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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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The CASA famous

 

'After Hangover'  Dinner

2019

 

 

Saturday 19th January

at O' Barradas near Silves

 

 

6.30 FOR 7 PM

 €26 per member and €28 for guests

 

 

MENU:


Full Couvert.
Starters:   Tomato Soup with Basil OR

                Goats Cheese Tart with pineapple compote OR

                Prawn Cocktail with avocado.
Mains:       Turkey Roll with orange ginger sauce OR

                Fillet of John Dory in roasted almonds OR

                Pork Fillet with figs, bacon and chestnuts gratinated with sheep’s
                              cheese.
Desserts: Chocolate Mousse with Clementine Mousse OR

               Orange tart in muscatel sauce.


Includes: ½ bottle red/white/rosé house wine, or soft drink.  water and coffee.

 

 

The 'After Hangover Dinner' rather takes the format of 'the hair of the dog that bit you'. 2019 has been no exception and Saturday 19th January saw 53 members gather at O Barradas for this treatment. The food was exceptional, as was the wine, and the service. Luis and Andrea certainly did us proud in helping to recover from the seasonal festivities and get the New Year off to a great start. An evening much enjoyed by all, even allowing for the inclement weather - our thanks especially go to the valiant members that very kindly had their dinner in the conservatory, cold feet and all. This group certainly know how to take a glass of wine, flow with conversation and create a fantastic evening. We very much appreciate that without their chivalry we would not have been able to cater for all the members that wanted to attend. We hope that next time we visit O Barradas, everyone will be accommodated in the Winter Room (where the log fire is!).

 

 

 

SATURDAY, 8TH DECEMBER

 

CASA  CHRISTMAS  DINNER

with Live Entertainment

 

PENINA HOTEL & GOLF RESORT

7 for 7.30 pm.

 

 

Welcome Cocktail:
Red and White Wine, Gin, Beer, Red and White Martini, Sparkling Wine, Soft Drinks, Water and Orange Juice.

 

 

CHRISTMAS BUFFET

 

Selection of Starters:
Dry-cured ham from Monchique and cold cuts   /   Salad of octopus, bell pepper and coriander  / Baby potato salad / Algarvian salad  /  Composed Algarvian salads    /  Pumpkin soup

Hot Main Dishes:
Casserole of wild boar and mushrooms   /    Roasted leg of lamb Algarvian style    / Codfish à Brás / Dry fruit rice  / Baker style potatoes  / Winter  vegetables
Desserts:
Assortment of Peninas ́ petits fours & mignardises    /    Dark chocolate & orange mousse / Rice & lemon zest pudding / Basket of fresh seasonal fruits / Fresh mango mousse

 

Musical Side Dishes

 

Karen and Ian Carfrae

 

Price per person: Members €35 and Guests €40.

 


 

Completing a hectic five weeks during which we held three big events C.A.S.A. rounded off 2018 in grand style with a Christmas Dinner and live entertainment at the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort near Alvor on Saturday 8th December. Our first visit to this superb location was a great success and much enjoyed by all 65 members and guests. The Penina's buffet dinner lived up to its well deserved reputation, serving a sumptious selection of dishes in the elegant surroundings. Karen and Ian Carfrae (also known as 'Nostalgia') entertained us with such tempting music from our youth (i.e. mainly from the 50's to 60's era) that they had a lot of people on their feet dancing the night away and giving us all the exercise we need in an enjoyable way. We hope everyone recovered quickly from any resulting muscle aches on Sunday morning. A wonderful evening to remember thanks to Nostalgia and the Penina staff.

 

Sunday 18th November

 

 

RESTAURANT CHURRASQUEIRA COLINA, ALVOR

 

Lunch - 12:30 for 1 pm

 


Couvert: Olives, Carrots, Cheese, Enchidos (small pieces of fried sausages)
Main: Mixed grill - (Pork Chop, Pork steak, ribs, chicken, sausages, on platters serving 3) with chips & salad. OR
Grilled Sea bass or Bream (depends on the fish at the time),

served with boiled potatoes & vegetables.
OR Vegetarian: Spaghetti with vegetables.
Dessert: Homemade Caramel Pudding OR Chocolate Mousse.
Water, wine (in jugs, no limit other than no more refills when

coffee stage reached), beer, coffee.

 

Price: €17.00 per member and €19.00 for guests.

 

Sunday 18th November saw 46 members and guests descend on the Churrasqueira Colina Restaurant near Alvor for lunch. From the very first person to walk in the door we were given a friendly welcome and made to feel at home, the service continued to match this welcome throughout our very enjoyable meal. The food served was excellent and more than plentiful. This was the first visit by C.A.S.A. to this restaurant, which had been recommended by several members, we are convinced it will not be our last as we are already looking for an excuse (if one were needed) to return. Our thanks to all the staff for a great lunch.

