Blogging has been intermittent this week because we’ve been running around. Currently we’re in Carrapateira, a lovely little coastal village popular with the international surfer crowd. You know you’re in a global village when the tiny cafe actually offers burritos. Even Loulé, a fairly large city for the Algarve, has no Mexican food. (We have to go to Faro for that, and it’s overpriced and unimpressive.)
Last night we went to another little cafe, which offers many types of homemade ice cream. I had to try the alfarroba, which Americans would know as carob. Except what the Portuguese do with alfarroba bears no resemblance to how Americans treat carob. It’s made into a flour and often baked into a torte, which — if done right — tastes remarkably like a not-too-sweet brownie. I love it, so I had to try the ice cream. It was delicious, especially paired with the raspberry sorbet. Our son had ginger ice cream, paired with lemon, which made our mouths pucker and was also very fine. We’re definitely coming back for a repeat visit, because scenery + quiet village + great food at cafes + homemade ice cream = Hot Spot on our travel list.
Next up is Lisboa. Yes, we’re going to see “Gravity” in IMAX 3D. And yes, I’m vibrating with anticipation.