All posts filed under: Where to eat in Algarve

Sea delicacies you must try in the Algarve

Algarve region has taken advantage of its position towards the Atlantic for a long time. People gained a lot from the close relation with the ocean and to what it was able to provide to them. It is only normal that here, and in Portugal in general, there is more fish consumption per capita than the European countries average. We would be crazy if we would not do it, right? This long and intricate coastline is full of different varieties of fish and seafood to choose from. Also, up to these days, many typical dishes in the region are prepared with the same processes and elements that they once were. Each ingredient was and should be respected and the waste avoided to the maximum. This list contains some of the sea delicacies that most of the locals appreciate to have on their tables. This is not an exhaustive list, but I tried to go for a representative selection, moving from Algarve’s West coast towards the East coast. Gooseneck Barnacles (Percebes) Gooseneck Barnacles, in Portuguese, Percebes, are the gold of the …

A Grouper and Ginger Cataplana

Happy 2016 everyone! To kick-off this new year I decided to bring you a simple recipe prepared in a particular cookware that I have been wanting to use for a long time, the one and only, Cataplana. I got one as a Christmas gift this year, so it was the perfect timing to try some new recipes in it. Cataplana is a culinary artefact typical from the Algarve region, another one of the many influences that Arabs left when they ruled the region many centuries ago. The first Cataplanas were shaped by artisans in Zinc, but nowadays they can be found both in copper and stainless steel. It should be used in low heat to allow the flavours of the ingredients contained to infuse and mingle slowly, it is basically the same cooking principle used in the Tagine, if you think of it. This clam-shaped pan allows a simple, healthy and fast way of cooking. You might think of it as a futuristic and minimal looking predecessor of pressure cookers. It can be used to cook almost everything but traditionally it is mainly used to …

A real Coffee Cake

  In my hometown, Lagos, in Portugal, there is a very special pastry shop called Gombá. This year the pastry shop is celebrating 50 years of existence and I had celebrate with them here in the blog. Since the year it opened its doors, 1964, this house has been making not only, but specially, the best birthday cakes in town. There are at least 2 generations that grew up with cakes coming from this place. It is amazing to remember how all the birthday parties that I attended growing up were not complete without Gombá’s coffee cake. Yes… the coffee cake is the king of all cakes in this place. It consists in a simple sponge, with a middle layer and cover of coffee cream, finished with the nicest shaves of chocolate. It seems simple but it is a pretty unique cake, and aren’t simple things usually the best? Simple as it might seem, the secret of the coffee cream you will never be able to find. If you are visiting Gombá for the first …