We have booked a 6 pm tour and Fado show at Cálem Port Cellar. We leave the apartment around 4:30 pm for our walk to Vila Nova de Gaia, the area across the Douro River which hosts the port houses. We wander downhill toward the river then walk across the upper deck of Ponte Luis I, the 1886 bridge that was designed by the Eiffel Group (of Eiffel Tower fame).
It is 8:30 pm when we arrive back near the apartment and we're a little hungry. We sit down at the restaurant across the street only to find out that they are out of beer and the kitchen is closing down. The waiter suggests a nearby place called Big Bad Bank. When we sit down at The Big Bad Bank we realize that their appetizers are a little unusual, not what we have in mind, but we just want to have a little something to eat. We plunge in, ordering the Pigtails, Almond Mole and Cauliflower and the "Al Pastor" Seabass Toquito. The toquitos's are ok, but loaded with onions. We learn that pigtails are a delicacy in Porto. Let's just say that William avoids the dish and I can only down half of it. Oh well, I tried. Thank goodness the beer and wine are good!