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Dec 11, 2008 05:57 AM

Masa Harina in DC

Hi all-

I want to make tortillas for my girlfriend who has celiac. I have had trouble finding the proper masa harina in DC. Where can I find it downtown or in Cleveland Park?

Thanks a lot,


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  1. Try the latin aisle in Giant or Safeway.Most stores have at least on major brand.

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    1. re: lcool

      the Teeter has an extensive Latino import section (for a mainstream DC grocer anyway)

    2. Just back from DC again. Safeway at 1701 Corcoran St NW had it (and I got some) in their international foods wall. No more California Japanese rice, however.

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      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

        really? 'cause I can find Japanese rice.

        but you do know we refer to the Safeway at 1701 Corcoran as the Soviet Safeway right?
        much better than 6 years ago, but still slim pickings. (every Safeway in town has an S nickname)

        and in that regard and closer to CP for the OP did you try the Salsa Safeway on Columbia Road? I think it's at my Scary Safeway (due to proximity to a once violent housing project), but may be wrong. Masa, not rice.

        1. re: hill food

          I looked in every cranny and corner!

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            the Soviet is quite limited. the Pseudo/Semi Safeway at 20 and S NW is worse. not bad, just even smaller.

            how was your visit - has DC improved? it's hard to see our toes with myopia.

            it's easy to get complacent and say "good enough is"

            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              The rule about Safeway is that they always have everything, except what you're looking for. When I want Italian sausage they only have bratwursts, and when I'm there for brats it's Italian sausage as far as the eye can see. I went to Soviet Safeway once for butter and powdered pancake mix, and all they had was pre-mixed liquid pancake mix and margarine.

            2. re: hill food

              i used to shop at the "social safeway" while i was in georgetown. i never knew they all had "s" nicknames!

              1. re: alkapal

                Isn't the SafeWay below the Watergate closer to Georgetown?

                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  There is a Safeway in Georgetown,18?? Wisconsin ave,just north of S st.A 1/2
                  mile walk farther up the hill gets you to a WF at Calvert st and Wisconsin.Good
                  bus service West End / Georgetown ?? any THIRTY BUS (30/32 etc) with good connections to many metro stops.I shop there every 3 or 4 weeks with an autoless friend.Zero optimism regarding the rice.I've not seen it there in a long time.Or at any Giant Food in nw DC.The pickings have been slimmer there longer.
                  Maybe,before you fly in next.ASK one of us CH's where we are purchasing rice a step up from KOKO ROSE.If KOKO ROSE is ok ,locations are easily found.I know that several of us are bus/metro proficient if that helps.

                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                    What's the "s" name of the one near the Watergate?

                    1. re: Hal Laurent

                      it was news to me there is one in there, but given the locale I nominate "sneaky"

                    2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                      sam, in short: nope. i lived at 35th and O streets: 0.6 mile vs.1 mile (and a lot more hassle-y driving) to the watergate. plus, georgetown's social safeway is a large store with parking.

                      but i did go to the watergate ho-jo's for ayce fried clam fridays!

                    3. re: alkapal

                      oh yeah - the Tenleytown one is the Secret Safeway, but it's fun to make up your own.

                      1. re: hill food

                        and Chevy Chase Circle is the slowwwwwwwww Safeway.One place that you are totally justified in reading the mags' without buying.

                  2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                    Only nearly certain that Safeway is pulling back the inventory of
                    TILDA...basmati rice
                    TAMAKI GOLD /California Koshihikari short grain / Williams Rice Milling Co
                    KAGAYAKI /kapika milling process /Daiei Trading Co
                    to zero at ALL the DC area stores.I have had to shop elsewhere for all three since the end of summer.Do not find all three at the same store.Nor can I rely on ? to have it on the shelf when I return.If you haven't purchased any for more than six months,sticker shock is in order.

                  3. You're a nice boyfriend. Go to a latin aisle or store and look for a yellow package called P.A.N. also known as Harina Pan. I use it all the time for my arepas,