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Tampico Meat Market, More Than a Market

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Oozing a home style feel, Tampico Meat Market in La Quinta provides specialty market items and with its in house kitchen, is a Mexican food gem!

Tampico Meat Market sits at the base of the La Quinta Cove, which suits the market, lending to its small town appeal. The spot has long been in market mode for several decades, but nothing like it is now. Opened three years ago by current owner John Atallah, the market has quickly become a local favorite, providing a quick shop, and excellent homemade Mexican food.

John Atallah is no stranger to markets, or taqueria’s, managing both businesses throughout his career. So when he came to know about the opportunity to take over the spot, he didn’t hesitate to acquire it. The market itself sells a variety of Mexican specialty items. Customers can find everything from fresh produce, to tortillas, homemade salsas, beans, beverages and so much more. The relevant meat case reminds customers that it is a meat market, offering an impressive array of meat, chicken and even seafood.

The market makes it easy for their customers to prepare dishes at home if they choose, with their pre-marinated meats. They have everything that you would need to make a very impressive Mexican feast in your own kitchen, you could even take the credit if you wanted (but who would do such a thing?). For those of us who just want to eat and go, Tampico Meat Market is happy to oblige with a viable menu of Mexican favorites.

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I came to know of the glorious food at Tampico Meat Market when my boyfriend brought home some food from there one evening. Knowing my love for pork inspired burritos, he gleefully brought home one of their Chili Verde Burrito’s. It was on the ample side, well enough for us to share. The pork was tender, and the Verde sauce was spiced perfectly…the whole burrito was lovingly balanced.

Since then, I have come to notice that the food at Tampico Meat Market follows a consistent balanced trend. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying their chicken tacos, and most recently, the Carnitas Burrito (love my pork). When I ordered my Carnitas Burrito, I didn’t make any modifications, I just let them make how they make it. It came stuffed with the beautiful Carnitas, velvety beans, rice, onions and cilantro. All stuffed in a comfortably tailored flour tortilla. As I made my way through it, I couldn’t help but notice that I was making a yummy sound with every bite…that’s when you know that you’re into something good.

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There are many items at the Tampico Meat Market to indulge in. Besides the Carintas and Chili Verde Burrito, they have Chicken, Carne Asada, Chili Colorado, Al Pastor and for those who are adventurous, a Lengua Burrito. Their menu also features Tacos, Quesadillas, Tostadas, Sopas, Nachos and some seafood dishes. On Saturdays and Sundays, they even offer Menudo.

The market is opened daily from 7am to 9pm, with the kitchen closing at 8pm. Although there is some outdoor tables, the market lacks alternative seating, making it more of a to-go scenario.

Tampico Meat Market in the La Quinta Cove is a convenient little specialty market, and makes some of the best Mexican food in the Coachella Valley. It is a tasty gem indeed!

Tampico Meat Market is located at 78-100 Calle Tampico, La Quinta 92253                                  


Pete Dye Course is a Beautiful Challenge

By Katy Treadwell                                                                        rsz dye course

Mission Hills Country Club is most known for hosting the annual LPGA ANA Inspiration golf tournament on its famed Dinah Shore course.  Golfers like Annika Sorenstam, Grace Park and Julie Inkster have hoisted the ANA Trophy above their heads and some have even taken the plunge into “Poppie’s Pond” on the 18th after their victories.  The Dinah is most definitely the signature course at the club.  But I am here to tell you, the Pete Dye course has my vote for toughest track at the club after this weekend. 

This weekend was my first time to play the Pete Dye course at Mission Hills, and in true Pete Dye fashion, it did not disappoint.  It has all of Pete’s signature marks, starting with water; lots and lots of water.  In fact, if I remember correctly, I think there are only 2 or 3 holes where the water doesn’t come into play.  Pete dye designed courses are usually lined with OB stakes to the right and have large bodies of water running along the left side of the fairways, and the course at Mission Hills holds true to that outline.  The Dye course at Mission Hills forces players to be accurate and most importantly, not left.  If you normally play a draw, this course could prove to be even more of a challenge.  Pete is also notorious for using railroad ties to line his water hazards and sometimes even sand traps, so occasionally a hard bounce or ricochet can save you from the hazard.  Although most times, my ball has not been spared by the ties, but rather plunged further into its watery grave.

The Dye course at Mission Hills also offers hole after hole… well… 18 of them… of rolling fairways and beautiful undulation like you won’t find anywhere else in the valley.  However, when you are standing in the middle of the fairway after a solid drive and your ball is even with your head and you are trying to figure out how to concoct your swing to successfully make contact, the undulation and rolling hills don’t seem so beautiful anymore.  After your first experience with a side hill lie at the Mission Hills Dye Course, you quickly realize that what you thought were beautiful hills and rolling landscape are really low key hazards that aren’t so low key once you’re on them.  Maneuvering your way around the Dye at Mission Hills takes patience and skill… hmmm… maybe that’s why I had such a hard time. 

After playing the Dye course at Mission Hills this weekend, I wish they would split the 2017 ANA inspiration tournament up and play it on two courses; The Dinah and the Dye.  While the Dinah Shore course is one of the most challenging and beautiful courses in the entire valley, I would venture to guess that competitive scores on the Pete Dye track would be even harder to come by, and that it would be a formidable test for some of the world’s best female ball strikers. 

Mission Hills Country Club is not open to the public but if you know anyone with a membership or have the opportunity to play it in the future, I highly suggest getting in at least 18 on the Pete Dye course.  Of course, it will be hard to pass the famed Dinah Shore course and Poppie’s Pond on your way to the first tee of the Dye, but in my opinion, the Dye is a more challenging and unique course than the tournament course and will leave you feeling much more accomplished and proud after a decent round.

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