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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

Bumper Stickers: I know it is illegal to have a sticker in the rear window of your car. I had a sticker in the window and when I went for the annual inspection I was told I had to remove it.

Chinese restaurant: There is a restaurant called The Old House in Parque dos Naçōes in Lisboa. It specializes in Sichuan cuisine and I, having lived in Chengdu, Sichuan for 3 years, can say that it is very, very authentic. We try to go there everytime we are in Lisboa.

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Greg, I just bookmarked The Old House in my Lisbon restaurant group. Thanks for the tip.

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

I miss Mexican food. I tried the Baja Fresh recently after a trip to IKEA in Loule, but I crave a good, authentic Mexican meal. We found one in Barcelona and my taste buds rejoiced. We are fortunate to be several hundred meters from a Nepalese restaurant in our small town that is popular with the many Nepalese and Indian farm workers in our area. It’s a sensory delight for sure.

As for “never seen...” I haven’t been flipped off by a stranger while driving and I haven’t seen anyone with a gun strapped to them 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

I have seen a few stickers like "Bebê a bordo" in the back window(s) and a few stickers of surfers carrying their boards. What I haul back from the US (no judgement please) is Bar Keepers Friend. I don't know how the Portuguese keep their hobs and stainless steel clean. Mike and I are still amazed if we see a car with color. If it aint black, gray, silver or white... What I have never seen is buttermilk and those "Coffee Mate" containers of flavored coffee cream.

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+1 on Barkeepers Friend. That stuff is magic! If you ever run out and need more, I was able to get a bottle of the liquid stuff off Amazon Germany.

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Thanks Laura. I brought two cans back from the US in December of 2022, so I should be good. I'm about to run out of red pepper flakes. Any ideas?

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El Corte Ingles or purchase piri piri peppers at the mercado, dry and grind.

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Just found your blog. I'll give you a follow.

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Thanks!! Much appreciated!

As for red pepper flakes, there's an online company that ships all kinds of seasonings called "The Chilli Experience." We haven't used them yet, but I've seen them mentioned several times.

If you're in or near Lisbon, we have found some harder to find spices at Il Corte Ingles and I've also seen comments about a spice stand at the Principe Real farmers market.

Good luck!!

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

Aisles of canned soup

Aisles of cake mix

Aisles of breakfast cereal

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Great observations…after only 2 years these are now faint memories

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

#4 You never see (mostly) the shutters/blinds open on Portuguese houses. Understand the summer thing but all the year round, hmmmmmm......Let there be light!

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Agree, plus keeping all that moisture inside in the dark.

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

nice writing. i am your "never"...I have about 7 bumper stickers on my car, a 10 year old citron. for the past 5 years. i have to buy them in the states but I agree with you that I have not seen one in 10 years here. Often I come out of a store and people are behind my car reading them. They say Dirt Worshipping tree hugger/U R SHE/Co-exist/Oregon Bigfoot anti fire sticker/etc...(being a hippie pagan ex pat chick)...I live between Lagos & Aljezur, love cyo

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

I live in Portland, OR. I like the bumper sticker "Keep Portland Weird" and of course they have one that says "Keep Portland Beered" since there are over 300 breweries in OR.

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hi Thomas, funny, I am from Portland! 20 years, then moved to San Francisco for music, went to Portugal on vacation and fell in love. Love that Portland still remains weird!

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

Some great observations Nancy and Denise! I have never thought about bumper stickers. Both my wife and I "Love Mexican Food", growing up in California, and spending time in Mexico. It is certainly the spices that make all the difference. I would love me some good "chips, salsa, and guac please" LOL : )

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I make great guacamole

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

Next time I see you, I will make the salsa, and you make the guac, add in a beer or two : )

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Sagres, of couse

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

If you find your self in Estoril there is a great Chinese right near the fire station. Hua Guang, it has been around for many many years and survived Covid. https://goo.gl/maps/gesgVu3fz8fvqwU67

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Mar 1, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

Always a joy to read your interesting observations. BTW there are 2 Chinese restaurants in Estoril. I have tried the one in the casino, not a big fan of Chinese restaurants anyways so never went back, got turned off after my trip to China. And there is a good mexican restaurant in Cascais on the yellow street, it does satisfy my taste buds.I do make my own guacamole. For the sour cream substitute try crème Fraiche next time, works great. ♥️

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Feb 28, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

We spent 10 nights in Loulé last summer on our scouting trip. There is a Chinese restaurant there. We talked about it but never made it there for a meal. We were a bit skeptical as the google reviews were mixed. However, since returning home I’ve seen nothing but glowing reviews on it in the various Algarve Facebook groups I’m in. So after we arrive I will definitely try it out. Hope to see you some time after Thursday 🤭

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

I never found sour cream while visiting for a month.

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I found it at a Continente for the first time last week...

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

Litter, we see very little litter along the highways.

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Agree none along the highways...but then again they are lightly traveled

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

Nancy

Your post made my day!

The current California gloom had me feeling glum and even anxious, yet you words brought laughter and a *lift* above the rainclouds. Thank you for being a human lighthouse!

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

Thank you, Nancy. Always enjoy your observations! We arrive in Tavira this weekend to start our next life chapter. Can’t wait!

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We are strolling the streets of Tavira today…

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Wonderful! We are so excited to be there and to explore all the other towns in the area. VRSA is on our list for sure. Took a day trip there when we were in Tavira last June and loved it. Can hardly wait! 🤗

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If you would like contact me and we’ll meet for coffee or lunch

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

If you look there are surely Chinese restaurants in the Algarve, but I don’t know because I very rarely travel over there, but here in Porto there is one in the square of my street that has been open for maybe 40 years.

Yesterday I went to get take away and it was completely full.

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Feb 27, 2023Liked by Nancy Whiteman

I miss Mexican food but only a little. And it has to be Tex Mex so that tells you where we used to live (and thankfully don’t anymore). I also miss (on a grand scale) Target. A true American institution. Love your stories!

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