I am a big fan of Octopus. Let it be grilled, roasted, or stewed, I love them all. When I realized that one of the popular dishes in the Azores is Octopus, I was ecstatic. Look at the tentacles. Rosted in olive oil and garlic from the Terceira Mar Hotel. Unfortunately, they are over done from being in the buffet tray. This is what my plate looked like. Gluttony…
These are limpets in sauce from a corner restaurant in Praia do Vitoria. When the tour bus stopped for the souvenir shop, I headed straight for the local food. It’s very tasty but so little meat. The cup is filled with mostly shells. Some of the shells have the mossy growth on them. Although I’m a girl of seafood, the mossy growth decreased my appetite.Octopus salad from the same corner restaurant. This was delicious. I like it more than the roasted octopus because the vinegar brought out more of the octopus flavor. The octopus was cooked just right.Amazing Magnum ice cream bars, made with the Terceira cows’ milk. Terceira’s dairy products are amazing.
Do you know how amazing the Azoreans are? The owner from the corner restaurant in Praia da Vitoria knew not one word of English but we managed to communicate that it’s a to-go order, I needed them in plastic containers in a bag for the bus ride, I needed to heat up the limpets in a microwave before eating but I couldn’t since I am in a hotel, and I needed a plastic utensil. Since they don’t use plastic utensils, he handed me a stainless fork instead! So much love exchanged. Simply amazing.
P.S. Since the first writing of this post, I had gone back to the corner restaurant in Praia da Vitoria and found the name of the restaurant. It’s called Tropical Point!
This experience took place at
Terceira Mar Hotel
Angra do Heroísmo
Phone:295 402 280
Rua Álvaro Martins Homem 11,A
9760-412 Praia da Vitória
Tlm. 91 820 86 49 / 91 990 88 83
Sub-gerência: Manuel da Silva Rodrigues
I am in this tiny tiny tiny little town that is called Sao Sebastiao, settled in 1503 now with a population of 2,000. It has one main square, one tiny main street, one ATM, a couple of churches and cafes and a big tour bus that brought me. Main Street A colorful place of worship The outside of the church with the service
Pastor singing? Fresco that was destroyed and is being restored.
Sao Sebastiao or Terceira is remote and unspoiled by the tourists. It’s very quaint, quiet and simple with natural beauty. It’s making me think of how life should really be if I were not committed to the New York metropolitan area the next six years. Our way of life is not everyone’s way of life. I have a choice.
The average Azorean’s monthly salary is 700€ or 8400€ a year or $9240 USD. In NY, an annual income of $12k USD puts one below the poverty line. The houses in the upscale and desirable northern coast of Biscoitos cost on average between 85k€ to 250k€ and they are darn nice; they are by the ocean with a micro climate to stay warm and sunny. The Azoreans seem to have everything they want and need.
The Terceira Island is a center island among the nine islands that belong to the Portuguese Azores Archipelago, located in the North Atlantic ocean. Azores are only a four-hour flight east of Boston, MA, and a two-hour flight west of Lisbon from the mainland of Portugal.
In the middle of the Terceira Island is the Cauldron of Guilherme Moniz, with 15km diameter, formed by the eruption of the Algar do Carvao volcano. This is the panoramic view of the caldera.
Here is how windy it is at the lookout point for the caldera.
With the population of 56k, the Terceira Island has double the number of the cows. Milk production is the primary output for the island’s economy. The cows are free range and feast on the vegetation of the caldera. The farmers bring their mobile milking device to the cows, twice a day. This is a true definition for being MOBILE- Go Milk Your Cows Where Your Cows Are.
Sadly, most farmers are considering changing milk production to meat production because their profit is only about 20 cents per liter with each cow producing 40 liters of milk on average per day.
Even sadder, the Terceirian farmers used to produce wheat for cereal, exporting to the rest of the Europe which was highly profitable. However, since joining the European Union, Portugal had to agree to cease wheat production and change to milk production. Now, their milk only supplies the Azores and a few supermarkets on the mainland of Portugal.
This is an injustice caused by a socialist economic practice, benefiting the strong and the ones in power.
Because of jetlag, I made no effort for food. Instead, I relied on Terceira Mar Hotel restaurants for breakfast and dinner and a random cafe by the bank for lunch. They haven’t been poor but they also haven’t been what I came for.Ham and Cheese Crepe with a Boiled Egg from Petiskaky Cafe. Not bad but also not memorable.Lemon Frize drink. This was the highlight of lunch.Cheese Burger with Fries from Terceira Mar Hotel. Decent, my photographer says.Prawn and Pineapple Salad from Terceira Mar. It’s a shame that they are called prawns. They are the European prawns where everything is downsized from the American standards. These are not even large shrimps! The salad was lame and bland.
Luckily, I’ll be hungry again tomorrow and will have another opportunity to right this wrong.
These experiences took place at
9700-016 Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal
Terceira Mar Hotel
9700 Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal