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Mayfair Allston MA

StriperGuy | Dec 30, 201007:49 AM

I think I first stopped into this place in the early 90's. It is not as big as the place I like in Lynn, it is not Tropical foods, or Hi-Lo, but just a nice sweet little latino grocery store. I swear I have posted about it before, but could not find the thread.

They have:

Great selections of very fresh dried chiles in bags at VERY cheap prices. I bought some guajillos and some chipotles.

They had true cinnamon (not the tougher fiercer cassia) a LARGE bag of sticks for $1.79 and the flavor is SO sweet and delicate. Wonder how it compares to the Vietnamese other folks rave about. Pretty hard to improve on this stuff. I see a batch of cinnamon, orange, sichuan peppercorn, bitters (for cocktails) shaping up in my minds eye.

They also have at least 6 very fresh looking varieties of Mexican and South American queso fresco. Plantains, tortillas, a large section of frozen foods, cookware, etc., etc. Cool how much stuff they have in the small space.

I've always had a soft spot for this place. Mostly I stopped in cause I was low on cinnamon and chiles.

Also scored a bag of the prettiest beans I've ever seen. Very fat and plump with very pretty yellow streaks, Cargamento Beans:

After some googling I have found they lose the color upon cooking. From wikipedia: Cargamanto Beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris) are a native Colombian bean, used to cook Antioqueño Beans.

Anyhow, shout out to an old fav:

Mayfair Foods
506 Cambridge Street
MA 02134-2006
(617) 782-5539

P.S. if you go, be sure to poke around a bit, there are neat little things all over the store.

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