Friday, September 22, 2006

Ladies Who Lunch

One of the perks of being self-employed is getting to go out to lunch in the middle of the day. (I can only afford the places in the bargain bites section of the paper, but at least I’ve got the time.)

Today my friend Marcia (an underemployed substitute teacher) and I went to the Tamale Queen in the Fruitvale district of Oakland. Maria Martinez may well be the queen of tamales—hers are definitely the best I’ve ever had. Today it was pork—tender, smoky, slightly oily, with a nice moist corn wrapper. For dessert we had tres leches cake, and spent several minutes deciding what the three milks might be—condensed milk is definitely one, but the other two are a sweet mystery.

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