Sunday, November 15, 2009

A booze evening in Sintra: Moscatel, Colares and Ginja

On my last evening in Sintra, I went to the Alcobaca Restaurante for dinner. I was hankering for a locally produced aperitif. The waiter suggested that I take a glass of Moscatel from the region, so I did.

Booze dinner

The restaurant was in this cave-like setting.

My dinner was gambas on cream sauce which was a house specialty and came in highly recommended. I did not want to have white wine to go with my seafood, which normally is the choice, so the waiter told me that half a liter of Colares red wine would be a good alternative.

As you can see the pattern now, there’s more booze than the actual dinner, haha! Nevertheless, I can handle myself very well. I don’t really go overboard as I know my limits. I am just a curious cat who wants to try everything.

This is the restaurant alley during the day:

Ginja time!

After dinner, I went back to my hotel and Ginja (also called as ginjinha) was waiting for me.

Ginja is a Portuguese alcoholic drink made from Morello cherries and it tastes like rum. They are best drank with little chocolate cups.

Now, I accidentally found Ginja while going around the little village. Catinho gourmet shop had a tasting corner and obviously I was curious as it is a locally produced product. I tried the Ginja in a chocolate cup but did not like the combination of alcohol and chocolates, so I ditched the chocolate cups and only bought the alcohol.

So that is how I ended up with a little bottle of Ginja in my hotel room. That night I slept like a baby until the alcohol left my system and I woke up at 2 in the morning craving for water.

For the record, I am not a drunkard. I just know how to enjoy life’s pleasures including alcohol =)

Travel Period: November 2009
Destination: Sintra (Lisboa), Portugal

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