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May 14, 2007 06:15 AM

San Marcos Salsa

Does anyone know where you can buy it downtown? East of Yonge & south of Bloor places preferred, but will travel to get it if need be. Yes, I know making salsa myself is an option but some sunny Sundays you just want to dip and sip. I used to buy it at Lively Life in the SL Market, but they stopped selling it long ago and I can't convince them to bring it back. Loblaws and Dominion don't have it. No store at the SLM has it. It's become a desparate situation. All help gratefully accepted.

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  1. Funny but the San Marcos line keeps expanding in No Frills and Loblaws stores here in Mississauga. The big Loblaws on Dupont might be the place, perhaps? Try their chipotle sauce, too, if you stumble across a San Marcos shelf.

    1. They carry some San Marcos products at Pape IGA. In the chip/junk aisle actually. I know they have the canned salsa verde.

      They also have jarred Mexican salsa. I have some at home, salsa verde, but I can't remember for the life of me if it is San Marcos or another brand...

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      1. re: julesrules

        Here's how badly I want to find it. Just in the off-chance that the Pape IGA might have the pico de gallo hot salsa I'm dropping in tonight after work. Thanks Jules.

        Kagemusha, your No Frills is evidently much better than mine. The suburban ones tend to be better and more widely stocked. Sometimes grocers forget that downtown types eat at home too. Will travel west if IGA attempt fails. Thanks.

        1. re: Googs

          I'm going to walk up to IGA now, I'll check for you while I'm there.

          1. re: foodyDudey

            I got held up at work yesterday and couldn't make the IGA. Any luck there FoodyDudey? BTW I appreciate the thought even if you didn't make it. Gosh.

      2. If you're not firmly addicted to San Marcos, Frontera Products make some fantastic fire roasted products which are available in a few places (Pusateri's on Bay close to where you're looking). This is the product line of Rick Bayless, who owns Frontera Grill in Chicago. He's almost anthropological in attention to detail and ingredients.

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        1. re: Snarf

          Bayless's products are over-priced and not that much better than everyday canned/bottled Mexican brands like San Marcos and Herdez--sorry but Rick's better described as hysterical/OCD than anthropological in his approach to food.For due attention to history/culture/gestalt, Diana Kennedy gets it.

          1. re: Kagemusha

            Last I checked, Diana Kennedy isn't making packaged salsa. I stand by the recommendation that Bayless's salsas, or even those by Mark Miller (Coyote Cafe brand) are some of the better versions on the market here.Better ingredients, less preservatives, more interesting flavours. Having read the numerous threads lamenting the absence of decent Mexican restaurants in the city, I'm surprised to read the ire directed at one of the better Mexican places outside Mexico. Tasting menu at Topolobampo will blow your mind if you make it to Chicago.

            1. re: Snarf

              Ina Garten makes stuff, too.Kennedy's forgotten more than Bayless will likely know. Vanity products creep me out.Bayless is Keller-izing Mexican food and taking it wide of authenticity.Enjoyment shouldn't be dependent on having a celeb-cook's name plastered on product.Ire? I just don't like the guy's food or approach to a great cuisine. Sorry.

            2. re: Kagemusha

              I should admit up front that I'm a Frontera freak and hence biased, but I did want to point out that their products are incredibly (and inexplicably) overpriced in the GTA, but not elsewhere. I can (and often do) pick up their salsa for as little as $2.99 USD/jar when I'm back home in the states.

          2. So after e-mailing the Mexican manufacturer who led me to the Toronto distributor and a making a few phone calls... paradise was found at the most obvious place. Perola Supermaket in Kensington Market. Not exactly my neighbourhood, but hey who cares? Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions. They were all great. I really like the simplicity and versatility of their whopping 6 ingredient salsa. Now to get hubby to make his famous dip!