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We discovered the best Portuguese restaurant in Southeast Asia.



We discovered the best Portuguese restaurant in Southeast Asia.

“We are fortunate to be surrounded by a group of energetic young people who want to learn about a country that does not belong to them, but which has embraced the culture of our country as if it were their own. They quickly learn the details of our gastronomy, wines, our history, music and art, being now a kind of ambassadors for Portugal. Thus, in praising their employees, Carlos Macedo and Couto responded to the prestigious award Best New Restaurant of the Yearassigned to your Tuga Singapore, in Singapore, Malaysia, May 20, for World Gourmet Summit 2021, the most prestigious gastronomic event in Southeast Asia.

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Architect – restored by accident, never leaving the previous profession -, Carlos Macedo and Couto together with a Malaysian business lady Sue-Shan Kwek, restaurant owner Tuga Singaporewho just won this important award by reaching the final with four other entrants. Carlos Macedo and Koutu’s adventure began 40 years ago when he went to work in Macau. In 2012, he was invited to travel to Taiwan to work on a project where he fell in love. This passion paid off, he is married to Candy Lin and moved to another country, staying in Taipei.

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Before the restoration came “uncompromising” import of wines at the request of friends, who, however, through him knew and loved Portuguese nectar. “Selling Portuguese wine in Taiwan is not easy“, it says Carlos Macedo and Couto to Nice bed Nice table“So I thought that in order to sell this, I needed to do something related to food.” So it was, with cook friend who moved from Lisbon who opened in 2015 Sadness, in Taipei – a restaurant, or rather, “a kind of representation of Portugal with all the best that the country has,” as he prefers to describe.

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“Singapore is a rich country. There is money here, people want good food and consume it. Thus, it is an ideal market to get to know the Portuguese brand, ”he explains. On the Tuga Singapore and unlike Sadness from Taiwan “I have no wine list. I have a thousand different Portuguese wines from different regions of the country. Associated with Tuga, there is small gourmet shop with the best Portuguese products, from olive oil to pine nuts, canned food, tea, all of Portugal’s homemade cheeses, cod, rice. All products are of high quality, ”he guarantees.

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The move to Singapore took place at the end of 2019 at the call of the local entrepreneur Sue-Shan Kwek, a frequent visitor Sadness in Taipei who wanted to use the same concept in their city. In May 2020 Tuga Singapore he was ready to open the doors. However, the conclusion meant that they still had a month to work. pick up finally in June to open the doors to new customers. The success was instant. “Obviously, this is a job that owes a lot to the team. We have a great chef in Taiwan, Nelson Santos, and another one here in Singapore, Thiago Martins. “

The space works like a basement. People eat in the middle of bottles of wine. “And it is the wines that serve as a kind of bait for those who come here,” explains Macedo and Koutu. Once in space, however, humans are attracted by smells to the serving of those who prepare meals there. And they end up experimenting.

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“We decided not to make gourmets, all our dishes are the purest traditional Portuguese cuisine,” says the owner. This is the case, for example, with Shellfish Bulhão Pato, Mussels Dona Rose, Garlic shrimps, Fried mushrooms, Fish from the garden, Pastel e Pataniskas cod in snacks. Typical soups such as Chicken soup or at Fish soup
Among the fish dishes, you can find cod, prepared in a variety of ways, in the restaurant Lagareiro, in Brás, Prepared, With cream, in Gomes de Sá… But also Octopus à lagareiro, Robalo in the oven, Only, Hake fillet for Chef Thiago.”E Achorda from seafood

On the other hand, the variety of offerings is just as generous, Pork Alentejo, Seeder for calves, lamb chops, roast lamb, Steak a few and “our rice, a very bad guy …”, as Carlos Macedo and Koutu describe. Finally, the famous desserts must not be missed. Cream with cream, O Cream-milk, Biscuit, Chocolate muss, O Sweet rice And How Drunk pears
ABOUT Tuga Singapore has 100 seats, including an open area.

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11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting



11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting

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Martim Marques, who also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal this year, reached the final of his race in 11th position on the grid.

Portuguese driver Martim Marques, 11, won the Rotax World Karting Final this weekend at the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.

Martim Marques, who this year also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal, started in the final of his race in 11th place on the grid among 35 drivers.