 

 

C.A.S.A.

AUTUMN

COACH

TRIP

 

 

 

5th – 9th November

 

 

Enjoy 2 nights in Tomar and 2 nights in Sintra in 4* hotels

including tours

with free time to explore, browse, shop and relax.

 

Coach pick-up points & times Monday 5th November.

(These are departure times!)

 

Lagos      8.30 a.m.   Car Park opposite the Marina Club
Portimão  9.10 a.m.   Capitania Building (Repsol Garage by the riverside)
Lagoa      9.30 a.m.   Bus Station on EN125
Albufeira  10.00 a.m.  Vale Paraiso Bus Station (map etc on request)

 

The same places will be the drop-off points on Friday 9th in the reverse order.

 

Monday 5th November saw 36 early-rising CASA members climbing into our coach for the 2018 club trip.  This year we headed north staying for two nights in the excellent 'Hotel dos Templarios' in Tomar and then two nights in the 'Hotel Tivoli' in Sintra.  Our organised visits included the 'Convento de Christo' in Tomar, Fatima, the 'Palacio National Pena' and 'Palacio National De Sintra'.  We also managed to squeeze in visits to the 'Mosteiro de Alcobaca' and the historical town of Obidos.  All this and still leaving members some time free to explore on their own - if they had the energy!  Some of the many independent discoveries included the worlds largest collection of Matchboxes in Tomar, delectable bakery 'Alcoa' in Alcobaca and an unusual bar (Lord Byron) with excellent tapas in Sintra.  On our way back home to the Algarve on Friday we stopped for lunch at a small restaurant 'Ponto Final' on the outskirts of Sines. We were a little apprehensive as we were directed down a spiral stair into a cellar - but the mixed-grill provided was exceptional and definitely worth the diversion. We extend our thanks to both our very knowlegable official guides in Tomar and Sines and also our superb driver who got the large coach down through some very narrow places without a scratch!

 

 

 

Sunday 21st October

 

 

Sunday Buffet Lunch

12:30 FOR 1 PM

 

TASCA DO KIKO - LAGOS

 

 

 

New venue for CASA

Superb tapas, excellent service

New flavours to tempt your tastebuds and for your enjoyment.

 

€23 FOR MEMBERS AND €26 FOR GUESTS.

 

Cuvee: Stingray mayonnaise, olives, paté, toasties.
Tapas course: selection of 4 tapas -

Grilled vegetables with beetroot pureé and goats cheese

Goat cheese salad with walnuts and honey

Garlic prawns with chilli and rosemary

Seared tuna with sweet potato.
Mains: Roasted pork loin with orange sauce grilled vegetables

& potato from the oven. OR

Cod fish & leek gratin with sweet potato chips.
Dessert: Cinnamon and sugar churros on créme inglese.
Wine, Water or soft drink and coffee.

 

On Sunday 21st October C.A.S.A. tried out a new restaurant somewhat further west than our usual haunts when 35 members met at "a Tasca do Kiko" near Lagos Marina for lunch.  We enjoyed an excellent lunch with a range of dishes including seared tuna, grilled goats cheese and garlic prawns (with a hint of heat and fresh rosemary) outside our regular lunch experience.  The modern yet welcoming décor, enthusiastic service and the delicious food conspired to such an extent that we’re sure to return to this lovely restaurant.   We would like to extend our thanks to Luis and his friendly staff for the superb service, with special thanks for the assistance provided after lunch to one of our members with vehicle problems.

Saturday 29th September

Dinner at Ponto do Encontro

(Carvoeiro)

7:00 pm for 7:30 pm

 

Menu choices:

Starter        Cauliflower Soup or Mixed Salad

 

Main           Turkey steak with mushroom sauce or

                  Bitoque da Vazia or

                  Sea bass  

                                    

Choice of Sweets on the day

Soft  drinks/ beer / wine / water

Coffee.

Members price €20.

 

43 members and guests met at Ponto do Encontro in Carvoeiro on Saturday 29th September for dinner. An excellent guitar player/ singer started off quietly as requested so that people could talk and catch up on their summer activities, this being our first full event of the club's autumn season.  The seating in the middle of this smallish restaurant was said by one member to be "cosy".  The service was excellent and the meal itself was felt to be good value.
To round off the evening we all joined hands and everybody put their hearts into singing Rod Stuart's "We Are Sailing" in order to say a fond farewell to members Jack & Joanne who are going back to UK to live.  A quite moving end to an excellent evening.

 

September

 

 

Friday 7th

 

Mini-golf in Alvor

 

This mini-golf is owned by the

"Black Stove" pub in Alvor

 

 

 

This was very popular in 2017

 

Includes:

'welcome' drink

(one glass of wine or a small beer),

a round of 'mini' golf,

followed by

'High Tea' with tea or coffee,

sandwiches, scones and cakes.

