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The Western Part of Continental Europe - Azoia - Cabo da Roca

Posted Feb 17 2011 12:00am
As some who read my blog may know, I just arrived back from Portugal. This was far from a pleasure trip, even though I had amazing moments with my family. With my Aunt's death, there is much to be done in her house and as a pack-rat as she was, let me tell you it is no simple job (note to self and all that are reading: PLEASE do future generations a favor, do not keep every little thing that is meaningless as once you are gone others have to deal going through every little paper you left behind!). These have been tough moments for my Mother and hence the reason I decided to go home and spend quality time with her as well as helping with the house.

I must admit I may have chosen the worse week to go due to my job as we were about to launch a brand new site, therefore I worked ever single day I was there which only left me the mornings to spend with my family.

The treasures I brought back home were immense. Sure I brought some clothes from my Aunt, but even better, amazing quality times with my Mother and Sister as we were going through my Aunt's things. Fun times at restaurants and my parents' home enjoying my Mother's meals while talking about a little bit of everything, even though often about the world, politics and so on, my Father's typical topics! It was also fantastic to reconnect with our Maternal dear cousins whom we often did not have much of a chance to in the past. And my sister and I even had time for a quick breakfast with our Paternal cousin who is always so thoughtful and actually remembered my appreciation for Bolo Rei, so decided to go buy one for us to share during our mere little time together!

Both my Sister who lives in Spain with her family and us love going to Portugal every chance we have. We are very fortunate for the fact that when we go there we stay at my parent's little paradise as you can check here - www.quinta-riotouro.com . My Mother found this site about 20 years ago all in ruins and with the help on an amazing local architect they created this beauty then turning it into an organic farm and B&B.

It is located 5 minutes from Cabo da Roca - the Western Part of Continental Europe, in a village called Azoia, boasting of restaurants with local cuisine.  There are two restaurants and one bar we often frequent.

Bar Moinho D. Quixote - an old windmill transformed into a bar at the top of the hill with an outdoors sitting area beautifully groomed and a view beyond  belief! The perfect spot for a sunset drink prior to enjoying dinner at one of the local restaurants or for a drink after dinner and enjoy music until late hours.

Refúgio da Roca - A local restaurant that is a staple in the area, always filled with locals and some tourism who are lucky to find it. We have found memories of this place as the owners went beyond their duty during the week prior to my wedding as they hosted all of my husband's family and other foreign friends in the hotel they had at the time as well as the rehearsal dinner. Their specialities are all types of grilled fish and espetadas - a type of shish kebab.

Casa do Luis - Yet another restaurant we often frequent, smaller than the above yet with as good quality as the first one. Their meals are more homemade type. My absolute favorite things here are the presunto they always place on the table as soon as you sit down, the Ameijoas a Bulhão Pato and their grilled fish.
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