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Car Treasure Hunt /
followed by lunch.
We will start with coffee at
'Bar Bacchus / Porches Pottery'
on the eastbound EN125 near Porches.
Arrivals, Registration and Coffee from 10:00
first departures 10:30.
The Treasure Hunt is planned to take about 1 1/2 hours
It is NOT a race
Each car must have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 occupants
Members, Family & Friends only,
all guests must take part in the same
car as the inviting member.
The three teams solving the most clues along the route
will win a prize plus hold one of the silver cups
until the next Treasure Hunt
Tasty English Lunch expected at 12:30 at
Al Pacino's Blues Bar
Roast Beef or Turkey
Roast Potatoes, Carrots,
Cauliflower Cheese, Broccoli,
Yorkshire Pudding, Peas & Gravy
The ‘pièce de résistance’ is Apple Crumble!
also - Wine, Water, Coffee
The bar will be open, any pre or post-lunch
drinks are not included in the price.
Full details will be sent to those registering to take part.
When you book please give us a fun name for your team.
(Team names and scores will be published here)
Price is €20 per person for lunch with or without
taking part in the Treasure Hunt.
Booking closed with 7 cars taking part
and 27 people booked for lunch.
18 CASA members met at Bar Bacchus around 10 o'clock for coffee prior to taking part in the 'Motor Meander/Treasure Hunt'. The first team (The Lost Tribe) were dispatched about 10:15 followed at intervals by the other 6 cars, all being on the road by 10:45. The clear directions meant that this year only one team got slightly lost, not to suggest that solving the 'clues' was as straight forward or as easy as following the route directions! All made it to Al Pacino's Blues Bar in time to hand in their answers (and collected Alfaroba leaf / fruit) before lunch, most also managing to fit in a pre-lunch tipple. 9 other members not taking part joined us and the friendly staff of the Blues Bar served up an excellent roast lunch on the sunny patio. Our thanks to Kim and her staff for the welcome and an excellent lunch.
Over the coffee the prizes were awarded to the teams with the most points scored, these being:
First place – The Panda Pirates (taking part for the first time)
Second place – The Fuzzies
Third place – Algarve Reivers
As always we awarded a wooden spoon for the lowest score, this year to the Deadly Duo
Three teams just managed to skilfully avoid winning a prize – Quaranteam, The Ravers and The Lost Tribe.
Unfortunately this year, due to a small mishap, we don't have the actual points scored available to share, perhaps just as well!
Friday September 10
Mini-golf & Tea
From 3 p.m.
Back by popular demand we’re holding our fun golf outing
and afternoon tea (sandwiches, rissoles, cake & more - a
coffee, or beer, or glass of wine) plus of course a game of
mini golf at a new venue for CASA at the recently opened
This is a fun occasion - the ‘winner’ receives a winners cup,
and this year a GolfLand T-shirt or cap!
You are very welcome to come for the tea only, the price will
be the same = €15 p.p.
Please note that any purchases made at the bar prior to the tea service (expected at 4 p.m.) must be paid for.
Allthough we had a fairly small turnout (16) for this occasion it worked very well. The mini-golf course, being new, was in excellent condition and contained some 'interesting' holes. The site is quite compact and the surrounding gardens have been very well laid out. Supposedly the 18 holes are all 'Par 2' but our scores did not fully reflect this with a high score of 64. At the better end of the range we had 2 players on each of 50, 49 and 48, while our clear winner managed a respectable 46. Barbara was presented with a bottle of wine, a T-shirt and cap from GolfLand and a cup to be held until our next golf competition.
We played in 4 'teams' of 3 or 4 players, the team average scores were:
Team 1 54
Team 2 52
Team 3 55
Team 4 52
(Team 3 actually played last as they wanted to finish their pre-match drinkies first, does this relate to their slightly higher scores?)
The following tea ran for some time as we sat happily chatting on the sunny lower terrace consuming sandwiches, cake, scones etc accompanied by a generous supply of drinks by GolfLand, we would like to thank Snr. Carlos and his friendly staff for their support and hospitaliity.
Friday August 20
Big Red's Steakhouse
New Premises near Alvor Beach
6 p.m. for 6:30 - €25 p.p.
Booking is now closed
We do not normally run an event in August
However we have missed so many events, including our annual BBQ, that we make an exception this year - we found you a BBQ!
Imagine yourself on a balmy evening, just two minutes walk from the beach where, if you’re inclined, you can have an evening stroll either before you sup or after to round-off your evening!
This will be a table service rather than the usual buffet-style BBQ due to Covid regulations
Freshly prepared (BBQ) hot food supplied to the tables on platters to be shared - (and continually refilled).....
The menu will include the following:
Bread etc, cold meats, cheese
Pork ribs, small steaks, sausages, chicken, mixed fish kebabs, salads, chips.
A choice of three deserts
- and of course wine & water.
Coffee is not included in the price but can be purchased if wanted.
Last booking date will be Monday August 16th
Price is €25 pp, members only.
