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Real Deal Mexican Tacos at Foley (AL) Indoor Flea Market

7 Apr

Real deal Mexican food is often hard to find in Alabama. And you certainly don’t expect to find it at a flea market. But that is exactly what happened during a recent visit to the Foley Indoor Flea Market in Foley, Alabama. Foley is a familiar stopping point for travelers en route to Gulf Coast tourist towns like Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. It is also home to the Tanger Outlet Mall. Some folks get really excited about shopping. I get fired up about food. And I was especially pumped when I saw the skewer (pictured above) jam packed with pork, fresh pineapple and sliced onion.

The condiments at our table were another sign we were in for a treat. The lime, cilantro and onion were garden fresh. The salsas homemade and delicious. The tablecloth and the general surroundings of the place gave it a nice, homey feel. For a moment, I felt transported to some border town in Texas. The help speaks very little English and there was a Mexican soccer match playing out on TV.

Pork Tacos – Carnitas @ top & Pineapple & Onion version at bottom

Mandarin Orange Jarritos soda with chipotle salsa & pico de gallo.

This fiery salsa rojo made for a nice addition to the pork tacos.

The homemade pico de gallo was riddled with chopped jalapeno.

The sheep stew seen above was a special treat. It was not on the menu and we did not order it. The restaurant’s owner offered it up free of charge as an added bonus to our lunch. It was good — and hot — both in a temperature and spice way. The gent smiled broadly as he presented the stew in 2 large styrofoam cups. He at first seemed hesitant to reveal what kind of meat was used … and appeared relieved when we let him know that we liked it. Another couple of gringos converted. Mission accomplished.

The dark & dangerous roasted chipotle salsa was mui authentico.

The pork under the heat lamp (above) was chopped fresh to order. Both pork tacos I devoured were bueno. I especially loved the one sliced fresh off the metal skewer. It was lean and sweet — you could really taste the pineapple.

These colorful Mexican style pastries were fresh out of the oven.

These babies (above) were not nearly as colorful, but equally tasty I’m sure. We were just tickled pink that we had found this place. The owners were very nice, the joint was clean, and the food & atmosphere was authentic. We will return soon and trust you will give them a try sometime this summer. It’s worth the trip.  And who knows — maybe you’ll find a bargain at the flea market. I usually do — and it’s normally of the vinyl variety. Yes, that gets me fired up too!

Taqueria Las Camelinas – 14809 Highway 59, Foley, AL

251 970-1234 or 251 943-6068

Sweetie Pies Bakery in Gulf Shores, Alabama

21 Aug

Sweetie Pies Bakery is located just off Highway 59 (near Target) in Gulf Shores, Alabama. They have been in business since 1990, but this particular location is a relatively new one. It is a sparkling new and exceptionally clean little place. Lots of pink too — if you like that kind of thing. This area is the shopping hub for all of Baldwin County and Sweetie Pies luckily resides in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. Talk about a built-in audience!

The best pies? Pretty hard to argue with that one. Southern Living magazine has long sung the praises of Sweetie Pies. There is also a deli here offering soups, sandwiches and salads … and I’m sure it’s all very tasty. But don’t let any of that get in the way of your pie fix.

A towering meringue pie from Sweetie’s is a thing of beauty and wonder. Roughly 16 different types of pie are served up each and every day here. The pecan pie is simply fabulous — no doubt about that. And there are 4 different varieties of pecan pie to choose from. Seriously! Southern Pecan Pie, White Chocolate Pecan Pie, Tropical Pecan Pie, and Chocolate Pecan Pie. They sure make it tough on a guy to arrive at a decision. Prefer meringue topped creations? Well, you might want to order Key Lime Pie, Lemon Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie, Coconut Pie, or Peanut Butter Pie. You can also find Chess and Custard pies plus seasonal favorites like Pumpkin & Sweet Potato.

This colorful original painting (above) adorns the dining room wall inside Sweetie Pies. Looks like some kind of a fruit pie to me — and they have those as well. Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach … they all sound good, don’t they? Whole pies range from $15 to $18 and single slices all go for $3.95. Don’t miss this place on your way to or from the beach. And if you live nearby, there’s really no reason why you should go to the time and trouble of baking your own pies. Sweetie Pies does it better than you. And if you don’t buy that, I want an invite to dessert at your place!

Whole Southern Pecan Pies do justice to the fine white lace they rest upon.

The sheer amount of chopped pecans inside each slice is mindblowing!

www.sweetiepiespelicanplace.com – Homey and Tasteful!