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Ideas for a Benfica Themed Party
SL Benfica (or "Sport Lisboa e Benfica" to use their full name) are a Lisbon-based football team, arguably Portugal's most successful team of all time. Their rivalry with Lisbon's other main team - Sporting Lisbon - is legendary, and is beleived to date back over 100 years to a time when half the Benfica team defected to Sporting in search of better pay and conditions. Whether this is true or not, the "Derby de Lisboa" is the most eagerly anticipated match in the Portuguese football calendar.
Benfica have been very successful historically, picking up two Uefa European Cups in the early 1960s, and holding the record for the most Portuguese League and Cup wins.
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Food for an SL Benfica Themed PartyPortuguese food can be wonderfully simple - you could actually get away with simply grilling or barbecueing some fish and seafood, and that would be absolutely fine! In fact some people claim that the Portuguese eat more fish per capita than anywhere else in Europe. Grilled sardines, tuna, and squid kebabs are cooked outside many restaurants in Portugal, filling the streets with their wonderful aroma. Other seafood - especially prawns and lobsters - are hugely popular too; in some areas there are stalls selling hot seafood and cold beer right on the beach - does life get better than that?!
Salads and soups are popular, epecially as starters. It is very traditional in Portugal to start a meal with soup, often one of many regional variations of vegetable soup, some of which have a little chouriço sausage added for flavour. Salads are simple, making use of fresh local produce - lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and olives, and maybe a little cheese or a few prawns. Foods are flavoured with garlic, black pepper, piri piri and cinnamon.
Drink for an SL Benfica Themed PartyPortugal is famous for its wines, especially its fortified wines such as Madeira and Port . Red, rosé and white are all produced, as well as "green wine" which isn't green at all - just a name for a wine that is consumed "young", rather than being left to mature. Search for Portuguese wines at DrinkSupermarket.com.
Portugal also has a long tradition of brewing beer, which remains a very popular alternative to wine. The best known brands are Sagres and Super Bock.