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Babylon

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Estão a pensar em viajar? Se o destino for Londres, ficam aqui algumas recomendações no Weedeias.
Estive lá há pouco tempo e aproveitei para dar uma espreitadela a alguns sítios, com nota da TimeOut London, onde pudesse disfrutar de uma refeição agradável e sem ser totalmente roubada. Fazer refeições no estrangeiro é das poucas coisas que me custa ao viajar para fora: é facto que em Portugal se come bem e que até nem fica muito caro fazer as maiores refeições do dia. Em assim sendo, quando estou fora sinto sempre a falta dessa boa comida.

Antes de ir, vi a TimeOut London, que sigo assiduamente apesar de não estar na capital britânica.
Uma das sugestões que experimentei foi o Babylon, em Kensington, visto ser perto da zona onde estava alojada (Hyde Park). O restaurante fica num edifício particular, o The Roof Gardens, propriedade da Virgin. Mas não deixem que isso vos intimide: o preço é bastante acessível para o serviço prestado e o espaço é lindíssimo!

Tive a pontaria de ir lá jantar numa quinta-feira, que é noite de Jazz ao vivo. Muito, muito agradável! Chegou a cruzar-me o pensamento de que iria ser demasiado "som" num só espaço, mas foi absolutamente fantástico - as músicas certas, no tom perfeito. Isso juntado à paisagem - o restaurante fica no 7º andar do The Roof Gardens - fez logo com que não me arrependesse de lá ter ido! A parte exterior estava fechada porque estava a nevar, mas indicaram-me que, no Verão e quando o tempo está agradável, fazem lá churrascos e festas com espectáculos musicais incluídos.

Passando à refeição...
Estavam -7ºC, por isso decidi começar por um creme de legumes para aquecer (e para fugir da loucura dos almoços hipercalóricos na Pizza Hut). Para refeição, apostei num grelhado de vaca com esparregado e molho agri-doce, que estava bastante bom. Veio ainda acompanhado com puré condimentado com noz-moscada e cenoura, uma boa ideia para eu experimentar em casa.
A acompanhar, um sumo natural de manga (apesar do menu incluir vinho, eu passei o álcool e pedi para trocar, o que fizeram sem qualquer alarido) e para finalizar, a sobremesa: triffle.
O menu completo incluía dois pratos em vez de sobremesa, mas não houve qualquer problema em fazer a troca.

Por 19£, consegui um jantar bem confeccionado num lugar acolhedor e com uma vista fantástica. Não me recordo de quanto tempo passei lá dentro, mas considero tempo bem gasto. Lógico que não fica tão em conta como ir jantar fora no Londres, mas foi um bom mimo.
No final

Pelo que reparei das reviews online antes de ir (via TimeOut e Google), o serviço nem sempre é dos melhores, mas o facto é que não tenho queixas.

Al Porto

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O Al Porto é um dos meus restaurantes italianos preferidos, daí que possa soar suspeita na opinião. Já serviu de palco a encontros de amigos, jantares de aniversários, jantares românticos e momentos de degustação bem conseguidos.
É a minha opção preferida para jantar na zona da Boavista (Porto), sendo que tenho especial apreço pela lasagna e pizzas da casa.
Recomenda-se um bom vinho a acompanhar o jantar e ainda, se possível, que nos deixemos tentar pelo tiramisú, que nunca me desapontou.

O ambiente é calmo e acolhedor. Não há barulho a mais nem fumo que me afaste: dois factores que tenho sempre em conta quando saio para uma refeição. A simpatia e o bom serviço também são uma constante do Al Porto.

O preço é o usual nos restaurantes desta gama, não sendo desculpa para perdermos a oportunidade de o visitarmos.

Pimenta Rosa

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Situado no Centro Comercial Bombarda, ou simplesmente CCBombarda, no Porto, o Pimenta Rosa é, por excelência, um espaço de restauração simples e simultaneamente ousada.
O conceito do CCBombarda reflecte, à partida, um universo pouco "mainstream", definindo-se como sendo "um centro comercial, mas não um «shopping»".

No Pimenta Rosa encontramos de tudo um pouco quer para refeições mais completas, quer para algo mais leve. Ao pequeno-almoço, há o menu que inclui uma bebida quente, um sumo de laranja, um scone (com manteiga e /ou geleia para acompanhar), um queque pequeno e salada de fruta, por apenas 1,70 €.
Se preferirem outro género de guloseimas, há ainda bolo à fatia, por 1€ cada pedacinho de pecado: para além de muito bem confeccionados, são generosamente servidos em fatias que vale a pena partilhar com alguém. A variedade costuma incluir o já conhecido bolo de chocolate, bolo de cenoura, bolo de iogurte, bolo de ananás, entre outros.
Para quem preferir salgados, encontram-se empadas e quiches de variedade.

Vale ainda a pena provar os pratos de almoço, servidos diariamente, para deleite de quem lá passa para disfrutar de uma refeição bem confeccionada e a preços acessíveis.

Fica ainda a dica: para quem gostar destas delícias doces e salgadas e as quiser encomendar, pode fazê-lo ao balcão. No Natal, há ainda rabanadas e doces tradicionais.

1985

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n 1985, the world was a different place.

There was no Google yet. Or Yahoo.

In 1985, the year of your birth, the top selling movie was Back to the Future. People buying the popcorn in the cinema lobby had glazing eyes when looking at the poster.

