A Very Sweet Post!

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For those who know a little bit about Portugal, certainly know that the gastronomy is one of our fortes.

It is tremendously rich from North to South; inland, where the stews and broths are typical, or in the coastline, where the fish and shellfish are kings and the freshest there is. Not to mention the desserts, simply divine!

In the Algarve, most of the sweets are made with almonds, carob and honey, since the region is known for the production of those same ingredients.

And today, we decided to bring you a recipe typical from Monchique, the mountain side and limits of the Algarve.

Monchique, among many things, is known for the fantastic and delicious honey. There isn’t a place where you can find a more pure, golden and marvelous honey than the one from Monchique.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do, and don’t forget, if you ever visit the Algarve, try this delicacy! 😉

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Sweet D. Rodrigo!

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With Christmas Day so close, it is time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. Personally, the best gift someone can give me is food. Yes, food! And if it is something related with baking or if it is something sweet… Oh my, even better! I’m a food enthusiast and have a really big sweet tooth over here!

I believe there are a lot of people like me and if you are one of them or have friends like that, Backyard Tours team have a wonderful and truly Christmas sweet suggestion to present – D. Rodrigo! 🙂

It is a typical and traditional sweet from the Algarve. It is believed it was born in Lagos around 1755 – also atragic year for Portugal! A big earthquake occurred and destroyed a big part of the Portuguese coastline, where the Algarve was severely damaged leaving an almost complete devastation.

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Backyard Tours 2016

First of all, Backyard Tours Team want to wish you all a happy 2016!

It is incredible how time flies! Actually, it’s a funny thing if you think about it –time; it seems Holidays were yesterday when in fact, it has been almost a month before. After spending moments with the family and friends, relaxing and take the most out of the beauty of it, it is finally time to get back to work, to the “real life”.

Last year was Backyard Tours first year and we have to say, it was amazing! We met fantastic people, whom we call friends nowadays; we had thrilling moments and everyday was an adventure.

We wish the same thing for this year, but in double or triple! We wish to meet more interesting people and being able to show them the beautiful Algarve, that is our home – and after all, our backyard.


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Food Connection

backyardtours.what.to.it.algarveGrilled sardines with boiled potatoes, toasted bread with tuna paté and Vinho Verde

Some people say that the most important things in life are food, sex and travelling, not precisely in this order. Of course there are much more essential things, but this three are surely very pleasant.

In my point of view, I see food as a daily trip. As a food blogger, I need to learn new recipes every day. I read blogs and cook books from many countries and different authors, and when I like a particular recipe, I try it at home. Simple as that, I’ve travelled along Italy, United States, France, Brazil… And keep discovering Portugal every day.

backyardtours.algarve.picnicCodfish Pastries / Pastéis e Pataniscas de Bacalhau

Portugal has a rich gastronomy, that’s why you can expect a happy belly while eating Portuguese food. Besides being delicious, our meals and dishes are special because they’re perfect to share with other people at the table or in a picnic towel, making the food taste even better. That’s the usual gathering point of Portuguese families and friends – around the table!

backyardtours.lagos.toursPortuguese Milk Custard / Leite-creme

Lucky me and Eric that have the opportunity to eat and share extraordinary moments with people from all around the world, through our Backyard Tours. We want to assure a true Portuguese adventure in our country, so people can return home knowing the true meaning of what it is to be Portuguese!

backyardtours.food.algarveMore Codfish pastries / Sonhos de Bacalhau

You can also learn some Portuguese recipes in my personal blog: devaneiosdechocolate.wordpress.com. Check it out!

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