Thursday, 29 June 2017
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Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does buy wine, which is almost the same thing!We are wine lovers, we admit it! The Mar d'Estórias team, along with most British and Portuguese, like a good meal, where you can not miss a bottle of wine, it doesn’t matter what kind: white, rosé or red; To drink a glass at the end of the day on our terrace in good company, with or without tapas; Or to sip a glass of red while reading a book & listening to the rain falling. Truth be told, no excuse is needed to open a bottle of wine and we believe that you do not need to be knowledgeable to appreciate it.

The Egg Report - the inside storyThis month, Viva! launches online a Special Report on laying hen farms.

'Laying Hens: The Inside Story' is an in-depth, illustrated Special Report featuring findings from our 12 month investigation into the egg industry. Read it and find out what the industry would prefer you didn’t know!

Custard tartsSince the Portuguese Discoveries our people have been eager for adventure and to live up to our roots. To discover the world, to work hard and be successful abroad, but always with our eyes and heart in the Portugal we left behind, and the roots that are deep in our soul. This tradition remains and loneliness is kept at bay with the impressions, flavours and smell of Portugal that are expressed by Portuguese from all over the world.

102nd on La Liste’s 1000 Best Restaurants in the World, VILA VITA Parc’s acclaimed Ocean Restaurant continues to lead the way for Portuguese gastronomyIn a year which has seen VILA VITA Parc’s fine dining offering, Ocean restaurant, dramatically transformed to great acclaim, the talent of Chef Hans Neuner and his team has been afforded another gastronomic accolade, ranking at 102nd position in La Liste’s 1000 Best Restaurants in the World.
La Liste’s technology aggregates the world’s most trusted food guides and hundreds of thousands of restaurant reviews globally, to craft the perfect ranking of the world’s best restaurants. At 102nd position, Ocean is proud to be the highest ranked of just six Portuguese restaurants included in the list, announced this December in Paris.

Grab a Large Helping of the Growing Meat Substitute MarketFrom the tropical terrains of the Indian subcontinent comes the next big thing for the meat substitute market. It sounds sensible for a country that is obsessed with choosing between the right and the righteous. The western kitchen is obliged by the wondrous orb that is called jackfruit.

An Indian staple, this fruit is eaten in general at its ripe stage around the world. However, in few parts of Asia the raw form is cooked with intense tropical spices. The resulting dish resembles pulled pork preparations and the taste is strikingly similar too.

Algarve Cooking guide

Traditional Algarvian recipes for all your favourites - Soups, fish dishes, meat dishes and desserts.

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What future for Algarve wine?I wonder what percentage of wine lovers who live here in the Algarve drink locally-produced Algarve wine on a regular basis? I’m not just talking about us foreigners, but local algarvios too.

The vast majority of Algarve wine is, of course, consumed by tourists, visitors who rightly choose to try a glass of the local vinho and are very pleasantly surprised. Many thousands of them are so impressed that they pay a visit to one or more of the local wineries. 

Summer Wines & Flavours Festival – July 7th to 10thBetween the 7th and 10th of July, Tavira will host for the third year the Summer Wines & Flavours Festival. Taking place downtown (Jardim do Coreto), close to the old fish market, dozens of wine producers from all over the country will showcase their best wines in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.

The showcase, organized by the wine magazine Revista de Vinhos, with the support of the Municipality of Tavira, will also include several food products which can be consumed on site and includes an extensive entertainment program.