C.A.S.A. - the Social Club
C.A.S.A.  -  the Social Club

Recent Events

For interest, this page contains events which we have held over the last year.  It contains the description provided prior to the event and, as appropriate, some comments and photographs added afterwards.

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Saturday 10th February:

 

Lunch at Por do Sol, Alvor

12:30 for 1:00 p.m.

 

Members €20 Guests €22
 

Couvert

Starter:

Vegetable Soup or Mixed Salad

Main Course:

Monkfish Algarvia with almonds or

Grilled Seabream with butter & aromatic herbs or

Pork Tenderloin with Bearnaise Sauce or

Chicken Curry with rice

(Fish served with batatas cozida,

Meat with batata fritas & vegetables)

Sweets:

Creme Brulee or Fruit Salad

1/2 bottle wine, water, coffee included


Fifty CASA members and guests met in Alvor for lunch at the Por do Sol restaurant on Saturday 10th February. We have used this lovely restaurant a number of times over the years as we know it to provide consistently good food and we were not disappointed. Snr. Candido and his staff were amazingly attentive and in particular they took great care with special service for our youngest attendee of just 6 years old (having her along reduced the average age considerably!).  We had several new members attending this lunch so were very pleased that everything worked well for them; in fact one of our newer members won the free raffle. The staff also displayed a great sense of humour and therefore a good time was had by all.

Saturday 20th January

at 6:30 for 7:00 p.m.

 

Our famous

"After Hangover" Dinner

 

Held this year at

Restaurant Brasserie Rosal

near Carvoeiro

 

As always we start the new year with a special meal for our

"After Hangover" event.  We are returning to Brasserie Rosal.

 

Starters
"Gambas Espanhola" - Fried prawns with peppers, onions, garlic and herbs, served in  white wine Tomato sauce
Or  Tuna carpaccio with olive oil vinaigrette and Parmesan
or   Small Antipasti plate with ham, cheese, marinated vegetables and tuna cocktail

 

Main courses
Oven braised beef and pork with a herbal mustard sauce, served with mashed potatoes and vegetables
or Oven roast Portuguese leg of lamb served with red wine sauce, sautéed potatoes and fresh vegetables
or Fried fillets of fresh Atlantic fish with olive oil and garlic served with sautéed potatoes and fresh vegetablse

                                                      

Dessert
Freshly baked puff pastry with vanilla ice cream

or  Fruit Salad
or  Cheese variation

 

Price:  €23 members, €25 non-members. 

Includes:  Wine, Water, Beer, Coffee, Port.

 

Fifty members and guests met at Brasserie Rosal just outside Carvoeiro for the CASA annual 'After Hangover Dinner'. This event, the first every year for many years now, celebrates the survival of the rigors of the combined Christmas and New Year festivities; it is always highly popular with our members.  The evening went with a swing;  Andi (our host) had the place nice and warm with a blazing log fire in the main restaurant and had the forethought to have additional heaters where seating was away from the main fire.  Good food, a comfortable ambience and the opportunity to meet friends and swap details of our Christmases; difficult to beat!
We were also pleased to welcome four new members to the club at the dinner.

 

2017

 

 

Saturday 2nd December

 

Christmas Dinner

 

At 18:30 for 19:00

 O' Barradas near Silves

 

Welcome drink:

Glass rosé wine (Quinta do Barradas) and homemade paté canapes.

 

Couvert:

Bread, butter, carrot salad with olives,

homemade cheese crackers and beetroot creme.

 

Entradas:

Smoked salmon with dill dip and strawberry salad or

Pumpkin Soup with Chestnut and ginger or

Goat Cheese Tart with Figs in Moscatel.

 

Main courses:

Turkey Breast with sage & onion stuffing or

Fried Fish Fillet with lemon, capers and garlic or

Mediteranian Lamb with raspberry.

 

Dessert:

Clementine Mousse with Mango Sorbet or

Christmas Pudding and Brandy custard

 

Coffee, served with a mince pie

 

House Wines (red, white and rosé), water, soft drinks and coffee.

