Spend the Holidays With Cyclone’s!

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The Holiday Season is upon us! This is a special time; a time of togetherness, celebration, and reminiscing with family and friends. Our family treasures this time of year, and through our restaurants, we hope we can give you a refuge from the hustle and bustle, to truly enjoy and appreciate the season with your loved ones. Here are just a few of the things happening at Cyclone’s this month:

Decking the Halls

With the help of our friends from Flower Bar, we are decking the halls to fill even the grumpiest Scrooge with cheer. Each of our locations will have a unique set of decorations, meticulously arranged to provide the perfect holiday aesthetic. Timely tunes will also be mixed into our playlist to keep you humming, or singing, all month long!

Thanks for your hard work, Flower Bar!

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’Tis the Season for Tamales

We all have fond memories of making or eating tamales with family and friends while decorating the tree, listening to Christmas music, or just enjoying each other’s company. Here at Cyclone Anaya’s, Maria Jimenez brings her recipes and tradition to our tamales. She has been perfecting her craft since her Grandmother began teaching her the art of tamale making when she was 11 years old. Growing up in Michoacán, Mexico, her whole family would host tamaladas around Christmas each year. The tamales they made were family recipes that were passed down from generation to generation through careful practice at these family gatherings. The recipes passed down to Maria from her Grandmother are the same used to make our Homemade Gourmet Holiday Tamales today.

You can order them by the dozen, here: http://cycloneanaya.com/order-online

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Planning your Holiday Parties

Our Catering team is ready to help you plan the perfect Holiday event. Whether you would like to use one of our beautiful private rooms or a larger off-site venue, we can provide an entirely custom experience to fit your needs. From fully catered meals to beverage bars, floral arrangements, decorations, and more, we have a wide array of capabilities.

Get more details about our Catering offerings and get in touch, here: https://cycloneanaya.com/catering.

Finding the Perfect Gift

Give the gift of great food and good times with a gift card from Cyclone Anaya’s. Available in-store or online, these convenient gifts are perfect for those hard-to-buy-for family and friends. We offer the flexibility for you to create the gift card in whatever amount you would like. Order yours, here: http://cycloneanaya.com/giftcards.

An added bonus? You can tag along when they’re ready to use it!

Happy Holidays from your Friends and Family at Cyclone Anaya’s!


The Taste of Tradition: Tamale Season

Maria Jimenez proudly shows off her family recipe tamales.
Maria Jimenez proudly shows off her family recipe tamales.

We love tamales and, lucky for us, it’s finally tamale season! We all have fond memories of making or eating tamales with family and friends while decorating the tree, listening to Christmas music, or just enjoying each other’s company. Tamales are a big tradition around Texas, but where did they come from?

Tamales go way back; back as far as 7000 BC across Mesoamerica in the cultures of the Aztec, Maya, Olmec and Toltec. They liked them for some of the same reasons we like them today: they’re very portable, keep well, and are easily made in large quantities that can feed an army (or families like ours!). Their tamales were made with much of the same ingredients that we see today, but they typically used more fish and wild game, including frog!

In more modern history, they’ve become a holiday tradition in Texas for several reasons. As friends and families gather together during the holidays, it’s a necessity to be able to feed large groups, at which tamales excel. Many families will also host tamaladas, where the labor-intensive process of making tamales gives them a chance to catch up, laugh, and spend quality time together.

At Cyclone Anaya’s, Maria Jimenez brings her recipes and tradition to our tamales. She has been perfecting her craft since her Grandmother began teaching her the art of tamale making when she was 11 years old. Growing up in Michoacán, Mexico, her whole family would host tamaladas around Christmas each year. The tamales they made were family recipes that were passed down from generation to generation through careful practice at these family gatherings. The recipes passed down to Maria from her Grandmother are the same used to make our Homemade Gourmet Holiday Tamales today.

From now until January 1st, Maria and her team will be making three types of tamales from these recipes: pork with chili gravy, spinach and Mexican cheese with chardonnay cream sauce, and chicken with spicy tomatillo sauce. You can order these by the dozen here, or by calling any of our locations. Because our tamales are handmade to order, we ask that all orders are placed at least 24 hours in advance of pick-up.

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We’re excited to share these special recipes with you, and we hope our Homemade Gourmet Holiday Tamales can become a part of your family tradition. 

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!


July 2012: Tamales History

Warning, this blog might be harmful to your waistline.

Take a holiday to Mexico and you’ll have the chance to tuck into a wide range of tasty cuisine that draws on a number of influences. At Cyclone Anaya we are known for several signature Mexican dishes and our Jumbo Margarita drinks. One delicacy that is probably unlike anything else you have ever tried before is our Lobster Enchiladas or our Jumbo Crab Nachos.

Another option is to order our Besty’s Tamales that don’t disappoint and is an iconic Mexican dish. Did you know – Dating back to pre-Columbian times, these consist of steamed packets of corn dough containing either a sweet or savoury filling that are then wrapped in either banana leaves or corn husks. The size of the tamal you eat, as well as the filling inside it, varies depending where in Mexico you are.