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"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do.
Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
- Ella Fitzgerald


Dear Friends, Jigidiers, and Guests,

Here comes May, and off we fly on the Magic Carpets to the Algarve, Portgugal where I am hosting a virtual party to celebrate the birthdays of all May babies and anniversary couples as well as folks who would like to share their joy with us. Everyone is invited and is warmly welcome to this virtual party.

I have selected the Algarve for it is one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal.

We will fly on the Magic Capets to Alvor which is a picturesque, beautiful and charming town in the Algarve, where we will be staying with a Portuguese family in their lovely home in Alvor. Their grandmother, mother and aunties will be preparing homecooked Portguese cuisine for all of us to enjoy.

The family members are bringing in the birthday cakes and anniversary cakes, so let us raise our glass of champagne and toast to the happiness and health of all May babies and wedding anniversary couples. And, I would like to say "A Very Happy Birthday to Pal", our furry friend who has a May birthday. Pal, I would like to present you with a catnip toy in the shape of a birthday cake and give you a hug. It is always wonderful to have furry friends celebrating their birthdays with us.

Webpeggy has bought Petey, Pal's brother to join in the celebration fun. Petey is happy to be here as he celebrated his April birthday with us at the last virtual party which was held in Jeju Island, South Korea. A warm welcome to Webpeggy, Pal and Petey. Yes, Petey, I have a catnip toy for you, too and I am certain that you are going to enjoy the virtual food and have a good time at the beautiful beaches of the Algarve.

During the period of our many days' stay with our hosting family, we will enjoy various kinds of freshly prepared, tasty and hearty Portuguese food. The head of the family (Carlos Pereira) is a chef at a virtual restaurant in the Algarve and he will join the ladies in the preparation and cooking as he has applied for annual leave so that he can cook for us. Some of the tasty dishes made with love and pride and packed with flavours are :

- Sopa de Legumes - Homecooked Portguese Vegetables Soup - Very healthy and a great starter before the main course.

- Camarao (Prawns) - Large Prawns grilled over charcoal.

- Just caught Fish grilled over charcoal served with Boiled Potatoes and a Salad consisting of Fresh Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Garlic, Olive Oil, Vinegar and Dried Oregano.

- Cataplana de Marisco (Seafood Cataplana) - A Portguese Seafood dish which orginates in the southern region of Portugal in the Algarve. The Cataplana is a copper clam-shaped cookware which contains the flavour and heat of the ingredients (Freshly Caught Seafood eg Fish, Lobster, etc lightly fried with Herbs, White Wine and Tomatoes). The aroma and taste of this Seafood stew-style dish is fantastic. This flavourful dish is accompanied with slices of Freshly Baked Bread for dipping the delicious Gravy.

- Frango Piri Piri (Chicken Piri Piri) - Grilled Chicken with a special blend of Spices served with a Hot Piri Piri Sauce, Fresh Salad and Homemade Chips.

- Bife a Portuguesa (Tender Portuguese Beef Steak) - Well flavoured with Whole Cloves of Garlic and Bay Leaf. Served with Sliced, Crispy Potatoes and Fried Slices of Presunto (Portuguese Dry-cured Ham). The Gravy is rich and tasty.

- Ervilhas com Ovos - a Pot of tasty Peas with Poached Eggs.

- Freshly Baked Bread, Salads and Local Wine.

- Tarte de Alfarroba e Amendôas - Almond Carob Cake made with a mixture of Carob, Dried Figs and Crushed Almonds.

- Dom Rodrigos - a traditional Algarvian dessert made with Fios de Ovos or Angel Hair (Egg Threads - Egg Yolks drawn into thin strands and boiled in a Sugar Syrup), Almond and Cinnamon.

Bom apetite :-)

The Pereira family will be pleased to give us information on the best places to visit and things to do in Alvor. Just approach them for assistance.

Some of their recommendations are visits to :

BEACHES - eg. Praia de Alvor, Praia do Barril, Praia de Benagil, Praia do Carvalho, Praia da Falésia, Praia da Luz, Praia de Marinha, Praia da Rocha, Praia Sao Rafael, Praia Do Submarino, Praia dos Três Irmãos, Praia do Vau, and Praia de Vilamoura.

