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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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Winners of the

CASA Monthly 'Lockdown'

Photo Competition.

 

JUNE

Theme : The door/entrance to your home

 


Winner:     Ernie with

                   'All’s well on the home front'

May

  Theme  'Keeping busy in Lockdown'

 

Winner - Karen  with  'Lemon Marmalade'

 

Sunday 17th May

 

Sunday Lunch

at

 

Cinzas

Caldas de Monchique

 

 

Update 28 March - CANCELLED due to Covid-19

Saturday 18th April

 

Lunch

at

Asia - Tokyo Restaurant

 

Praia  da  Rocha

 

12.30 for 1 p.m.

 

 

Update 18 March - CANCELLED due to Covid-19

 

Following our very sucessful first visit in April 2019 we have decided to re-visit.

 

For this meal there is no menu to choose from, instead we will be served up with a wide selection of Chinese and Japanese food to the table so that all can help themselves.

 

The meal includes wine / soft drinks and coffee.

 

Price is €17 for members, €19 for non-members.

CASA

2020 A.G.M.

& Dinner

 

Big Red's

Steak House

Alvor

 

 

Saturday 14th March 2020

 

CANCELLED due to Covid-19

 

This is C.A.S.A's first visit to Big Red's Steak House which is located next to the Por do Sol Restaurant on the Portimao-Alvor road.    It is already well known to many members.

 

Arrive from 6 pm - Welcome drink (Buck's Fizz) available

                            Meeting commences at 6.30pm

                            Dinner estimated 7.00/7.15 p.m.

 

Price - members €20,  guests €22

 

Dinner Menu:


Couvert

   
First Course:

     Tomato & Basil Soup OR Spring Rolls


Mains:

     BBQ Spare Ribs  (the house speciality)  OR 

     Chicken Kiev  OR

     Seafood Bake

               All served with potatoes & selection of vegetables.
 

Desserts:

      Sticky Toffee Pudding  OR

      Creme Brulee

 

Water, wine or soft drink, coffee.


We very much regret that we had to cancel the AGM due to the Corvid-19 outbreak.  The AGM will be re-scheduled as soon as circumstances permit.

 

Valentine’s Lunch

 

Saturday  15th  February

 

 

Restaurant Ponto de Encontro, Carvoeiro.

 

12:30 for 1 p.m.

 

 

Price: €22\€24.


Covert
Starters:

          Cauliflower Soup or

          Mushrooms in a garlic butter sauce or

          Shrimps with garlic sauce.
Main course:

          Grilled Salmon with orange or

          Grilled Stone Bass or

          Tropical Chicken or
          Pork Loin with either mushroom or pepper sauce (need to choose)
The above fish will be served with French fries and vegetables, or for the meat boiled potatoes and vegetables if preferred (need to choose which; French fries or boiled potatoes)
Dessert:

           Apple crumble with Ice cream or

           Choice of the dessert of the day.
Drinks:

  ½ Litre of wine per person: White / red / rosé wine

   beer, soft drink, water & coffee.

 

 

30 CASA members and guests attended the “After Valentine’s Day” lunch at Ponto de Encontro in Carvoeiro on the 15th February. A Valentine’s quiz was held with the winner of this receiving a bottle of ‘bubbly’. To maintain the theme heart shaped chocolates were also served for all to have with their after lunch coffee. A wonderful meal and the great service received from Paulo, aided by his staff, was appreciated by all; we thank them for making this a very enjoyable occasion.

 

Traditional

CASA

After Hangover

Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

January 18th

2020

 

Restaurant Brasserie Rosal

Carvoeiro

 

7 for 7.30 pm


 €25 members & €27 guests

 

Appetizers:
Marinated salmon on fried Polenta with honey-mustard sauce and a small salad

OR
Ragout Fin from chicken and veal with creamy mushroom sauce, served in puff pastry

OR
Prawns Piri Piri with garlic and fresh herbs

 

Main courses:
Oven stewed lamb in red wine sauce served with mashed potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables

OR
Pan fried Filets of Sea Bream with garlic sauce served with sauteed potatoes and fresh vegetables

OR
Italian Chicken-Saltimbocca with herbal tomato sauce, sauteed potatoes and fresh vegetables

 

Dessert:

Portuguese Cream Tarte with vanilla ice cream

OR

Fruit Salad

OR

Cheese Selection.


Red, White & Rosé Wine, soft drink or water and coffee included.

