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updated: Dec 06, 2013, 4:04 PM

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Does anyone know where to find Ristas in Santa Barbara. They are Christmas decorations similar to a wreath made out of peppers and corn.

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 COMMENT 475000P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 05:10 PM

What culture?


 COMMENT 475003P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 05:20 PM

Nice ones at Saturday Farmers market.


 COMMENT 475006P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 05:24 PM

475000p not the OP but would be a New Mexico-SWest item


 COMMENT 475020 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 06:31 PM

They are called ristras. Try Casa Dolores tomorrow as they are having a Christmas Mercado. Bath St. near Figueroa. Casa Dolores is a museum dedicated to the preservation of Mexican culture. Should be a great sale!


 COMMENT 475021P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 06:34 PM

"Southwestern "/ Mexican. Many Mexican & Central American community members around my area make ristras for personal use.

ristRas..long strings of chiles strung to hang for drying and grinding into powder or for toasting/soaking and grinding to making mole (sauces)


 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-07 08:44 AM

If you can't find them for sale, the Santa Cruz Market sells dried whole chilies in bulk if you want to string them yourself.


 COMMENT 475096P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-07 09:54 AM

Costco recently had giant bags of dried Guajillo chiles, nice and fresh, for making tamales. They had giant bags of corn husks too. Might make a pretty combo- roll and wire loops of husks and thread and wire chiles, then affix to straw wreath form with wooden wired floral picks.(Michael's)

!Feliz Navidad!


 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-07 10:28 AM

Ristras. They are a New Mexico thing, don't see too many here.


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