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my search for fresh corn tortillas continues

Adriana | Mar 5, 2001 03:59 PM

Does anyone else share my passion for fresh corn tortillas?

I posted a while back about corn tortillas -- how I couldn't find any fresh ones. In last week's Times there was an article on tortilla factories around East Williamsburg/Bushwick. So I headed out there to Tortilleria Chinantla, one of several tortilla factories in the area. The owner welcomed us in, gave us a fresh bag of tortillas free (still hot), and also gave us a t-shirt and hat. I've already forgotten his name. Anyway, it was so fun to talk with him about the tortillas -- and to see the pride he takes in his tortillas and his business.

The tortillas are great -- soft and a little stretchy. Two days later (it takes a while for two people to get through that stack), they had lost their pliancy. But they were still better than the matzo crackers you get at most grocery stores and even the bodegas in my neighborhood. Chinantla supposedly delivers to a store somewhere in Park Slope -- hopefully they travel well. But now I'm tempted to do a survey of all the tortilla factories in the Flushing Ave area.

Or I could pull out the tortilla press I got for Christmas and try to make my own . . .

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