The provenance of the meat we buy is not something easy to control here in Portugal, especially when it comes to lamb. The most reliable source I have found is the small butcher and German sausage shop belonging to Vila Vita Parc, which is located in Porches, next to the Biergarten restaurant, just off the EN125.
My visit to London last weekend coincided unexpectedly with the opening day of IFE – The International Food and Drink Event at London Excel. So instead of writing my usual weekly wine column, I decided to pay a visit to the show and see what I could find new in the world of beverages.
This is a trade show, intended for professionals from all areas of the consumer catering industry. It is huge, taking up two halls of the London Excel centre with hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world.
What is going on? I thought that the gentleman known as “demolition man” had been removed and the board into islands altered with local representation now, and a change of government had ministers wanting to listen. Or is it like the Sea Minister, say one thing and be caught acting the opposite way?
So why has “demolition man” surfaced in a new role? What and who is behind it?
With the British Prime Minister Teresa May receiving royal assent to trigger Article 50 last week and formal notification to Brussels of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union by the end of March, there are still unanswered questions for the 30,000 British nationals living and working in Portugal.
How will pensions be affected? What will be the impact on rules governing capital gains tax? Would further education tuition fees increase? Will British importers be clobbered by import tariffs? Will British residents still be welcome in Portugal?
It’s the hottest issue in the Algarve today – overriding anger about motorway tolls, the destruction of fishing communities on Ria Formosa and the threat of feldspar mining in Monchique. But for some inexplicable reason, powermakers in Lisbon are lying about it.
From the Minister of the Sea to the President of the Republic, the last week has seen lies and obfuscation over the small print of gas and oil contracts in force up and down the country reach ‘Emperor’s new clothes’ levels of lunacy.
With the nation focusing on immediate banking woes - like the frightening level of debt emerging from Montepio and CGD’s bid to ‘rise up’ from despond - a much more insidious financial story has started to bubble to the surface.
It began on Wednesday, with stories of “a group of major international investors who lost money with BES advising that now is the time for a deal”.
The tone was interpreted in some quarters as these investors “threatening Portugal”.
Sand sculptors started building the new SandCity in Pêra this week using 40,000 tonnes of sand. Doors to the international sand sculpture festival, known simply as Fiesa, open to the public on April 1.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Fiesa is this time trying the new concept of "sand city" and there will be an exhibition of sculptures to celebrate the Seven Arts.