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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 right, Rita. A larger size puzzle is enjoyable for solving.

Thank you for letting me know that you like the colours that I have selected for this puzzle and, of course, I appreciate that you find the flowers that I have drawn to be beautiful.

I have always loved to be at the beach - just to look at the sea or ocean and to hear and watch the waves. Absolutely at peace with nature. Relaxed and carefree.

The Pereira family are great hosts and hostesses. They make us feel at home and share wonderful recipes and Portuguese culture with us all.

I do eat a lot at virtual parties, too, as I like to sample all the dishes. The good thing about virtual food is that it is calorie-free. No weight gain. Just a delightful culinary journey.

Oh yes, Rita. Of course, you must attend the June Virtual Party. It is my birthday month.

Smiles of Seeing a Dear Friend Soon,
Jason :-)

Jason, I enjoyed completing this puzzle in a larger size. The colors are vibrant and the flowers are beautiful. I've had so much fun on the sight seeing trips but the beach is always a place that makes me feel happy and so relaxed.
The Pereira family has made us all feel welcome. I have eaten so much, all delicious, but thanks to virtual travel I haven't gained an ounce. See you in June. Love, Rita

jasonchung2

Jeanette, your love for this May virtual party puzzle is definitely expressed by you having solved this puzzle in 3 of its 4 sizes - 12, 96 and now 260 pieces :-)))

I feel honoured by your appreciation and am happy that my simple creation has made it worthwhile for a friend to solve it again and again in different sizes.

I find that the more pieces a puzzle has, the more challenging and fun it is to piece it together.

Smiles of Having Virtual Party Puzzle Fun,
Jason :-)

I'm still loving this puzzle. Thanks so much! Jeanette❤

jasonchung2

Like you, Dotty, I enjoyed looking for the right pieces for this 260 pieces puzzle. It was a bit challenging but fun :-)

Thank you for solving my puzzles.

Smiles of Appreciation,
Jason :-)

dotshell

I loved doing this size, Jason. The variety and lovely colors and designs are wonderful! Thanks! Dotty

jasonchung2

Dear Webpeggy,

I am so happy to see you, Petey and our birthday boy, Pal :-)
Happy Birthday, Pal.
I am honoured that you have brought Kit Cat to this party, too.
Everyone is welcome to my virtual parties. No invitation is required.
The more party goers, the better.

Kit Cat is a good boy to be taking such good care of your mum.
Hi, Kit Cat, welcome to this birthday party. I have a carnip toy for you, too.
Just feel free to help yourself to all the virtual food that you fancy.
Oh yes, the fish in Portugal are always fresh and tasty.
Boys, just let Chef Pereira know how you would like your fish to be prepared.

Webpeggy, I know that Petey, Pal and Kit Cat will have a great time here with you and all the friends who are gathered here at this virtual party.

Glad to hear that Pal and Petey loves their catnip toys.
They are very good brothers for they are willing to share their toys.

The pastries are really good and yummy, Webpeggy. Be sure to have some.

The Algarve, Portgugal is a beautiful place to be.

It is a delight to hear that the boys enjoyed their Magic Carpet ride.
It must be their first Magic Carpet ride and therefore a very exciting one.
All of you would have a bird's eye view of the Algarve before arriving at Alvor.

Visit as many of the beaches as you and the boys like, Webpeggy. They are beautiful and stunning. I am sure that the boys will have fun playing in the sand.

Strolling on the boardwalk will be relaxing. From the centre of Alvor, we can follow the boardwalk as it circles around the dunes and marshland. The scenery of the Alvor Estuary, with its vast sand dunes and freshwater marshes is serene and it is a protected natural haven for birds, etc. Great for birdwatching.

Once again, Happy Birthday, Pal. I would like to wish you Happiness, Joy, Fun and Good Health. May your birthday this year be a special and wonderful one for you :-)

Yes, Webpeggy, I would love to see you and all the boys again on 1 June.
This time, I will be celebrating my birthday (15 June).

Smiles of Having Furry Friends at This Virtual Party,
Jason :-)

jasonchung2

Hi Luly,

Thank you for appreciating my puzzle for May Virtual Party and I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed it very much :-)

It is wonderful to have you with us at this party and I know that you will enjoy yourself, even though, it is just a virtual party. But, that means that everything will be good and wonderful - they always are at virtual parties.

I have been to Portugal too, and I love it.

Glad that you like the take-home goodies and, of course, you are very welcome.

Smiles of Making a Friend Happy,
Jason.

webpeggy

Oh my goodness, isn’t this wonderful! Petey, Pal, and I are so glad to be here, thank you for including us! I hope it is ok we brought Kit Cat along. He is my mom’s cat but we like to include him in things as he does such a good job taking care of her.

The boys love a good party and I have been lax at having birthday and adoptiversary parties this last year. It is so good for them to get to enjoy themselves. Pal is so excited for his birthday and loves the gift. Petey loves his toy also, and they promise to share.

They have been eyeing the food as usual, and are really looking forward to the fresh fish. My mouth is watering over the pastries.

It is a truly beautiful site for a party, and there are so many fun activities! The boys thought the magic carpet was the best thing ever, and can’t wait to get on the beach. They like playing in the sand. I think strolling the boardwalk will be so relaxing.

Thank you for the wonderful party and fun puzzle, Jason. We hope to come back next month to help everyone celebrate their special days!

luly

Hi Jason, first I want to say that this puzzle is real special, I enjoyed it so much, thank you!! I am really looking forward to celebrating with everybody at Algarve, Portugal. I have been to Portugal so I know what a lovely country that is. The party sounds fantastic and I can't believe that you are giving us all those goodies to take home with us, thank you, Jason, you are too kind!
I want to wish also @carpej a Very Happy 80th Birthday, I hope you are going to the party to celebrate your very special day!

jasonchung2

Thank you, John for solving this May Virtual Party of mine in 2 sizes
- 12 and 260 :-)

I would like to wish you an Advanced Happy Birthday.
May 20th May be a wonderful and blessed day for you and your loved ones.

Yes, please enjoy the Portguese cuisine. The menu changes daily.

I am doing fine.
My best friend, John has diabetes and it it not under control.
The blood sugar reading was 12.1 a few days ago.

Smiles of Having Friends at this Virtual Party,
Jason :-)

carpej

Thanks Jason, my birthday is on May 20 I will be 80 on that day and will enjoy my Portuguese Feast. Thanks again. John
PS I hope that you and your John are doing well.

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