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djr222 Apr 28, 2011 03:42 AM

hi guys I'm doing some on the grill apps next weekend for a charity event for about 100 ,I'm looking to find corn tortillas say about 4 to 5 inch , that will be warmed on grill and served with scalop and shrimp cerviche with mango.traveling down from NH to get some ingredients from Russos so don't mind where there located
Thanks
Dave

  1. Luther Apr 28, 2011 04:00 AM

    Pretty much your only option (and not a bad one) is Cinco de Mayo tortillas, made in Chelsea, sold at any Market Basket location and probably also available at any latin market in the area.

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      skordalia Apr 28, 2011 04:45 AM

      yes, cinco de mayo tortillas are good- and I have bought them at russo's.

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        itaunas Apr 28, 2011 04:53 AM

        There are a lot of Market Baskets which _do_not_ carry them, particularly closer to NH (where the OP is coming from) and out Rt 3 N (Chelmsford, etc). Chelsea and Somerville are givens, pretty certain Woburn has them but not with the same regularity, no idea about Burlington since the reopening but they didn't carry them before and another hound reported not finding them there. A small correction but I believe they are currently made in Lynn on Western Ave. With the trip to Russo's, Waltham area might be easiest for the OP.

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          PinchOfSalt Apr 28, 2011 04:53 AM

          I don't get to the Revere MB very frequently (and not since the new one in Burlington opened), but on two occasions when I was in the Revere store, the Cinco de Mayo tortillas were SO fresh, they were still warm!

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          bear Apr 28, 2011 05:29 AM

          Here are a couple of older threads with some recent discussion toward the end:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/613177

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/739739

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            ItalyFan Apr 28, 2011 05:43 AM

            Have I got a find for you! Sol of Mexico (538 Pleasant St., Worcester 508-756-2660). I saw this on CH a few years ago and tried them. The freshest, best tasting tortillas I've ever had. Good luck with your event.

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            Sol of Mexico
            538 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA

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              Moxiegirl Apr 28, 2011 06:02 AM

              I just bought a big stack of them from Russo's last week, so you should check them out when you are there. In the fridge area by the cheese and yogurt. sorry, I did not note the brand, but they are corn tortillas and the size you are looking for.

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                Jenny Ondioline Apr 28, 2011 11:40 AM

                Those were Cinco de Mayo, the brand everyone is recommending. They're the only corn tortilla worth eating that I've found up here, and with the OP having to go to Russo's anyway, they're the logical choice.

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                  opinionatedchef Apr 28, 2011 11:58 AM

                  i've never known of those. I've been using fresh ones from La Verdad lately , but have you had the ones at TrJ?(far superior to WhFoods). Maybe the TrJ are Cinco's...........

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                  1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

                  1. re: opinionatedchef
                    PinchOfSalt Apr 28, 2011 05:14 PM

                    The Trader Joe's tortillas are definitely NOT Cinco de Mayo.

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                    Trader Joe's
                    1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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                      opinionatedchef Apr 28, 2011 07:14 PM

                      what do you think of the TrJ product?btw, likely you know this alrdy ,but many TrJ vendors tweak their own products (size, for ex,) for sale under the TrJ label.

                      1. re: opinionatedchef
                        PinchOfSalt Apr 28, 2011 09:48 PM

                        If TJ's tortillas are OEMed from Cinco de Mayo, they would be made in Chelsea (or is it Revere?). You could check the package the next time you get tortillas from TJ's.

                        I do not claim to be an authority on tortillas, as they are only a very occasional part of my diet. So I don't do detailed comparisons, just remember when I encounter something really good. I really like Cinco de Mayo for their very fresh and flavorful corn tortillas. (Their gorditas are also quite nice, but something I have purchased only a few times.) I can't remember ever particularly liking corn tortillas from Trader Joes. In fact, sometimes I have had trouble finding them there.

                        In fact recently I have been thinking about the range of products that I have tended to purchase at TJs and have surprised myself by concluding that either my tastes or standards have changed or maybe Trader Joe's have. When I read the labels, I am surprised at what I find. But that is a topic for a different thread, probably on a different board to boot.

