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10 Best Things I Ate in October

Another month checked off in the culinary datebook of 2013, another month when I look back on the best things I ate.

From dishes like my new favorite macaron of the moment to sophisticated nachos and a tough-to-find street snack, here are 10 of the best things I ate this month, selected from reviews, first-time visits, and places I've popped into just because.

I hope it inspires. Enjoy.

Shrimp and Corn Tamale at The Blind Pig (above)

The best thing on the menu at this meat-centric venture in Scottsdale (complete with a butcher's case of take-home proteins) is the shrimp and corn tamale ($10). When it arrives, the husk has been spread open to reveal plump grilled prawns resting atop a delicately sweet masa cake covered in a sumptuous corn and cilantro cream sauce for a gourmet take on a Mexican street food that's nothing short of spectacular.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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