks would know this means Los Angeles, not Louisiana. I say it's 26 miles east of Palm Springs. I tell folks to look up Indio, CA on Wikipedia. I mention the "Indio Int'l Tamale Festival", THEY HAVE A WEB SITE. How much further must I go to avoid confusion?? Really. I can't believe what I'm hearing here about confusion. Good God. What part of "26 miles east of Palm Springs" is unclear? annpeeples says she "has no idea what it is about, and just wants an explanation". TAMALE: It's food, from Mexico. It's yummy. A FESTIVAL: People get together and celebrate stuff they like. Oy.
-SL

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 2:09 PM
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Originally posted by salindgren
How do you say "Yummy!" en espanol?

Sabrosa!

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 2:22 PM
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Salin, LA Times... Palm Springs... I could tell it was probably in California, and not in Louisiana or Florida. I could not tell from the origional post that Indio refered to the ciy, or county, or??? Vic is saying that the more info you give, the better. Hey, we have lotsa speed readers here.

Farmer Brown has a cow. Cows are brown. What color is farmer Browns cow???

Any Guesses??? Be carefull!
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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 3:18 PM
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

Confusion reigns when one has to decide if LA is Los Angeles or Louisiana...


Don't you know LA stands for Lower Azusa?

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 3:38 PM
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Ohh Ed, didn't know. Hey, there is anouther kind of tamale that comes out of lobsters. Hmmm nevermind, I think that kind is spelled different.
Joe

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 4:50 PM
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salindgren-guess you didnt notice the wink? Pardon my faux pas,didnt mean to offend...

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 5:11 PM
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Originally posted by PapaJoe8

Ohh Ed, didn't know. Hey, there is anouther kind of tamale that comes out of lobsters. Hmmm nevermind, I think that kind is spelled different.
Joe


Here today, gone tamale.

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 5:17 PM
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Ohh Ed, didn't know. Hey, there is anouther kind of tamale that comes out of lobsters. Hmmm nevermind, I think that kind is spelled different.
Joe


actually, the lobster liver, is also called "tamale." Maybe that's why in the US, the tamal (which is the singular for tamales) is called a tamale? I dunno, but in any event, for some reason, in the US, we call a "tamal" a "tamale," which is spelled and sounds the same as the tamale (the liver), of the lobster.

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 5:32 PM
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Thanks for clearing that up Score! Now, if I can only learn to aquire a taste for those kinda tamales.
Joe

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 6:08 PM
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ED, LA = Lake Arrowhead

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 6:18 PM
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Ed-LA Is:
Lake Ann/Burnett Co. in Wisconsin

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 6:52 PM
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Originally posted by EdSails

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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

Confusion reigns when one has to decide if LA is Los Angeles or Louisiana...


Don't you know LA stands for Lower Azusa?
"Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga...." Boy, am I ever dating myself by quoting that.

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 7:06 PM
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Yeah, Jack, You are !! When Jack Benny moved from radio to TV I was amazed at how that joke carried over with him. He wouldn't recognize any of the three cities now !

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 7:16 PM
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Mr Benny was only 39 at the time!

About that tamale festival?

Salin, w/ less tha 1k posts I had to pay my dues also. Hang in!
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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 8:02 PM
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Al, I probably should have quoted it this way: "Anaheim, Azusa and Cuuuuuuuu....camonnnnnnnga."

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 8:37 PM
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Originally posted by Scorereader

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Originally posted by PapaJoe8

Ohh Ed, didn't know. Hey, there is anouther kind of tamale that comes out of lobsters. Hmmm nevermind, I think that kind is spelled different.
Joe


actually, the lobster liver, is also called "tamale." Maybe that's why in the US, the tamal (which is the singular for tamales) is called a tamale? I dunno, but in any event, for some reason, in the US, we call a "tamal" a "tamale," which is spelled and sounds the same as the tamale (the liver), of the lobster.


Right, except the liver of the lobster is spelled tomalley.

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 9:12 PM
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how about chili today, hot tamale?

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Tue, 02/12/08 11:22 PM
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Jennifer, I have broken bread with you----but I have to admit that your jokes are worse than mine!



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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Wed, 02/13/08 5:55 AM
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HA! Oh, dear, I guess I did not see ann's wink. I was thinking too hard about Hello Kitty. Anyway, I was talking to a guy from Mexico today about this Tamale Fest, and he says he's traveled ALL over Mexico, and there are HUNDREDS of different types. It's funny that the LOS ANGELES (!) TIMES piece mentioned Strawberry Tamales, and this guy Raul just brought that subject up out of the blue! Now, that I want to test out. How about blueberry tamales? Sounds good to me. I really love the green corn tamales in the summer at El Cholo here in LOS ANGELES (!). Those are practically dessert. Raul says you can pretty much put anything in there. I can see that. How about say, a pizza tamale, with chopped salami and mozzarella? Or a nice pesto tamale, with basil (duh), garlic, parmesan, and toasted pine nuts? If you're gonna go as far as strawberry, well, hmm... How about adding Mexican chocolate? Like in moles? Or you could do a ratatouille (sp?) version, with zucchini and everything. I won't even approach Asian additions, I don't know enough about that subject. Oh, the mind reels here. A Soul Food tamale, with black-eyed peas and stuff. Hawaiian tamales. Swedish meatball tamales. And wait... What about adding booze? Champagne tamales. Single malt scotch tamales. Tamales with beer. I'll quit now.
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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Wed, 02/13/08 7:35 AM
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

Confusion reigns when one has to decide if LA is Los Angeles or Louisiana...or USC is in Los Angeles or South Carolina????? You get the idea!


When I (Amy) first moved to Maine, people always asked me where I was from. When I replied L.A. (as in Los Angeles), nearly everyone replied "Oh! Lewiston Auburn?"


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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Wed, 02/13/08 11:58 AM
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Lots of great tamale ideas Salin!

How about Tamale Tamales, or tomalley tamales?, made with that other kind of tamale, or tomalley.

Oh, Hawaiian tamales, those are made w/ Spam.

And, don't forget the South American tamales, made w/ bananna leaves.
Joe

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Wed, 02/13/08 3:01 PM
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Ah, PJ8, Spam tamales. W/pineapples. I think the native Hawaiian interest in Spam goes to what they call "Cargo Culture", wherein we ran around in DC3s, etc, dropping "cargo" all over the Pacific. With parachutes. Maybe not so much Hawaii, but Guam, New Guinea, places like that. I AM NOT calling the recipients dumb, OK? Please nobody get on my case about that, let's stop that before it starts, but I do think it's interesting that these folks thought we were aliens, or gods, or something, flying around dropping "cargo" for them.
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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Wed, 02/13/08 4:00 PM
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History flash, we may all be aliens! Looks like the building blocks of life may have come from outer space. Makes sense to me cause earth was a molten ball of rock. That is not to say that a bigger hand did not have a part in things.
Joe

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Wed, 02/20/08 7:19 PM
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Jennifer, I have broken bread with you----but I have to admit that your jokes are worse than mine!





Thank you Ed... I take that as a compliment ;)..seriously though.. on certain Christmases, I've been known to make some pretty good roast duck tamales...I like my masa yellow and infused with garlic...

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RE: Indio Tamale Festival - Thu, 02/21/08 5:01 PM
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Wow, those sound great Jenn! My dad loved roast duck. I'm sure he would have loved your tamales!
Joe