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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

You are most welcome, Cathy :-)

Stay safe, be well, healthy and strong.

Smiles and Wishes of Good Health and Strength for a Good Friend,
Jason :-)

CathyTxDJ

Thank you so much, Jason ❤️╰დ*༺❤️༻*დ╯❤️

jasonchung2

Dear Cathy,

A warm welcome to this May virtual party :-)

No worries, my dear friend. No one is ever late for a virtual party. Even if it were years later, it will still be fine as the party will always be here and the virtual food is always fresh and yummy and there will be lots of food. The weather will be wonderful throughout all the four seasons.

I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed piecing this puzzle together. I love bright and happy colours, too.

Cathy, I would like toast to your Good Health, Happiness and may you receive an Abundance of Blessings :-)

Smiles for A Good Friend,
Jason :-)

CathyTxDJ

Thank you so much, Jason. I really enjoyed putting this puzzle together. Loved all the colors :) Sorry I'm late for the party.

jasonchung2

You are warmly welcome to this virtual party, Advia.

Thank you for being here with us as we partake of Portuguese hospitality and the beauty of the Algarve.

You will love the boardwalks. There are lots of birds there. The place is serene.

The market has a vast selection of spices. The aroma is wonderful.

Oh yes, you must try as many of Chef Pereira's dishes as you can. They are all yummy. He offers a different selection every day. I enjoy the Cataplana de Marisco very much.

Thank you for letting me know that you like the quote which accompanies this puzzle.

Smiles of Seeing a Participative Virtual Party Friend,
Jason :-)

adviana

How lovely you have chosen Algarve for your May party trip. My first visits will go to the boardwalks and get some spices at the market. Then I will try all the delicious food you offered. Thanks for everything, also the inspiring quote.

jasonchung2

Dear Dotty,

Welcome to the virtual party for this month :-)

Thank you for the lovely compliment and for bookmarking some of my past puzzles for future solving.

Like you, reading about virtual food makes me want to eat some real ones ;-0

Hope to see you again, soon.


Smiles of Delight and Joy,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Thank you, Dudicat for the compliment :-)

It is a pleasure to have you at this party.

Smiles of Seeing a Friend,
Jason :-)

dotshell

Beautiful puzzles for May, Jason! Really nice work! I always enjoy your parties, but they make me hungry! I've bookmarked some of the other sizes. Thanks! Dotty

Beautiful, thank you!!

jasonchung2

Hello Rita,

Welcome to the Algarve.

Thank you for attending this May Virtual Party. Oh yes, the Algarve is a lovely and wonderful place to visit.

I am sure that you will love the relaxing walk on the Boardwalk of Alvor and the Boat Trip.

Champagne and cake - always a great idea, especially after toasting to the birthday babies and wedding anniversary couples and the cutting of the birthday and wedding annivesary cakes.

The Pereira family told me that they were glad to have us with them. They love the festive occasion and the joy and cheer that everyone, including our furry friends (Petey, Pal and Kit Cat) bring to their home. Everyone is so happy.

The Portguese cuisine prepared by the family varies from day to day and the food is just delicious and healthy.

John and I will explore all the beaches during our month long stay in the Algarve - just walking along the shore, exploring the coastline and admiring the blue sea and ocean views. Do join us, Rita.

Smiles of Having a Happy Friend at a Virtual Party,
Jason and John :-))

Jason, I'm so excited to be in Algarve with all the Jigidiers. Happy Birthday or Anniversary to all who are celebrating. I've never been to Portugal so I'm looking forward to the Alvor's Nature Reserve and the beach cruise.First, I like to start with champagne and cake and thank our host family for all the wonderful food and hospitality. Hope to see you and John soon.Love,rita

jasonchung2

Dear Jeanette,

It is so wonderful to hear from you at this 96 pieces puzzle.

Thank you for solving both the 12 and 96 pieces of my puzzle and I am happy to hear that you find this puzzle to be fun to solve :-)

It is my pleasure to share my simple drawings with you, Jeanette.

Hope to see you at the next virtual party on 1 June.

Smiles of Delight.
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

MomCat2000, it is always a joy to hear that you like my puzzle and that you find this one to be beautiful and fun. Ah, that makes all the effort worthwhile :-0

Smiles of Contentment,
Jason :-)

A fun puzzle to solve! Thanks again for sharing your creations! Jeanette❤

MomCat2000

Thanks, Jason! That was beautiful and fun!

jasonchung2

Hello Visionseer,

I am pleased to meet you. Welcome to my puzzle page.

Thank you for solving my puzzle and for letting me know that you find it to be delightful. You have made me very happy :-)

Smiles of Gratitude and Appreciation,
Jason :-)

Delightful puzzle !

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