I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Olhao Fast Food Restaurant
OMG ! We just realized that somehow we
have journeyed to the end of the world . . . . . Regis and I just
came back from a walk down along the Malecon, and chatting as we
wondered through back streets and tiny cobble-stoned alleyways, we
suddenly realized that there is no KFC in town. Wait a minute, there
is no golden arches, no Starbucks. OMG we must have teleported back
in time . . . . Seriously, there are NONE of the brand name
restaurants. China had KFC, Japan had KFC, Brazil had KFC, Spain had
KFC. There are none anywhere around us here.
Crepes with everything (Seriously!)
We actually have not exited the
civilized world, Olhao actually has it's own 'fast food', and it is
available in many popular establishments around town. The call it
“Plata do Dia”. It is what ever seafood was plentiful at the
daily market. Every local Snack Bar finds some delicious way to cook
it up quickly. Want something quick and tasty – “Prato do dia”
is it. . . . . . Portuguese fast food.
Now we have not suffered with this
absence of KFC and Starbucks. One of the goals of the trip was to
cook the local food and drink the local wine, and this we have been
working hard at doing.
Fava & Chorizo
Day one was a simple pasta dish made
with home-made tomato sauce and local Chorizo. Pete and Linda were
happy with left overs when they arrived after their “Lost in
Portugal” adventure. They even helped us finish off the bottle of
“Welcome to Portugal” wine left by Colin & Suzanne.
The next day we explored the markets
and had Pete figure our how to make the Sardines that this area is so
famous for. He did a fine job, grilling them in local Olive Oil and
the Popular local Port.
Linda made a delicious pork chop dish
with a baby apple demi-glace reduction, Regis found a delicious
recipe for a Portuguese Chick Pea stew, and I cooked up a local
chicken with sea salt & Oregano with stuffing of chorizo, onions,
mixed nuts and a corn bread from the corner bakery
We have even started serving
appetizers; Sauteed fava beans with Portuguese chorizo and garlic one
day and fresh crayfish boil with curried piri-piri mayo another.
Regis' Chickpea Stew
Yup, life is tough, and we have only
been here a week. Pete is already planning to see how the local
Salmon compares to his famous BC Salmon, I'm thinking about how to
convert my Jambalaya recipe to use local seafood (I managed to get my
seasoning mix through customs), and Linda is talking about a chicken
with prune dish.
Is it happy hour again Pete? OK go
ahead fill up my wine glass.