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Que Pasa deli closing :-(

LotusRapper Dec 4, 2012 02:49 PM


But the food plant remains in operation. Knock on wood.

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    thatwhileifound Dec 4, 2012 03:37 PM

    It'll be really interesting to see what happens with Que Pasa now that Nature's Path has bought them out.

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    1. re: thatwhileifound
      grayelf Dec 4, 2012 05:31 PM

      Ditto. I like their tortilla chips and LOVE their white corn tortillas when I can get them. Anyone know if they will still be producing the latter?

      1. re: grayelf
        LotusRapper Dec 4, 2012 06:45 PM

        Guess the only way to find out is to contact them directly.

        1. re: LotusRapper
          Sam Salmon Dec 4, 2012 07:25 PM

          I actually stopped buying their products after mistakenly purchasing some of the mass produced imported gunk they were flogging under the QP label-expect to see a lot more of that now.

          Bakestone Bros here I come......

          1. re: Sam Salmon
            LotusRapper Dec 4, 2012 07:40 PM

            We've been using Trader Joe's corn and corn/wheat ones, to our satisfaction:



            I really like the C/W ones myself.

            They also have organic WW ones, haven't tried them yet.

        2. re: grayelf
          thatwhileifound Dec 4, 2012 11:26 PM

          I've made a reminder to hit up my rep over at QP to see if they are still going to be producing these. I'll let you know what I hear...

          Definitely a lot of changes going on over there. Heard that they're basically letting their entire wholesale driver team go. A couple of those guys have been working there for almost as long as I've been alive.

          1. re: thatwhileifound
            grayelf Dec 5, 2012 05:58 AM

            That would be great. I actually haven't found them since Tim's on Broadway closed. They just freeze so much better than any other corn tortillas I've tried, and they are small, the right size for my beloved fish taco recipe, which I am now craving for breakfast, dang it :-).

            I used to nip down to the Kits deli for lunch and to pick up supplies, then the SO took over that job when they moved to Richmond.

            1. re: grayelf
              geekmom Dec 12, 2012 10:24 AM

              I'm a bit late to the discussion here but have you tried the corn tortillas from El Comal? You can buy them fresh at their factory store in Burnaby, on Winston St and we are happy with the quality... their freshly made tortilla chips are pretty decent too.

              1. re: geekmom
                grayelf Dec 12, 2012 10:14 PM

                gm, are the corn tortillas from El Comal small or large? Yellow or white? Do you know how well they freeze? TIA for any obsessive-compulsive details you can add before I undertake the trek to darkest Burnaby :-). I am off to unearth my safari hat now...

                1. re: grayelf
                  geekmom Dec 13, 2012 06:20 AM

                  They're 6" white corn tortillas and to be honest, have never lasted long enough in our house for us to try freezing them! If you love mexican food I would recommend you strike out into the wilderness of industrial Burnaby and give El Comal a try. It's not far off the Gagliardi exit from Hwy 1 so if you're going past (except on Sunday) it would probably feel like less of a trek.

                  1. re: geekmom
                    thatwhileifound Dec 13, 2012 10:51 AM

                    Also worth noting is that Abuelos is slowly becoming available on the mainland. I heard WFM was picking it up and they probably won't be the only one.


                    Never tried them myself as I rarely, if ever cross the water to the island, but I've heard pretty good things.

                    1. re: geekmom
                      grayelf Jan 7, 2013 05:16 PM

                      Thanks for the tip on El Comal, gm, and I have one for you: Fresh is best is carrying several of the EC products! I picked up tortillas, taco shells and (woot!) tamales today. Will report back on quality when I've tried 'em.

                      1. re: grayelf
                        geekmom Jan 8, 2013 08:06 AM

                        Excellent, I look forward to your report. Meanwhile, I'm glad you jogged my memory as I had been meaning to mention here that I saw a full stock of QP salsas at the Apple Farm Market across from Safeway on W 4th, just this past weekend, so that's another option for you & others who miss these products.

                        1. re: geekmom
                          grayelf Jan 8, 2013 08:10 AM

                          Good to know, gm! I'll have to talk to the manager at (the unrelated) New Apple on Broadway and find out what gives there, as they still have the chips but not the salsa. I grabbed some FIB salsa yesterday to try (it's been a while) but it is more expensive.

              2. re: thatwhileifound
                thatwhileifound Dec 12, 2012 03:24 PM

                I haven't been able to get any clear answers. It sounds like a lot of their current staff is being let go and they're handing all distribution off to other companies, so the contacts I have over there are not exactly overly responsive... Can't blame them. I wouldn't care if I was being laid off either!

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            eatrustic Dec 4, 2012 07:59 PM

            I'm still mourning the loss of their deli here in Kits!

