Even if you know someone who makes great tamales, you want to be prepared for those sudden emergency tamale needs.

For those moments, run on over to El Rosal Bakery & Panaderia at 21513 E. Cliff Drive (462-1308). Three kinds of freshly-made tamales ready to choose. $1 each. And if you like to make your own fillings, El Rosal will sell you the authentic masa. You do the rest.

I know what I do with El Rosal tamales. I throw some medium fire-power green sauce on them and eat them. Fast. Remarkable with pinot noir.