(Cash bar also available)

 

Members price is only €10 inclusive

(non-players welcome to come just for tea)

 

Please arrive after 14:00 for a 14:30 start

 

 

We had 38 people attend the afternoon of fun, though not all played 'golf', some prefering to sit on the cafe patio and socialise. A great time seemed to be had by all, playing or not,  entertained by the the amazing ability of a small coloured ball to hurtle off into the distance and scoot across a totally different 'fairway'. After a couple of hours play and our relaxing 'English Tea'  last year's winner David handed over our very special CASA Golfing Trophy to this years winner, Norman. Our thanks to Tanya and the other staff at Adventure Golf for helping to make this afternoon such a success.  Not to forget the ladies of the CASA committee who devoted hours to preparing platters of handmade sandwiches and three cakes, all very well received.

Around 90 photos taken during the event have been provided, many by Tanya - a selection of these are below.

 

Monday 9th July

 

 

 

3 hour Boat trip

on the Alegria

 

departing from the

Vasco da Gama dock at

Portimao Naval Club

at 10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Members Price €22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Includes one complementary drink and a light snack onboard.

(There is also a pay-bar available)

 

Outward journey hugs the coast visiting

the caves/grottos along to Benagil.

Return leg is slightly further out to

provide the possibility of watching dolphins.

(The presence of dolphins can't be guaranteed!)

 

Departure from the Naval Club dock at 10:00.

Please arrive by 9:30 to 'check in'.

The Naval Club cafe will be open both

before and after the cruise.

 

 

Members Price €22 p.p.

 

Before our brief summer break 34 C.A.S.A. members and guests enjoyed a 3 hour morning boat trip on the Alegria. Boarding at the Naval Club in Portimão and heading along the estuary to the open sea we then turned to the east and hugging the coast had wonderful views of the Algarve coastline along to Benagil. The skipper was amazing in his navigation, steering us into some of the caves that seemed unnavigable, birdlife was very prevalent and we were furnished with some of the history of the usage of the caves in times past. We then swung out to sea where we were lucky enough to encounter dolphins, a wonderful sight with many gasps of delight from our members.  During the return journey to Portimao members enjoyed a light buffet on-board before disembarking back at the Naval Club. Happily the sea choose that day to be blue, crystal clear and serene, all in all a wonderful excursion.

Saturday 16th June

 

Annual B.B.Q.

at

The Holiday Inn

 

7:00 for 7:30 P.M.

 

 

 

Booking CLOSED Wednesday 13th June

 

The BBQ menu includes:

 

From the Indian Buffet:

Onion Bhaji, Samosas, Mixed vegetable curry, Chicken Korma, Karahi Gosht, Pilau Rice, Naan Bread.
From the Barbecue Buffet:

Portuguese Selected Salads, Typical Soup “Caldo Verde”, Grilled
Sardines, Monkfish Rice, Grilled Chicken “Piri-Piri”, Grilled Pork Spare Ribs.
Dessert Buffet.

Drinks:  Red or White House Wine and Water.

 

             Other drinks and coffee may be purchased at the bar.

 

Members Price is  €25 per person.

 

 
Saturday 16th June saw 56 members and guests of the C.A.S.A. Social Club gather on the terrace of The Holiday Inn for the annual club BBQ.  This event tends to be one of the highlights of the C.A.S.A. season and this year was again a great success.  Due to the rather strange recent weather the heat in the early evening was less intense than it has been in previous years and this proved to be a boon.  A very good singer located just inside the restaurant door kept us entertained and the superb attentive service from the staff ensured an excellent evening. On the food side several members commented on the wonderful Samosas and Onion Bhajis - which vanished as fast as the kitchen could make them!  Our thanks to The Holiday Inn staff for their support, and also to our own members who kindly donated over 200 Euro towards the A.C.C.A. charities 2018  'Back to school project'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 18th May

 

Magical Mystery Motor Meander

followed by lunch.

 

Booking is now closed

We have 8 cars for the meander and

38 people booked for lunch.

 

Approx 40 km country drive from a location near the coast (starting at a cafe/coffee shop for refreshments) to a traditional Portuguese restaurant just north of Rasmalho on the EN266 Monchique road.  Detailed joining instructions provided after booking.

Minimum 2 and maximum 5 people per car, at least one person must be a CASA member.

 

The Treasure Hunt / Motor Meander will start around 10:30 and should take about 1 ½ hours. There will be a prize for the most clues correctly solved en-route, please note it this not a race.

The prize plus a trophy to be held for one year will be presented during lunch.

 

There is ample outside patio seating at the O' Caçador Restaurant and the bar will be open, any pre-lunch refreshments are not included in the lunch price so should be paid for when ordering.

If joining for lunch only without taking part in the treasure hunt please arrive no later than 12:45.

