58 F
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A mother’s legacy of tamales in Santa Ana

Latest headlines

Omicron strain now dominant in Yucatán

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 now appears to be the most common form of the virus in Yucatán.

Exploring Tazumal and Casa Blanca in Western El Salvador

Though part of the Mayan world, archaeological sites in El Salvador have largely remained unvisited by all but the most avid adventurers. But this tiny country boasts several interesting sites full of unique features and blends of cultural traditions. 

Mérida slated to build nearly 100 new highrise towers

Housing and business developments in Mérida have historically been fairly “close to the ground,” but that seems to be changing.

Yucatán’s COVID hospitalizations begin to creep up

Over 3,000 new coronavirus infections were reported this week in Yucatán. On Sunday alone, 652 new cases were detected, and that's likely...
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.

Ismael Chan Caamal serves customers on Calle 45. Photo: Diario de Yucatán
Ismael Chan Caamal serves customers on Calle 45. Photo: Diario de Yucatán

For over 20 years, Ismael Chan Caamal has been dedicated to selling tamales in the Santa Ana neighborhood. But his business’s history goes back even further.

After a busy day serving customers for Candlemas, Chan Caamal told a Diario de Yucatán reporter that even though he is from San Sebastián, he has come to feel more connected to the Santa Ana area. His small cocina, Tamales Santa Ana on Calle 45 off Calle 60, practically at the steps of the church on Parque Santa Ana, is nondescript and unassuming, but has built a reputation for wonderful food.

Tamales Santa Ana is near the neighbor's main church. Photo: Google
Tamales Santa Ana is near the neighbor’s main church. Photo: Google

Tamales Santa Ana originally started with Chan Caamal’s mother 28 years ago, and has become a tradition. Chan Caamal has a university degree in marketing, but instead has decided to pursue the family business. His mother still cooks off-site; he greets the customers.

A steady climb

For 19 years they were selling at the door of the bakery Pan Perlita, when it was around the corner from where they are now. But steady growth allowed them to inhabit their own storefront, where they also sell snacks. Initially, there were few competitors in the tamale marketplace, but their reputation has allowed them to survive despite a growing number of rivals.

“Customers already know who I am, and recognize me and know where they can buy tamales,” the merchant told Diario de Yucatán. “It’s something I enjoy doing; it’s a tradition, and I plan to keep doing it. I like the contact with people who still enjoy the typical family meal.”

Sources: Diario de Yucatán, Google

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Yucatán wakes up to a cold and windy ‘Mukul’

Mark Callum, a Mérida resident originally from England, helped this Chevy's owner move a huge branch behind the Paseo de Montejo...

Mérida Fest to go forward despite COVID-19 surge

The Ayuntamiento has confirmed that in-person events scheduled for Mérida Fest 2022 will continue as planned.

Building in Yucatán to get even more expensive in 2022

Over the past several years, construction costs in Yucatán have risen sharply and all signs point to even higher prices in 2022..

Yucatán’s top 8 street junk food favorites

Walking through virtually any city or town in Yucatán a wide range of food vendors can be seen peddling goodies out of push carts, mobile stands, food trucks, and just about every other configuration you can think of.

Mexico prepares to begin human trials of its Patria COVID-19 vaccine

Federal health authorities are calling on adult volunteers to take part in human trials for Mexico's Patria COVID-19 vaccine. 

Yucatán back to tougher restrictions as COVID continues to skyrocket

Yucatán state health department numbers show a dramatic change in coronavirus data. Yucatán recorded 459 new coronavirus...

The new Mayan Train director says the project is 7 months behind schedule

Javier May Rodríguez, the Mayan Train’s recently appointed director, says the rail project is seven months behind schedule.

Citigroup to sell off Banamex, owner of historic Casa de Montejo 

Multinational investment bank Citigroup has announced that it will sell off Banamex.

Carlos de la Barrera — international experience and local expertise

Architect Carlos de la Barrera is well known in Mérida for projects that blur the line between interior and exterior and challenge established ways of doing things locally. 

Yucatan governor predicts an end to the ‘green’ light

By Thursday, Yucatán's easy-going restrictions under the "green" light will be no more, Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal predicts.