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Wondering if anyone goes to La Mascota to buy tamales? I do. I get tamales every couple months just about. I love tamales but I don't eat them too often. I have had many tamales in the Los Angeles area and these are the best.

I went on Saturday and to my sad surprise I found out that Rosina died. She is the lady that you would see normally at the register. She was co-owner. Her dad started the business years ago but he passed away I think in 2002. I was there at La Mascota a couple of months ago and did not see Rosina there and was wondering why because she always is. Then I went on Saturday and saw they put up a poster in tribute to her. Turns out she passed away last month. I think she might have been ill that's why I did not see her the time before that I went there. She did not ever look sick when I saw her but who knows right?

It's too bad she died but the bakery lives on and the tamales are simply the best.

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La Mascota Bakery
2715 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

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  1. Love the queso con rajas tamales. My favorite, I drive from Hollywood.

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      I never had the cheese tamales but I get the chicken mostly, sometimes pork and if they have beef which they do on and off I might get one.

    2. La Mascota tamales are the best !

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      1. re: slowrider

        I hear ya on that!

      2. Tried them all and realize everyone has their favorite. For me its Juanito's...right amount of juicy red chili pork to a good amount of masa...one makes a meal for me.

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        1. re: monku

          monku, hey I also go there. I never thought anyone knew of Juanito's because the big tamale names are Lillianas and La Mascota. You are talking about Jaunito's near the 710 freeway, correct? My grandma used to go there and get us tamales. Those are so different than the ones from La Mascota so to me it's good to get some at Mascota and some at Mascota to mix it up a bit. The Juanito's are heavier I guess you can say.

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          Juanito's
          4214 Floral Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90063

          1. re: monku

            Yes, the Juanito's tamales are very big, about 2 times or 2.5 times the size of the ones from La Mascota.

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            Juanito's
            4214 Floral Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90063

            1. re: HoundDogz

              Yes, Juanito's on Floral just west of the 710.
              I'm going to have to get some this week.
              They package them well and they freeze well.

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              Juanito's
              4214 Floral Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90063

              1. re: monku

                That is true, they do package them well. They have a nice Styrofoam container and use plastic rap to make sure it's air tight. We freeze them too and you are correct they do freeze well. They also make soft tacos too now and I like theirs. Those are really nice people running Jaunito's.

          2. Oh no, I am so sorry to read this! I buy their masa every year for tamales but since I only go in December, I had no idea that she'd passed.

            Her presence will be missed.

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            1. re: jencounter

              I never have made my own tamales but I do buy masa for corn tortillas at a place on Ford near the 710 Freeway.

              I did not know that La Mascota sold masa, that's good to know They make fresh tacos outside too. Very good.

              Yes, about Rosina, every time I went in the place she was there and she was in good health as far as I could tell. Wonder if she had an accident? I'm saddened by her passing. She was a good Christian women, she was. God Bless her and her family.

              1. re: HoundDogz

                There is something about their masa...it's so light and fluffy, Love it.

            2. My parents use to take me to buy our tamales from their in the late 50's and I started going back maybe ten years ago. I also love the Mexican bread and pastries they make.

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              1. re: gilbertdoubleg

                Do you have any idea what Rosina, the lady behind the cash register, and co-owner, died of? She was very nice and looked healthy then one day I hear she passed away. Thanks.

                1. re: HoundDogz

                  Hi Hound -

                  Stopped in La Mascota today for masa and got to talking to the girl helping me...she told me that Rosina died of leukemia.

                  1. re: jencounter

                    jen, thanks for finding out what she died of. I am not sure how long before she died when I saw her last but last time I saw her before she died she looked great. I mean no sign of illness and I honestly don't think it was too long before she died that I saw her. Maybe four months. I don't know how leukemia works but maybe a person can live with it up to a short period before they die and look good. I really don't know. She did look healthy I have to tell you. I'm sad for her and her family. She helped me on a special order once and she was super cool. Well the family that owns La Mascota are very grounded in their faith. I'm sure that helps them get through their loss. She was probably at peace before she died even with a disease.

                    Thanks jen for the info.

                    1. re: jencounter

                      Jen, you bought masa, do you make your own tamales or are you making tortillas?

                      Ever buy masa by the 710 freeway on I think it's Ford and Floral? Near Floral but on Ford. I think the street is Ford. It's a masa/tortilla factory that part of it is in an old military WWII quanset hut. I forget the name of the masa place. I purchased some to make corn tamales and it turned out great.

                      1. re: HoundDogz

                        I buy masa there every year for tamales...hands down the best masa I've ever had.

                2. We have been enjoying the tamales from Mom's Tamales on Pasadena Ave. in Lincoln Heights. They have about a half-dozen varieties, but we usually go with green chicken, chicken mole and pork. Has anyone else had them and have an opinion of how they compare with other board favorites?

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                  Mom's Tamales
                  3328 Pasadena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031

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                  1. re: Cubancoffee

                    Thanks for the tip on these Mom's Tamales. I gotta go and try those out. I love trying new tamales, I mean new to me.

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                    Mom's Tamales
                    3328 Pasadena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031