We will be in the Houston Galveston area the end of July is there a Mexican market area similar to the one in San Antonio.? Looking for Mexican vanilla
Have you considered a different approach? Check Amazon and/or Ebay - both have it listed. I looked at Cost Plus World Market website (several in the area), they have some stuff like this, but theirs was from Madagascar. Whole Foods might have it.
The closest thing I'm aware of would be at the Fiesta food market at Bellaire and Hillcroft, but it really doesn't compare to El Mercado in San Antonio. Fiesta carries a lot of ethnic foods, so they're quite likely to have the authentic Mexican "vainilla", although you might call first.Edited: 14 July 2014, 02:03
Thanks for the help we are starting off in Dallas maybe we can find some up there
I really think Whole Foods or ordering online will be a better bet. Much of what is available at the Mercado in San Antonio is "vanilla" extract that contains a potentially harmful substance or something with vanilla flavoring, not pure vanilla. I was down there a couple of months ago and couldn't find any at the Mercado that was pure vanilla.
There is a big Farmers Market (but mostly Mexican products) on Airline Drive (close to 45). I don't know if they have vanilla but lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, honey, spices, peppers - you name it.
Thank you Kingwood for your help, maybe that is the place we want to go to..
Well, if you are set on trying to buy the stuff here, and you want to consider the Mexican market in the Heights (I live in the Heights) - you can also find a Fiesta Mart here as well as Penzeys (saw it mentioned on yelp).
I've not been to any of these myself, but they are all only a few miles apart.
I did a search and saw this post on some of the cautions when buying this stuff -
This farmers market is huge, a lot larger than a Fiesta or a Whole Foods or any of the Super Grocery Stores. They have a wholesale section and a retail section. Prices are also very good. I am not a big shopper but I have found myself spending a lot of time here (when we go there) to the delight of my wife.
In the same general area there is a Mexican Restaurant called either Acapulco or Tampico. They have excellent food - always have seafood very good and reasonable price. You can pick the fish or shrimp that is on ice and pay by the pound and tell them how you want it cooked. If you want to you can add toppings such as crab sauce with this that and the other. Not fine dining by any means.
Amys ice cream has great mexican vanilla bean ice cream