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    Eat and Drink Cheap in Portugal.

    One of the great joys of life for me, it is to sit at a restaurant, on any country I am visiting and have a meal that I can say: “What a meal and I still got money in my pocket!”
    In the capital city of Lisbon, Portugal, walking thru the old quarter of Bairro Alto, looking for a Restaurant, I came across of a small but charming restaurant with a great name. “Faca e Garfo” or (Knife and Fork”).
    I walked in and I found a very and comfortable Southern European setting of ochre, and colorful tiles in its walls .
    At the table, I found a menu full of good Portuguese gastronomy and an even better wine list. All this served by a pleasant feminine face named Celia that spoke good English. Celia with her husband Joao, are the proud owners and run this delightful place.
    After a difficult decision, I chose as starters, some mountain country cheese, olives and small basket of warm bread. For the main dish, a well served medium rare stake, in a fabulous sauce of cream and coffee, together with vegetables, French fries and rice. It is a very Portuguese tradition to include on your dish these two items. To drink, I had a local red house whine. To end this gift of the Gods, I chose a dessert of cream and Chocolate mixed with crumbled “Oreo cookies” plus a Portuguese brandy and an “espresso” coffee. All this for a price approximate 22Euros or US$28.00. For two it would cost you approximate 35Euros or US$42.00.
    For the ones looking for food bargains, “Faca e Garfo” restaurant at Rua da Condessa #2, Carmo area in downtown Lisbon is the place to go. No reservation is needed.
    In a European Continent where a simple meal can go easily US$70+ a couple, Portugal is a real bargain gastronomically. The food is rich, good, that will satisfy any palate.
    Good eating.
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