 

Members Price €28, non-members plus €2.

Dress code this year:  Let's dress it up a little,

(we've done sparkly & decorative)

if you have 'evening dress' why not flaunt it!

If not - it does not matter, come anyway.

Who knows -

there just might be a small prize to be won.

 

Our Christmas dinner at O Barradas on Saturday, 2nd December 2017 was much enjoyed by all 42 members attending.   We strolled through the sparkling everglade of the outside restaurant, into the cosiness of the conservatory, where the chefs in the kitchen were busy emanating delicious smells with the promise of delicious fusions to come. After our welcome drink of the superb house rosé and tasty homemade pate canapés, we were welcomed into the restaurant, log fire blazing in the hearth and clementines decorating the beautifully festive tables.  The courses were imaginative, filled with Christmas cheer and mouthwatering flavours.

Luis and Andrea have had (not surprisingly), another amazing year of great success and we were so fortunate that they ended there season with such an amazing dinner for us. The staff were all very professional, friendly and enthusiastic, serving us with speed – nothing was too much trouble.

Father Christmas made his gift bearing visit and Christmas carols were to be heard, Christmas crackers, jokes and happy sounds abounding throughout the evening.

There was indeed a prize for the best dressed woman (chosen by our host Luis) and this went to Jenny.

Sunday 19th November

 

Lunch at Restaurant

O' Caseiro in Arao

near Odiáxere.

 

12:30 for 1 pm

Members price €18


Starter:  Bread, Olives, carrots and shrimps.
Mains:   Pork in the oven with potatoes

OR        Chicken in the oven

OR        Bacalhao com natas with vegetables or salad

OR        Fish fillets with chips or boiled potatoes

                  and vegetables or salad.
Desserts to choose from at the time.
Coffee.
White or red wine, beer or soft drinks and water.

 

On Sunday 19th November 41 members headed out west for lunch at Restaurant O' Caseiro. All enjoyed the meal, the starters in particular were lovely. The wine flowed and overall it was a lovely lunch served by a very attentive staff, so we offer a big vote of thanks to Lionel for a superb lunch.

 

 

6th to 10th November

 

 

5 day Coach trip to Spain

 

 

 

 

Enjoy 2 nights in Granada and 2 nights in Cordoba

including guided tours with local guides and
plenty of free time to explore, browse, shop and relax.


Includes:

Transport in Air-conditioned coach

(pick-ups in Lagos, Portimao, Lagoa, Guia and Vale Pariaso)

2 nights half board (breakfast, buffet dinner and drinks)

in each of two 4-star hotels:

Hotel Carmen in Granada

Hotel Eurostars Conquistador in Cordoba.

Guided tours of the famous

Alhambra (Granada) and

the Mesquita (Cordoba).

 

Members all-in price €375.

 

 

Forty-one travelled on Monday 6th November by coach to Granada where we were dropped right outside the Hotel Carmen for our two night visit. Tuesday morning we had free to wander around town, many taking the chance to shop of course, then we met back at the hotel for the short ride up the hill to the Alhambra. Two guides met us there and we set off for our 2 1/2 hour guided tour which was fascinating. Wednesday saw us free for part of the day, then taking the coach on to Cordoba. On the way we had a short stop at an old Spanish railway station - out of service for some 35 years but now a thriving restaurant and local shop. Thursday our guide took us around the old 'Jewish quarter' then into the Mesquita, truly a wonder of the world. About half of our group had not been before and were spellbound, thanks to our entertaining and very knowlegable guide. On Friday, with some reluctance, we re-boarded our coach and returned without incident to our homes in the Algarve. A superb week which seems to have been much enjoyed by all.

Thursday 26th October

 

Faro Catering College Lunch

 

Your Menu Choices:

 

Welcome drink.

