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.

Restaurant Miranda Marlene, Bragança, Portugal

Collard greens soup Bragança
We are always on the lookout for local, traditional restaurants where we tend to be the only foreigners and the food is rustic but super. Tourist destinations where the food has been adapted to the European palette, i.e. same old same old, is not what we want. And we ticked all the boxed with Miranda Marlene.

Fantastic Faro Fish Restaurant

Restaurant: Peixe Assado, Moinhos do grelha, Faro
The restaurant
This is just an amazing fish restaurant on the estuary on the periphery of Faro. We discovered it by chance on one of our cycles and I will voluntarily cycle 25km ONE WAY to have lunch there. Believe me, as a not-particularly-good-cyclist, this says it all for the quality of this restaurant.

Nanaga Farmstall, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Awesome wild boar pie
I have a confession to make – I am a closet pie addict. I adore pies, especially good ones. That may sound stupid, like duh, of course you like good ones. But pie addicts like me will also eat bad ones in the hope that they might be good. But no fear when Nanaga is near, as their pies are awesome!

The Beach Break Café, coffee shop and take-away

Banting Burger
My divine Aunty Ann (you’ll meet her and Uncle Peter in the next post) took Joerg and I to a wonderful cafe restaurant at the beach. This place has everything going for it: the food is great, the service is great and its position is great. Oh yes, and its prices are great too. What’s not to love?!

Thalis Restaurant

Thalis food
My deevine sister and brother-in-law and one of my deevine nieces took The Husband and I out for dinner to Thalis on my birthday – thank you soooooo much! It was a deevine evening…okay, enough deevine’s, but it really was dee…

Portuguese Grill Restaurant, Littlehampton

Octopus
The first time I saw an octopus being prepared was in Greece and I was amazed at how much physical work was required to prepare dinner. The poor creature (which was already dead of course) was bashed against the rocks for a good hour. Talking about earning your dinner.

Oteria de Poeti

Roger and his birthday cake
So you‘ ve had the travel log of the journey to Bologna, but now we need party info. We were fortunate enough to be surrounded by friends and acquaintances and lest we forget, the wonderful birthday boy, Roger, so it was perfect from the start.

To Italy for Rogers birthday party!

Our beloved friend Roger
Roger is a wonderful friend of ours and every 5 years he celebrates his birthday in a big way. This year was his 85th and he invited 70 of us to celebrate it with him in Bologna, Italy. Wow! I want to be just like Roger when I’m 85, just minus the moustache…

Hand of Cow for lunch, anyone?

(Today’s recipe: Mão de Vaca com Grão, or Cows Hoof with Chickpeas)
Photo from flickr by knightbefore_99
I love languages and the fun one can have with them. When we asked our lovely waitress what the daily lunch special was, she said, “it’s Hand of Cow”. At first I thought I’d misheard, but no, we were having either Hand of Cow or something that was like cuttlefish, but not cuttlefish. We’ll have one of each, I bravely said.