Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Extraordinary "make it, bake it, grow it" fun - that's what you'll experience at the Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural! Enjoy live music, chiropractic treatments, farm-fresh produce, artisan food, traditional Mexican handicrafts, custom swim wear, organic coffee, and more! While shopping, be sure to satisfy your hunger with fresh tamales from "The Tamale Diva" of Tamale Gourmet!
Tamale Gourmet, the Story
by Adriana Basail (a.k.a. "The Tamale Diva")
I was living in San Pancho, Riviera Nayarit, when the 2009 recession hit. To earn extra cash, I sold homemade muffins and pizzas. One day I was returning from the market and discovered a package of corn husks in my bag that I had not remembered buying.
I had never made nor watched someone prepare a tamale (the indigenous Náhuatl word for "wrap"), and honestly, had never been fond of the fare. But, I loved to cook and decided to make use of the corn husks anyway.
Traditional tamales are made from masa (corn dough), lard and skimpy portions of varied ingredients. Since I am an advocate for healthy food choices, I began thinking of unique flavors to please the modern-day palette. I played with healthier ingredients, including freshly milled masa, butter and olive oil. Within a few weeks, I had created my first anisette sweet tamales. I gladly gave them away to close friends, and soon, they were calling for more. I was in business!
When the Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural was getting ready for its first season, I was invited to submit an application. I decided to add my own "tamale twist" to their international food menu. My tamales were made with less dough, no lard, and more filling. They were a hit and soon, I had my very own Tamale Gourmet stall.
Today, the quality of my hand-selected, seasonal ingredients make all the difference. Tamale lovers can taste the time and technique that is put into assembling each gourmet tamale and making sure it pops with flavor. I spend hours pairing the best ingredients from a long list of healthy ingredients: curry, lentils, carrots, plantain, raisins, coconut, peanuts, cilantro, spinach, pine nut, portobello, red roasted bell pepper, farmers cheese, black beans, zucchini, poblano, eggplant, basil, gouda and goat cheese, mahi-mahi, dill capers, almonds, chocolate and cranberries.
Meat lovers will love my new, high quality meat flavors, and vegans will appreciate my regular supply of delicious vegan tamales.
The fusion between prehispanic, contemporary and international cuisine - along with fresh, locally grown ingredients - is my trademark.
Warm Tamale Goodness
Stop by Tamale Gourmet this Saturday for your very own freshly made tamale. As you open the warm corn husk, the aroma and fluffy dough will capture your senses. You'll love the flavor and texture, knowing that each bite is delicious and healthy. Don't forget to try it with my fresh and mild house salsa. You will not regret each flavor-filled bite, and chances are, you will be back for more!
Perhaps it was a coincidence or maybe a sign that the package "magically appeared" in my bag on that fateful day in 2009, but bless those beautiful corn husks!
Tamale Gourmet is available for catering small events (minimum order of 24 and a maximum of 500). Simply make a reservation five days in advance. Special ingredient orders are available upon request. Small orders can be picked up on Saturdays at the market (9:30-2:00) through April 30th. Larger orders can be delivered. For more information, contact Adriana at adrianabasail(at)gmail.com (preferred), Facebook, +52 (322) 779-8037 or 224-1671.
Due to a limited response, the yoga class is cancelled for the balance of the season.
Meet the Market
The OTFM-TC is a North American style market that celebrates the tradition and culture of Mexico's outdoor Tianguis markets. It is also a registered non-profit/association civil organization that focuses on nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of Puerto Vallartans. All OTFM-TC products are either locally grown or handmade within 75 kilometers of the city.
Interested in becoming a new OTFM-TC vendor or volunteer? Stop by the information booth to pick up an application.For market updates in English - and now in Spanish - please visit OldTownFM.com, and "like" us on Facebook.
Click HERE to learn more about the Puerto Vallarta Old Town Farmers' Market.