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fresh masa / tortilleria / bakery

Does anyone know where I can buy some fresh masa (as in, for tamales) near Cambridge?

Back in Chicago, I would buy masa at the neighborhood tortilleria, so if you know where I can find a tortilleria nearby, that would be even better! :-)

Oh, and also (!) if anyone can point out a good (or any!) Mexican bakery story (aka panaderia), it would be a great help.

Happy eating!

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  1. Here's my idea - have a great dinner at Angela's (several threads) and then ask Luis! (Angela's son - who manages the house) - o pregunta a Angela si tu hablas Espanol...(mi gramatica es muy mal...)
    And beware the Blue Line - T,W,Th, after 9 there'll be busses and train switches..Sat next weekend , bus to Airport, walk through station (if possible) or walk from Maverick or Wood Island, Sun NO Airport stop, bus to Maverick or Wood Island and walk.

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    1. re: fredid

      Hablo espanol, pero, igual que tu, mi gramatica tambien esta media horrenda! Anyhow, thank you SO much for telling me about Angela's!! I checked out the other threads and both my mouth and eyes watered at reading about a place that sounded so much like home! And thanks for the commuter tips :-) I'm sure they'll come in handy.

      Can't wait to meet the family! From what I read, they're so kind and inviting!!

      My only concern is that my college-student-budget won't cut it...

      1. re: selle18

        Your student budget can handle it -- Angela's is really reasonable.

        I think Cinco de Mayo is your best bet for a local tortilla factory, although I see masa at Market Basket in Somerville on occasion.

        You could also ask Bob at Taqueria la Mexicana in Union Square ... they make tamales and are super nice. I'm sure they'd tell you where to go. While you are there, get a combination plate with chiles rellenos. Or my favorite item, nachos with carnitas on top -- for $6, a good deal for your budget.

      2. re: fredid

        Angela's is certainly worth a visit. Have they ever had tamales on the menu, though? I know the corn tortillas come in from NY. I think the OP is out of luck on this one, Boston falta Mexicanos. If there is anything but Cinco de Mayo and Ricardo & Maria, neither near Cambridge, I'll be happily surprised.

        1. re: Aromatherapy

          Trying to get a recent read on this - anyplace sell freshly made corn tortillas in the Boston area. Cinco de Mayo in Chelsea got torn down - do they sell retail out of their place in Lynn now, or is there someplace else you'd recommend? All in all, I am not averse to heading to a grocery store if they are stocking local produce that's decently fresh.. - Thx..

          1. re: grant.cook

            The Cinco de Mayo tortillas in the Somerville Market Basket are often still warm, which is decently-fresh enough for me!

            1. re: emannths

              How long do those things keep for in the fridge (or is it better to store them in the freezer)?

              1. re: nsenada

                I usually freeze them if I'm not going to use them for a while. But recently I looked at the use-by date, which is on the order of months, and given that I've had a half-used bag in the fridge for many weeks and they show no signs of age, I tend to believe it.

                1. re: emannths

                  Excellent! I have had a half a bag of Cinco de Mayo's for a while, and after a brief spell on a flat top, they seem good as new.

                2. re: nsenada

                  In my case they dry out faster in the fridge than cabinet (where they can keep for a couple of days in normal 70 degree weather) -- I notice a difference pretty quickly for tacos and its not just fats congealing. The produce/meat drawers would probably be better but are usually full. What I tend to do is use them at room temp for a couple of days and then put it in the fridge. The older drier ones are good for frying, chilaquiles, and also enchiladas (light fry and then dip in sauce). Outside the fridge they will develop mold pretty quickly (4 days or less depending on the season) and they keep at least for a couple of weeks in the fridge, but I have usually used them by then. Their Gorditas don't hold up quite as well and are more prone to cracking.

              2. re: grant.cook

                grant, la verdad has sold me their wonderful corn tortillas or gorditas(made daily during the week at least- by 1 of the same 2 women who stand at a station right behind the cafe register.) Same with tacos lupita(now Aguacate Verde), though La Verdad's are my favs.

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                Aguacate Verde
                13 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02143

                La Verdad
                1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215