4/30/2013 02:00:00 PM

Upper Playground Project Honors The Tamale Lady

Virginia Ramos aka The Tamale Lady (Photo: Upper Playground)
By Tamara Palmer
San Francisco design house and retail shop Upper Playground has paid homage to several dining institutions through the San Francisco Heritage Preservation Society project. There is s special commemorative plate for the dearly missed Doggie Diner chain, a Maltese Falcon pendant fashioned after the iconic statue at John's Grill, and branded cookies made by Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Now, the company has announced a stylish cardboard tamale tray made in honor of Virginia Ramos, the roaming vendor better known to Mission District drinkers as the Tamale Lady. Alas, unlike these other food-related items, the tray is not currently available for sale on the site. This isn't the first time Ramos has been honored in an artistic fashion; she is the subject of a 2007 documentary called Our Lady of Tamale.

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