Been working around the South, last week, for a surfcamp, doing an advanced surfer girls program.
But guess what, for a week there were no Portuguese colleges, no Portuguese food, or traditions, or whatever. Nothing portuguese.
And when invited for a dinner by a friend, guess again: African restaurant, received at the door by the not Portuguese owner, with not many Portuguese words in his vocabulary, all dressed up like Coronel Tapioca! well that’s not all!
Choose a portuguese meal, from the “Clássicos Portugueses” – Classic Portuguese section at the menu and,… Well a big cow stake accompanied by peas puree & curry peach. Well, end up asking if at least the cow was portuguese and it was Argentine,…
Struggled a bit, i have to say, because i really like to show of my country and culture to all my guests, foreigner friends or clients, but this week i was just an employee, following usual organization and programs,…not in charge of the outcome.
Well, in the end, sometimes we just do what we have to do,… And the last week made me think how much real can the Live Like a Local Project can become.
Happily, on my way up, end up in one of the most special places i’ve been lately, recommended by my dear friend Miguel Borges. And in that place i found a tasty, totally portuguese meal, cooked and served by a portuguese local couple, at “A Casinha”, right in the centre of Sagres.
Me and my friend Elsa, we ate a delirious cataplana of octopus. All original portuguese ingredients: sweet potato and onions, shrimps and octopus fresh from our coast,
olive oil from Beja – Alentejo. Absolutely honest, tasty, confort food served as family, from a local couple in Sagres, for all over the world people, that really like to experience what the portuguese culture and food is all about.
Big thanks to Rogério and Marina for all the love!