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Dining outLearning a few basic words and phrases of Portuguese shouldn’t be beyond most people, and is only common courtesy. And unless you’re really off the beaten track, you’ll usually find the owner, or at least one of the waiting staff, will speak more than enough English (and often other languages such as German or French) to help you get by.

If not, muddle through with a few well-chosen mimes, a spot of guesswork, or just cast a glance at what looks good on the other tables.

Tavira's Salt PansOn April 21st, members of the Rotary Club Estoi Palace International paid a visit to the salt pans in Tavira run by Rui Simeão.

Located in the Ria Formosa Natural Park these saltpans have been in his family for over 150 years.

The culinary future is brightThe culmination of the first annual Rotary Cookery Competition, took place at a Gala Dinner at The Conrad Hotel, recently where the teams from Almancil and Silves Sul schools which had battled it out head-to-head, received their trophies and certificates. Silves Sul was declared the winning team, by the smallest of margins; good food, well executed had been judged over two months.

Mundus Vini 20133 Wines - 3 Awards. Quinta dos Vales' wines have achieved much recognition throughout the globe, and reaching as far as China in its few years of existence. Recognition in the German market has, however, remained elusive for several years. Germany, along with Switzerland, is of great importance as the only European market which focuses mostly on higher quality wines.

You are here: Home  Features  Wines Institutional recognition for Quinta dos ValesHighlights for Quinta dos Vales were non-stop last week. As well as the Marquês dos Vales wines being awarded with two medals in the 6th competition of 'The Best Wine of the Algarve' held at the Fatacil in Lagoa, the company was also honoured by the Direção Regional de Agricultura e Pescas do Algarve for its contribution towards the production and appreciation of quality Algarve produce.

An organic lessonA trip around the local Safeway supermarket sometimes leaves me amused and sometimes sad. It’s not downright fraud that they are perpetrating but ladies and gentlemen it is very close. Yes very close.

Now every US shopper has a loyalty club card to get the best prices. On most days these club prices can be further reduced, by picking up cereals, jams, bread etc carrying a “special price offer label”. 

The Amazing Banana!Actually, bananas are the only food you can eat with dirty hands. You never need to actually touch the banana itself - only the skin. A professor at CCNY, for his physiological psych class, told them about bananas. He said that the expression "going bananas" comes from the effect that a banana has on the brain.......read on…

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!! After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

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