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seeking hallacas....??

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I had these when I was in Venezuela about 10 years ago; it's a traditional Christmas dish called an hallaca. It's something like a tamale, made with masa meal and filled with meat and olives and raisins, etc, wrapped up in a banana leaf and steamed.

Does anyone know where I might be able to find these? I know they might not be around now because they're seasonal, but there's always next year.....

thanks!

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  1. Flor's Kitchen on 1st Ave between 9th and 10th street always has them. They can be uneven, though. Once when I had them they were moist and delightful. Another time, a bit dried out. One thing is consistent, though--they are incredibly filling! You also might want to post on the outer borough board--I know there are many Venezuelan restaurants in Queens that may have them.