Undoubtedly in the kitchen of someone’s abuela. Honestly, naming the “best” tamale would be an impossible task (although we try here). The next-best thing is to direct you to the Placentia Tamale Festival, held Dec. 10 on Santa Fe Avenue in Old Town. There, you can try a variety of these traditional Christmas treats. The 20th annual event also includes live music, vendors, holiday decor, a visit from Santa Claus, and a traditional Las Posadas procession, re-enacting Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging. See facebook.com/placentiatamalefest. Feliz Navidad!