 

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A full and varied menu guaranteed another great evening, at this very atmospheric restaurant, with an owner always ready to go that extra mile to ensure our members are happy - an enjoyable and fun evening for all. The wine flowed, the food was good and the staff were very attentive, but never invasive. Naturally we will be returning here.

 

 

Saturday

7th December

 

Christmas  Dinner

 

 

 

 

This year we will be at a

newly opened restaurant

 

MONTE MAR

 

at Monte Carvoeiro

 

 

This was previously A' Tasquina where CASA

held the AGM for some years.

Space is limited, to avoid overcrowding booking will be

limited to the first 60 applications.

 

Inclusive price = €40 members,  €45 non-members

 

Reception with welcome drink in the bar from 18:30

Buffet Style Christmas Dinner served from 19:00

 

Menu includes:

'Couvert' / Starter

 

From the buffet - full 'English' Christmas dinner of:

Roast Turkey, Roast Beef, Pigs in Blankets (sausages with bacon),

roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, parsnips, carrots & peas:

Sauces: gravy, horseradish for the beef, cranberry for the turkey.

 

ALSO: A Fish dish and a ‘Vegetarian Cassoulet’

alternatives will be available

 

followed by

 

Christmas Pudding with brandy custard or
Fruit salad with cream/ice cream


Includes Wine,  water,  coffee & mince pie.

 

We expect that Father Christmas will

put in an appearance with his sack of presents!

 

There will be live music by Filomena Baptista (as at the BBQ)

 

 

The CASA 2019 year drew to a close on Saturday 7th December when we celebrated Christmas with a dinner at the new restaurant 'Monte Mar' (previously known as A'Tasquina) at Monte Carvoeiro. After our welcome drink and time to catch up with friends in the bar we moved into the main restaurant for our three course buffet-style Christmas dinner. The tasty buffet dinner offered us the choice both beef and bacalhau in addition to the traditional succulent turkey, followed of course by Christmas Pudding, or fruit salad and ice-cream. Filomena Batista entertained us all evening; providing a quiet background throughout our meal then upping the tempo after the meal for an hour of dancing, though many seemed to be too full of turkey, beef and Christmas Pudding to be tempted onto the floor. Before our coffee was served (with mince pies – naturally) a spirited man dressed in red carrying a large sack, and accompanied by the sound of the well known music 'Jingle Bells', joined us. He distributed assorted presents to the assembled company before vanishing as mysteriously as he had arrived. We thank this unidentified man for his generosity, his festive spirit and for standing in for our regular Santa who was unable to join us at short notice. We would also like to extend our thanks to Filomena for the music and to Clementina and her friendly staff at the Monte Mar for the excellent service all evening.

 

Saturday

16th November

 

'After Trip' Dinner

 

 

Por do Sol

Alvor

 

 

 

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

 

 

MENU:

Couvert
First course: Vegetable soup OR

                   Mixed salad


Mains: Monkfish Algarvia with Almonds OR

          Grilled Seabream with butter & Aromatic herbs OR
          Pork Tenderloin with Béarnaise Sauce OR

          Chicken Curry with rice
Fish is served with batata cozidas & vegetables.

Meat is served with batata fritas & vegetables.


Desserts: Créme brülée OR

               Fruit Salad.

 

Half a bottle of wine, water, coffee.

 

€20 for members and €22 for guests.

 

 

4-8 November

 

 

CASA Annual Trip

 

Cadiz area

 

 

 

 

 

Although we arranged a larger than

usual coach this year all the available

seats were booked very early.

 

Enjoy 4 nights in Cadiz including tours

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

 

Including:

Transport in Air-Conditioned Coach

(photo above)

 

4 nights half board in the 5-star Hotel

Iberostar Selection Andalucia Playa

 

Jerez:

Balletic Horse Display

Free time to explore

 

Doñana National Park:

Boat Cruise with Guided Tour 

 

Cadiz:

Bodega Gutiérrez Colosia

Guided Tour and tasting

 Time to explore, shop, etc.

 

Lunch on the return journey

 

All prices are per person:

       Double €385

       Double (with sea-side view) €425

       Single occupancy €490  (limited number available)

         (all rooms in the hotel have twin beds)

 

        Includes:

         Coach travel,  4 nights hotel,  4 buffet breakfasts,

         4 buffet dinners (with wine),  1 Lunch,  listed outings.

 

 

Friday October 18th

 

 

Car Treasure Hunt

 

followed by lunch at

Recanto dos Mouros

Silves

 

 

 

 

Approx 43 km country drive from a location on the N125 near Porches (starting at a cafe/coffee shop for refreshments) to a traditional Portuguese restaurant on the north edge of Silves. 