 

The lunch will be served at 13:00 sharp and the menu consists of:

 

Special Couvert on the table:

   Normal bread, butter, pate, olives plus additional Portuguese cheese and ham.

 

Main Course, choice of:

  Mixed grill (pork ribs & slices, pork sausage & chicken pieces)

  1/2 chicken - available with or without piri-piri

  Wild Boar Stew (a house speciality)

  Fish (probably Dourado) done in the oven

  Lamb done in the oven

 

Sharing platters of Salads and Potatoes will be served.

 

Sweet

Mixed shared platters of small portions of assorted house sweets and fruits will be served so everyone can sample as wanted.

 

Includes - House Red and White wine, Water, Coffee.

 

Price - INCLUSIVE of the Magical Mystery Motor Meander AND Lunch as above is 18 Euro (non-members 20 Euro).

Please specify when you book your main course and whether you will take part in the optional Meander or want only the Lunch.

 

On Friday May 18th the  'Magical Mystery Motor Meander' started with a free coffee at the coffee shop at Apolonia in Lagoa and was followed by lunch at the  O' Caçador  restaurant near Rasmalho. A slow drive of some 40Km checking out some very strange clues (including a long abandoned JetSki - picture below) made for great fun. We were pleased to have 8 cars take part and 38 attended the prize-giving and lunch. The CASA committee wish to extend their thanks to David (on loan from the Classic Car Club) and Helena for the vast amount of work they put into planning the whole entertaining Treasure Hunt for us. Thanks also to the enthusiastic participants and we congratulate those in the three cars who solved the most clues and so get to display our special trophies on their respective mantlepieces for the next year.

 

The competing teams and clues correctly solved (in reverse order) :

  • Lost Raiders        29 clues        "Wooden Spoon"
  • Caracois              35 clues
  • !!!!!!!!!!!!!          38 clues
  • Lopes                 38.5 clues
  • Explores             39 Clues
  • Lost Angels         39.5 clues
  • M/B !!!!!!!!          40.5 clues      "3rd prize"
  • The Lost Tribe      41.5 clues      "2nd prize"
  • The Moonrakers    43.5 clues      "1st prize"

 

15th April

 

11.30 TO 15.00

at 'THE WOLF'

SUNDAY BRUNCH PARTY

 

15 PER PERSON (17 NON MEMBERS).

 

Free Flow Prosecco Mimosa (Buck's fizz) Plus one Glass of House Wine OR House Beer.

Coffee/Tea.

1st Course - Buffet including: Fresh fruit/fruit salads / Selection of Cold Meats

Selection of Cheeses / Selection of Breads & Croissants

Selection of Yogurts / Selection of freshly squeezed juices.

2nd Course - Made to order - from the following:

A. Classic French Toast with Bacon

B. Waffles or Pancakes, (Syrup) with Bacon & Rosti

C. Josper Egg, with Sausage & Rosti

D. Classic Omelette: Bacon, Cheese, Mushroom, or Mixed

 

 

Although quite a few members were still away following Easter we managed a good showing and an excellent morning ensued.  A generous cold buffet combined with a similarly generous helping of Prosecco covered the physical requirements for a brunch while an excellent guitarist/singer quietly provided a background more artistic element while we all chatted away.  A most successful morning, for which we owe thanks to Anthony and all the other staff at The Wolf.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 3rd March

 

AGM & Dinner

 

The Naval Club, Portimao

 

 

 

 

 

Members price €20 per person which includes Cover, Wine, Coffee, Soft drinks.

 

We ask that you arrive soon after 6 o'clock when we will start serving a Welcome Drink. If you arrive earlier (prior to 6) you may wait in the Naval Club bar/coffee shop where you may also purchase additional refreshments if you wish.

The  AGM  will start sharp at 6:30 and Dinner will be served after the meeting, probably about 7:15.


Starters : Seasonal Soup OR Salad


Mains: Lamb with mint sauce  OR
          Fish of the day

 

         both dishes served with your choice of

             potatoes and vegetables  OR
             with chips and rice.

 

Deserts: Fruit salad  OR  Pudim Flan

 

Non-members are welcome to attend (€22) but may not take part in any voting which may be required during the AGM.

 

Following the enforced last-minute change of venue for the CASA 2018 A.G.M. we managed to hold a highly successful meeting and dinner at the Portimao Naval Club on Saturday 3rd March. The wind and rain may have prevented us enjoying the usual river view from the outside terrace but had no further impact on the evening.  The Naval Club's meeting room was perfect for our 48 members to partake in the short meeting following a welcoming glass of Prosecco to drive out the negative effects of the current weather.   The usual formal proceedings, including the re-election of the committee and presentation of the auditors report were dispatched without delay and we all then adjourned upstairs to the main restaurant for an excellent three-course dinner served by the friendly and attentive staff.

 

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.

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