“It has been a fantastic year for the Portuguese riders and what Martim has achieved today is remarkable and deserves all the recognition. Congratulations to Portuguese karting, as well as to all those who help and support the career of Martim and all other pilots,” the president said. Portuguese Automobile and Karting Federation (FPAK), Ni Amorim.

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Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children’s literature – Observer



Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children's literature – Observer

The publication of children’s books about gender identity in Portugal is still rare because the topic has not yet been standardized in public discourse, researcher Emanuel Madalena, who dedicated his doctoral dissertation to Luce, told the agency.

Emanuel Madalena, collaborating researcher at the Center for Languages, Literature and Cultures of the University of Aveiro, wrote a doctoral thesis on the presence of the topic of gender identity, in particular about transgender people, in children’s literaturewhich he later adapted into a book called “Challenge to Gender”, which will be presented in Lisbon this Saturday.

For the investigation, Emanuel Madalena reviewed a pre- and initial reading edition of books published between 2000 and 2019, bringing together 38 works edited in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Of the books analyzed in the dissertation, there are two that deserve attention for their quality, noted by Emanuel Madalena, and which are published in Portugal: “O Jaime é uma sereia” by Jessica Love (Fábula), “which is in the process of canonization” by readers and ” Thiago’s Dresses” by Joana Estrela in her own edition.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Emanuel Madalena argues that picture books for children about gender identity, and transgender people in particular, are “very important in providing information about identity to these children and informing people in general about this issue.”

In his book, published by the cultural cooperative Outro Modo, Emanuel Madalena writes that “children’s literature on transgender topics is important not only for transgender children, but for all children and for society as a whole” because it can foster “attitudes of acceptance and integration of differences.

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The researcher does not have a clear answer why there are no more books on this topic in Portugal.

It’s not that the Portuguese publishing scene is far ahead in terms of trends – it isn’t – but maybe it’s a bit on the side of authors. The public discourse on these topics in Portugal itself needs more discussion, information, but it is enough for one of these players to want it, the editor has a strong desire to publish it or the author created it for something to happen, ”he believes. .

In the course of the investigation, Emanuel Madalena read some of these books to children and met with no resistance.

“This is a completely adult problem. (…) This is an essential question of a dual addressee: the book should be liked by both children and adults, and it is they who choose it, especially for early childhood,” he said.

The researcher believes that it is through independent publishers or those with greater creative and editorial freedom that more titles on these topics can be published.

“The independent publication is the firmest first step towards the centripetal path of legitimizing the transgender theme, from the fringe of the literary subsystem of children’s literature to its commercial center,” he wrote.

Emanuel Madalena believes that by reflecting changes in society, entering into public discourse, “emerging, controversial and sensitive topics end up being not so”, even if there may be moments of discomfort on the part of some readers.

“Like, for example, the topic of divorce, which was once divisive in children’s literature and is no longer so. It even seems ridiculous to think that talking about it with children is taboo,” he recalls.

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Given that “books for children with transgender themes are still in their early stages”, Emanuel Madalena explains in the book that much of the literary output is still geared towards cognitive-pedagogical aspect, legitimation, and not in the game phase for younger readers.

Emanuel Madalena, PhD in Literature, MA in Editorial Studies and Education, hopes his work will contribute to “gender studies and the movement to include and make gender diversity visible in academic research.”

“Chalking Gender – Transgender in Children’s Literature” will be presented this Saturday at the Snob bookstore in Lisbon by André Tesedeiro and in the presence of the author.


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Official: Mikael Sagna has signed a professional contract with Sporting. The 16-year-old striker, who moved to Alvalade in the 2019/2020 season, was pleased with the new career step.

“Signing a professional contract was my goal”

“I’m happy. Signing a professional contract was my goal and it shows that I’m doing a good job. So now it’s time to move on to achieve new goals,” he told the lion’s media.

“Sporting believes in us”

The athlete plays for the junior team of lions and is very grateful to Sporting for everything that the club has given him: Sporting believes in us, believes in our potential and therefore puts us at a higher level for growth and development. It was good, I grew up.”

Sporting believe in the youngest

“The problems are getting bigger, but I was able to deal with them. In addition, the master [Pedro Coelho] this helped me a lot. Sporting believe in the youngest, bet on them, and I also believe that with my work I can get there,” he repeated, making a promise to the green and white fans: “I will continue to give everything for Sporting, he finished.

This season Mikael Sagna has scored two goals in 13 games for the youth team and four goals in four games for the youth team.


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