Typical taverns, handicraft and sangria!

During the week, people recommended that I go to FIL to see the handicraft fair and I put it in my schedule to go yesterday.
I heard very good comments about the typical taverns, which is why we went at lunch time. When we arrived there, we went to the line at the ticket counter and there were around 20 people in front of us. However, a young man who didn't speak portuguese very well approached us, and asked us if we would like to buy the tickets for 3 instead of 5 which was the normal price. For the 4 of difference, I'd rather buy them at the ticket counter, but for the time I would spend waiting...deal. I had my 6 in hand when a lady from the organisation appears and says that the guy couldn't sell tickets there, that he could only offer them to us, so he gave us the tickets for free and we didn't have to wait in the line!

YEP! New month, new luck :) (At least I hope so :P)

I will try to illustrate our day at the FIL with some photos and a description!

There was a pavilion just for food and it was basically traditional portuguese food. When it came to salty food, what stood out were the taverns from Alentejo, Serra da Estrela and Bairrada. As for the sweets, a lot more!


There was also an egyptian stand, one from Angola, one from Brasil, etc!
At the brasilian one what immediately caught our eye was "FRESH COCONUT"!


After trying for free the Serra cheese at 3 different places, we decided to have lunch at the typical tavern of Serra da Estrela.
I asked for a sandwich, but... when I saw on the menu that they had "caldo verde" soup I had to get it as well!
It was excellent!


Then, our TWO sandwiches arrived, made with black pork ham and cheese from Serra^^


After lunch, we went to check out the other pavilions and the first one was with african handicrafts. There were a lot of interesting things, but what caught our attention was a turtle made of wood. I asked what the price was and they told me 220...GG. Then they asked me how much I could offer and after talking with Katerina a bit in english, I decided to offer 40. He told me no, that the price I offered was too low and I don't know what else, and since I didn't really want to pay much more than that and I still had 2 pavilions left to see, I decided to leave. At that point the man insisted and said that since the fair would be over the next day, he could make a discount and asked again how much we could pay, but said that 40 was too low. I ended up going up to 50 and he suggested 60. In the end i bought the turtle for 60. Katerina thinks that it was a good purchase, because the turtle is big, the wood is of nice quality and it's hand made, but I don't really know how to evaluate these things and I always get the feeling that they are expensive. Anyway... Another object for the living room...

We went to see the next pavilion, that was with asian handicraft, but we didn't really like anything and didn't buy anything either.

In the last pavilion, there was a lot of portuguese handicraft and I was positively surprised. I saw a lot of creativity and a quality/price ratio that was a lot better than what I'm used to. There was a stand where we bought some kitchen towels and to my surprise, the 2 old ladies that were responsible for that stand also had a table cloth for those who wanted to organize some games at home! (that one we didn't buy)


There was a stand with mugs and other stuff like that, where they would put for free a small text of your choice. Just to give you an example of the price, each mug cost 5 with a text that you could choose and a pre-defined image of Portugal.

Apart from the typical taverns and the handicraft stands, there were also some folklore dance groups, which was cool, cause Katerina had never seen any before.


When we finished our shopping of handicraft items, we went to buy a coconut from the Brasilians and it was refreshing ^^


To put a nice end to the day, we went to the typical tavern of Alentejo, ate roasted sausage and drank Sangria.
My friends, that was the best roasted sausage I've had in my life and I like roasted sausages a lot!


After the sausage, we went to restock our honey supplies and we bought one from each producer, to try them out. We consume honey on a daily basis at our breakfast, which is why it's a very important food in our everyday life. However, I don't like that much that liquid honey that is sold at the supermarkets. As a friend of mine would say... "I like my honey to be from bees" :P


It was a very pleasant experience. I think that we are very underestimated in Europe when it comes to handicraft and food. I believe we don't know how to sell what's ours out there, otherwise I can't understand how the world knows what Roquefort cheese is, but they haven't heard of Serra cheese... Maybe I'm being tendentious, cause I don't like that french cheese that smells horribly and is made with fungus while I think ours is delicious, but it's my blog so I can write whatever I want, right? :)

In any case, I think we need to be a proud nation and give value to what's produced in Portugal, cause if we don't give value to it ourselves, how can we expect others to do so?

As for all of today's deviations from the diet, during the next 6 days I'll be nitty tight to make up for them! I only regret that I didn't remember to ask for just one sandwich of ham and cheese to split with Katerina instead of ordering one for each, so that we could go to another typical tavern and share a piglet sandwich, but that's an idea for next time :P

PS: I added the photos of the honey above and here are the photos of the turtle:




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