Trip of a lifetime to the Azores!

Wow…sorry I haven’t posted anything for over two years! Time flies!

My husband retired in April of 2015 and soon after we took our kids and their significant others to the Azores Islands to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.  Both my maternal grandparents were born in the Azores, my grandfather in Terceira and my grandmother in Sao Jorge.  We started our trip by unexpectedly having to stay overnight on the island of Sao Miguel.  There was a terrible storm, and after landing and waiting for a connecting flight for over 5 hours, the airlines canceled our next leg to the island of Sao Jorge.  The airport in Sao Miguel is small, and we weren’t sure what to do, but we didn’t have to worry, SATA airline took care of everything.  There were several flights canceled, but the airline personnel found us all hotel rooms, gave us taxi and food vouchers for two meals each, all on the airline! I would fly SATA again! It turned out to be an unexpected bonus.  We were fortunate to catch the last night of a festival in Ponta Delgada!

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Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, (meaning the Festival of the Christ of Miracles)

Our tour of the Açores included three islands; Sao Miguel, Terceira, and Sao Jorge. The Açores are in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and have a tropical climate.  We toured a pineapple plantation and a tea plantation.  The pineapples are smaller than the Hawaiian pineapples and a very sweet.

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Lapas…delicious! Sao Jorge
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Velas, Sao Jorge
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Cracas (barnacles) eaten with a nail to dig them out. Street food at a bull fight in  Terceira.
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Pineapple plantation, Sao Miguel
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Tea plantation Sao Miguel
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Sao Miguel
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Caldo Verde
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Fish and potatoes…amazing!

I had read about this small factory in Sao Miguel and knew I wanted to go get some Queijadas.  They were amazing.  Each is individually wrapped in tissue paper.  Queijadas are a custard tart.  Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of them…I was too anxious to eat them!thumb_img_7834_1024

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These are the ladies that wrap and package the queijadas.

My next blog post will be a recipe for Queijadas de Feijão or bean tarts.

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