TOWNS AND VILLAGES - eg. Albufeira, Carvoeiro, Faro, Ferragudo, Lagos, Odiáxere, Olhos de Agua, Portimao, Praia da Rocha, Sagres, Tavira, Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Vilamoura.

FARMERS MARKETS - Mercado de Loulé where Fresh Fish, Fruits, Vegetables, Figs, Spices, Hot Sauces and Chocolate Cakes, etc are displayed for sale.

We can participate in the following activites :

Take a walk on the Boardwalks of Alvor – Elevated walkways across the sand dunes and mud flats of Alvor’s Nature Reserve. We will have a great view over the Alvor’s river estuary.

Take a Boat Trip – Rent a boat for a trip around the beaches nearby and explore the many beaches, caves and cliffs of the western Algarve.

Visit Theme Parks and Water Parks.

I have prepared some souvenir items for you all to take home :

Pastel de Nata (Custard Pastry) - Small Open Pastries with a Sweet Custard Filling. We purchased the ones in the Belem area of Lisbon, so they are named Pastel de Belem.

Doce Fino do Algarve (Marzipan Sweets) - Small Marzipan Treats shaped and sculptured into fruits, vegetables, trees, animals, etc. These colourful and lifelike desserts are made from Almond Paste.

Queijo de Figo - A Cake made from Almonds and Figs, Cinnamon, Chocolate Powder, Aniseed and Sugar.

Dear friends, thank you for joining us at this May Virtual Party and for solving my puzzle. I hope that you have a wonderful time.

I look forward to seeing you at my next Virtual Party which will be held on 1 June 2021. My birthday is on 15 June, so come and let us celebrate together.

Cheerio,
Jason :-)

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jasonchung2

Hello Janet,

I am happy that you are attending this virtual party :-)
And your hubby is very welcome to attend it, too.

The food at virtual parties is always fresh, tasty, healthy and calorie-free.
A plus point is that we do not have to wash the dishes ;-0

I hope that you will attend the next virtual party that I will be hosting in June
as June is my birthday month.

Smiles of Having Yummy Virtual Party Food,
Jason :-)

GoldenCat

Thank you very much Jason, I would love to come to your virtual party ! My husband would like to know if I will be back in time for supper and I trust, being a virtual party, there will be no washing to be done ! Cheers Janet :))

jasonchung2

Dear Jeanette,

You have completed all the four sizes of this May virtual party puzzle :-))
That is quite a feat, especially the 600 pieces one is challenging.
Congratulations :-)

Solving this puzzle under storming weather conditions and putting up with an uncooperative internet and yet having the determination to complete the task deserves admiration for your persistence and patience.

I like this puzzle in its largest size because I have to look attentively for the correct pieces to fit in and that is meditative for me. It took my mind off everything else.

Jeanette, I look forward to seeing you at the next virtual party in June (my birthday month). I will keep a lookout for you.

Hope that you have better weather and a beautiful and wonderful Spring turning into lovely Summer.

Stay safe and be well and healthy, dear Jeanette.

Smiles for an Ardent Virtual Party Friend and Puzzle Solver,
Jason :-)

I thought I would never finish this one. Between the storms and internet going on and off. It was still a fun puzzle even though I had to keep redoing pieces. I decided to finish it before we get more storms this afternoon. Looking forward for the next Virtual party! Jeanette❤

jasonchung2

Wow, Luly, it is wonderful to know that after solving the 260 pieces of this puzzle you love it so much that you went on to solve the 600 pieces one, too :-)

The 600 pieces one is even more fun and challenging to piece together and I am happy that you have completed it.

It is always a pleasure to see you, Luly.

