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May 1, 2009 06:27 PM

where can I buy queso fresco in Calgary?

i'm looking for queso fresco (aka. queso blanco) - that soft, white cheese that is used for topping refired beans etc. in Mexican cuisine. does anyone know where I can find this in Calgary?


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  1. We get it from Boca Loca all the time.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      hey john, thanks! i've never bought it before; does it come in a brick or is it soaked in a brine or water or something?

      EDIT: and which location, the one on 14th?

      1. re: nonlinear

        Actually the one on 14th is called something else now- salsita? It was in City Palate-

        no, the one on 11th - it comes in a brick wrapped in plastic; it's wet when you open it and as you know is sort of the consistency of feta.

    2. I've bought it at the 14th street location, I think it might have originally been from Sylvan or Springbank Cheese Co. though.

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      1. re: maplesugar

        Salsita, formerly boca loca just off 14th St NW has it for $7.99 a brick. On a side note, it looks like they are reopened and have expanded their lunch menu :)

        1. re: maplesugar

          I remember going to the 11 St Boca Loca when Renette still ran it. I'd just returned from a month in Argentina and so I asked if they carried either dulce de leche or alfajores, and she told me "no. Those are from Argentina." So "Mexican" was the only thing they did. So now even though she will STILL not deign to make TACOS, a fact that absolutely amazes me since the place is swimming in corn tortillas, and they have "chilean empanadas."

          I love this place as a resource, don't get me wrong, but after 10+ years she still doesn't feel Calgarians can handle real tacos??

          1. re: John Manzo

            Unfortunately the average(chowhounds aren't "average") Calgarian may not understand authentic Latin food of any description. They've been hooked on Taco Time and Taco Bell for so long...the Northmount location is down the street from a bunch of schools. If you've ever been there at lunch or at 3:15 you'll see why the menu is so Canadianized.

            1. re: maplesugar

              Neither would the Average Vancouverite, Torontonian, Montrealer, or for that matter the average American. All of which should be irrelevant since she's running a Mexican store.

              Tacos are dead easy to make and there are PLENTY of Calgarians, more than for other Canadian cities I'd bet, who've had the real thing.

            2. re: John Manzo

              She has at least one brand of dulce de leche at the Salsita store. Love that stuff.

              I think the menu looks interesting. We'll likely give it a try.

              Maybe she had different criteria for selecting the dishes she put on the menu than you would have had. I don't think that means "she still doesn't feel Calgarians can handle real tacos??" I promise to ask if she's in there when I next go.

        2. Unimarket, has two locations one is at 510 - 77 Ave. S.E. Heritage Market off Blackfoot and a second location at 2405 Edmonton Trail N.E. Unimarket has queso fresco, doce, guava paste, passion fruit, mango, guava and berry pure fruit pulps in their refrigeration and freezers. They also carry the Las Tortillas' tortillas.