This weekend we'll be at the 5th annual Americancars Algarve Show in Faro, fans of American cars from various places in Portugal and Europe will meet in Faro. This event will is not only American cars but also a Pin Up contest, choppers bicycles, stands and live music, and FREE ADMISSION.
Of course we will also be there catering to the Pizza needs of Algarve motor enthusiasts, and enjoying the entertainment.
Saturday 27th August
10:00 Home and arrival of American cars
11:00 Arrival American motorcycle
12:00 Arrival Bicycles helicopters | Pedals Asphalt
13:00 Arrival to Machine Scooby Doo Mystery in van
13:30 DJ Bop Hop 15:00 Algarve Sharks Football | Live
15:00 Algarve Sharks American Football Live
16:00 Best Pin Up Americancars | shirt Americancars
17:00 Best Pin Up Americancars | Clothes Pin Up
17:30 DJ Bop Hop 18:00 Band Hot Clover Club | rockabilly
19:30 Delivery Awards Participants
20:00 Best Pin Up Americancars | fact Bath
21:00 Best Pin Up Americancars | End
22:00 Vitor Cod | blues and rock
Sunday 28th August
12:00 Exhibition Cafe Racer bikes and classic
14:00 BMX SHOW | Jose Molina
17:00 Banda Franky B Boy | Blues
19:00 The Drifters Band | Country
Falafel is a tasty, versatile staple in many Middle Eastern and North African countries. As a result recipes vary, in Egypt where it's said to originate they like to use Fava beans, and role in sesame seeds for a better crunch, whilst in Israel they might use chickpeas, adding lots of fresh herbs like coriander or parsley.
The recipe below is good starter Falafel, it works well if catering to a large groups. I serve alongside middle eastern style accompaniments like pita bread, Israeli salad, humus, Tahini sauce and a mint yogurt coleslaw.
I hope you enjoy!
Simon Davies @littlekitchenportugal.com
The most eagerly anticipated event of the summer in Quinta do Lago is back – Picnics in the Park! This year Quinta do Lago will host 9 picnics – from July 1st to August 26th, golf balls will be replaced by picnic baskets and the driving range will be transformed into a “central park”, with a relaxed and vibrant environment. The best place to be on a Friday evening with the family, with different live bands every Friday and surprise entertainment! Event starts at 18:30!
The 2nd Edition of the Lagos Food Fest returns to the Constitution Garden in Lagos, in the coming days 15, 16 and 17 July. As the name implies, this event gives the show to the act of eating without the usual knife and fork, making use of hands and, in most cases, standing, walking, shopping "street food style". Situated in the Constitution Gardens, the historic town of Lagos, Lagos Food Fest is open to the public from 12 to 00 hours.
The purpose is to merge innovative, and increasingly popular types of culinary services in one place (the Constitution Garden in Lagos). The event, organized by Maria Nobre de Carvalho in close partnership with the Council of Lagos, promises warm and appetizing evenings.
Street food vender vehicles range from trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, trailers and classic cars. With cuisine ranging from Mexican, Vegan, Italian to typical Portuguese fare, alongside juices and ice cream cocktails, the variety is the biggest attractions and the making of the great festival. Difference, originality and irreverence will mark the event born from the most basic and primary need: to eat.
Twenty-nine national brands and some international participants are already confirmed, among them are:
* FreshRootz, Caipijocas
* Tacos and Tapiocas
* Maria do Mar, Trinkaki
* Miss Vinaigrette.
* Fava, Tripa on Wheels
* Little Kitchen Co
The festival is a fusion delicacies aimed to leave the Algarve public (and holiday makers) with watering at the mouth. In addition the festival has the support of the Fishing Dock, which will perform three Show Cookings (one on each day of the event), followed by tasting the EHT Algarve.
The MemoryBox will also be back with its PhotoBooth and throughout the day there will be music Sagres FM. Late afternoons and evenings crowds will be entertained by guest DJ's.
The slight fennel taste gives this dish an interesting twist from your normal roast pork. The dish originates from Sardinia, and is normally cooked using suckling Pig, however getting a whole pig in the oven is a struggle, so here its adapted with pork belly. It's great with your favourite Sunday roast accompaniments, and a real crowd pleaser as everyone loves the crackling.
