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  • Downtown Mesa, Arizona taco trail

    So you're in Mesa, Arizona and you're craving some mouthwatering tacos? Well, you're in luck because Downtown Mesa has got you covered with its incredible taco trail. Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure like no other, where the flavors are bold, the fillings are plentiful, and the vibes are simply irresistible. From traditional street-style tacos to creative fusion twists, Downtown Mesa's taco scene offers something for every taste bud. So grab your appetite and let's dive into this delicious journey through one of Arizona's most vibrant food trails.
  • Fun things to do in Mesa, Arizona while in town for the Pink October Games

    Visiting Mesa, Arizona for the Pink October Games? Get ready to have a blast in this vibrant city! Besides cheering on your favorite team, Mesa offers plenty of exciting activities to make your stay even more memorable. Whether you're a foodie, an outdoor enthusiast, or a culture seeker, Mesa has something for everyone. From exploring stunning natural landscapes to indulging in delicious local cuisine, this list of fun things to do will help you experience Mesa's unique charm while supporting an amazing cause. So, let's dive in and discover all the incredible ways to make your trip to Mesa truly unforgettable!
  • Top free (and cheap) things to do in Mesa, Arizona

    Looking for an adventure in Mesa, Arizona without breaking the bank? Well, you're in for a treat! We've compiled a list of the top free (and cheap) things to do in Mesa that will keep you entertained and your wallet happy. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or just looking to explore the area, Mesa has got you covered. From breathtaking hiking trails and stunning desert landscapes to fascinating museums and cultural hotspots, this city has something for everyone. So, tighten your shoelaces and get ready to explore Mesa on a budget!
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  • The Delta Tamale Trail

    The “Cotton Rush” of the turn of the last century brought all sorts of cultures and nationalities to the Mississippi Delta. One such group were the Mexicans who could make more picking cotton in the Delta than they could make anywhere else in the country. Of course they brought their food with them, and the “hot tamale” was introduced to the African-American laborers who worked beside them. That’s one theory, anyway. Other theories suggest that tamale recipes were brought back from the Mexican-American War, or that the Native Americans had been making tamales all along. However they got here, we’re glad they did! At any rate, the popularity of the tamale took off because of their portability, affordability, and full flavor. You may ask yourself how the Mexican tamale is different from the Delta tamale. According to the Southern Foodways Alliance, the Delta tamale differs in that, “Tamales from the Mississippi Delta are smaller than Latin-style tamales, are simmered instead of steamed, have a gritty texture from the use of corn meal instead of corn flour, have considerably more spice, and are usually served with juice that is the byproduct of simmering.” There are dozens of great places to try the different varieties of Delta Tamales (some places even deep fry them) throughout the region and we’re going to name some of them below. And if you’re really, really into tamales, you don’t want to miss the Delta Hot Tamale Festival which takes place in Greenville every October
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