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No restaurante

16 de Setembro de 2004

The Portuguese are a funny people. I mean, they have a peculiar world view that even now, after more than one decade of working with them and living amongst them, I have some difficulty coming to grips with. On the one hand, they can be a very taciturn people, and it can be quite difficult getting them to accept you. On the other hand, once they take a shine to you, they will do almost anything for you. There is no real middle ground with them. Take today, for instance. This morning I was early for the train, so I got my camera out and whiled away the time by taking photos of the train station. After about 5 minutes, an official came out of the station master's office, wagging his finger at me and telling me that I couldn't take photographs in the station. As I had already taken all the photos that I wanted to take, and since the train was just about to leave, I just mumbled an apology and put my camera away. I later thought that I would challenge this officious little man to show me the railway bylaw that forbids fare paying passengers from taking photographs of things that can be clearly seen from the road. But then, why bother, I thought. In contrast, this evening I went to another cheap restaurant near my flat, where I had one of the best meals I have ever had in Portugal - Picanha a Pedra, with green salad. The staff were exceptionally friendly, and even gave me a free glass of beer while I watched the Sporting v. Rapid Vienna game - and took this photo. The total bill for a starter, a large main course, dessert, two bottles of mineral water and a coffee - all served with a good natured smile (and with linen napkins and table cloth)? 17 euros... or 11.50... or US$21. I'll be back - possibly as soon as tomorrow.

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Carmen23-Sep-2004 20:20
I envy you! Finding little treasures like this is great. Personally, I've always found that while it's great to travel, I enjoy it doubly when I'm back home in my own bed!
Jude Marion21-Sep-2004 20:28
Sounds like a wonderful exerience - both good and bad!
Have a great trip!
virginiacoastline17-Sep-2004 20:16
I'D be THERE on a DAILY basis!! Thisis the type of small hole-in-the-wall with exceptional food and people that make touring NAYwhere worth while . .an excellent picture . . my compliments to the "camera chef" LOL!
Argishti Khachik17-Sep-2004 13:33
wow, you had a great meal!
Zak17-Sep-2004 08:37
bargain food!
Dominic Kite17-Sep-2004 07:49
No Vinho Verde? That was one of the things I thought would be an aquired taste. Unlike Superbock!
Lou Giroud17-Sep-2004 07:46
ahhh, this stone grilled meet, i had some in Brasil once and it was right good. They had a different grill there with some beans and other stuff you could heat up under the stone on an infrared grill.
I am not a big meat eater, for me a Bacalhao a Gomez de Sa or with nata fits me better.
The grilled pork they make in Portugal is right good as well.
I will return next year, normaly I stay in Figuera da Foz.
jypsee17-Sep-2004 04:22
Just think; you could give up this life interesting life and get a DSLR .... and not be photographing your prior interesting life ... I'd do this, if I were you. Meal looks good.
laine8217-Sep-2004 03:20
Thankyou Stewart, now I'm hungry, thirsty & want to toss in my job & travel the world.
Everything is about security these days isn't it & taking photos arouses suspicion...sad state of affairs unfortunately.
Gayle P. Clement17-Sep-2004 02:13
I so look forward to more stories and photos of Portugal.
Karen Leaf17-Sep-2004 01:21
Ok, you've talked me into it-Portugal is first on the /to visit/ list. Must start saving...
Anne Young17-Sep-2004 01:10
Yum! Glad you had a nice meal!
Guest 16-Sep-2004 23:03
Living the good life! I must visit Portugal (before they stop us from leaving the Empire).
jude16-Sep-2004 22:50
Love the commentary with this image, Stewart... feels like traveling while sitting on my arse at
Guest 16-Sep-2004 22:32
looks a good meal, I just grabbed cold left over pizza when I got in from the game, wish I was coming over for the second leg, although I think we may regret the away goal, enjoy your meal tomorrow!!
Herb 16-Sep-2004 22:26
Great food, where is the wine? I mean this is Portugal!!!
northstar3716-Sep-2004 22:06
Lovely looking grub!