2kg piece of unskinned belly pork (bones removed)
2 tsps fennel seeds
1 tbls black peppercorns
A large pinch of crushed dried chilli
1 tbls of sea salt
3 large garlic cloves crushed
Leaves from a 18 cm sprig of rosemary
2 tbls of olive oil
2 large onions thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning.
For the gravy
3 tbls of good red wine vinegar,
1 tbls of plain flour.
Hope you enjoy!
Simon @ The Little Kitchen Company
This curry is not just my favourite, but also holds a connection with Portugal. Most Indian's don't eat pork, and this recipe hales from Indian Christians originating in Goa, as a result of the Portuguese occupation. The Portuguese brought with them wine and vinegar, combining these ingredients with Indian spices to create the Vindaloo, deriving from the Portuguese 'carne de vinha d'alhos'. This curry is infamous for being spicy, but I prefer to use less heat focusing more on the sweet and sour flavours.
Ingredients: (Checkout Koh-i-Noor Indian corner shop near Intermarché)
2 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 dried chillies (less for more subtle heat)
1 tsp black peppercorns
0.5 tsp cardamon seeds
7.5 cm stick of cinnamon
1 .5 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek
5 tbsp white wine vinegar
1-2 tsp salt
2 tsp light brown sugar
10 tbsp veg oil
2 medium onions (sliced fine rings )
4-6 tbsp plus 250 ml water
900 g pork fillet cut into 2.5cm cubes ( I like lombinho, the tail of the fillet )
2.5 cm cube of fresh ginger
1 small, whole head of garlic separated and peeled
1 tbsp ground coriander
0.5 tsp turmeric
1. Grind the cumin, chillies, peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon, mustard seeds and fenugreek using a herb/coffee grinder. If you don't have a grinder buy spices pre ground (fresh ground tastes more authentic)
2. Put your spice mix in a bowl, and stir in the vinegar, salt and sugar, then set aside.
3. Add the oil to a wide, heavy pot and set over a medium heat. Fry the onions, stirring frequently until brown and crisp. Remove to a food processer using a slotted spoon.
4. Add 2-3 tsp of water and puree the onions, then combine the puree with the spice mix (this is vindaloo paste, it can be made ahead of time and frozen ).
5. Now add the ginger and the garlic to the food processor, alongside 2-3 tsp of water, blend to a smooth paste and set aside.
6. Take the pork meat, dry off with a paper towel , remove large bits of fat and cut into cubes.
7. Now heat remaining oil in the pot on a medium heat and brown off the pork cubes a handful at a time. Remove each batch with a slotted spoon and put aside.
8. Keep the pot on the hob, and add the ginger and garlic paste stirring for a few seconds before adding the ground coriander and turmeric, and stir again for a few seconds. Now add back the meat, with any accumulated juices, the Vindaloo paste and 250 ml of water.
9. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for a least an hour, until the pork is tender and sauce thick and rich. (stir a few times during the cooking period)
I like to serve this curry alongside Bombay potatoes, spiced cabbage and saffron basmati rice. I hope you enjoy!
Dinner In The Sky - dinnerinthesky.com
Started 9 years ago in Belgian, an amusement park and crane deploying company joined forces to create a unique, bucket list catering experience 'the flying dinner table'. The Dinner In The Sky team have now performed this aerial catering stunt in over 40 countries. Each dinner event is also unique, boasting celeb chef's and a high end gastronomic experience.
You can even get married in the sky, not sure my missus would appreciate the addition of a safety harness to her wedding ensemble.
The Redwoods Treehouse ( Aukland NZ ) redwoodstreehouse.co.nz
Created as part of a marketing campaign by the Yellow Pages in 2008, built of sustainable grown pine, designed to look like a chrysalis. It stands 10 metres from the ground, in a redwood tree near Warkworth, NZ. You access the restaurant by a elevated treetop walkway, and it fits 30 people. The pod like structure is now only available for private catering events, and intimate, weddings offering fine dining sit down meals.
