Outside of the vintage store, Nicole was running a food pop up and cooking up a storm. I've had tamales plenty of times, but I've never had tamales as good as the ones that she made me that night. Originally from Pennsylvania, she seemed to embody everything that I would discover and love about New Orleans. It wasn't a hustle to get rich, to get famous or become the next big food thing for her, but instead, it was about living a life that she could be passionate about. She'd recently come out of a bad relationship, and her optimism about her cooking and life, in general, was infectious. I just hope that I get to eat some of her food again.