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Lindsay B. Jan 20, 2002 11:31 AM

Where can I buy fresh masa and corn husks in Boston. I don't have a car, so I need to find a place that's accessible on public transportation.

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    Rubee Jan 21, 2002 01:16 PM

    I'd love to find a place for fresh masa, so I hope someone chimes in. I've seen corn husks at a store in Somerville called La Traditionale. They had a good selection of Latin foods (Salvadoran, Columbian, etc.), and I was able to find a lot of Mexican ingredients (good quality dried chilis, Ibarra chocolate, posole, queso fresco, horchata, etc.)

    I still haven't found a great Mexican store - I'm especially looking for fresh tortillas and Mexican chorizo. The link below has some good resources for Latin grocery stores with directions for the T. (It's how I found out about La Traditionale). Scroll down half-way to "Mexican Food Products". Will you please let me know if you get to try any of them? Good Luck!

    Link: http://web.mit.edu/lucha/www/mexican....

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      Lindsay B. Jan 21, 2002 01:26 PM

      Thanks so much, Rubee. I'll definitely check those locations out.

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        galleygirl Jan 21, 2002 01:32 PM

        I always pass a place RIGHT off Melnea Cass, called El Tropicale, or Tropicale foods, something like that..It sems to be a grocery store(w/parking!!) and it always seems thronged...I keep meaning to stop in, but I'm usually in too much of a rush to get to Super 88..One of these days, I'll try it, and report..

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        Paula Jan 21, 2002 01:47 PM

        I don't know about the fresh masa, but Stop and Shop in Malden has corn husks. In fact, they have quite a large selection of international food products. There is also a Mexican grocery in Waltham although I have not been there.

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          AGM/Cape Cod Jan 21, 2002 06:00 PM

          The only place that might have what you are looking for is Tropical Foods on Washington Street just on the out of town side of Melinea Cass Boulevard. It is a latin american grocery store. I had employee who was Puerto Rican who told me about it. It has a bunch of interesting stuff but I am not sure about corn husks or masa harina. Good Luck and let me know if you find what you need either here or my email.

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            galleygirl Jan 21, 2002 06:04 PM

            Ah!! That's the one I meant!!

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            nate walker Jan 24, 2002 05:30 PM

            I dont want to become a Mexican grocery store- but here at El Pelon we would be happy to help you find whatever you are looking for- Corn husks are easy- but fresh masa....hmmmm there is a tortilla company in JP they might know-

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