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Restaurant “Grumpy Mamas”

Saturday 10th June 2023. So I take a 10 euro note out of the newspaper’s petty cash and try my luck in Monchique, and why not? I’ve heard about the opening of a new restaurant going by the name of Grumpy Mamas. This is where I’ll try and see whether ten euros will buy me a healthy lunch including pud. Will I succeed? The small restaurant is open Wednesday to Friday, between 10am and 3pm. The mamas, you see, have kids … On the way to Rua Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco, the bottleneck of Monchique, I am struck by the mirror …

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My gastronomic project…
A recipe with photos by Theobald Tiger

A recipe with photos by Theobald Tiger

Saturday May 13th, 2023. This is a very simple dish that anyone can prepare at home in less than an hour, all in. And it’s cheaper than anything meaty could ever be. Knowing full well that producing a single kilogramme of beef wastes some 15,000s litres of water during the processes of animal husbandry, the washing and killing of the animal I’d like to keep my footprint low, avoiding animal cruelty and slaughter, the artificial fattening up of animals, and industrial farming. The dough I use in my kitchen is from France, and 400 g sell for around two euros …

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Eating out is a challenge.
A review by Uwe Heitkamp, photos by Graciete João

A review by Uwe Heitkamp, photos by Graciete João

Saturday May 6th, 2023. Let’s grab a bite to eat? It’s Friday, 2pm, and we’re on our way to Monchique to sample a Pizza Margherita in the recently re-opened Miradouro restaurant just above Caldas de Monchique. Very early on in my life, the Italian head chef Carlo Padulo, who taught me how to make pizza a long time ago advised me to always start with a Pizza Margherita. Tomato sauce and cheese are unlikely to upset your stomach. Today’s dough however is very odd and hardly cooked. The same thing happens with a second pizza by the name of „Quatro …

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Open Tuesday to Sunday

Restaurant review by Uwe Heitkamp and Fotos by Graciete João

Restaurant review by Uwe Heitkamp and Fotos by Graciete João

Saturday the 29th of April 2023. Standing outside the entrance to Restaurant Camilo high above Lagos Bay, we are waiting to be admitted inside by the doorman. If he knew our identities he might not lift the ribbon for us. What he says then is a bit odd: only if we have come to eat and drink will he give us one of the few available inside tables. To be clear: we are not standing at the entrance to a nightclub. And it’s midday, not midnight. Should we however only want to order a drink, we can grab one of the …

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What do we see when we look to the future?

A Restaurant Review from Theobald Tiger and Graciete Joâo

A Restaurant Review from Theobald Tiger and Graciete Joâo

Saturday 22nd April 2023. What can the customer visiting a restaurant expect? Food and service that are at least as good if not better in fact than what you’d find at home when one of you is staffing the stove. Or is that maybe asking too much? What we definitely don’t want is to go home with an upset tummy. In our capacity as test eaters we take our seat anonymously in Mosaiko, a Moroccan restaurant in Silves (Rua Elias Garcia, 17). It’s a Saturday evening, shortly before 8pm. There are two of us, and studying the menu already has …

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La grande buffe?

Saturday the 15th of April 2023. The oceans are overfished. And in places where fish is rare it becomes expensive. Which is why an increasing number of restaurants are turning towards farmed fish. This then leads to a kilo of freshly caught summer sardine from the sea already costing as much as farmed sea bass. And it’s always about sheer mass. The approach of summer brings the approach of the tourists. A region which in normal times counts not even half a million residents is artificially inflated to form a community of sun worshippers taking in huge numbers of residents …

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