Olhos de Água Local Customs

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    by LysDor Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    Generally eating out is not only a pleasurable experience but also inexpensive. Portuguese food is fresh and wholesome. There are many regional specialities that are derived from local traditions and ingredients.

    For example some of the dishes to try out:

    Caldo Verde: potato soup with sausage and shredded cabbage

    Sardinha Assada: sardines grilled over charcoal

    Caldeirada de Peixe: fish, shellfish, potatoes, tomatoes and onions stewed together

    Bacalhau: salted cod steak with onions, potatoes and parsley

    Frango no Churrasco Piri-Piri: grilled chicken in a hot spicy sauce

    And some wine or porto to go along...

    Perhaps the most famous Portuguese drink is Port. The Portuguese have developed a taste for it themselves although they prefer white port rather than sweet red as an aperitif.
    By far the most popular drink in Portugal is wine; not satisfied with the three normal shades, the Portuguese added a fourth - green *verde*, which describes its immaturity not its color.
    The Algarve has a reputation for producing excellent grapes along with good local wines, particularly those from Lagoa and Lagos.

    Portuguese wines

    Vinho Branco - White Wine

    Vinho da casa - House wine

    Vinho clarete - Light red wine

    Vinho doce - it is not wine but only grapes juice during 2 days; after 2 or 3 days it gets alchool, looses the sugar and becomes wine (Thanks to Paulo Pinto for this extra information)

    Vinho espumante - Sparkling wine

    Vinho do Porto - Port wine

    Vinho da região - Local wine

    Vinho seco - Dry wine

    Vinho verde *Green wine* (semi-sparkling acidic wine).

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    by LysDor Written Feb 25, 2003

    Everywhere in the Algarve you will find good value restaurants. I really don't remember any names but the following dishes I tasted and found excellent!

    Algarve is particularly famous for its fresh fish and seafood - check out local markets.

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