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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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Thursday 10th November

 

Dinner at

Cantino do Almareado

in Guia

 

 

 


 

at 7 for 7:30


 

MENU


Couvert
Starters:
    Ham and Cheese Board
OR
    Vegetable Soup
Main courses:
    Filet of Sole
    Veal Stroganoff
    Vegetable curry
Desserts
    Fruit salad
OR
    Chocolate Mousse


 

Includes:  Coffee, Water, Wine

Members price

  €26  per person

 

Last date for booking  Saturday 5th November

 

 

This was the first time CASA has visited Cantino do Almareado in Guia, by the end of the evening the consensus of opinion was that it should not be the last! Once we got ourselves sorted out with friends seated together and the staff were able to move freely around the room again the service was great and non-stop. The starter for most of us consisted of a board laden with bread, cheeses, cold meats and other nibbles, enough to satisfy anyone. Followed by very tasty main courses and finally the sweet – most of us choosing the chocolate mouse and finding it one of the most tasty in memory. The wine flowed steadily and the conversation and laughter intensified as members caught up with each other's backlog of news. It's two and a half years since we have been able to meet so freely and relaxed over an evening meal. It was great to be able to welcome some new members and guests in such a hospitable atmosphere.

 

Wednesday 19th October

 

Car Treasure Hunt 

Motor Meander

 

followed by lunch.

 

 

The Treasure Hunt will start with coffee at

 

Bar Bacchus

at Porches Pottery

 

on the eastbound side of the EN125 near Porches.

 

 

Registration and Coffee starting from 10:15, first competitors depart 10:45.

 

 

The Simple Rules:
 

  • Each car must have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 occupants, at least one should be a member.
  • All non-member 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

 

The Treasure Hunt is planned to take about 1 1/2 hours, it is NOT a race or rally.

 

The lunch destination will be

 

Flor do Campo

 

between Porches and Alcantarilha, this family-run restaurant is located on the eastbound side of the EN125  and has ample onsite parking.

 

On arrival one welcome drink per person will be served on the terrace, any additional drinks taken while waiting for lunch are not included in the price.

 

Lunch is expected to be served at 13:00 and the Treasure Hunt prizegiving will take place between courses during the lunch.


Menu:

 

Couvert

Mains:

  • Basquaise Chicken with rice or
  • Bacalhau c/natas  or
  • Goat cheese salad

Deserts:

  • Red Fruit Tiramisu or
  • Tarte Tatin

 

Water, Rose wine, House white wine, Coffee

 

Price is €22 per person for lunch only

  or €24    if taking part in the Treasure Hunt.

Plus €2 extra p.p. for non-members.

 

 

When you book in addition to your lunch menu choices please give us a fun name for your team, these team names and scores will be published here and in the November club newsletter.

 

Booking is now closed.

We have seven cars taking part in the Treasure Hunt and 26 people for lunch.

 

Getting our autumn program under way, eager members  of the CASA Social Club (and a few guests) met on Wednesday the 19th October to hold our ever popular annual Car Treasure Hunt.  Initially meeting up at Bar Bacchus at the Porches Pottery for a welcome pre-event coffee (or in some cases a Hot Chocolate) and a half-hour of socialising,  the nineteen competitors set off in seven cars at intervals, each armed with a list of 27 clues to solve along the route.  The 35 Km route took us over many small roads that even those who had lived here for 20+ years did not know existed!  Only one team got significantly off track and was a little late arriving at our lunch venue - but still somehow managed to come joint 4th with 23 correct answers.  The slight delay to our lunch at Flor do Campo (near Alcantarilha) allowed plenty of time for lots of animated discussion about the route and the questions while the papers were being marked by the judges.  The afternoon's rain started just as we moved inside for our lunch which was very well received and much enjoyed. Between courses the results were announced and prizes distributed.  We had to use a tie-breaker as two teams (The Bryanks and The Lost Tribe) each managed to score 26 points out of the possible 27.  The silver cups will be held (after engraving) by the top three teams until the next Treasure Hunt when we do expect them back!  However the Wooden Spoon for the poorest score may be retained as a permanent treasured keepsake!  Overall a very pleasant day out, many agreeing this was our most challenging Treasure Hunt for some years.
Our thanks go to the staff of both Bar Bacchus and Flor do Campo for the excellent service provided at both locations.  Also our grateful thanks to our members Daphne & Paul who spent many hours planning our very enjoyable and challenging Treasure Hunt for us; we have already started twisting his arm re next year.

