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Do Peanuts Grow On Trees?Although we live by the sea, the Algarve region is rich in customs related to land and agriculture. Now it’s time for the peanut harvest, and Mar d’Estórias is focused on the whole process associated with the cultivation of the “alcagoita” as it is called here.
The four-month plantation begins in May when the dried peanuts are sown in the land. 

RamirezChaCha2PicSmallRachel Ramirez and Kevin Gould, one an internationally acclaimed artist, the other a former travel writer, turned restaurateur and owner of Chá Chá Chá in what now is the coolest part of Olhão, one block back from the famous fish market.

Rachel is the restaurant’s August artist of the month and a wide selection of her work, centred on the creatures and plants of the Ria Formosa and, latterly, man’s discarded objects collected while beach-combing, is on display and for sale.

Carapaus alimados (Horse mackerel Algarve style)It’s in the confection details as well as the knowledge acquired from the past generations, that the richness of Portuguese regional gastronomy is based. If there are dishes that identify the Algarvian culinary heritage, the carapaus alimados (horse mackerel Algarve style) is, undoubtedly, one of them. Characteristic of the Algarve coastal area, when it was necessary to preserve the fish in the brine, this dish illustrates the simplicity and purism of this ingredient so appreciated by us, the Algarvian people.

Antonio Restaurante, Porto do Mos beach, LagosLiving in Portugal is very much about the lifestyle, so restaurants play a large part of life here - the quality and freshness of the food, the location of the restaurant, the atmosphere and the service.

We have put together a list of our favourite restaurants to eat out in the Lagos and Luz areas of the Algarve. There is something for everyone, for all tastes and occasions, and to suit all budgets. We've even included a restaurant map so you can find them quickly and easily!

ChampagneFineDiningOpen for light lunches, snacks, afternoon tea or even an early sundowner, the Garden Café by Fine Dining in Style, now open at Natura Garden Centre in Almancil, is a new ‘pop-up’ casual concept for the summer.

Located in a shaded, tranquil spot in the middle of the popular garden centre on Estrada de Vale do Lobo in Escanxinas, the Garden Café’s menu includes tapas-style sharing starters and salads; grilled prawns, steak, fish and chicken; grazing platters of Portuguese meats and cheeses; dishes of the day; and freshly-made cakes and desserts. A variety of items are also available for delivery or take-away.

The traditional flavour of the seaWe set foot towards the other side of the Algarve, with chef Megan, to realise why there are traditional flavours that are worth keeping. The smell and the taste of the sea continues to be present in the octopus eggs that are dried through a method that is becoming uncommon. In search of authenticity, we understand that the people of the Eastern Algarve continue to choose octopus roe to eat with their friends in the company of one or two beers. So we were trying to figure out how this product is made and how it is typically consumed.

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