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            1. re: eatrustic
              LotusRapper Dec 4, 2012 11:17 PM

              Me too :-(

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              Georgia Strait Dec 12, 2012 10:42 AM

              i'm a big fan of this brand from Kamloops - the chips are the best - better than the que pasa
              these are just like mex places in yakima - that kind of taste - perfect with pico de gallo homemade and guac

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              1. re: Georgia Strait
                thatwhileifound Dec 12, 2012 03:24 PM

                FiB's chips are to die for.

                I just wish I didn't have the retail background of seeing their salsas blow up so much in the past.

                1. re: thatwhileifound
                  geekmom Dec 12, 2012 03:30 PM

                  You mean, literally, the containers of salsa would explode? Yikes.

                  I have been hoping to find a locally available fresh salsa that's as good as Skagit's best, but no luck so far, so I guess this probably isn't it.

                  1. re: geekmom
                    thatwhileifound Dec 12, 2012 04:12 PM

                    Don't take my reply too harshly in that direction. It's still a good product... It's just a lot more temperamental about temperature than comparable natural & fresh salsas... Working on the retail side, you deal with coolers that don't always work as if in an ideal world and cold chains that get broken for at least a couple minutes at various steps. Most products are ultimately fine, but FiB salsa is in a list of 3 brands that I've seen a lot of problems relating to their shelf sensitivity. It's probably just a matter of pH.

                    And blow up, in the case of their salsa carries a touch of hyperbole. :)

                    Usually they just plump up and occasionally break the seal in doing so. I've definitely seen some other products randomly burst on dairy shelves and in back rooms though!

                    That said, it's not as good as I remember that Skagit stuff being...

                2. re: Georgia Strait
                  grayelf Dec 12, 2012 10:14 PM

                  FIB used to make tip-top taco shells as well but alas they have discontinued them. Still a worthy store/products, and convenient for me as they have a retail outlet on Broadway just west of MacDonald. Lots of other cool Mexican products, plus a whackload of interesting bottled hot sauces from around the world. Worth a look if you're on the west side.

                  1. re: grayelf
                    grayelf Dec 31, 2012 09:47 AM

                    Replying to my own post as I just came to the horrible realization that my favourite refrigerated Que Pasa salsa in the plastic tubs is no longer available. My slow brain did not compute that initially. So does anyone have any suggestions for a "fresh" salsa that might be as good and readily available on the west side? TIA.

                    1. re: grayelf
                      thatwhileifound Dec 31, 2012 10:10 AM

                      From what I understand, QP are not discontinuing the fresh salsa line. KFW Foods has picked up distribution and I know Horizon Distributors were looking at picking it up (most likely to support Whole Foods). I know I discontinued the line in favor of bringing in Las Margarita's new packaged salsa where I work, but I doubt everyone will follow my methods.

                      Where did you typically buy the QP salsa before?

                      1. re: thatwhileifound
                        LotusRapper Dec 31, 2012 10:14 AM

                        Famous Foods on Kingsway (just east of King Edward and RONA) carries QP products. So does Choices IIRC.

                        1. re: thatwhileifound
                          grayelf Dec 31, 2012 08:26 PM

                          That is good news! I usually buy it at New Apple on Broadway and the guys there said they can't get it right now, though they still have the t. chips. I'll mention it to the owner the next time I see him that KFW and/or Horizon might have it. Will also look into the Las Margs option (it's been yonks since I ate there).

                          Safeway always had both the chips and salsa but for mucho mas dolares. Didn't look to see if they had either when I was getting milk on Sunday.

                          1. re: grayelf
                            thatwhileifound Dec 31, 2012 08:34 PM

                            Horizon was still debating whether or not they were going to bring it in. For a distributor of their size, the short shelf life is potentially a problem. Really, for any distributor, that shelf life is potentially problematic. That said, I doubt WFM will just give up on the line instantly and they do enough volume to justify Horizon picking the fresh salsa up. Horizon was asking around to other accounts as to who carried it before and who would be interested in buying it from them. That's how I know they're looking at it...

                            New Apple doesn't seem like someone who would be dealing with KFW otherwise, but who knows? They might be willing. If you do try the Las Marg stuff and like it, you can always mention to them that UNFI is carrying that!

                            1. re: grayelf
                              LotusRapper Dec 31, 2012 11:21 PM

                              Was just at IGA today (Broadway@Vine). Saw QP salsas.

                              1. re: LotusRapper
                                grayelf Jan 1, 2013 01:13 AM

                                Cool, that is v. close for me. The last one I got we ate on Xmas Day, so it is deffo still out there, just not where I usually shop, obvi.

                                UNFI duly noted.

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