Year: 2020

Flavors of the world at Casa da Baía

A set of workshops promoting the products of the region is taking place at Casa da Baía, which also proposes a journey through the flavors of the most beautiful bays in the world at the restaurant, in operation since August 1.

Casa da Baía hosts the first edition of the new Setúbal ao Vivo program, organized by the City Council, within the scope of which, until October 25, workshops aiming to disseminate and promote the products and arts and knowledge of the region take place.

The program includes cooking workshops, which always include tasting the dishes and sweets made during the session, and craft workshops, where participants can take home the work that has been done.

Participation requires prior registration through telephone contact 265 545 010 or by e-mail address

On the 5th september, there is a custard tarts workshop, between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, hosted by Nuno Gil, with a cost of three euros for each participant, and on 12, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, Tiago Catering teaches how to make feijoada cuttlefish, in a session with registrations at eight euros.

Domingos Cruz, from Doces Afetos, teaches how to make assortments of cakes to accompany tea, with sugar, on the 19th september, and without sugar, on the 26th september, both taking place between 10 am and 12:30 pm, with a registration fee of three euros for each action.

Also in September, on the 22nd, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, trainer Maria Cristina Viegas conducts a workshop on Tile Painting, with a registration fee of ten euros per participant.

In October, the program includes workshops for the confection of those from Azeitão, on the 3rd, from 11 am to 1 pm, by Alzira Silva, and conventual sweets, at 10 am and midnight, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, with Nuno Gil. The registration fee is six and three euros per participant, respectively.

On the 17th, chef Álvaro Santos teaches how to cook savoy cabbage with farinheira in a session taking place between 3 pm and 6 pm, with a value of eight euros per person.

Chef Álvaro Santos is also responsible for the kitchen at Casa da Baía’s restaurant, which has been in operation since August 1, with a concept that “combines inspiration from the gastronomy of Setubal with traditional dishes from the most beautiful bays in the world”, explains responsible.

There are also vegetarian options, such as guiozas and risotto, and various fresh pastas, such as tagliatelle with cherry tomatoes and basil, which lead to a journey through the flavors of the world accompanied by wines from the region.

Thursdays at the restaurant are always themed and during the month of September they are dedicated to each of the five continents, starting on the 3rd, in Asia. Then, on the 10th, Africa, the 17th, Europe, and finally, the 24th, the Americas.

On Sundays, the kitchen is conducted in four hands by chef Álvaro Santos and a guest chef, who, on the next 6th, will be Vítor Gonçalves, from the restaurant O Malandro, in Lisbon.

On Sundays for four hands the menu made by the two chefs has a fixed price per person of 35 euros, which includes two starters, two dishes and a dessert.

The Casa da Baía restaurant by Álvaro Santos is also associated with gastronomic events organized by the Setúbal City Council to promote products from the region, such as the Oyster Week, which takes place between the 4th and the 13th of September.

The objective, explains Álvaro Santos, “is to have at least one dish on the menu in honor of the product featured in the gastronomic week” which, between September 4 and 13, will be an oyster with radish and salicornia ice. Casa da Baía’s restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 7 pm to 12 am.

Last Covid info: Only 53% of Britons want a vaccine. Numbers fall in Germany

Only half of the British population would accept to be vaccinated against Covid-19, revealed a study quoted today by The Guardian. According to the publication, the “shocking conclusion” of this survey details that only 53% of the group of citizens interviewed would accept the administration of a vaccine, if available. The study was carried out in mid-July and included a sample of 2,237 residents of the United Kingdom, aged between 16 and 75 years old.

Mark Drakeford, Prime Minister of Wales, called on the population to “continue to maintain” social distance and to wash their hands frequently. The minister left the message on Twitter, at a time, that Wales reopens several establishments today. “Swimming pools, gyms and leisure centers will reopen in Wales today. Indoor spaces for children to play also open doors, but areas that are difficult to clean should remain closed,” said Drakeford, quotes The Guardian.

According to data released this Sunday by the Robert Koch Institute, Germany accounted, in the last 24 hours, for another death and 555 infected. With this update, the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in the country has increased to 9,196 and that of confirmed cases to 215,891.

According to the most recent data released by the DGS, Portugal now has 52,537 confirmed cases and 1,750 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, with more from Friday to Saturday 186 new cases of infection and four more deaths.

New Zealand today reached the 100 day without any local contagion in the country by coronavirus, although officials warned that letting down guard was out of the question. There are currently 23 cases of infected with covid-19 in the archipelago, but all were detected at the border, upon entering the country, and are in quarantine.

Mexico has reported 695 deaths and 6,495 cases of infection with the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, Mexican health officials announced on Saturday. In total, the country recorded 52,006 deaths and 475,902 contagions confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic.

India has recorded 861 deaths and almost 64,000 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, totaling 2,153,010 infected since the start of the pandemic. According to the Indian Ministry of Health the total number of deaths reached 43,379 in the country, including more than 20,000 in the last 30 days.

The number of deaths from Covid-19 is now 22,903 in Africa, a continent with more than one million infected by the disease, which mainly affects the southern and northern regions, according to the most recent official data.

