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Back To O Lusitano, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

Back To O Lusitano, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

Following the disappointment of returning to our once favourite restaurant in Albufeira to find it had changed in every way possible (none for the better) we were unsure whether to risk ruining more happy memories by going back to another old favourite. We’d enjoyed O Lusitano very much on the first day of our trip in 2012 so didn’t want to be let ... Read More »

Rossio, Albufeira, Portugal – They Say You Should Never Go Back

Rossio, Albufeira, Portugal – They Say You Should Never Go Back

They say, whoever they are, that you should never go back to somewhere you have fond memories of, in case it’s not as good as you remember. Perhaps I should have listened to them. The highlight of our trip to Portugal’s Algarve coast in 2012 was the tiny seafood restaurant without a menu, A Tasquinha do Rossio. A year later, despite ... Read More »

Restaurante Sobretempero, Algoz, Portugal

Restaurante Sobretempero, Algoz, Portugal

Driving back to our apartment after a day of swimming, crazy golf and feeding Llamas at the rather odd Krazy World Zoo in Algoz, we stumbled upon Restaurante Sobretempero. It’s easy to miss though, as from the outside it looks more like a convenience store than a restaurant. But I’m glad we found it, as it turned out to be one ... Read More »

Restaurante Quinta da Balaia, Albufeira, Portugal

Restaurante Quinta da Balaia, Albufeira, Portugal

Walking from our apartment just outside Albufeira one day, we spotted a small blackboard by the entrance of a fancier nearby complex saying that its restaurant was open to the public. Despite not knowing anything about the place we decided to check it out, it seemed a nice complex and as the sign said they sell ‘fresh fish’ and ‘piri-piri chicken’ which ... Read More »

A Paleta, Lagoa, Portugal

A Paleta, Lagoa, Portugal

What better way to recover from a long and tiring day at popular Algarve water park Slide & Splash than with freshly grilled seafood in the sun. That’s exactly what I needed and what I got at ‘A Paleta’ in Lagoa, just a ten minute drive from said water park. A Paleta doesn’t have a website and isn’t much to look at ... Read More »

Restaurante Senhor Frango, Almancil, Portugal

Restaurante Senhor Frango, Almancil, Portugal

Within 30 minutes of landing at Faro airport on Portugal’s Algarve coast there was only one thing on my mind, Piri-Piri chicken! Thanks to a bit of research before leaving home I had a couple of recommendations; after the first turned out to not exist or at least proved impossible to find I ended up at Restaurante Senhor Frango in ... Read More »

Tapas 24, Barcelona, Spain – Home Of The McFoie!

Tapas 24, Barcelona, Spain – Home Of The McFoie!

Chef Carles Abellán had revolutionised the tapas scene with his restaurant Comerç 24. After working with culinary legend Ferran Adrià at elBulli and other restaurants for 15 years he opened Comerç 24 in 2001. The food there is elaborate ‘designer tapas’ with influences from Mexican, Italian and Asian cuisines. I recently visited his second restaurant Tapas 24. Certainly more traditional ... Read More »

Bubó, Barcelona, Spain – Cake Heaven, Featuring The ‘Big Mac-aroon’

Bubó, Barcelona, Spain – Cake Heaven, Featuring The ‘Big Mac-aroon’

Bubó is a pâtisserie/cake shop with a fabulous reputation, particularly famous for it’s macaroons and chocolate cake which apparently once won ‘The World´s Best Chocolate Cake’. I visited the original store in the Born area of Barcelona which opened in 2005, there are now several other branches in Barcelona and oddly one in Kuwait which opened last year. From the ... Read More »

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