Sunday, 9 December 2018

Sunny cycling & a vegan lunch in Vilamoura

Vegan Cataplana at Raizes 
I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

We've moved further into Portugal from Tavira (did you see my Christmas lights post?) to Vilamoura which is further along the coast. I previously knew of Vilamoura for its marina where one of Dave's old friends had often kept his boat, but we hadn't visited before. We found a little campsite - Vilamoura Rustic - within cycling distance of the seafront and had a lovely day pottering along the promenade in the sunshine. The marina itself is much like any other Mediterranean marina, but the promenade is great with plenty of space and views out to sea. We went into the ajoining town, Quarteira, where I was delighted to spot a board advertising vegan restaurant Raizes. That was lunch sorted! Dave enjoyed his black bean burger and I loved the generous portion of Cataplana stew I was served.

All isn't great though. Getting our boiler seen to cost a pretty penny though it does seem to be working more smoothly now (fingers crossed). Then we discovered that the Spanish Repsol gas bottle that we thought we would be easily able to exchange when it was empty is going to be more difficult. There are seemingly identical Repsol fuel stations in Portugal, but apparently something about the bottle itself is different and the staff turned us away. We have been told of a gas bottle refilling place in Boliqueime. They were closed on Saturday when we drove past, but hopefully will be open later this week so we can get our English Calor and Spanish Repsol bottles topped up. Fingers crossed because otherwise we'll need to be heading back to Spain sharpish and I'm starting to like the idea of Christmas in Portugal!

In bookish news, I won a book this week! Huge thanks to author Liza Perrat and blogger Jo at Jaffa Reads Too for my copy of The Swooping Magpie. I'm looking forward to reading it soon :-)

You might have spotted my review of The Diary by Vikki Patis being enthusiastically shared all over Twitter yesterday? It was my turn as @TheWriteReads blog of the day and I loved being the centre of attention!!

Giveaways closing soon
9th Dec: $25 Amazon GC or Paypal
11th Dec: The Blogger Trailmap by Chivi Frost ebook
(All current giveaways here)

On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
November Challenges Wrap-Up: Bookish Bingo and Goodreads
#WorldReads - Five Books From Switzerland
Christmas lights at Tavira
Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019 signup

Literary Flits
The Storm by Tomas Gonzalez review
Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow by Deborah Garner review + Giveaway
Unexpected America by Wanjiru Warama review + #Giveaway
The Darkness That Divides Us by Renate Dorrestein review
Tangled Vines by Megan Mayfair spotlight
The Light Of The Fireflies by Paul Pen review
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm review

Airing Out
Campsite - Vilamoura Rustic - Algarve - Portugal


  1. That vegan lunch looks amazing! We've been vegan for over five years now, and I'm always looking for new foods to try. We had a seitan and potato stew last night and it was delicious! Have a lovely week!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

    1. I'm vegetarian and heading towards vegan, especially as I discover more about cooking good vegan food. I was relieved to see how popular plant-based diets are becoming in Spain and Portugal as I hadn't thought the idea would have widely travelled so far west. I'm yet to try seitan though I think I saw it in Intermarche :-)

  2. That food looks so good! I was a vegan in collage, but I fell off the wagon because I love chocolate and bacon too much. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I don't miss bacon or any meat really, but pastry is my downfall. I know vegan pastry is available, but when confronted by a beautiful patisserie display I don't think to ask.

  3. Love that seaside view! And your lunch sounds pretty delicious too. As someone who is now vegetarian (or pescaterian I guess, more accurately) I'm always curious to see what kinds of places people find on their travels. :)

    1. I was lucky that even my OH, an omnivore still, liked the look of Raizes and found a meal he enjoyed too. He's not always the most adventurous diner so I was kinda proud that he took the 'risk'.

  4. What a lovely place to visit, the beach looks so inviting.

    1. Vilamoura was surprisingly beautiful once we got away from the ultra touristy bit :-)

  5. Lovely pics! I hope you manage to get your gas bottles filled!

    1. Yes! We got the gas sorted today and it turned out to be incredibly easy!

  6. Sounds like an awesome place to visit!

  7. I'm still loving your photos. The weather looks pleasant too. I remember the food always being so good when I traveled Europe, less processed stuff than we get here in US. I hope you are able to work things out to stay in Portugal. Good Luck. Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. I love the fresh food available even in the supermarkets here in Portugal and also in France. They seem to make a big effort to support local food growers by highlighting where everything comes from and the flavours and freshness are noticeably better than UK equivalents.


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