Monterrey, Mexico breaks world record for longest tamale!

You know the sense of satisfaction you feel after preparing a nice meal? Imagine how the citizens of Monterrey must feel. Over the weekend, around 150 residents from the capital of northern Mexican State of Nuevo Leon, helped break a world record by cooking up 139.9 meters (over 400 feet!) of their yummy traditional dish, the tamale.

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Volunteers from 30 different neighborhoods congregated in downtown Plaza Zaragoza to help compile, and assemble the thousands of pieces and ingredients--such as corn flour, corn husks, and beef--needed to create the meal.  City Mayor Fernando Larrabazel said he hoped the event, which was held during the third Monterrey Culinary Show, would help “create a sense of belonging” in the community. 

To make it official, local notary public, Sergio Elias Gutierrez, double-checked the measurements and confirmed that all requirements for the Guinness world record were met.

I have to admit I am weirdly impressed by this. Having grown up eating tamales, I can say firsthand that cooking them is not the easiest task. The bulk of the ingredients, like the meat and potatoes, are wrapped in corn flour burrito-style and then re-wrapped in a corn husk. The final presentation is tricky to create and requires lots of patience --something Latina women, like my mom and aunts, are not particularly known for. On the plus side, eating them is muy delicioso so I sincerely hope that the volunteers get to celebrate their hard work by enjoying the fruits of their labor. ¡Buen provecho a todos!

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