Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Beach restaurants in beautiful locations, really on the sea side

Beach restaurants in beautiful locations, really on the sea side, in Algarve's eastern part almost on the Spanish border

There are three restaurants in three different beach towns that are close to each other. All three with great buildings built for the purpose of being restaurants, located right on the beaches and with excellent food, very little or nothing written about them, wonderful surprises.

- Cha com Agua Salgada, Manta Rota, Vila Nova de Cacela
- Pezinhos d'Areia, Praia Verde, Castro Marim
- Restaurante Marisqueria O Costa, Sitio da Fabrica, Vila Nova de Cacela, here food isn't as sophisticated but good fish and a spectacular view

Here follow some pictures for you to enjoy!

Cha com Agua Salgada Restaurant

the view from Cha com Agua Salgada 

this curious copper appliance is called Cataplana, used to cook meat or fish in the oven together with veggies
the Cataplana, it comes in many different sizes
Pezinhos n'Areia Restaurant

Restaurante O Costa

Tuna with onions

la Ria Formosa
more of the Ria Formosa...

Sunday, June 16, 2013

O Comercial Restaurant in Porto

O Comercial Restaurant in Porto, a great restaurant in a spectacular building

The 19th century Treasury Palace or Palácio da Bolsa is one of the "musts" in Porto, in fact the most visited building in town although only with guided visits on certain hours/languages, pictures aren't allowed but you don't even get a brochure, therefore you would have to buy a book on it after having spent 7 euro for the guided tour (!) At any rate it's surely necessary to see it, specially the arab room at the end, great surprise therefore I wont mention the beauty and splendor of this room.... or did I just?

Inside Palácio da Bolsa is the restaurant O Comercial belonging to the young fellow you see in the last picture. His wife Samantha Reis is the Executive chef (sorry I never got back to take her picture but there is a nice one in their website). The location and the setting are just beautiful and they serve Portuguese cuisine gourmet food which is just excellent. Another tip is their interesting 3 course "Executive" lunch menu all inclusive of bread, water, wine and coffee for the reasonable price of 15 euro.

In this same building, larger and smaller events are organized. In fact there was a very large Porto-wine event in which the company that organized it behaved in an utmost nasty way. Please note that the restaurant had nothing to do with this since they are in no way related to Essencia do Vinho.

Here follow some pictures for you to enjoy the restaurant and the meal at O Comercial!

Palácio da Bolsa

inside the Palácio da Bolsa

the light roof inside Palácio da Bolsa

window view from inside the restaurant and outside of it, to the left, the church of San Francisco

inside view of O Comercial restaurant

goat cheese millefeuille with pumpkin
enlargement of goat cheese millefeuille with pumpkin 
bacalao (cod fish) with potatoes and warm mayonnaise sauce
Papos de Anjo, a sort of Portuguese Baba', here with orange, lemon and berries
André Oliveira Teixeira

Friday, June 7, 2013

Garbage recycling stations in Portugal

Garbage recycling stations in Portugal... what a joy! Yes, a joy not only meaning pleasure but also as jewelry since these stations are little jewels that can help us believe that we all can survive in a better way....

Enthusiasm is the word that should accompany recycling, why isn' it so in certain places?

Here is an example of somewhere, in Portugal, where this takes place, enthusiastically!

I show pictures of one of the recylcling stations in the town of Ericeira, but it's like this allover the country.

Can Naples in Italy please take note of this? Can they maybe try to understand why here it works and there it doesn't?
But not only Naples, can people living in apartment condominiums in an "evolved" city like Milano maybe change their attitude towards garbage and the way to put it away?

Don't be upset, just enjoy, and think...please!