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SATURDAY, 8TH DECEMBER
CASA CHRISTMAS DINNER
with Live Entertainment
PENINA HOTEL & GOLF RESORT
7 for 7.30 pm.
Booking is now closed - we have 64 booked.
Red and White Wine, Gin, Beer, Red and White Martini, Sparkling Wine, Soft Drinks, Water and Orange Juice.
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
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.
To reduce administration on the evening we would appreciate if you would please Pre-Pay for this event.
Since annual membership fees are also due now why not save effort and pay both together?
Payment details are in the November Newsletter, or contact the Treasurer.
We have been able to negotiate a reduced price of €95 for a double or €70 for a single, including full breakfast, at the hotel for the Saturday night if you are interested in staying the night.
Book via the hotel (282 420 200) and tell them you are attending the CASA Christmas Dinner.
Sunday 18th November
RESTAURANT CHURRASQUEIRA COLINA, ALVOR
Lunch - 12:30 for 1 pm
Booking is now closed
We have 46 booked for the lunch
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.
5th – 9th November
Enjoy 2 nights in Tomar and 2 nights in Sintra in 4* hotels
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
7:00 pm for 7:30 pm
Starter Cauliflower Soup or Mixed Salad
Main Turkey steak with mushroom sauce or
Bitoque da Vazia or
Choice of Sweets on the day
Soft drinks/ beer / wine / water
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.
Mini-golf in Alvor
This mini-golf is owned by the
"Black Stove" pub in Alvor
This was very popular in 2017
(one glass of wine or a small beer),
a round of 'mini' golf,
'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
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.
Drinks: Red or White House Wine and Water.
Other drinks and coffee may be purchased at the bar.
Members Price is €25 per person.
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.
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) :
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.
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
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.
Saturday 10th February:
Lunch at Por do Sol, Alvor
12:30 for 1:00 p.m.
Members €20 Guests €22
Vegetable Soup or Mixed Salad
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)
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.
"After Hangover" Dinner
Held this year at
Restaurant Brasserie Rosal
As always we start the new year with a special meal for our
"After Hangover" event. We are returning to Brasserie Rosal.
"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
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
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.
Saturday 2nd December
At 18:30 for 19:00
O' Barradas near Silves
Glass rosé wine (Quinta do Barradas) and homemade paté canapes.
Bread, butter, carrot salad with olives,
homemade cheese crackers and beetroot creme.
Smoked salmon with dill dip and strawberry salad or
Pumpkin Soup with Chestnut and ginger or
Goat Cheese Tart with Figs in Moscatel.
Turkey Breast with sage & onion stuffing or
Fried Fish Fillet with lemon, capers and garlic or
Mediteranian Lamb with raspberry.
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
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.
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.
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:
Tomato cream soup with egg and pennyroyal
OR Marinated salmon with organic salad.
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.
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.