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, January 15, 2022

 

After-Hangover Dinner

 

Por-do-Sol - Alvor

 

 

 

 

 

 - 6.30 for 7 p.m. - €25 pp


Many of our members have been to this restaurant
before and will know that the food is of the highest
quality, that the restaurant has amazing ambience,
not to mention the cosy log fire!

 

Booking is now closed

 


*Cover
* Vegetable soup or Mixed Salad
* Monkfish Algarvia or
* Grilled Seabream with butter & Aromatic herbs or
* Pork Tenderloin with Béarnaise Sauce or
* Chicken Breast with Mushroom or Pepper Sauce
* Vegetarian option - Lasagne or Stroganoff
     Fish is served with batata cozidas & vegetables
     Meat is served with batata fritas & vegetables


* Crème Brûlée or Fruit Salad

* Wine in jugs on the table
* Water & Coffee

There will be a recovery kit for you all should you still be in need of one!

 

 

 

Friday 10th December

 

CASA Christmas Lunch

 

Thyme by Ruccula Restaurant

Alto Club, Alvor

 


12.30 for 1 p.m. - 45 euros p.p.

 


* Welcome drink: Bucks Fizz or Soft drink

* Garlic Mushrooms or Prawn Cocktail or Vegetable Soup

* Traditional Chirstmas lunch -

                    Turkey or Beef with all the trimmings or
* Seabass fillet with citrus butter & chives
* Vegetarian - Filo basket, with stir-fried vegetables & sweet & sour sauce

* Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce or Almond tart with cream

* Coffee with a mince pie!

* Wine or 2 small beers, Water


Oh! and mustn’t forget - Father Christmas will be there with his sackful of
Christmas ‘stocking filler’ presents!

Last booking date was Friday 3rd December.

 

Our Christmas Lunch on December 10, held at the beautiful ‘THYME BY RUCCULA RESTAURANT’ in Alvor was very much enjoyed by all 44 attendees; the food was superb as was the attention we received from Snr. Nuno and his staff; the wine flowed as did the conversation, culminating with the arrival of Father Christmas who then delivered his sackful of presents; a complimentary ‘Christmas Raffle’ was also on the agenda and three lucky members each received a bottle of wine!
 


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12

 

After-Trip Lunch

 

SOLAR DO FARELO

MEXILHOEIRA GRANDE


 

 

Join us for lunch at this Beautiful restaurant at 12 P.M. for 12.30 P.M


 

PRICE €24

 

Cover

Fish in the oven (Bream) or

Chicken Casserole - Hunter Style or

Lamb Stew or

Vegetarian Casserole

Pudim Flan or Lemon Champagne Sorbet


Wine (unlimited), 2 small beers, water, coffee

 

 

November 1st-5th

 

Coach Trip to

Porto & Braga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On November the 1st, 29 intrepid explorers set out by coach for a 5 day adventure to the lovely cities of Porto and Braga. After a few stops for coffee and an amazing lunch along the way, we arrived in plenty of time for dinner at our hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia which was to be our home for the following 4 nights.
After a leisurely breakfast the following morning, we set off for a visit to Taylors port winery. Our guide gave a very informative narrative about the history and production of Portugal’s most famous wine culminating in a tasting of various types of ports plus treating us a lovely cocktail using white port. This was followed by a wonderful lunch, never to be forgotten, in Taylor’s very elegant dining room. The remainder of the afternoon was left free for us to explore Porto at our leisure.
On the 3rd morning we departed the hotel for an 8 hour cruise up into the beautiful Douro valley, breakfast and lunch being provided on the boat. One of the highlights of the trip was when the boat entered 2 locks and we watched, amazed, as the boat rose 43 metres through the one of the locks, which
is the largest in Europe. At the end of the trip, after spending an hour in Régua visiting a local museum, we returned to the hotel by coach, having a spectacular view of the beautiful countryside on the way.
The following day, we paid a visit to the famous Bom Jesus do Monte – Portugal’s most spectacular religious sanctuary – reaching it via a wonderful old funicular railcar. We enjoyed an interesting and informative guided tour of the complex and after a delicious lunch at the base of the monument, were
taken to the lovely city of Braga, where we spent an interesting few hours exploring its delights.
Sadly, on day 5 it was time to return home reversing the route we took earlier in the week, once again having a very enjoyable lunch in Santarém; so, having enjoyed visiting only a few of Portugal’s beautiful sights in the time we had, it left us determined to explore more of this beautiful country!

15th October

 

 

Car Treasure Hunt /

Motor Meander

 

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

near Porches


Vegetable Soup
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

 

GOLFLAND

ALVOR

 

 

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
GolfLand.


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.

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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.

 

 

B.B.Q.

 

 

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:

 

1st Course/Couvert

Bread etc, cold meats, cheese

Main Course

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

 

 

€22 p.p.

 

 

 

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
LUNCH

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

 

 

Lunch

Brasserie Rosal Carvoeiro

 

 


 € 25 per person  (Members Only)

 

Booking now closed as we have reached the restaurant capacity


Menu:


Appetizers
Marinated salmon Carpaccio with honey mustard sauce and a small salad
or
Cauliflower-Curry soup with chicken stripes and fresh herbs
or
Baked feta cheese gratinated with herbal tomato sauce


Main courses
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 and fresh vegetables
or
Creamy Chicken Stroganoff with herbal rice, sauteed potatoes
and fresh vegetables


Dessert
Chocolate Gateaux with vanilla ice cream
or
Fruit Salad
or
Cheese variation


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 continued
well into the evening!

 

Friday May 14th

 

A.G.M.  &   Dinner

 

At

 

BIG RED'S STEAK HOUSE

in Alvor.

 

 

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

 

Dinner Menu:


Couvert

   
First Course:

     Tomato Soup OR Spring Rolls
Mains:

     BBQ Spare Ribs  OR 

     Chicken Kiev  OR

     Seafood Bake

               All served with potatoes & selection of vegetables.
Desserts:

      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 several enforced delays  we finally managed to hold an AGM and dinner on Friday May14th.  We met at Big Red's Steakhouse just outside Alvor and enjoyed our welcome drink (Buck's Fizz) seated at the tables on the terrace before moving inside for the AGM at 6:30.  The AGM included the usual Chairman's Report for the previous 12 months followed by a presentation of the financial records and the Honarary Auditors report on these.
Two members of the committee (Lena and our secretary Susan) have stood down since the last AGM and were thanked for their time and effort in support of CASA.  The remainder of the committee were voted to stand for another year and our new Secretary Kareen was formally elected to the role she has already fulfilled for five months.
On conclusion of these formalities the staff of Big Red's brought in our couvert followed shortly by the rest of the meal. The food was excellent, the Rib's in particular getting hearty praise. An excellent meal all round and a great re-start to our events.  Particular thanks are extended to the staff who did a superb job, remembering that many of them were new and this was the first group event at the restaurant since the long Covid shut-down.
This may have been our first visit to Big Red's but hopefully it will not be the last.

 

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.

 

Appetizers
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

 

Main courses
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


Dessert
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.

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

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