The AGM Dinner at Big Red's was very well recieved so we asked 'Big Red' himself and he was delighted to offer us a BBQ. It is expected to be the first served at the new venue near the beach.
Friday July 16
Algarve Coastline 3 hour boat trip with complimentary drink
Explore this beautiful coastline, see the dolphins (if they deem to make an appearance) enjoy great company and wonderful fresh air!
Meet @ 9.30 a.m. at the Naval Club in Portimão for 10.00 a.m.
departure on the Alegria. A complimentary coffee will be available while waiting.
There will be a bar open on the boat
for those wishing to buy further refreshments.
If you wish to round off your boat tour with a lunch at the
Naval Club, or go for a lunch only and meet up with other
members - they have a 3 course lunchtime menu or you can
choose à la carte - we can advise them of your booking.
Booking closed Monday 12th July.
18 Intrepid sailors turned up at the quayside for the trip. After embarking the Alegria headed out towards the sea and as the boat passed out of the protected harbour area she picked up a rather unusually high swell. For several of our members this proved to be somewhat upsetting and they were unable to appreciate the trip as much as has been possible on previous outings. The swell was also too much for the local dolphins who declined to make an appearance, to everyone's great disapointment.
Perhaps we will stay inland in future!
Friday 18 JUNE
12.30 FOR 1 P.M.
ASIA - TOKYO RESTAURANT
PRAIA DA ROCHA
Our only previous visit to this beautiful restaurant was in 2019 - we would certainly have been back there before now but for the Covid-19 restrictions; so it’s now time to indulge your palate once again.
No menu for you to choose from, you will be served with a plethora of perfectly prepared Chinese & Japanese food to the table so that you can help yourselves to the items you fancy.
The lunch includes dessert and wine / soft drinks and coffee.
Inclusive price is €20 p.p.
Booking closed on 14th June.
This lunch is a replacement for the BBQ originally planned for the
same date at the Holiday Inn who informed us recently that
they were unable to host the event.
[No photos were taken at this lunch due to Covid regultions and
there being members of the public in the restaurant with us]
Friday, May 28
12.30 for 1:00pm
Brasserie Rosal Carvoeiro
€ 25 per person (Members Only)
Booking now closed as we have reached the restaurant capacity
Marinated salmon Carpaccio with honey mustard sauce and a small salad
Cauliflower-Curry soup with chicken stripes and fresh herbs
Baked feta cheese gratinated with herbal tomato sauce
Oven stewed lamb in red wine sauce served with mashed potatoes and
Pan fried skewer of Salmon and prawns with white wine sauce served
with sauteed potatoes and fresh vegetables
Creamy Chicken Stroganoff with herbal rice, sauteed potatoes
and fresh vegetables
Chocolate Gateaux with vanilla ice cream
Wine, soft drink or beer, water and coffee.
This has been one of CASA’s favourite restaurants for many years and it never disappoints; a beautiful location, tasteful decor with friendly and attentive staff makes this a winner. We were all
treated to a wonderful lunch consisting of quality ingredients carefully chosen by Chef Andi; the wine flowed as did the conversation and at its conclusion all were reluctant to leave and could have
well into the evening!
Friday May 14th
A.G.M. & Dinner
BIG RED'S STEAK HOUSE
This will be C.A.S.A's first visit to Big Red's Steak House
which is located next to the Por do Sol Restaurant.
Both are well known to many members.
Arrive from 6 pm - Welcome drink available
Meeting commences at 6.30pm sharp.
Dinner estimated 7.15 p.m.
Price - (members only) - €25
Tomato Soup OR Spring Rolls
BBQ Spare Ribs OR
Chicken Kiev OR
All served with potatoes & selection of vegetables.
Sticky Toffee Pudding OR
Creme Brulee OR
Fresh Fruit Salad
Water, wine or soft drink, coffee.
Maximum of 50 people. Booking closed at 17:00 on May 10th.
Please arrive between 18:00 and 18:15
there will be no admission prior to 18:00 due to 'Covid-19 precautions'
After Hangover Celebration
Restaurant Brasserie Rosal
17 January 2021
12:30 for 1 pm
€24 per member
Increased to €25 to avoid coin handling
The extra Euro will be held in the Charity Donation Fund
Due to increased Covid-19 restrictions we regret
that this lunch is cancelled.
Marinated Salmon Carpaccio with honey-mustard sauce and a small salad
OR Cauliflower-Curry soup with chicken strips and fresh herbs
OR Baked feta cheese gratinated with herbal tomato sauce
Oven Stewed Lamb in red wine sauce served with mashed potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables
OR Pan Fried Skewer of Salmon and Prawns with white wine sauce served with sauteed potatoes
OR Creamy Chicken Stroganoff with herbal rice, sauteed potatoes and fresh vegetables
Chocolate Gateaux with vanilla ice cream
OR Fruit Salad
OR Cheese variation
The usual drinks are included
Note that the maximum possible number of attendees is 50.
2nd 3rd 4th December
O Barradas (near Silves)
Due to Covid-19 limitations we will hold
TWO Christmas meals on the same day
LUNCH (12:30 for 1:00) and DINNER (6:30 for 7:00)
each will be limited to 22 people
(including Santa who has been invited to both)
Due to demand an extra lunch has been added.
