Bolo Bolacha – Portuguese Biscuit cake

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Bolo de bolacha

Plato thought that the circle was a symbol of the divine. Alberti, an Italian architect, considered it the perfect shape. But no one was more obsessed with the circle than Guarino Guarini, a brilliant Baroque architect. His buildings are made of concave and convex spaces delineated by circles. One of his most important works, the church of Santa Maria da Divina Providência in Lisbon, was famous for its undulating facade. Sadly, the church was destroyed by the 1775 earthquake.

By happenstance, the circular shapes included in Guarini’s treatise, Architettura Civile, resurfaced in Portugal in the 20th century in the design of the popular bolo bolacha (biscuit cake). This cake is made with the circular Maria biscuits invented in 1874 by an English baker to celebrate the marriage of the Duke of Edinburgh with the Russian Duchess Maria Alexandrovna. To make the cake, the biscuits are dipped in strong coffee, layered with buttercream and then assembled according to designs…

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The extraordinary salt of Castro Marim

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Castro Marin Composit

The Romans loved salt. They used it to cook, to preserve food, and as a form of currency (the practice of paying soldiers in salt is the origin of the word salary). So, it is not surprising that the Romans settled in Castro Marim. This small town on the marshes of the Guadiana river produced great salt.

During the 20th century, this production became industrialized. The salt was harvested with heavy machinery that leaves plenty of chemical residues. It was then washed and processed to turn its grey color into white, striping the salt of magnesium, potassium, and other important minerals.

Artisanal producers abandoned their salt ponds and so did the fish and birds that used them as habitats. Centuries of knowledge about producing great salt was on the verge of being lost.

But then, the tide turned. In the late 1990s, a cooperative called Terras de Sal revived the artisanal salt trade. It invited a French…

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Renovação do T2 em abril 2016

Seasun Vacation Rentals decidiu fazer uma renovação do apartamento T2 este abril 2016 dirigida pelos arquitetos da Antonela + Pires, Arquitetura e Urbanismo. Este investimento vai aprimorar substancialmente este maravilhoso apartamento em frente ao mar e torná-lo realmente notável relativamente aos nossos concorrentes nos mercados de arrendamento e hotéis na zona de Monte Gordo. Este melhoramento vai incluir a renovação de ambas as casas de banho, instalação de novos aquecedores, colchões super confortáveis e sofá-cama, TV de tela plana, electrodomésticos, pintar o apartamento de novo, bem como adicionar outros elegantes detalhes arquitectónicos e decorativos. Vamos colocar fotos quando estiver pronto, que espera-se que seja em maio 2016.

Com os melhores cumprimentos,

A Equipa da Seasun Vacation Rentals.

Renovation of 2-bed apart. in April 2016

Seasun Vacation Rentals is renovating its 2-bedroom apartment this April 2016 led by a team of architects – Antonela + Pires, Architecture & Urban Planning. This investment will remarkably improve this truly amazing seafront apartment and make it really outstanding relatively to our competitors in the Monte Gordo rental and hotel markets. This endeavor will include the renovation of both bathrooms, install new heaters, super comfortable mattresses and sofa-bed, flat screen TV, appliances, repaint the entire apartment, as well as other architectural and decorative details. We will post pictures when its ready, which it is expected to be this May.

Kind regards,

The Seasun Vacation Rentals Team.