Restaurant Prates (Café Snack Bar) Igrejinha, Portugal

 Great olives!
We had spotted a different restaurant on our way through town and had actually intended to go there, but it was closed on Tuesday, so I had to find something else. Thank goodness as this restaurant was super and proved to be better than the other one. I asked a local passer-by where to go and with lots of gesticulation, we found Prates.

Happy 2019!

 Camper with "lake"!
Happy New Year everyone!!!!! We wish you a year filled with joy and happiness and that our planet gets just a little bit better rather than a little bit worse in 2019.
PS: This photo was taken by our deevine friends, Anouschka & Joachim - thank you!

Nazaré where the Big Waves come to visit!

 Nazare lighthouse top
We had heard about Nazaré from a friend of ours, Bob, whose son is Tom Butler a professional big wave surfer. In fact, just a few days ago on the 18th of December, he surfed the biggest wave ever at 30.8m (100 ft). I mean like the biggest wave ever surfed in the world!! And we know his Dad! I think this is called glowing in someone else’s shine or something like that!

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

 Christmas 2018
An ever so slightly belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We wish all of you the happiest, healthiest and most peaceful coming year than ever before. Our planet could do with some good cheer in 2019, so let's all work together to make it a memorable (in a good way!) year. Hugs and kisses Crystal and Joerg

Portuguese Pumpkin / Gourd Jam

 Pumpkin jam and cheese
All over Portugal we saw fields of enormous pumpkins and pumpkins stacked like walls. We have never had pumpkin soup in Portugal, but you often find pumpkin/gourd jam in cakes or served with cheese. We had some at a restaurant in Chaves (see previous post) which was absolutely deeelicious.

Restaurante Casa Tipica O Campismo, Chaves, Portugal

 Salad with a great dressing!
This restaurant came recommended by a fellow blogger Amumot (www.amumot.de) and the food was superb. The pricing can be a bit random (I’ll explain what I mean later), but completely reasonable and I can’t express enough how tasty the food was.

Populo and Fornos do Pinhal, Northern Portugal

 Populo
Our journey in Portugal continues in spite of the fact that we are currently not there, but I would like to show you some more beautiful places we visited whilst we were there. Right now we’re in Germany and even had some lovely snow on Sunday, but we’re staying in lovely warm Portugal blog wise!

Carne de Porco a Alentejano, Pork with fried potatoes and pickles

 Carne de Porco a Alentejano
We had this fantastic dish in a restaurant in Chaves and we loved it so much I just had to try it myself. It is now a firm favourite in our household. The recipe apparently originates in the Algarve, with the black pork coming from the Alentejo, hence the name. It is downright deeelicious!

Restaurante Pensao FLAVIO, Chaves, Portugal Best Restaurant EVER!!

Restaurante Pensao Flavio
I sometimes, not often enough, write reviews on tripadvisor and have never before given a 5 (their top rating) as I thought that no matter how good it was, if I give a 5 then I have nowhere to go if I find THE best restaurant. Restaurante Pensao FLAVIO gets a 5 from me because it is THE best restaurant I have ever been to.

Chaves, Northern Portugal

Chaves
Chaves is another city Joerg and I have fallen in love with. It has loads to see and do, has THE BEST RESTAURANT EVER (my next post) as well as being picturesque and photogenic all in one. I look forward to visiting it again sometime.