Remember, that was before there were DVDs. People were indeed watching movies in the cinema, and not downloading them online. Imagine the packed seats, the laughter, the excitement, the novelty. And mostly all of that without 3D computer effects.

Do you know who won the Oscars that year? The academy award for the best movie went to Out of Africa. The Oscar for best foreign movie that year went to The Official Story. The top actor was William Hurt for his role as Luis Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman. The top actress was Geraldine Page for her role as Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful. The best director? Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.

In the year 1985, the time when you arrived on this planet, books were still popularly read on paper, not on digital devices. Trees were felled to get the word out. The number one US bestseller of the time wasThe Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel. Oh, that's many years ago. Have you read that book? Have you heard of it? Look at the cover!

In 1985... Tancredo Neves is elected president of Brazil by the Congress, ending the 21-year military rule. In Hollywood, California, the charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by USA for Africa. The American act includes Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper and Diana Ross. Nelson Mandela rejects an offer of freedom from the South African government. Minolta releases world's first autofocus single-lens reflex camera. Mikhail Gorbachev becomes General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and de facto leader of the Soviet Union. Norwich City wins the English League Cup at Wembley Stadium, beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final. WrestleMania debuts at Madison Square Garden. In Auburn, Washington, police defuse a Unabomber bomb sent to Boeing. The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail Gold catches fire on the EPCOT beam around 9:00 p.m., due to friction from a flat tire. U.S. Route 66 is officially decommissioned. The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior is bombed and sunk in Auckland harbour by French DGSE agents. Commodore launches the Amiga personal computer at the Lincoln Center in New York. The Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA. A total solar eclipse occurs over Antarctica. U.S. President Ronald Reagan sells the rights to his autobiography to Random House for a record US$3 million. The Tommy Hilfiger brand is established. The computer game Tetris is released. DNA is first used in a criminal case. The video game of the day was Super Mario Bros.

That was the world you were born into. Since then, you and others have changed it.

The Nobel prize for Literature that year went to Claude Simon. The Nobel Peace prize went to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. The Nobel prize for physics went to Klaus von Klitzing from West Germany for the discovery of the quantized Hall effect. The sensation this created was big. But it didn't stop the planets from spinning, on and on, year by year. Years in which you would grow bigger, older, smarter, and, if you were lucky, sometimes wiser. Years in which you also lost some things. Possessions got misplaced. Memories faded. Friends parted ways. The best friends, you tried to hold on. This is what counts in life, isn't it?

The 1980s were indeed a special decade. The Soviet-Afghan war goes on. Eastern Europe sees the collapse of communism. Policies like Perestroika and Glasnost in the Soviet Union lead to a wave of reforms. Protests are crushed down on Tiananmen Square in China. Ethiopa witnesses widespread famine. Nicolae Ceausescu is overthrown. The AIDS pandemic begins. The role of women in the workplace increased greatly. MTV is launched in the US. There is opposition against Apartheid in South Africa as well as worldwide. Heavy Metal and Hard Rock bands are extremely popular. The rise of Techno music begins. Originally primarily played on campus radio stations, College Rock enters the scene with bands like the Pixies, REM and Sonic Youth. The Hip Hop scene continues to evolve. Teletext is introduced. Gay rights become more widely accepted in the world. Opposition to nuclear power plants grows. The A-Team and Seinfeld are popular on TV. US basketball player Michael Jordan bursts on the scene. Super Mario Bros, Zelda's Link, and Pac-Man gain fame in video games. People wear leggings, shoulder pads and Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Do you know what was on the cover of Life that year?

Do you remember the movie that was all the rage when you were 15?What Women Want. Do you still remember the songs playing on the radio when you were 15? Maybe it was What a Girl Wants by Christina Aguilera. Were you in love? Who were you in love with, do you remember?

In 1985, 15 years earlier, a long time ago, the year when you were born, the song Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears topped the US charts. Do you know the lyrics? Do you know the tune? Sing along.

Welcome to your life
There's no turning back
Even while WE sleep
We will find you
Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world
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There's a kid outside, shouting, playing. It doesn't care about time. It doesn't know about time. It shouts and it plays and thinks time is forever. You were once that kid.

When you were 9, the movie The Santa Clause was playing. When you were 8, there was Dennis the Menace. When you were 7, there was a Disney movie out called Aladdin. Does this ring a bell?

6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... it's 1985. There's TV noise coming from the second floor. Someone turned up the volume way too high. The sun is burning from above. These were different times. The show playing on TV isThunderCats. The sun goes down. Someone switches channels. There's Larry King Live on now. That's the world you were born in.

Progress, year after year. Do you wonder where the world is heading towards? The technology available today would have blown your mind in 1985. Do you know what was invented in the year you were born? The Graphing Calculator. The Polymerase Chain Reaction. DNA Fingerprinting.

If heaven was a town, it would be my town
Oh on a summer day in 1985
And everything I wanted is out there waiting
And everyone I loved is still alive
...

That's from the song If Heaven by Andy Griggs.

In 1985, a new character entered the world of comic books: Strong Guy. Bang! Boom! But that's just fiction, right? In the real world, in 1985, Jack Osbourne was born. And Michelle Trachtenberg. Michael Phelps, too. And you, of course. Everyone an individual. Everyone special. Everyone taking a different path through life.
It's 2010.

The world is a different place.

What path have you taken?

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