Beer and wine -- the old time choice, which one is the right one? Portugal’s love affair with alcoholic beverages began centuries ago. We love everything about it, and we use it in our everyday lives for celebrations, relaxation and even in special occasions at the recommendation of our doctors - That's our story and we're sticking to it :-)
Red wine with red meat, white wine with white, or light-colored meats and fish, right? Not necessarily, you may be pleased to hear, especially if you've ever felt obliged not to order the Shiraz because you were enjoying an excellent Chardonnay, or passed on the Pinot Noir because the grilled salmon sounded to good to miss.
The Algarve cuisine, although simple and delicious, very little is in fact known about it, even in Portugal. For this reason, we are showcasing some of the more unusual dishes in this article, so that when you visit the Algarve you will be able to experience them.
There is no doubt that Portuguese gastronomy is amazing; and that in spite of its small size, Portugal offers a varied and interesting range of gastronomy experiences ... and the Algarve gastronomy has lots to offer any visitor.
Deciding on a venue may not exactly qualify as one of mankind's most crucial choices, but there is no doubt that selecting the appropriate restaurant or place to eat for your specific needs, will greatly enhance your dining experience. Food, after all, is not merely a physiological necessity; it also happens to be one of life's greatest pleasures.
Gastronomy involves discovering, tasting, experiencing and understanding food and drink, alone or in the company of friends and family. In the Algarve, you will find a wide range of restaurants, snack bars and typical “tavernas” where you can do just that, or if you are the more adventurous type you can try many of the typical Portuguese recipes in your own kitchen in the comfort of your home.
Portugal formerly had a large empire and the cuisine has been influenced in both directions. The Persian orange, grown widely in southern Europe since the 11th century, was bitter. Portuguese traders brought sweet oranges from India to Europe in the 15th century.
Many of the country's typical pastries were created in Middle Ages monasteries. Other pastries were created by nuns in the 18th century, which they sold as a means of supplementing their incomes. Many of their creations, often with a high content of eggs and sugar in the composition, have related names like barriga de freira (nun's belly), papos de anjo (angel's chests), and toucinho do céu (bacon from heaven).
Wine (red, white and "green") is the traditional Portuguese drink, Rosé being popular in non-Portuguese markets if not particularly common in Portugal itself. Vinho Verde, termed "green" wine, is not green in color but a specific kind of wine, which can be red, white or rosé, and is only produced in the northwest (Minho province).