I am so, so, so, so behind these days with posts, and I even found this post that was saved, but I never finished writing, way back from the summer. I thought I would go ahead and get this done now, or else decide it was just time to move on. Plus, it is snowing here, so I could use a little Azores sunshine to brighten my day.
This is a picture from my favorite soup and salad place on the island. Sadly, I just found out this place has closed. I just can't believe it. She was always so busy and had the best food, but she told some of my friends that business was suffering and she could not keep up with the expensive rent.
Another place we tried out before we left was Fox's Pizza. I had heard about it many times, but never went, and I knew before we left the island I would need to check it out because I wanted to write about it on my Living at Lajes website.
Nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to the pizza, but it was good and I definitely recommend this place.
I love this picture. This is the main square in Praia da Vitoria, which is the second largest town on the island. It isn't too far from the base, and was only about 5 minutes from where we lived. One day I noticed they repainted the pizzeria/cafe on the corner to a nice shade of pink.
I love this cute little walking street. It may not be the longest in the world and it may not have any stores you have ever heard of, but it was cute and charming, and was always nice to stroll up and down. In fact, I always felt right at home hanging out in town.
This was another place I needed to try before leaving the island.
I loved the colors in side.
Here is a galao, which is espresso and milk, similar to a meia de leite, but a little bigger.
I tried the omelet and fries here. It was really good, so I have no idea why I hadn't tried it out sooner.
Another random meal I enjoyed before leaving the island. This is a shrimp kebab.
Ryan had a nice steak.
Now, and this is the time when I can really have a good laugh about this, so this Caneta. We went here once at the first start of our 2 years on the island. It was good and we went for lunch. I took pictures, but it was before I started this blog, so when it came time for me to add this on my Living at Lajes website, I thought it would be easy. Nope! I could not find the pictures. So, the only logical answer was to go there for Ryan's birthday dinner. It was a bit of a drive from where we lived, so we just never went back. But I was on a mission. You may be wondering why this is so funny. Well, I was going through all my old pictures and updating my Facebook albums, when there, in a very, very random location, was a folder labelled Caneta. I managed to drag and drop it to a spot where it shouldn't have been. I can't believe after just over 2 years, those pictures magically turned up. But that is definitely OK because we needed to go back and Ryan had to try the kebab because he was told it was amazing.
They have a nice courtyard there, but we went inside and ate in the upstairs restaurant.
We started with bread. This place even served the corn bread, and this was where I first tried it. I loved the island corn bread, but not too many restaurants would serve it.
We had the fresh island cheese and pimento spread.
Olives! I miss these since olives are not too big in Japan.
Here is the inside. Very quaint, and definitely has the traditional island feel.
Here I am with Ryan, about to enjoy his birthday dinner.
This is the kebab everyone raved about. It is huge steak chunks on a skewer and when they serve it they place butter at the top and the hot metal melts it so it drips down the beef. I am not a meat eater, but for people that like meat, this seemed to be wonderful. This is what everyone told us, and in fact, Ryan did enjoy it.
It came with a side of fruit and French fries.
I had the boca negra, which was my favorite fish on the island. It always came served as the whole fish, so I learned after a while how to eat it like this.
Since it was Ryan's birthday we did indulge in dessert. This was the ice cream burrito. Basically like a crepe wrapped around ice cream and smothered in chocolate.
I had stracciatella, which is basically chocolate chip ice cream.
Of course no Azorean meal is complete without a coffee beverage.
It was a great last birthday meal on the island. It was hard to believe that just 2 years before we have just gotten to the island.
I have a few more pictures to share, just so I can say I finally posted them. The first is from the American celebration. They showed American movies and served American food. It was really interesting to see that they were having this kind of event.
There was one restaurant that my friend Alexandra and I stumbled across when I made a wrong turn one day. It wasn't so much a wrong turn, I guess, it was more like I had to turn around so I turned down this street and found this place. We made sure to go back another day and try it out. It was a very small, house like establishment with only a written menu out front. They had a little lunch buffet, so I think that is why we never saw a menu.
We started with bread.
We also had some fish soup.
The buffet looks like it was good before everyone ate everything. We got there a little late, and of course there was very little left of everything.
One of my very last days there, my friend Alexandra and I went to the beach so I could get in one final swim in the Atlantic before I moved all the way over to the Pacific. There was a cafe that we passed by all the time and never went in so we decided we had to check it out before I left.
It turned out to be so cute and the owner was so nice. We couldn't believe we hadn't been in there earlier. Well, at least Alexandra could go back. She is still on the island and has just under another year left there. Perhaps the military will reunite us at the same base again!
Well, that is it for now. I am sorry I have not been able to keep up with posting, but I have been a bit (and by bit I mean insanely) busier than usual. I actually have more island pictures to post, so they will probably get interspersed with Japan stuff from time to time.
QUESTIONS: Is there anything you are behind on doing? Do you have a favorite cafe? Is there any place you have been meaning to go/try but for some reason keep putting it off?