                        1. re: PinchOfSalt
                          opinionatedchef Apr 28, 2011 11:33 PM

                          just fyi,neither the TrJ tortillas nor any other of their products- have place of manufacture on their labels (thus the term Private Labeling). If you haven't found any TrJ products you like, that's certainly fine, but i would urge you not to make statements like "such and such Tr J product is definitely not made by so and so" unless you have taste-compared them or somehow have learned the validity of that 'fact.' There are a number of 'trJ winners and losers' -type threads on the CH Chains board.
                          (p.s.Just as a point of reference, I completely disliked the TrJ products I tasted when they first opened in Boston, but I have found a number of good items there in recent years.)

                          1. re: opinionatedchef
                            PinchOfSalt Apr 29, 2011 06:12 AM

                            OC, please do not conclude that I have not tasted TJ's tortillas. I have. They just did not strike me as being particularly good. Cinco de Mayo does. Therefore they cannot be the same. One can postulate that Cinco de Mayo makes two versions of tortillas that are so different that one (specified by TJ's) would leave me flat and the other (their own) would leave me smiling, but in that hypothetical scenario, sharing a manufacturing plant (with two different companies calling the shots about the product) would hardly matter if the goal is to find a tortilla that one enjoys. So no, I am convinced that TJ's is not OEMing corn tortillas from Cinco de Mayo. Further, if there were no location-of-manufacture information on the packaging (such as a plant number), it would be impossible to prove it either way, especially if TJ's has an NDA as part of its OEM contract. If they tasted the same or very similar one might speculate, but otherwise there would be no basis for believing that they were made by the same manufacturer.

                            Also, please be assured that I do spend quite a bit of time reading CH, including seeing threads about TJ's. I just don't post very much, but surely nothing can be inferred from that other than my own personal style in choosing what to say and when to say it. Certainly nothing about what I read or have tasted or know. For me, liking one product because it has qualities I value and not being impressed by another that to me lacks those qualities, based on my own experience, is sufficient to guide my purchasing choices and enough to determine that two products are different.

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                              yumyum Apr 29, 2011 06:45 AM

                              You GO girl!

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                                Prav Apr 29, 2011 06:53 AM

                                Well stated, Pinch!

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                                  opinionatedchef Apr 29, 2011 11:06 AM

                                  we are both on the same bus. i must have misunderstood you on a number of counts. absolutely no venom intended.

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                          junior coyote Apr 29, 2011 08:27 AM

                          TJ corn tortillas are not very good. I've heard their flour tortillas are OK, but I have not tried them.

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                        acbell Apr 28, 2011 01:31 PM

                        I second this! They are there (In the refrigerated case directly in front of you after you turn past the strawberries.)

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                          djr222 Apr 29, 2011 06:33 AM

                          Thanks to all, looks like ill get them at Russos as Im going there for the feta, for the lamb and feta sliders, everyone have a great weekend
                          Dave

                          1. re: djr222
                            PinchOfSalt Apr 29, 2011 06:37 AM

                            Enjoy! Just be sure to pick up the tortillas. The gordita packages are about the same size and shape. I know that from Market Basket, and think I have seen the gorditas at Russo's too.

                            1. re: djr222
                              okra Apr 29, 2011 08:08 AM

                              Might be a better variety of feta @ Arax or Sevan in Watertown - I'm kinda partial to the Bulgarian.

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                              A. Russo and Sons
                              Watertown, MA, Watertown, MA

                              Sevan Bakery
                              599 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

                              Arax Market
                              585 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                                andieb Apr 29, 2011 08:14 AM

                                Russo's sells all the varieties, but the problem is they come in small containers. Although they may be willing to cut you a bigger piece if it's not crazy..

                      3. okra Apr 29, 2011 08:06 AM

                        Why not get in touch with Maria And Ricardo's in Jamaica Plain?

                        http://www.mariaandricardos.com/

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                        Maria and Ricardo's
                        30 Germania St, Boston, MA 02130

                        1. okra Apr 29, 2011 11:15 AM

                          Oh, if you stop in Allston, go to the back of La Favorita, and they keep plenty of tortillas nice and fresh... Cinco de Mayo and others...

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                          La Favorita Market
                          66 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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                          1. re: okra
                            opinionatedchef Apr 29, 2011 11:29 AM

                            great tip!thnx

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