In this episode, we first travel to Faro, Portugal to meet João & Teresa to find out who is living away from home, João & his friend Tiago first made friends on a Portuguese beach aged 3 years of ago and have been friends ever since, but now that friendship has extended to their wives and kids – as both families always holiday together each year, however Tiago, his wife Sofia and family are now living in Dublin. Teresa and João make sure to show Catherine around Faro so she has a full understanding of the tastes and flavours of Portuguese cooking, as Sofia and Tiago really miss an iconic Portuguese dish the “Cataplana” ..
Catherine meets with a local tour guide who gives her a tour of the Historic Centre by visiting local landmarks such as the Cathedral, Arco da Vila, Arco do Repouso, Praça Afonso III and the Faro Municipal Museum. She also gets a tour of Carmo Church (Igreja do Carmo), an 18th-century Catholic Church with an imposing baroque façade and a cooling interior of intricately carved altars and the Bone Chapel (Capela dos Ossos) which is one of the best-known monuments in Évora, Portugal. It is a small interior chapel located next to the entrance of the Church of St. Francis. The Chapel gets its name because the interior walls are covered and decorated with human skulls and bones.
Our local Portuguese contestants Teresa and João Amaro bring Catherine to the local Faro Market where they will buy some of the ingredients for the Cataplana, the dish they will be making on the show. The Market sells fish, shellfish, fruit, vegetables and regional products. She visits two local restaurants to taste some Portuguese cuisine, Madrugada Restaurant and Tertúlia Algarvia which is the restaurant owned by our contestant, João Amaro.
Catherine travels to the famous Ria Formosa Nature Park in Olhão and takes a boat out to Culatra Island where she goes Oyster picking with a guide from Eating Algarve Food Tours. She later heads to a local winery called Quinta da Tôr to do some wine tasting + tapas and she experiences a Portuguese Table Dinner for the first time when she gets invited into the home of a local family who prepare traditional Portuguese dishes for her.
Teresa and João teach Catherine how to make the local cataplana dish “Algarve Cataplana” which is the dish that reminds Sofia and Tiago the most of their home in Faro.
Catherine travels back to Ireland to Windy Arbour, to meet Sofia + Tiago in hope of replicating their “Algarve Cataplana”, fingers crossed Catherine can make Taste like home for Sofia + Tiago