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    Posted December 6, 2012 by
    juliedawnfox
    Location
    Figueira da Foz, Portugal
    Assignment
    Assignment
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    100 places to eat like a local

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    The best ice cream sundaes in the world are in central Portugal

     

    One of the happiest discoveries I’ve made since moving to Portugal is an ice cream parlour in Figueira da Foz that sells the best ice cream sundaes in the world, in my experience so far, at least. They’re so impressive that my husband and I take most of our visitors there and make the trip for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. Or just for fun.

     

    Although Figueira da Foz draws the summer hoards with its massive sandy beaches, the main lure for us is Gelataria San Remo, which we found by accident when searching for a different ice cream parlour. We never found the original one but stopped looking after stumbling upon ice cream heaven.

     

    This is no tourist trap; there’s a very local feel to the place. On warm days, old men in cloth caps sit chatting away on the wall that separates a tiny square from the traffic below, seemingly oblivious to the hustle and bustle of the yellow-tiled  gelateria  opposite them.

     

    Meanwhile, couples and family groups look for shade at the outdoor tables with views of the beach and its blue and white striped restaurants and beach huts. There’s a bright, roomy seating area inside, with air conditioning but I prefer to be outside if possible. It feels more like a holiday that way. 

     

    Waiters in bright T-shirts weave their way through the crowds carrying impossibly tall glasses piled high with fruit, cream and ice cream. Watching them and browsing the ice cream menu is enough to make my mouth water.  

     

    I already know what I want, unless they haven’t got the forest fruits needed to make a  Copa Silvestre  (fruits of the forest sundae). If that happens, I go for the crepes. Mike always has a  Copa Primavera  (spring sundae) which has so much fruit wedged around the glass that it’s bigger than his head.

    This is not the place to head for dessert after a heavy lunch or dinner. These sundaes are meals in themselves so come hungry to fully appreciate them. Are they the best in the world? You tell me.

    This iReport is part of an assignment that we created with Travel + Leisure:  100 places to eat like a local

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