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Meredian Hill Tamales

Posted in District of Columbia by melissamccart on March 30, 2007

125730836_9bb1e374bb_m.jpgLate afternoons, I walk Charlie in Meredian Hill so she can chase squirrels in the park.  Now that the weather is nicer, there’s always a pick up soccer game or two on the fields.  Come 5:00, a little Salvadorean woman backs up her huge pickup truck into a spot right next to the park entrance, saved for her by one of the players.  Out the back, she sells a different lunch plate every afternoon: chicken tamales, veggie tamales, burritos, etc.  I’m not sure how much it is (I think most of the players just help themselves), but she asks me if I want one every day, with a Gatorade to wash it down. Sometimes I take her up on it and give her $5; other days, I pass.  It’s not like I’m the one who’s burning calories.

For street food, they’re really good.  And, she’s such a charming cook, with a fancy collection of aprons.  She wears a new one each day.  On weekends, she has more competition.  While park police aggressively ticket people whose dogs are off leash (my very nice neighbor was handcuffed and put in jail for mouthing off to a cop who was writing her a ticket), they seem to look the other way at the ad-hoc street carts lining up around the park as of late.

(This is about six months ago.  She’s a bigger puppy now.)197741368_8e3004bdcf.jpg

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