ITHAA Undersea Restaurant ( Maldives)
Set on the Maldive island Rangali Island, and part of the Conrad Hotel chain, this restaurant caters to diners 5 meters below the surface of the sea, with panoramic views of the surrounding coral gardens.
The restaurant serves contemporary European cuisine, with set dinner and lunch menu's. I'm not sure about eating fresh fish with their relatives watching!
Solo Per Due (Italy) soloperdue.com
Voted the smallest restaurant in the world "Just For Two" the names in the title, a restaurant built solely to cater for just 2 people. The building which dates from the nineteenth century, and restaurant offers exclusively Italian cuisine and wines, using fresh local ingredients, chosen each day in accordance with the season.
The Huashan Tea House (China) no website... I don't think they get wifi.
Supposedly the worlds hardest restaurant to reach, only for the really dedicated foody make it, and your almost guaranteed no children. Formerly a Taoist temple , the Teahouse is situated on the top of Mt. Huashan China, 7087 feet above sea level, at the end of a very dangerous climb. Rumor has it if you actually manage to reach the illusive Teahouse your tea is free......
Palacio De Sal (Bolivia) palaciodesal.com.bo
This hotel/restaurant has been built on the breathtaking Great Uyuni Salar in Bolivia, the earths largest salt surface, and salt is definitely the theme here. Everything is made of salt, walls, ceilings, tables, beds and even the plates your food is served on. There's no lack of seasoning in this joint!
Kayabukiya Tavern (Japan)
The Kayabukiya Tavern is a traditional-style Japanese "sake-house" located in the city of Utsunomiya, north of Tokyo.
I'm sure there's a joke somewhere here about paying peanuts, and questionable ethical labor codes, but in this case it could well be true, the waiters are actually monkeys!!!!
Villa Escuderu Waterfall Restaurant (Philippines) villaescudero.com/waterfalls-restaurant.php
Sub-aquatic catering situated on a 18th century colonial plantation near San Pablo in the Philippines. The tables are in a river (of sorts) which is fed by a waterfall. The waterfall is about five meters from the closest table, and diners can enjoy traditional Filipino dishes, whilst clear spring water runs over their feet. Why is the Philippines spelled with a P, and Filipino's with an F?... I've diverged.....
The Hanging Fangwang Restaurant (China)
This restaurant is built into a natural cave set halfway up a vertical cliff, overlooking the Yangtze river. The Fangweng Restaurant offers a variety of local Chinese specialties, based on freshwater fish, duck, and even turtle. Definitely not a place for diners with vertigo, since getting to the restaurant involves 30-meter narrow bridge overhanging a vertical cliff face. From their tables, diners can see the beautiful Happy Valley and watch bungee jumpers leap off a nearby bridge.
The Rock Restaurant (Zanzibar) therockrestaurantzanzibar.com
The restaurant rises on a rock from the beach shore of the Michanwi Pingwe, Zanzibar. The Rock can be reached on foot at low tide, but at high tide diners are transported back to the mainland by boat. The Rock provides seafood, Swahili pasta and fish carpaccio caught from the Indian Ocean below.......... I'm not sure it gets any better.
The Grotto (Krabi, Thailand) rayavadee.com
This has my luxury tropical wedding written all over it! Part of the very swanky Rayavadee Resort in southern Thailand, The Grotto is set inside a natural limestone cave, on the beach overlooking the Ocean. Here diners enjoy a menu of classic Thai dishes, and if the climate/food is too hot for you, don't worry, they have fitted air-con in the cave!
Restorante Grotta Palazzese (Italy) grottapalazzese.it/it/home/
Not another cliff face, been there done that! Well this restaurant is in the cliff, but it's also like something straight from a bond film. Carved out of the limestone cliffs with views over the Adriatic Sea, it has been charming guests for over two and a half centuries. The restaurant is open from May to October, since the winter is too cold, and caters set menu's of gourmet Italian dishes and wine.
The Tree house Alnwick Garden (England) alnwickgarden.com
Set in the beautiful English countryside, high up in the treetops, with a roaring log fire and trees growing through the floor. Enter a magical, natural world, full of handcrafted furniture made from fallen branches, alongside local produce from Northumberland’s farmlands. The catering focus is local quality, taste and changing with the seasons, and The Tree house is open to restaurant diners, as well as for private events and weddings.