The United States continues to be the country most affected by the outbreak, with the highest number of contagions and deaths associated with the new coronavirus. In the past 24 hours, an additional 1,252 dead and 63,913 infected have been identified, according to an independent count from Johns Hopkins University. In total, 162,304 fatalities and 4,989,976 confirmed cases have been reported in the USA.

Worldwide, the pandemic has already claimed about 722,000 deaths and infected more than 19.4 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.

Covid-19: France estimates impact on tourism at around 40 billion

The French government today admitted that the covid-19 pandemic caused immediate losses in the tourism sector of at least 30,000 to 40,000 million euros.

“Typically, tourism generates € 180 billion in revenue, of which € 60 billion is from international tourism. The immediate impact of the pandemic is at least 30 to 40 billion”, Secretary of State for Tourism Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne told “Le journal du Dimanche”.

In the balance of the summer he made to the newspaper, the Secretary of State recalled that part of the international clientele “disappeared” and that many operators foresee a drop in turnover of 20 to 25% by the end of the year, although he is beginning to see a progressive increase in Dutch, German, Belgian and Swiss tourists.

Paris is one of the main cities affected by the absence of Chinese, Russians and North Americans due to the closure of borders.

“One in two hotels is closed and the Louvre receives 10,000 visitors a day, instead of 50,000, but I hope that, as of September 1, the resumption of the large fairs and professional salons will allow the capital to reconnect one of the its economic engines”, he concluded.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed about 722,000 deaths and infected more than 19.4 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.

Measures to combat the pandemic paralyzed entire sectors of the world economy and led the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to make unprecedented predictions in its almost 75 years: the world economy could fall 4.9% in 2020, dragged by a contraction of 8 % in the United States, 10.2% in the euro zone and 5.8% in Japan.

The portuguese president says that “There is an evolution in black lists favorable to Portugal”

The President of the Republic said today that he hopes that Portugal will integrate, by the end of August, the lists of countries without restrictions related to covid-19, in terms of the circulation of tourists, including the United Kingdom.

“I am hopeful that, as the days go on and until the end of the month, there will be a complete transition from the worst or intermediate lists to the best lists in terms of tourism,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Porto Santo, Madeira archipelago, where a short vacation ends today.

The head of state said that tourism is increasing, albeit slowly, and, on the other hand, said that the pandemic situation in Portugal has evolved positively, which favors the lifting of restrictions on the movement of people.

“This is very important for Madeira, it is very important for the Algarve, it is very important for Porto, it is very important in general for Portugal”, he declared, just before taking a dip in the sea of Porto Santo, despite the rain that today it is felt on the island.

“There is an evolution in the black lists – let’s call it that – in favor of Portugal”, he said, reinforcing: “Portugal, in fact, has been following a path opposite to that of many other European societies, which are experiencing aggravations, which some consider that it’s already a second wave “.

The President of the Republic underlined that the forecasts point to an increase in tourism in the country by the end of the month, so he expects the United Kingdom to change the restrictions it imposes on citizens traveling to Portugal.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 715,000 deaths and infected more than 19.1 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 1,746 people died of the 52,351 confirmed to be infected, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.

May 5th – International Day to Commemorate the Portuguese Language

May 5th was the date chosen at the 40th UNESCO General Conference to celebrate the language and culture of countries that have Portuguese as their official language. Therefore, on that day, the cinema, literature and music of these countries are also honored, as they are responsible for the preservation of the language, in addition to making it cross linguistic and cultural boundaries.

On that day, all countries are invited to carry out activities that celebrate this language, which can range from showing films to holding debates on the language, which has already been honored by writers such as Olavo Bilac and Clarice Lispector.

The Origin of World Portuguese Language Day

On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at its 40th General Conference, proclaimed May 5th as World Portuguese Language Day. According to the “Minutes of the conference” | 1 |, the choice of a day to commemorate the Portuguese language is justified by the “contribution of the Portuguese language in the preservation and diffusion of human civilization and culture”.

For this decision, was taken in consideration also the fact that:

  •     “Portuguese is the language of nine UNESCO Member States”,
  •     “Is the official language of three continental organizations and the UNESCO General Conference”,
  •     “Is spoken by over 265 million people”, in addition to being
  •     “The most spoken language in the Southern Hemisphere”.

Still, the choice of a day to honor the Portuguese language every year was also due to the “need to establish broader cooperation between peoples through multilingualism, cultural approximation and dialogue between civilizations”.

And also to the “2009 resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), which established May 5 as the Portuguese Language and Culture Day at CPLP”, and to the “guarantees offered by States that have the Portuguese as an official language, in relation to the safeguarding, conservation and celebration of that language, as well as its active commitment in favor of promoting a world day of the Portuguese language and participating in it ”.

Thus, it is the function of the Directorate-General of UNESCO to promote “the celebration of the World Day of the Portuguese Language” and to encourage “the Member States, especially those of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), and other interested parties to participate in this celebration in the way that each one considers most appropriate ”.