Detailed Treasure Hunt starting point joining instructions will be provided only 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 (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.

 

There is outside patio seating at the Restaurant Recanto dos Mouros 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 as the lunch will be served at 13:00 sharp. 

 

MENU -

 

COUVERT -  Olives, cheese, ham and bread.


STARTERS:  Vegetable Soup  OR  Mixed Salad


MAINS:        Turkey with mushrooms   OR
                   Lamb stew   OR
                   Pork slices   OR
                   Grilled Fish   possibly Rabalo, but depends what is good

                                      in the market on the day.


DESSERTS: As available on the day.

 

Meal includes Wine, water and coffee.

 

Price for the Treasure Hunt and Lunch: Members : €22 and Guests : €24

Same price for those that come only for the lunch.

 

Map and directions to Recanto dos Mouros below.

Directions to the start of the Treasure Hunt (a cafe near to Porches) will be sent direct to participants.  Refreshments will be available.

 

 

Friday 18th October saw C.A.S.A. members gather at Bar Bacchus (Porches Pottery)  for much needed  morning coffee prior to taking part in a Car Treasure Hunt, most of which was conducted in the area of the Barragem do Arade,  followed by lunch at the Restaurante Recanto Dos Mouros in Silves.
A fantastic time was had by all - massive thanks to our member David for constructing the 21 'clue' questions and all  the route planning and organising that went into ensuring this "meander" was such a great success. Winning trophies and our congratulations to teams 'Think Tank'  (1st), 'Stop Shop' (2nd), 'Cannonball Runners'  (3rd) and those we won't name who won the much coveted wooden spoon!   The harder part of the day suitably concluded 37 of us sat down to enjoy an excellent 3-course lunch at Recanto dos Mouros,  our thanks to the staff there for their efforts keeping the food (and wine!) arriving at our tables non-stop.
 

 

The results of the treasure hunt.
Correctly solved clues out of a possible 21 answers:

 

1st      Team     The Thinktank      with 20 1/2 points

2nd     Team     The Stop Shop     with 18 1/2 points

3rd      Team     Cannonball Runners  with 18 1/2 Points
          (Placed 3rd as there were more people in the car)

The prestigious Wooden Spoon went to Digital Destroyers with 4 points !

 

 

 

Saturday

28th September

 

End of Summer

Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

We always try to celebrate the passing of the summer's heat

-and the tourists, with a special dinner.

This year we have managed to arrange to return

to the number 1 restaurant in the area.

(According to TripAdvisor)

 

Restaurant / Bistro Rainha

Near Barragem do Arade, Silves

 

Please aim to arrive around 18:45, the bar will be open from 18:30.

We expect to sit down at about 19:15 with the meal being served as soon as we are all seated, by 19:30.

 

Dinner Menu

 

Couvert

 

Starters:

Salmon Tartare with Wasabi Mayo

Salad of slowcooked Smoked Duck with Mango

 

Main Course:

Veal Sirloin steak   - please advise :

     - Your choice of dressing - Bearnaise or Black Truffel butter

     - How you like it prepared (Rare, Medium etc.)

Lambshank in the oven with Red Wine sauce

Sea Bass Confit

 

Each served with appropriate vegetables and potatoes.

 

Dessert:

Cheesecake with Salted Caramel

White Chocolate Pannacota and Raspberry

 

Includes: 

Water,  Red or White Wine,  Beer,  Soft drink

 

Additional drinks before or after the meal are not included and must be paid separately, thank you.  There is a 'mix it yourself' Gin Bar, €4.50 per go.

 

Inclusive price is €32 for members, €34 non-members,

Maximum of 50 places available.

 

 

The very casual 'minigolf' on the 13th September was quickly followed on the 28th by a more formal 'End Of Summer Dinner' at the excellent Restaurant Bistro Rainha near Silves.  A capacity crowd enjoyed a wonderful meal, and all that goes with it, served to perfection by our hosts  Magda and Eduardo aided by their delightful staff.  A lovely evening much enjoyed by all, we will try not to leave it too long before we return again to this superb restaurant.

 

Friday 13th September

 

Mini Golf

and high tea in Alvor

 

 

This mini-golf is owned by the

"Black Stove" pub in Alvor

 

 

This proved very popular in both 2017 & 2018

 

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 soon after 14:00 for a 14:30 start

 

 

This year, as last year, we started our autumn events schedule with Crazy Golf and High Tea at the The Adventure Golf in Alvor on the 13th - a September day in all its glory. We tee'd off in the glorious sunshine with that magical Algarvian breeze to keep us cool. The greens were perfect, a hole-in-one was achieved by some, great fun and enjoyment achieved by all. Then our English tea (yes, home made cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and cream!) at the 19th followed by the presentation of the CASA Golf Trophy by last year's winner to this year's winner, who was both delighted and very surprised!