 

Starter:

         Tomato cream soup with egg and pennyroyal

OR     Marinated salmon with organic salad.
Main Course:

         Filleted Hake ‘Court Bouillon’, sauce hollandaise, potato
and vegetables au sauté

OR     Pork Hock stewed Bourgeois, potato and vegetables au sauté OR     Lentils and soya burger with grilled pineapple.
Dessert:

         Tasty Chocolate mix with mint ice cream

OR     Mix of Tropical Fruit.


Red & White wine, Still water, Orange juice and Coffee.

 

Members price €20

 

Our lunch service started at 1:30 to allow members to travel to Faro by the train from Lagos arriving Faro at 12:54. A a pre-lunch welcome drink  gave the fifty of us a brief chance to greet our friends then a three course lunch was served to us by the students. Most attendees left in time to catch the 16:19 train home, a few stalwarts remained over a more leisurely coffee and to wander through the fair outside before catching the 17:15 train.  A very enjoyable day out.

Wednesday 27th September at 14:30

at Adventure Golf Near Alvor

 

This mini-golf is owned by the

"Black Stove" pub in Alvor

 

For a mere €10 (members)

A welcome drink before

A round (18 holes) MINI Golf

English Tea including scones after!

(coffee also available, as is a cash bar for other refreshments)

 

Limited to the first 36 bookings only

due to the course capacity.

 

The 24 attendees first sat outside on the patio with their welcome drink and once they were ready set off in groups of six for thier round. The course was reasonably easy to start with but got a little harder as play progressed. A great deal of entertainment was had as members negotiated dinosaurs and similar obstructions (photo's below). The weather was gorgeous and after playing everyone sat down to an 'English' tea of various filled sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, plus cake followed by tea/coffee. The staff, Tanya & João, made us feel very welcome, so a very big thanks to them. We then presented a winners cup to David Harris for the most enthusiastic, though not necessarily highest scoring, round. The general feeling was that all enjoyed the event so much they would like to do this again next year - or sooner!

 

In addition to our own photo's  below a photographer took some very good pictures which can be found here on Facebook.

 

Saturday 16th September

 

Lunch at

Restaurante Salgadosmar

near Armacao de Pera

12.30 for 1 p.m.

 

Covert – including traditional smoked ham.

Soup – Vegetable.

Main Course: Seabass Portuguese Style with potatoes.

               OR Algarvian Cataplana – Pork and Clams.

               OR Chicken with or without Piri Piri.

Dessert: Fruit Salad.

               OR Caramel Pudding.

              OR Vanilla Ice-cream with Hot Chocolate Sauce.

Members Price of 18€  includes Wine, Water, Tea / Coffee.

 

We had 29 attendees at Salgadosmar when members met up after CASA’s summer break and apart from enjoying the delicious food the conversation was in full flow with members exchanging details of their travels during the break, so much so that it was difficult to get a little quiet to be able to bid welcome to all at the lunch! A lovely start to our busy autumn schedule.

 

Saturday 15th July

Do Cais Restaurant

(Portimão Naval Club)

7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

 

 

 

MENU:

Covert

Vegetable Soup or Mixed Salad

Lamb with either Pineapple Or Mushroom Sauce

or Seasonal Fish

Either accompanied by:  Chips & Rice or Boiled Potatoes and vegetables.

Fruit Salad or Pudim Flan

Wine, coffee, water, beer or soft drinks

Price €18 per person  

Last date for bookings was Monday 10th July.

 

We had 31 attendees (members & guests), the food was delicious as always at the Do Cais restaurant, the menu started with the covert of olives, carrots, tuna pâté and bread, followed by mixed salad or soup, the chef Inácio then presented us with delicious roast lamb or fish freshly caught locally that day, finishing with pudim flan or fruit salad; there was plenty of wine with the bottles on the table and as much as was asked for, also for those who preferred soft drinks and beer were available, we then finished up with coffee. The waiters João & Joel were very attentive throughout the evening and nothing was too much trouble for them, so the evening went swimmingly.

Saturday 17th June

Annual CASA BBQ at The Holiday Inn

6.30 FOR 7 p.m.

 

€25 per person.