 

The scores of all the teams in place order are:

 

  1.    The Lost Tribe        26 points  & tie-breaker
  2.    The Bryanks          26 points
  3.    Terrible Trio           24 points
  4.    Clueless                23 points     joint with
  5.    SuperSeekers        23 points
  6.    Newbies                14 points
  7.    Intrepid Explorers    5 points     Wooden Spoon winners  

Friday 20th May

 

Lunch at

 

Asia-Tokyo

Pria da Rocha

Portimao

 

 

 

 
This location proved very popular with members in both 2019 and 2021.
 
Arrival from 12:30 for service from 13:00
 

Non-stop buffet served at the table over multiple courses including sushi and other asian dishes.  Not forgetting the Prawn Crackers and the ice-cream to follow!

 

If you want more of any dish just ask the waitress!

 

Members price is only €20 p.p. including the lunch, wine/beer/soft drinks and coffee.

This is the same as 2021 which is amazing value in the current economic environment.

 

Note that the problem some members experienced last year with local parking is not schedulled to start until June.

 

 

Friday April 8th

lunch at

 

Restinga Ria Restaurant in Alvor

 

 

 

 

 1p.m.  for 1:30


A breathtaking view over the Alvor harbour all
the way to Lagos, so come along and join us for
a superb lunch!

 

COUVERT
Bread, paté, butter, olives.

 

STARTER
Vegetable soup

 

MAIN COURSE
Fried shrimps with rice or
Duck Rice or
Grilled Chicken breast with Chips & Salad or with

                            Sautéed Vegetables & Rice
Vegetarian Option: Green Ratatouille with nuts


DESERTS

Egg pudding - Chocolate Mousse - Apple Pie & Ice Cream


Wine (Red & White), Sangria, Beer, Water, Coffee


Price €27 per person - Last booking date April 4

 

 

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We only had 17 members attend the lunch at Restinga Ria, most unfortunate for those who decided not to join us as is turned out to be an excellent lunch! The welcome drink (a refreshing Bucks Fizz with fruit) was very well received and the supply lasted through much of the meal. Those who choose the Shrimps received a 'dish to die for' and the Duck Rice was similarly delicious. The location itself was also perfect, the large windows providing a great view while protecting us from the rather chilly breeze off the sea. The friendly service and flowing wine made for an exceedingly pleasant afternoon. The last stalwarts remaining for a friendly chat until they had to be chased out. Our thanks go to Zelia and her staff for a lovely lunch.

 

 

 

Friday 18th March 2022

AGM and Dinner

 

Recanto dos Mouros

Silves

 

 

 

 

In a beautiful corner behind the Castle,
stands this restaurant in Silves, which has
become a reference in the national
gastronomic scene. The privileged location,
overlooking the castle walls, and the rustic
and welcoming space, give a special charm
to the delicious food.

 

 

The AGM will take place prior to dinner and will

include elections to the committee.

 

 

Schedule and Dinner Menu

 

Arrival from 18:00 when a welcome drink of Portuguese champagne and orange juice (i.e. Bucks Fizz) will be served.  This will take place on the patio with views of the Silves Castle walls if the weather is suitable.
 
18:30 move inside for the meeting.
Note that only paid-up members may vote in the elections for a new Committee.
 
Estimated that the meeting will finish by 19:30 when dinner will be served.
 
Couvert of Bread, butter, olives, cheese, ham etc.
 
Cold starter - Dishes of Assadura and Prawns for sharing
 
Main course, choice of:
       Traditional Portuguese Lamb Stew
       Turkey done in the oven with vegetables
       Bacalhau a'Bras
 
Sweet:  At least three as available on the day plus fruit salad
 
Wine  (Red & White or Beer), Water and Coffee are included.
 
Members Price €20 pp.
Please specify your main course choice when booking.
 

 

Saturday 19th February 2022

 

 

Jardim Das Oliveiras

near Monchique

 

 

 

 

- Lunch -


12.30 for 1 p.m.

 

 

 

MENU
 

Five starters on each table:

Mushrooms, ham, chorizo, polenta and asadura.


MAINS: Pork Loin with chestnuts or Lamb in the oven with prunes or Rooster from the Hills.
 

There will be a choice of desserts.
 

Wine, Bread, Soft Drinks and coffee will all be included for €27 per member.

 

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Forty of us attended the lunch at this lovely old restaurant which is housed in an old Farmhouse in the hills above Monchique; we were treated to a superb lunch whilst we took in the decor and ambiance of our surroundings of rustic beams and warming fires burning in the hearths. A lovely get together much enjoyed by all.

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!

 


*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!

 

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We promised you a cosy log fire and a superb dinner at our January function at Por-do-Sol and we weren’t disappointed, 43 attendees enjoyed just that; as usual, at our get togethers (since this is what they’re all about) friends were chatting, the conversation flowed along with the wine and of course that made for a very special evening; we trust the ‘After Hangover Bags’ came in useful too!
Thanks to Snr. Candido and Snr. Rui for making it such a great evening for us all.

 

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!

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