Sorry, the score-cards were accidentally thrown away during the clearing up so we  are unable to provide the scores here, some may not be so upset by this by this....

 

 

Tuesday 16th July

 

Update: Now

Wednesday 17th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boat trip on the Rio Arade

Portimao to Silves with

a buffet-style lunch at

Plaza Cafe in Silves.

 

 

Booking is now closed

Fully booked

Due to a problem at the boat company the trip

has had to be delayed by one day to the 17th.

We apologise but it is out of our control,

we were only notified late on the 27th June.

Changes in red below.

 

Meet by the Portimao Naval Club at 10:30 a.m. now 11:30

The cafe there will be open for refreshments etc. if required.


The boat will depart at 11:00 now 12:00 for the approximately one hour cruise to Silves which includes one complimentary drink.

 

A cold buffet lunch will be served at the Plaza Cafe over approximately 1 1/2 hours.

 

Expected lunch menu

   (exact details may change due to item availability on the day)

 

Cold Buffet table with:

        Assorted salads
        Chicken  (cold)
        Pork slices  (cold)
        Rissoles - chicken and prawn  
        Small fried Cod cakes
        Tuna salad
        Potato salad with smoked sausage & olives
Followed by:
        Assorted cakes
        Custard tarts  etc.


With  wine/beer/orange juice/water/coffee

 

The return boat should arrive back in Portimao between 3:30 & 4:00 4:30 & 5:00 p.m.

 

Inclusive price is €30 for members, €32 non-members.
The buffet lunch only without the boat trip is  €12 / €13.

Last possible date for booking the cruise will be 1st now 2nd July,  a requirement of the boat company, bookings for lunch only can be taken up to the 6th 7th.

 

Maximum of 39 places for the boat trip, no limit for the lunch.

Due to demand we now have a third boat

arranged - but are again fully booked.

Booking is closed.

 
 
To mark the end of our spring season of club events this year C.A.S.A. took a cruise up the Rio Arade from Portimao to Silves with a light lunch in Silves. We met at the café of the Naval Club in Portimao before being 'assigned' to our boats; this having been very popular with members last time we had initially booked two boats but had to add a third one due to the demand.  The one hour gentle cruise up to Silves was most enjoyable and interspersed with odd commentaries by our individual skippers. From the Silves landing place near the old Roman Bridge (Ponta Romana) we made the short walk to the Plaza Café who provided us with an amazing cold buffet lunch, our thanks to all the staff there who managed to maintain a constant flow of food (and drink, naturally) to 48 hungry people for one and a half hours. The return journey passed all too quickly and we were soon back in Portimao where the happy members dispersed to all corners of the Algarve until we start our autumn event season in September. We have six events planned over the four months, somewhat hectic!

 

 

 

Saturday 22nd June

 

 

The traditional annual


CASA BBQ

 

 

 

On the terrace of the Holiday Inn

 

 

7 FOR 7.30 PM

 

Members price €25 per person

non-members €27.

 

Maximum of 55 due to the terrace size

 

MENU:


From the Curry Buffet: Onion Bajhi, 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.


Red or White House Wine and Water.

 

To ease administration it would be appreciated

if advance payment could be made to the club bank account.

 

The Holiday Inn have given us a special price

for anyone attending the BBQ who would like to

stay over for the night rather than drive home.

Prices are for two people sharing a

twin room, including breakfast.

Sea-side view - €110

Land-side view - €88

Please book direct with the hotel (282 320 260)

   mentioning the CASA BBQ.

 

Saturday 22nd June saw 52 members and guests of the C.A.S.A. Social Club gather on the terrace of The Holiday Inn (Armacao de Pera) for the club's annual B.B.Q.  The weather favoured us this year, the brilliant sun early in the evening was tempered by a cool breeze off the sea; as the sun set the breeze dropped away making for a near perfect B.B.Q. temperature all evening.  A plentiful supply of assorted hot and cold food, regular visits by the wine waiter, good music supplied by the young lady in the restaurant combined with a friendly group made for a very enjoyable evening.  We were additionally pleased that the generous attendees donated over €170 to a collection on behalf of this years A.C.C.A. and Castelo Do Sonhos 'Back to School' project.   An excellent result all round!

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