Saturday, March 26, 2011

....we didn't even have to pack a lunch...

When we were kids...our Mom used to pack us a lunch if we said we were running away.... if we had brought anything here from home it would have been like taking a ham sandwich to a banquet.  There is wonderful food everywhere we go....and the prices are so reasonable we feel guilty when it comes time to pay the bill. 
   
..it a person was really hungry?...oranges and lemons fall from the local trees.....

 Cheeses and olives are abundant..

Okay...now this was just shockingly amazing!!  At a lovely little seaside restaurant in Peniche..

These were starters even before we got our meal!!

...and this is the sort of thing we make at home after our meals there.... fresh fruit is inexpensive..the veggies are huge.  I have never seen peppers as big as my head... and they are almost that size@! People in the markets must think we are lunatics...laughing and having fun being amazed by the food.  It could be just because we are on holiday...but, I've never tasted fruit so sweet and amazing.  Of course, stuff at home is shipped from such distant lands.... it is probably picked well before the sun has a chance to give it any flavour.... no idea where the fruits here come from...but, I'm sure it is much closer....
Downtown Entroncamento... everybody goes walking... and they all stop for all sorts of coffees during their day.... and well into the evenings after their suppers....

... and the "pastelarias"....ooooohhh.........

Mr. BV...the chocolate nut, found this ultra tasty morsel..... 

.... and....this one's for you Anne.........I have indeed fallen in love with the local favourite.  Some type of egg custard tarts... this one was my best yet... a twist on the original I'm told... slivered almonds on top instead of the usual "torching" that the locals love.  MMMM>>>> ffff...... must get a recipe...somewhere.....

11 comments:

Maa said...

Yum! Looks like someone will be dieting when they get home. Haha!
Now you're not having too good atime are you. While we all 'slave' away at home? Maa.

Anonymous said...

Eat drink and be merry!!!! hahahaha
So fun having you here with us in Portugal. We are having a blast of a time. Hope you continue enjoying you vacation with us.
Hugs ... Maria

Gretel said...

Do you know how many people are reading this and turning a faint tinge of green? The better part of me is happy to see you having such great time (while eyeing the cakes up).

frayedattheedge said...

We have had two wonderful holidays in Portugal - now you are making me want to have a third! Glad you enjoyed the custard tart! If only I could pop on a plane and join you!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Oh wow great to know you are having a great time in Portugal. I loved it when I visited it and yes their pastries are the best. Love their idea of a coffee break and chitchat over the counter.

Jennifer Rose said...

fresh fruit is the best! :D all that food looks so good :D

Catherine said...

Oh yum!!!! All this lovely looking food is making me hungry. Looks like your holiday is going well my friend!

Enjoy that beautiful sun!
xo Catherine

Kat said...

Wow looks like wonderful weather wherever you are. The food looks delicious. I love your cute teddy down the page. I love to hug mine to. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Vee,

So happy that you you and Mr. V are having a great time on vacation. I am so happy for you. The food and sweets are great in Portugal. When we went to Lisbon we had a super time and everyone was very nice.
Hugs and miss you

Susan said...

Oh all that gorgeous food is just delectable. Food always plays a great part of the whole experience when you're on holiday... glad to see you're not holding back ;-)

Louise said...

Ooh yes, I remember all those lovely cake and coffee stops, everywhere! When in Portugal I love to eat sardines alioli and piri piri chicken. Deliciosa! x