All three meals will now be lunches which will be held at 12:30 for 13:00 on the following dates in December:
Lunch on the 28th November now on 2nd
Dinner on the 28th November now on 3rd
Lunch on 5th December now on 4th
Each of our Christmas events will commence with a welcome drink:
Glass of Rosé wine Quinta do Barradas
with homemade pate canapés.
Bread, butter, carrot salad with olives, homemade cheese crackers
and beetroot crème.
Smoked salmon with dill dip and strawberry salad. Or
Homemade Pumpkin soup with chestnut and ginger. Or
Goat cheese tart with figs in Moscatel.
Fried fish fillet with capers, lemon and garlic. Or
Mediterranean lamb with raspberry. Or
Turkey with sage and onion stuffing and mini sausages.
All served with sweet potato mash,
house potato (fried with onion and garlic in olive oil),
rice and roasted vegetables with rosemary.
Clementine mousse with mango sorbet. Or
Christmas Pudding and brandy custard.
Coffee, served with mince pie.
Red, White and Rosé wines, water, soft drinks.
Inclusive price €35.00 by pre-payment only.
This restaurant is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and excellent cuisine, and it certainly didn’t disappoint, we’ve received feedback from some of our members to say how much they enjoyed
thier lunches. Originally planned as both lunch and dinner on November 28th we were forced by Covid-19 restrictions to re schedule to lunches on 3 consecutive days accommodating 60 of our members in
total. In the event this change worked extremely well and everyone seems to have enjoyed the excellent lunch provided by Luis and his attentive staff, firstly in the Garden Room on the first two
days, and since the weather rapidly changed on day three, this lunch was hosted in the cosy restaurant room with a lovely log-fire burning brightly to warm us all. Santa was unable to attend as usual
due to Covid-19 travel restrictions; however his elves and reindeer team did deliver a selection of presents in time.
A selection of photos taken over the three days are below.
Saturday 17th October
Car Treasure Hunt
Restaurante Dom Joao
Approx 40 km country drive from a start location in Silves where there is a cafe for non-alcoholic refreshments to a traditional Portuguese restaurant near the Alvor Aerodrome where we will have lunch.
Detailed Treasure Hunt starting point joining instructions will be provided only after booking.
Minimum 2 and maximum 4 people per car, all must be a CASA member. We don't recommend sharing a car between households but if you decide to do so please ensure you follow the current regulations.
The Treasure Hunt / Motor Meander will start from 10:00 (cars will be dispatched at short intervals between 10:30 and 11:00) and should take about 1 ½ hours to complete.
There will be a prize for the most clues correctly solved en-route.
Please note that this is not a race, there is no advantage in completing the route quickly!
The prize plus a trophy to be held for one year will be presented during lunch.
It is not necesary to take part in order to join the lunch which is available separately.
If joining for lunch only without taking part in the treasure hunt please arrive no later than 12:45 as the lunch will be served at 13:00 sharp.
We are additionally looking at holding a small quiz during lunch, there will be a small prize for the winner.
LUNCH MENU -
STARTERS: Bread, Olives, Croquets of Bacalhau.
MAINS: Fish of the day with boiled potatoes OR
Hake fillets with chips OR
Entrecosto Grelhado (Ribs) with Chips OR
Strogonoff with rice.
DESSERTS: Torta de limão merengue OR
Salada de frutas frescas OR
Meal includes Wine, beer, water and coffee.
Combined Price for the Treasure Hunt and/or Lunch: €20 p.p.
Same price for those that come only for the lunch where all fees will be collected.
Any pre-lunch refreshments are not included in the lunch price so should be paid for when ordering.
Maximum of 30 people for both the Treasure Hunt and Lunch.
First Three Maskateers 27 Points
Second Algarve Raiders 26.5 Points
Third Three Legs 25.5 Points
Fourth Bedlington Terriers 23 Points
Fifth In...trepid...ation 18 Points
Sixth The Lost ones 16.5 Points
Seventh Intrepid Trio 14 Points
Wooden Spoon Pio Po 5 Points
Ninth No names on answer sheet 2 Points
Tenth No answer sheet returned 0 Points
Saturday 12th September
'Al Fresco' Lunch
In the gardens of
Restaurante Jardim das Oliveiras
on the road to Foia from Monchique
Jardim das Oliveiras is a traditional Portuguese restaurant with a long-standing excellent reputation. This will be CASA's first meal here.
Starters on the table to be shared -
Mushroom, ham, chorizo, polenta and asadura
Main Course :
Pork loin with chestnuts
Lamb in the oven with prunes
Rooster from the hills
Choice of deserts - "too many to mention"
Wine, bread, soft drinks, coffee etc. are included.
Various table sizes will be available to a maximum of 8 people.
Please arrive from 12:30 for 1 o'clock service.
Inclusive price is 27€ per person.
Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 40 people.
Please note that this lunch is Members Only.
Last date for booking was 5th September.