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Mayra’s Tamale Wayside: A Photo Essay by Peter Murphy

Mayra's Tamale Wayside

Just on the outskirts of Ensenada, along road 23 towards the famous La Bufadora water spout, stands Mayra’s Tamale Wayside. It’s one of a few small stands that offer local, flavorful, comestible delights.  Among the offerings here are, of course, homemade tamales, local honey complete with the wax combs, pure olive oil, and a bit more including peppers (my favorite).  On this day though, I was intent on acquiring photos.

Mayra's Tamale Wayside

What attracted me to this particular wayside was the bright coloring that simply stood out among the other little tiendas. Just as Mayra was getting ready for the day, hoping for the arrival of a tide of visitors looking for La Bufadora, I wandered by to sample her wares and ask if I could take a few photos. She was happy to oblige.

Mayra's Tamale Wayside

Mayra's Tamale Wayside

As far as I was concerned, the tamales were some of the best I’ve ever had.  Ate some right then and there right out of the steamer. And I took a few home for later. Grabbed a bottle of pure olive oil at the same time and looked longingly at the honey wondering if Immigration would let me take it back home when I crossed the line again.  I decided not to risk it, and just spent the rest of the day enjoying local tamales, local beer and the local sights near Punta Banda.

Mayra's Tamale Wayside

About the Author

Peter Murphy is a photographer/photojournalist/visual storyteller based in Bend, Oregon. To see more of his striking images – in Baja and beyond – visit petermurphy.zenfolio.com.  Prints are available for purchase.


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