August 27, 2010

Romance in Ferragudo

After such a busy day exploring the "Monchiques", we decided to just relax and enjoy each other's company on this Valentine's Day.

As evening drew near we walked to the "Square" to have a drink before deciding on where we would eat tonight to celebrate St. Valentine's Day.

"Ferragudo" is such a wonderful place to just walk and explore.  We walked along the waterfront and tried to make a decision on which restaurant we would like to try tonight.  There are only 3 restaurants to choose from along the waterfront, and at the moment they all looked closed.  But you see, Europeans eat much later in the evening, and me, as an American can't seem to get used to this.

But I popped my head into "Restaurante A Ria" to ask if they were open and he said, "of course".  We were alone here for almost 30 minutes before other couples started to arrive for their romantic dinner.

We had a nice private corner table and our waiter started us out with some green olives, cheese, carrots with garlic and some really great bread!  We then ordered as an appetizer the Camarao Frito (fried shrimps) and Liguerao A Ria (Razor Clams "A Ria" style!)

Wow!  I had never seen a razor clam before!  And oh my goodness were they good!

We decided on the House specialty "Cataplana A Ria" for two.
"Cataplana" is a Portuguese seafood dish, popular on the country's Algarve coast.  Cataplana is also the name for both the recipe and utensil in which you cook it.

This takes about 45 minutes to prepare, but oh my goodness, it is worth the wait!

Filled with shrimp, clams, octopus, and vegetables....I'm in Heaven!

I wouldn't have wanted to spend my Valentine's Day any other way or any other place then right here on the romantic Algarve coast with the love of my life, Stijn!

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  1. Hi!

    I'm Joao from Vacation and Travel Photos. I was just stopping by to thank you for your visit bu I couldn't help noticing your photo from my beloved Algarve. Did you liked your stay there? Hope so!

    Cheers from Portugal,

  2. Hi Debbie

    thanks for visiting my blog. I also really like the comments from people who visit my blog.

    Thank you again and I hope you come back often and check out what's new on my blog.

  3. Looked like the perfect Valentines spot except for the clams! Maybe they taste better over there!

  4. Oh how romantic, Debbie... And the meal looked fabulous.... WOW!!!! Is Stijn with you in Vegas? How does he pronounce his name?

    Our of all of the places you have visited, is there one that stands out in your mind --where you'd choose to live permanently if you could?????

    Thanks again for letting us enjoy your Valentines Day with you.

  5. You're making me hungry again! This meal looks fabulous -- I don't think you could have found a better place for a nice romantic Valentine's dinner.

  6. It all sounds and looks so yummy.

    Darryl and Ruth : )


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