Oh yes, my dear friend, I am having a wonderful time at the party with all of you. The delicious virtual food is enough to keep me coming back for more :-0
However, the best part of the party, is the gathering of friends and having fun and lovely chats together, sharing of ideas and go sightseeing together :-)))

Smiles for an Ardent Virtual Party Fan,
Jason :-)

luly

Jason, I liked your puzzle so much that I decided to do it also in the largest size!
So I want to thank you one more time and hoping that you are having a wonderful party with all of us. :-))

jasonchung2

Hi Joanne and Roy,

Welcome to my May Virtual Party and for being an early arrival :-)

No worries, virtual food is always available and they will be freshly made and tasty, The Virtual Chef will always replenish favourite dishes and will create new ones, too.

Yes, taking a trip on a Magic Carpet is just magical. You will get a full bird's eye view of the surrounding country before arriving at your destination. Arrival time is at the blink of an eye.

Some of the places that I selected for my virtual parties are places that I have been to, or places that I have visited with John, or places that John has visited and a few are places that we would like to visit and have gathered information on them from friends.

I love to travel. Right now, it is only virtual ones that I can share once a month, on the first of every month.

Wow, you are very lucky to be able to sample Chef Pereira's creations at a Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. Our virtual chef is also named Carlos Pereira and he told me that he is honoured to share the same name with one of the world's famous chefs.

Cataplana de Marisco is absolutely delicious.

Oh, yes, Joanne, John and I will be delighted to join you and Roy in exploring the Algarve.

Snorkeling in the Algarve is fantastic. Let us go to Praia do Martinhal, near Sagres as the water there is very transparent and we will be able to see the underwater limestones and fishes.

And, of course, we will join both of you for the Boardwalk and take in the sight of the fauna and flora as we chat quietly along the way. It will be a great way to relax as the Alvor's Nature Reserve is a serene place.

Oh, I love exploration on boat trips. It will be exciting. The Captain will provide us with snacks and drinks.

Zoo de Lagos will be an educational tour and visit.

Zoomarine, Algarve (a Marine Theme Park) is a great place to visit. We will be able to see dolphins and seals performing.

Joanne, I am glad that you like the souvenirs.

You are most welcome. Thank you for coming to my virtual parties and for thinking so highly of them.

Smiles and Hugs for a Good Friend and her Hubby,
Jason and John :-))

jasonchung2

Dear Joanne,

I adore participative party guests and your detailed comment deserves a good reply. It is getting way pass my bedtime now, so I will reply tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, I would like to thank you for attending my virtual party and for solving this puzzle.

Smiles of Seeing My Dear Friend Tomorrow Again,
Jason :-)

crashnot

Hi Jason, I decided to join your party early this time. Usually I'm so late getting to the party the best food is gone and most guests departed.

I like flying the magic carpet so much better than the crowded airplanes. It's also much faster and more scenic.

I wish to know how you discover such fascinating places to visit. They offer so many amazing and different chances for adventure and exploration.

I did get a chance to sample Chef Pereira's creations at a Waldorf Astoria Golf Club where he was a guest chef. I can assure you the food will be delicious. I definitely plan on experiencing the Cataplana de Marisco. I usually eat my lobster out of the shell so this will be a gourmand change.

I hope you'll both join me and Roy when we partake in some wonderful adventures. If there is snorkeling off the beaches we'll be sure to spend some quality time investigating the sea bottom. Then we'll spend some time walking the boardwalks to see what fauna and flora we'll be able to spot. Finally we'll rent a boat to explore places where we can believe no one has ever tread before us. Of course we'll also visit the Zoo de Lagos and hopefully get a chance to meet the dolphins at Zoomarine Algarve.

Thanks for the souvenirs. I'm sure we'll enjoy them as we recall the wonder discoveries we experienced on our trip to Algarve.

Thank you very much for the invitation. You do throw wonderful parties. Though May is not a special month for me I celebrate every day because I'm still walking on this planet. "TGWA" (Thank God We're Alive) - something we say to each other when we wake each morning. Say the same to you send some hugs as well. (((( ♥ ))))

jasonchung2

Hi Webpeggy,

I would like to wish Pal "A Very Happy Birthday" and I look forward to welcoming you, Pal and Petey to this May Virtual Party that I am hosting in the Algarve, Portgugal.

Smiles of Having A Furry Friend who is a May Baby,
Jason :-)

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