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NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Heritage Association and the North Smithfield Parks and Recreation Commission are planning North Smithfield Days activities this Saturday, July 9, featuring Heritage Day, Kids Day in the Park, and other festivities, including fireworks at night. “It’s a great day for family fun,” said Richard Keene, president of the North Smithfield Heritage Association, of the event running all day. • At 9 a.m., take the Slatersville Walking Tour guided by National Park Service rangers. The tour will begin at the Memorial Town Building, 1 Main St. • At 10 a.m., Kids Day in the Park...

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Inside Asian Gaming looks forward to providing guests with a unique new concept when it hosts popular networking social event Macau After Dark (MAD) this Friday 5 March at Portucau. The event will be the eighth edition of MAD, but the first for 2021.Portucau is a new and unique Portuguese dining experience combining a Petiscos menu with a vintage “East meets West” ambience. Petiscos can be thought of as the Portuguese version of “tapas”, a very traditional gastronomical style in Portugal.One of the first Petiscos restaurants in Macau was “3 Sardines”, a small establishment promoting a pure Petiscos concept without...

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Portuguese “stone soup” is a perfect main-course soup for those chilly autumn and winter evenings. Original from the Ribatejo province (famous for its horses), it is said to get its name from the kidney beans it contains, often referred to in Portuguese as “pedras,” that is, stones. However, folklore gives other origins to this staple dish of Portuguese cuisine.The trope of the “stone soup” repeats itself all over Europe. The pattern is always the same: some hungry stranger convinces the people of a given village to each share a small amount of food to make a meal that eventually everyone...

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SARASOTA — When Tito Vitorino moved to Sarasota in 1991, he came with a dream of one day owning his own restaurant. Now, after managing Amore since its opening on Longboat Key about five years ago, Vitorino and his wife, Liana, are the new owners of the restaurant, which has relocated to 446 S. Pineapple Ave. in downtown Sarasota.Both of the new owners are Portuguese and plan to incorporate authentic Portuguese dishes to the menu. Tito said that they would likely introduce their customers to Portuguese cuisine by adding dishes like cataplana to the daily specials. From there, they would...

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LOS ANGELES — I ask for two glasses of water, and Marco Costa squeezes out my order from a multi-gallon plastic jug of Arrowhead (the big one that comes fully equipped with a tap dispenser). He’s crushing the sides of the synthetic vessel because Marco, I imagine, has shit to do.He and his wife have owned Portugal Imports for the last 13 years, supplying and stocking tricky-to-acquire specialty items like bacalhau (salt cod), jamón ibérico, Portuguese olive oil, and Milhafre cheese from the Azores. They’re also making from scratch queijada de nata and queijada de belem, flaky, custardy egg tarts that...

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