Hot tamales!

LOCATION: In our tiny house in Retama Village, Mission, Texas
WEATHER: Very nice. Sunny. High 72

Another day being a tour guide in the Rio Grande Valley – which is fun to do! Our houseguest Nancy and I did a line dancing class, then she and George went on a tram tour of the state park/world bird center across the street. They saw lots of beautiful birds and learned about the history of our area from the guide.

Then, off to lunch at Delia’s Tamales, which is world famous. Truly – they ship tamales around the world. Check it out at ….

We split a half-dozen of chicken tamales cooked in a green sauce. Other customers put us to shame, by eating a dozen each! I thought I didn’t like tamales until I tasted the ones at Delia’s!

After ordering, you go to their condiments bar, and load up on spicy green sauce, diced jalapenos, diced onions, tomatoes, limes, and lettuce to top off your tamales

George ordered menudo – a very popular tripe stew. Like Delia”s, most restaurants only offer menudo on the weekends.

Almost every table ordered a bowl or two. With the menudo come tortillas made right in the restaurant –

Duly fortified, we took a drive around the river, showing Nancy two of the dive bars (one aptly called the Junk Yard) that are very popular, especially on Sunday afternoons. We also pointed out the cute little mission church, founded by the Spanish settlers many years ago, that might be on the chopping block when the WALL comes through here. Their fiesty priest is fighting it.

Back at Retama Village, Nancy took advantage of the sun and warmth, and took a dip in the pool.

Then, we went to one of our favorite upscale restaurants and had vino on their patio. A perfect late afternoon among tropical plants and beautiful birds.

DINNER: Shrimp taco casserole. I layered sauteed shrimp, onions, bell peppers, and poblano peppers on top of tortilla strips. Seasoned with chili powder and cumin. Then, a layer of taco sauce, followed by shredded cheese Served with cilantro, tomatoes, and lettuce. Quite tasty – and easier to eat than tacos!

BOOK: “Messenger of Truth” by Jacqueline Winspear. Part of a series about a British female private investigator in the early 1900s. 4 out of 5 stars

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