Beria Wine Region of Portugal

It is unusually warm here for the season; I love it. 
Cool at night (sweater weather) and 27-28 C days & sunny.

Last evening we attended a private concert before dinner. 
A small chamber orchestra of young people played on a stage 
inside the ruins of an ancient castle while their prettier 
peers served wines & champagne. Local meats & cheeses filled 
a long table. At the end were sardines!

I'm in the Mts on the border with Spain. The sardines were 
pastries - a local tradition. Sugar, butter & flour in a 
sardine shape stuffed with an almond custard, dipped in a 
thin chocolate (not a heavy crust, but a wash) and sprinkled 
with sugar. Surprisingly good! They have a Brotherhood of the 
Sweet Sardines group to preserve the tradition, as if the 
taste alone wouldn't do it!

Fun stuff like that happens every day. The evening before it 
was a rooftop cocktail party with electric violin music before 
dinner, (again in an ancient castle - this one with plumbing) 
and a different rooftop Fado concert after. I'm being wined and 
dined BIG time!

I'll be back in the States for Monday's AM bakery duties - see you.

About richardfrisbie

I'm a professional baker, reader, bookseller, publisher, columnist, photographer, cook, hiker, kayaker, freelance writer, and workaholic who likes to garden
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