MENU includes:

Onion Bajhi, Somosas, Mixed vegetable curry, Chicken Korma, Karahi Gosht, Pilau Rice, Naan Bread
And from the Barbecue Buffet:

Portuguese Selected Salads, Typical Soup “Caldo Verde”,

Grilled Sardines, Monkfish Rice,

Grilled Chicken “Piri-Piri”, Grilled Pork Spare Ribs.

 

Buffet Dessert Table.

 

Sangria, Red or White House Wine and Water.

 

Members inclusive price is €25 per person.

 

Fifty-three members and guests braved the current Algarve heatwave to partake of our annual BBQ at The Holiday Inn on Saturday 17th June. When we gathered on the terrace the beach below us was packed with holiday makers making the most of the sunshine in an effort to get cooked to the same level of perfection as our spare ribs and chicken thighs. We enjoyed not only the BBQ food but also a superb lamb curry & excellent samosas. The great food combined well with the attentive service provided by a fleet of Holiday Inn waiters who kept our tables clear of dirty dishes and our glasses filled with our chosen beverages non-stop for three hours. By the end of he evening the tourists had all retreated to tend their sunburn leaving us a picturesque and deserted beach to look at.  A perfect setting for the end of a near perfect evening.  Our thanks to the dedicated staff of the Holiday Inn.

 

23rd and 30th  April

Sunday Roast Lunch

at

The Village Inn  near Ferragudo.

The restaurant has a seating limit of 30 people,

hence the two lunches over two Sundays.

 

Menu:

STARTERS: Carrot soup with a hint of orange & ginger or
Mixed salad.
MAINS: Roast Pork or Steak & Kidney Pie

or  Chicken & Mushroom pie or
Grilled Salmon with butter & a little dill.
Roast potatoes and vegetables will be served with all the above;
there is a choice of rice instead of the potatoes with
the salmon if preferred.
SWEET:  Apple Crumble or Ice Cream.


Half a bottle of wine per person, or soft drink or a beer,

water & coffee.


The cost was €18 to members and €20 to guests.

 

Both 'editions' of our Sunday Lunch at The Village Inn proved very popular. Splitting the event over two Sundays was actually advantageous as members with other commitments were able to choose the one which best suited them, a couple of members even attended both! An excellent meal beautifully served made for a very enjoyable Sunday in this delightful restaurant which has a personal feel, almost like being at home, even to all the books. Our thanks to Kathy for all the hard work which she and her staff put into our lunches to make them such a success.

25th March

 

A.G.M. & Dinner

 

At A 'Tasquinha in Monte Carvoeiro

 

 

Arrival from 18:00 for the AGM to start at 18:30 sharp.

Welcome drink included.

 

Dinner Menu.

 

STARTERS:

Pea Soup

or Sauté Mushrooms with cream & bacon
or Melon with smoked ham or with port.


MAINS:

Seabream Tower with red pepper sauce, vegetables & potatoes

or  Chicken breast stuffed with bacon served with sauté vegetables, potatoes and a blue cheese sauce

or Pork with a Port wine sauce, vegetables and potatoes.

or Vegetarian option: Vegetables with Noodles.

 

SWEETS:

Panna Cotta with red fruit puree

or Crepe with apple & cinnamon
or Fresh fruit salad.

 

Half a bottle of wine p.p. or soft drink or beer, water & coffee.

 

Inclusive price is €20 / €22 per person.

Last date to booking to attend was 21st March.

 

Thirty-eight members and guests attended the 2017 AGM on the 25th March.  At last years AGM we held an election for a new chairperson for the first time in many years, however this year all five committee members had indicated they were willing to stand for another year and  were  re-elected. The honorary auditor had reviewed the 2016 accounts and presented his comments and the accounts were passed. Our chairwoman made a short presentation regarding CASA objectives, the previous years activities and some forthcoming events, including our Autumn trip to Spain.
The formal meeting was followed by an excellent three-course meal; lovely food and very good service, as we have come to expect from A Tasquinha.  An all-round successful evening.

