Better Late than Never!!!!!!

Depuis le temps que Randy et moi venons au Portugal nous avons observé et apprécions certains traits des habitants d’ici. Ce sont de petites choses comme la façon que les gens aiment leur restaurants et ses propriétaires. Il existe un respect qu’on ne voit que rarement chez nous. Du petit bistro au restaurant familial, les gens, les locaux apprécié de façon manifeste en les fréquentants assidûment. Ont voies, les dimanches, toutes les tables remplies pour le repas du midi. Ici le métier de serveur est respecté et pour la grande majorité ce sont des hommes qui nous servent. Il semble que, ici ce métier est aussi important qu’un autre et n’est nullement considéré  comme secondaire, ou un métier en attendant quelque chose de mieux.

Un serveur ne vous demandera jamais si vous voulez l’addition. Ici on attends que le client la demande. De plus, personne viendra vous dire de quitté ca ont fermé. Jamais au grand jamais. On peu donc prend run café ou un repas complet et rester brancher à la table durant des heures sans que personne ne vienne vous demander quoi que ce soit. Ici, il n’y a pas de presse.

Il y a un grand respect de l’autre ici.

C’était l’anniversaire, en retard, de Françoise, l’automne dernier. C’était juste après notre départ du Canada. À ce moment là nous lui avions promis de l’amener au resto au Portugal. Ce qui fut promis, fut fait aujourd’hui même. C’est le restaurent Lagar de Mesquita dans la minuscule municipalité de Fonte da Mesquita qui fut notre choix, et je peu dire que ce n’était nullement raté comme sélection. C’est une ancienne compagnie de transformation d’olive en huile. On y sert du haut de gamme telle: de la soupe au poisson, l’une des meilleures que Françoise ai manger, à ses dires, des assiettes de saumon fumé, du canard et de la venaison exquis. Sans compter une tajine au poulet vraiment a point. Ce fut, pour Randy et moi une quatrième expérience renouvelable et pour Françoise un plaisir certain.

De retour à la maison ont s’est retrouvé, moi à mon projet de collage, Françoise à prendre une petite marche jusqu’au restaurant de Ana et Randy à aller faire de la photo.

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Even though Françoise celebrated her birthday in November, Marc and I had already departed Canada with the promise that “when you come to Portugal, we will take you out for your birthday”.  Well, finally today, that happened.  Happy Birthday Françoise.

The day was bright, large fluffy clouds peppered the sky and I had an appointment in Olhao and scurried out of here around 9h30.  The drive was tranquil and the way the sun was hitting the almond trees made them shimmer, almost what it looks like after and ice storm in Canada.  It was beautiful and I enjoyed the solitude of driving there and back with the windows open and the occasional bird song to keep me company.

Once home I quickly freshened up then we headed off for the Lagar de Mesquita, check it out if you like.  https://www.facebook.com/lagardamesquita

We intentionally arrived a little early in order to park, walk a tiny portion of the beautiful hiking trail behind the restaurant, and have a brief walkabout in the main square.

The restaurant was not at all busy today, as a matter of fact, we were the first customers.

What a feast we enjoyed…….service impeccable, fragrant and succulent food, beautiful architecture, and a meal shared by good friends.  Couldn’t have been better. (Konrad, if you are reading this, the owner would love to see you, she say’s it’s been way too long)!!

On the way home, as always, a few things caught our eye.

And now we can get down to the real task at hand…………celebrating my birthday MONTH!!!  Yes, February is MY month and I’ve told everybody that some little thing has to be identified each day as “special” building up to the big day later in the month.  Françoise told me that the “special” today was having lunch with her!!!!!!  I think I have some training to do.

10 Comments

  1. Happy belated Birthday, Francoise! Lunch looked delicious and a very special way to celebrate with friends. And now your challenge with BD guy challenges each day until his birthday -good luck on that one! ..ha! As I send a reply, the snow is coming down in Halifax, we are now white again.

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  2. Well I see you went to the big city to celebrate! LOL

    Happy Birthday Françoise!!

    So this restaurant was in this tiny little town??? Wow.

    The trail certainly looked like something I’d love to wander.

    I LOVE all the flowers and blooming trees!! The colours are amazing.

    What kind of tree is that with all the red fruit on it? Can the fruit be eaten?? My goodness there was a ton of it. The birds would love it there.

    Marc certainly looks like a happy man. He looks good and I love his haircut and Françoise as well.

    You know me, I love to see the animals. Love the beautiful cat and that cute little dog.

    Good luck with your Birthday month wishes. LOL You crack me up.

    xoxoxoxox

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    1. Not certain what kind of tree it is, haven’t seen one like it here before yesterday. You would have a great deal of difficulty with all the abandoned animals here, especially the dogs. And for the most part, it’s not the Portuguese, it’s the expats who come here, get an animal then when they have to return home for whatever reason, the leave the dog behind.

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  3. Quelles belles photos de ce si beau pays! Ça a l’air tellement agréable d’y vivre un long séjour! Super… bravo… continuez à être heureux!

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  4. What a perfect day to celebrate a birthday! Photos are fabulous! Especially of your meals…I am salivating!
    I checked out the restaurant’s website Wow! On my wish list it goes!
    Really like the new do’s, Marc is looking rather hip(is there a French translation?) and Francoise has never looked better…!
    Happy Birthday Month, Randy!!! You silly special fart! Hugs, PPPP

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  5. Beautiful!!! wish I could be there too. I think when you go again you’ll have to let me know so I can come and visit there with you.

    Maria XO

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