What Is a Pupusa and Can I Eat It for Christmas?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the big question is: What is a pupusa? A beloved Salvadoran dish made of a thick corn tortilla and stuffed with a savory filling. You just mix together masa...

Zacatlán Restaurant | Santa Fe, New Mexico

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 day ago

Opened in July, Zacatlán Restaurant in Santa Fe earned a thumbs-up from my friend today based on her outdoor brunch there. It bills itself as Southwestern and Mexican with a chef/owner from Zacatec...

Masa for tamales and pupas

by jpt1746 1 month ago

i bought a large bag of prepared tamale masa earlier in the year and only used half the bag. i froze the other half with the intention of making more tamales later but am now wondering if i can use...

Molcaxitl Kitchen pop-up | Sunset District - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Molcaxitl Kitchen continues its farm-fresh preview as it tests from scratch recipes for an October launch. Next pop-up is Aug 25, noon to 9pm. "With fresh produce sourced from local farmers mark...

Finding a grinder that works for masa

by zora 18 years ago

I went in to Sur La Table several months ago, and talked to a clerk about needing a better way to grind lime-treated corn (nixtamal) to make fresh masa. I've been using my Cuisinart, and it really ...

Nixtamatic Masa Grinder

by TamaleTrolley 4 years ago

I wanted to leave a review of the Nixtamatic masa grinder because I see references to it all over, and several recommendations, but little accurate information. This is a device specifically design...

Handline | Fast Fresh Masa & Sustainable Seafood - Sebastopol

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Last week I joined a friend for a preview of Handline in Sebastopol. Featuring California Coastal cuisine, Handline opens its door to the public today. Hours will be 11am to 10pm daily. A long-time...

can I use hominy to make nixtamal?

by foodfirst 15 years ago

I live in a country barren of corn tortillas. A possible sop for my craving: one of the Bayless books has a recipe for a large banana leaf-baked tamal, dough made from nixtamal. I have New Mexica...

La Central Valle | Valle de Guadalupe - Ensenada

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 months ago

This summer, star chefs Javier Plascencia of Baja and Alejandro Ruiz of Oaxaca collaborated to create a seasonal pop up restaurant in San Antonio de las Minas serving Oaxacan cuisine. It's last day...

Villa Azteca | Oldtown Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Recently William and I enlisted a friend to join us to check out the new spot, Villa Azteca, in Oldtown. We had noticed its opening day on Steinbeck’s birthday in February. Happy to say that Salina...

Burrito King in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 years ago

Feels a bit silly to post about a spot named Burrito King without trying what should be the house specialty, but here goes anyway. After my second of two visits, I discovered that it should pr...

Three Sisters Nixtamal Tortillas @ Portland Farmers Market @ PSU

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Continuing our rounds of the Saturday morning Portland Farmers Market, https://www.chowhound.com/post/boyco-foods-buckwheat-honey-portland-farmers-market-psu-1076079, I was happy to see that the mo...

Sushisho Masa

by andieg 3 years ago

I will be going to Tokyo next month (end of July) and just landed a reservation at Sushisho Masa, which I am VERY excited about. My boyfriend and I wanted to try one of the high-end sushi-ya and Su...

Doña Gordita | Zona Centro - Ensenada

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Yesterday's drive from the OC to Ensenada stretched from the usual three hours to an exhausting six due to traffic delays. Instead of crossing at Tecate and leisurely eating our way through Valle d...

Gorditas, which corn flour?

by zackly 3 years ago

I saw deep fried gorditas prepared recently. They were flattened to 1/8” in a tortilla press. When fried, they puffed up nicely and were then split open and filled. The chef used masa harina in the...

Tamales using premixed masa

by toni6 4 years ago

I would love to make tamales but the times i've tried, i don't think i mixed the masa properly, i certainly didnt know what i was doing and they didnt turn out well. Is there a premixed masa dou...

Masa Harina

by rgajen 4 years ago

Hello I am trying to make corn tortillas at home and have been trying to prepare Masa Harina at home. The flour that I get after the nixtamalization process is similar to Corn Meal and therefore t...

Tamales: How to make the best masa dough?

by Scargod 11 years ago

So we're talkin about this as a sub-thread and I want to SPECIFICALLY cover the best materials and ways to make the masa dough component of a tamale. Since you can fill a tamale with anything I w...

Egyptian pupusas?! I can do it if I find a masa substitute!

by dosasuperstar 4 years ago

Hi everyone! Four summers ago I discovered Salvadorean cuisine at the lovely Balompié in SF, and I've loved pupusas ever since. Thing is, I live in Egypt and there's nowhere here I can get my fi...

Conquering my fear of Fresh Masa and freezing questions

Carb Lover
by Carb Lover 14 years ago

If I take one golden lesson from Bayless's cookbook of the month, it will be that masa preparada makes magic. Truth be told, fresh masa used to intimidate me; I had no idea what to do w/ it. I neve...