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Saturday, January 15, 2022
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
* 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
* 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
SOLAR DO FARELO
Join us for lunch at this Beautiful restaurant at 12 P.M. for 12.30 P.M
Fish in the oven (Bream) or
Chicken Casserole - Hunter Style or
Lamb Stew or
Pudim Flan or Lemon Champagne Sorbet
Wine (unlimited), 2 small beers, water, coffee
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!
Car Treasure Hunt /
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
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
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
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.
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.
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:
Bread etc, cold meats, cheese
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
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
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
Brasserie Rosal Carvoeiro
€ 25 per person (Members Only)
Booking now closed as we have reached the restaurant capacity
Marinated salmon Carpaccio with honey mustard sauce and a small salad
Cauliflower-Curry soup with chicken stripes and fresh herbs
Baked feta cheese gratinated with herbal tomato sauce
Oven stewed lamb in red wine sauce served with mashed potatoes and
Pan fried skewer of Salmon and prawns with white wine sauce served
with sauteed potatoes and fresh vegetables
Creamy Chicken Stroganoff with herbal rice, sauteed potatoes
and fresh vegetables
Chocolate Gateaux with vanilla ice cream
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
well into the evening!
Friday May 14th
A.G.M. & Dinner
BIG RED'S STEAK HOUSE
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
Tomato Soup OR Spring Rolls
BBQ Spare Ribs OR
Chicken Kiev OR
All served with potatoes & selection of vegetables.
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 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.
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
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
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.