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Honey Bee Market in Mexican town (Detroit)

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berkleygary Dec 28, 2007 05:15 PM

'babe and I stopped in at La Colmena (Honey Bee) market in Mexican town the other day after picking up some of Evie's finest tamales for the holidays. We haven't been there for a while and were pleasantly surprised. Among the treats we don't see very often in the northern suburbs were frozen sugar cane, cactus leaves, frozen guavas, dried beans we don't see much and some nice buckets of lard. They had some guacamole out for sampling and it was the creamiest I've had in a while - very tasty. We'll be back soon.

Honey Bee is at 2443 Bagley - east of the freeway, which is torn up for construction there, but getting around it wasn't difficult (on Saturday afternoon)

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    Jim M RE: berkleygary Dec 28, 2007 08:59 PM

    Yeah, since that place expanded it's the shizzle!

    Big review of Taquería la Tapatía in the Metro Times this week. I never thought much of that place, but apparently it's under new management. Has anyone tried it?

    1. coney with everything RE: berkleygary Dec 29, 2007 04:32 AM

      Another fan of La Colmena here. Whenever we're downtown we make sure to stop in.

      Somehow we've fallen into a tradition of eating in Mexicantown after St. Patrick's Day mass at Most Holy Trinity, so at least I know we'll be going then!

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        bigcab RE: berkleygary Dec 29, 2007 09:03 AM

        I like the fact that they have invested $$ into their business...the new market is large and clean AND FRIENDLY ! I'm a white boy from way North of 8 mile, and the folks at this market are always sooo nice and helpful.

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          gastronomical RE: berkleygary Dec 29, 2007 12:44 PM

          Great store, great selections of spices and dried chilis. Also you can find cases of bottled coca cola made with sugar. Always a stop I make when I visit mexicantown.

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            GoalieJeff RE: berkleygary Dec 30, 2007 04:26 PM

            Was just there today , love the expansion . Picked up some blue agave nectar , very trendy . Plus , where else you gonna buy cooked veal heads ? Great store , I'll drive 1/2 hour out of my way to shop there , no problem .

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              jcbroder RE: berkleygary Dec 30, 2007 06:36 PM

              I went to Honeybee La Colmena last week to pick up a tortilla press and someingredients to make Cochinita Pibil. They had all of the necessary ingredients including various cuts of pork to choose from and annato seeds for making achiote paste, as well as ready made achiote. The banana leaves are frozen and fine to wrap the meat in. The meat department is impressive; clean and well-stocked with all of the requisite cuts for Mexican food preparation. Ditto the produce. There is also a prepared food case with foods made on the premises. The menu varies. I've had some chichen mole and pork in a tomatillo sauce.
              The prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. La Colmena is family owned and operated. It shows.

              1. momskitchen RE: berkleygary Dec 31, 2007 04:36 AM

                I just bought supplies to make posole there again this year. It's a great store! I got a free calendar featuring "Our Lady of Guadelupe" again as well. Check out my recipe here:

                http://motherskitchen.blogspot.com/20...

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