 

 

19th February

12:30 for 13:00

Sunday lunch at VIMAR in Carvoeiro

 

Soup – Vegetable or Tomato

or  Salad


MAINS:

Fish (Plaice) or  Pork in the Oven

or Lamb Stew or

Chicken (with or without piri piri)


Choice of sweets


Half bottle wine or  beer or  soft drink
Coffee

 

Members price was 11 Euro

and the last date for booking was 14th February.

 

We had a capacity booking of 40 people for this lunch, an enjoyable opportunity to meet and socialise. We were rather disappointed however by the very slow service and we understand that some members were also unhappy with the food they were served.

We are sorry that this meal was not up to the standard which CASA aims for. Previous visits to this restaurant have been very successful.

After Hang-Over Dinner

 

at Por do Sol in Alvor

Saturday 14th January

entry from 6:30 for 7:00.

 

Price - €20 / €22

 

Menu:

 

Cover
Vegetable soup or Mixed Salad
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Monkfish Algarvia with Almonds

or
Grilled Seabream with butter & Aromatic herbs

or
Pork Tenderloin with Béarnaise Sauce

or
Chicken Breast with fried onions
Fish is served with batatas cozida & vegetables
Meat is served with batata fritas & vegetables

----------------------
Pudim flan or  Fruit salad
---------------------
Half a bottle of wine, water, coffee

 

Our thirty-two members and guests were very warmly greeted by Snr. Candido as they  gathered in the bar for pre-dinner drinks. The restaurant was made cosy by the very cheerful log fire and wonderful  service was received from the staff throughout the evening.   After a warm welcome to all from the Chairman a delicious three course meal was then heartily devoured.  All on the night said that they had enjoyed the evening and this was reiterated in a number of  emails over the next few days.  We hope we can maintain this standard through the year, we are already planning events through to November

 

 

 

Christmas Party & Dinner

 

Saturday December 3rd

6:30 for 7:00, at

O' Barradas

between Lagoa and Silves


 

Our evening will commence with a welcome drink :

Glass of Rosé wine Qunita do Barradas

and homemade pate canapés.


Couvert:

Bread, butter, carrot salad with olives,

homemade cheese crackers and beetroot crème.


Entradas:

Smoked salmon with horseradish cream and bruschetta or
Homemade tomato soup with shrimps, aromatized with basil or
Marinated dried figs gratinated with sheep cheese,

smoked ham and rocket leaves salad.


Main courses:

Fried fish fillet with lemon dill butter and garlic  or
Duck breast with orange ginger sauce  or

Turkey with sage & onion stuffing.
All served with sweet potato smash, house potato

(fried with onion and garlic in olive oil), rice and

roasted vegetables with rosemary.


Dessert:

Cinnamon mousse with plums in Port  or

Walnut parfait with delicious pear and rosé wine sauce or

a mixture of both.


Red, White and Rosé wine, water, soft drinks and coffee.


Inclusive price  €28 / €30

 

We anticipate a visit from Santa!

 

There will be a prize for the most decorative mask.

A capacity crowd of 52 members and guests gathered  to kick off the Christmas festivities with a party and dinner. The lovely restaurant and a roaring log fire provided a welcoming atmosphere and made for a very enjoyable evening, no doubt helped by the welcome drink of the restaurants own rose wine. Later in the evening, Luís, the owner of O' Barradas, judged our 'Most Christmassy Mask' competition, though this embarrassed the winner so much he insisted on the prize going to the runner-up.  The arrival of 'Father Christmas' with his large sack of gifts and a rousing sing-along to traditional favourites such as 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' added further fun.  The very helpful staff of O' Barradas and the wonderful meal they served ensured that our final event of 2016 was a huge success and, as far as we could judge, much enjoyed by all.  We are reasonably confident of this as we have since been contacted by several members, one having been a member for over 20 years, to tell us how much they had enjoyed it!

We are based in Carvoeiro in the West-Central Algarve of Portugal.

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