Wrapping It Up in Lower Alabama
Fairhope, AL - Events of Tuesday, November 2 to Sunday, November 8, 2015
As we said in our last post, it rained steadily over the weekend and on into Monday. Although it was still somewhat cloudy, the rain finally ended by Tuesday. We headed down to Foley in the afternoon for lupper at the remaining favorite restaurant in the area that we hadn't visited yet - the Shrimp Basket.
Shrimp Basket is a chain of restaurants in lower Alabama and the Florida panhandle that specializes in seafood.
We both had fried clam strip baskets. Although the clam strips at the Shrimp Basket aren't nearly as good as the ones we had a couple of years ago at the Ipswich Clambake Company in Massachusetts, and they're not even quite as good as those at Anna Maria Oyster Bar in Florida, it has been a long time since we had clam strips so they still tasted good to us. Margery had cole slaw and potato salad for her sides, and Paul had cole slaw and new potatoes.
Foley is about half way to Bon Secour, so after our clams we swung by Bon Secour and stopped at Aquila Seafood to buy some fresh shrimp for dinner the following evening plus enough for two more meals for the freezer. We love smoked shrimp, but we recently had them prepared that way. Not only that, but we had something different planned for the smoker in the near future so we had the shrimp on Wednesday evening prepared another favorite way - sauteed in butter with a little white wine added at the end. When we have shrimp that way, we like to dip them in butter. They were delish!
Our plan for the smoker for Thursday was to make pecan wood-smoked chicken wings. We coated them with some dry rub and marinated them overnight. Although our smoker is small, it has racks on two levels so we were able to smoke a whole 4-pound bag of wings (enough for two meals) at one time.
Since wings are small, they don't take very long to cook - only about 1½ to 2 hours. We didn't have to put them on until late in the afternoon.
The wings had a nice smokey flavor with a hint of heat from the cayenne pepper and a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar in the rub.
With our time in Lower Alabama almost over, we headed out on Friday afternoon to run a few last-minute errands. Afterward, we headed to Panini Pete's one last time. Once again, it was a beautiful day so we were able to enjoy eating out on the patio.
We both had our favorite - house-roasted turkey paninis with shoestring fries.
It was late afternoon when we finished eating. Just as we were about to leave, one of the waitresses came out with a big tray of beignets and was giving a complimentary plate of them to everyone who was there. It was almost closing time (Panini Pete's is only open until 2:30), and they apparently had beignet batter left over. Rather than just throw it away, they fried it up and gave free beignets to everyone who happened to still be there. What a nice surprise! We finished up our food tour of Lower Alabama just the way we started it - with beignets at Panini Pete's.
We did our cleaning chores on Saturday then relaxed. After church on Sunday, we did a few pre-departure chores then relaxed some more. On Monday, we headed out to Florida. We'll tell you about our trip in our next post.