Little Kitchen Co. - Algarve, Portugal - http://www.littlekitchenportugal.com/.
We'll lets start with ourselves, it would be rude not to:) We converted an old fashioned 2 pony trailer into a rolling Pizzeria. Catering for events and festivals, with our tasty woodfired Neapolitan Style Pizza.
Skillet - Seattle, US http://skilletstreetfood.com
The Airstream, or Silver Bullet, better known as the vintage US camper vans. Skillet serves gourmet burgers and hand cut chips daily around Seattle. We love that these guys stayed true to the design of the Airstream.
APEritivo, Naples, Italy http://www.aperitivostreetfood.it/
Love the name, love the Ape Piaggio, and I love APEritivo's quirky living room design. These guys cater for weddings and events with drinks, aperitif's and Italian icecream..
The Banh Mi Shop - Quezon City, Philippines
Show me a man who does not love a VW camper van! I particularly liked these guys since they're in the Philippines, mixed up VW colour scheme, and are serving Banh Mi (super tasty Vietnamese sandwiches)
Shell's, South Bank London, UK http://www.shellsfishandchips.com/
There is literally nothing more quintessentially British than a red double decker bug catering fish & chips.
The Cafateria, Woodstock, South Africa http://www.cafeteriafood.co.za/
We love the vintage, but also admire the modern, and these guys have made an old camper trailer look super sheek and modern.
Luardos - Mexican Street Food in London, UK - http://www.luardos.co.uk/
The H-Van is our dream food truck, if only we had the cash, and could find them in Portugal! I think we'd stick to a more traditional design, but the artwork these guys have really suits their concept, and makes them stand out in a crowd.
Del Popolo - San Francisco, USA - http://www.delpopolosf.com/.
So cool, a shipping container pizza truck. They can knock a few more pizza's than us in this bad boy!
Mammoth Burritos - Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA
Words fail me! This must be the worlds most unique food truck. Built from a snowcat, the huge treads allow it to travel anywhere on Mammoth Mountain delivering burritos, to locations where regular restaurants aren’t available
We (myself and long suffering girlfriend) moved to Portugal the best part of ten years ago, chasing the sun and a more relaxed way of life. My last three years in the UK was spent as head chef in a bistro pub, that specialized in stone baked Italian style pizza. Prior to that I worked the event scene, doing back stage catering for many large UK festivals, like Glastonbury and Reading.
Based on my passed experience, I'd been wanting to convert something into a pizzeria for some time, but it wasn't until a friend mentioned a TV program (George Clark's Amazing Spaces) that featured a horse trailer conversion, and we thought that's it... horse trailer it must be, easy right? Not quite, whilst there's an abundance of affordable trailers in the UK, none with the required matriculation paperwork, it turns out they're somewhat illusive in Portugal. Nonetheless after months of searching, a battered old thing, half the size and twice the price as planned cropped in Loule, and we grabbed it with both hands.
Converting the trailer into a Pizzeria is not as easy as one might think, especially when the oven you've purchased takes up 3/4 of the interior, and legalities don't allow special circumstances for miniature kitchens on wheels. In-spite of this, with an overwhelming amount of support from friends, an informative health and safety inspector, and understanding accountant, the Little Kitchen was born.
The Little Kitchen caters for private parties and events in the Algarve, and I'm hoping to get involved with more local festivals and markets. My first event was the Lagos Food Fest last month, which was a great success for everyone involved. People seemed to love our concept, along with our rustic pizza's.
The pizza's we make are in the classic Neapolitan style, really thin and crispy, and cooked in an oak fueled wood fired oven, which gives them a great smokey flavour. We're trying to keep the style (not necessarily the toppings) as traditional as possible, so all our base ingredients come straight from Italy.
My future plans are to expand from one trailer, perhaps into a mini fleet, offering a variety of street food from quirky trucks. I have my eye on Piaggio Ape Oyster Shack next! But for now we're busy at summer events in the Pizza trailer, and excited to see what the next year will bring,
If anybody is interested in finding out more, or having us cater their event, you can visit our website www.littlekitchenportugal.com, or contact us email@example.com.