In Portugal, a big part of a shared summer experience is done around food and drinks; our renowned cuisine meeting a variety of cold drinks to help everyone ease through the hot days.
[As] tascas are small restaurants selling traditional food for lunches and dinners together with snacks and beverages. They’re usually laid back places with an informal atmosphere – what you gain in relaxation and you may lose in sometimes poor or at least sloppy costumer service (not as a rule, but it happens sometimes, just like in any upscale/uptight place).
Here’s a typical menu of a Portuguese restaurant (not necessarily a tasca):
As you can tell from the photo above, restaurants and tascas are also a good place to see butchered Portuguese spellings (: Here, the errors are the following:
- [o] bacalhau, not
bacalhaú;the accent on u in the digraph au is only used when we break the diphthong/syllable (i.e. when a and u should be pronounced separately, e.g. [o] baú, chest [type of box]; not when they’re pronounced together).
- [o] arroz, not
arrôz; a common mistake since most words ending in -oz have an open o ([a] noz, nut, walnut; atroz, atrocious; [a] foz, mouth [of a river]) while arroz’s is closed (like words ending in -ôs, [ele/ela] pôs, [he/she/it] put), but it’s a rule of the language that words ending with -z don’t carry a accent on the preceding vowel.
- [as] omeletes, not
omelétes; the accent here was supposed to stress the open e  since there are words ending in -ete and -lete that have a closed e in that place ([o] colete, vest; [o] cavalete, easel; [o] banquete, banquet); in any case, words ending in -te are never preceded by accented vowels.
- I honestly hope that’s not the hint of an accent in [a] casa, which is one of the most common words in the language (in any language, really) and people have no excuse to misspell it.
- Bonifácio, here as a family name (also used as personal name, albeit rarely nowadays), always carries an accent on the a.
- The Portuguese fraction divider is always a comma, never a dot, so all prices should be divided by commas.