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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