Sitting outside at the classic Caffe Torino, people watching and sipping the delicious, indulgent local specialty - the bicerin - is a simply delightful way to spend an afternoon. It’s a drink composed... Read more
There’s a reason why Lisbon is so hot right now: Portugal’s sunshine-filled capital city has flown under the radar for far too long. On a continent saturated with big-name cities vying for tourist dollars, Lisbon has bided its time, emerging from a dire economic recession with construction cranes aplenty and newfound cool cred in the worlds of art, retail, hotels, nightlife, and restaurants. But it hasn’t gone all hipster on us, either: This is a city that knows its past, where steep cobbled paths wind down to grand wide-open spaces, where the melancholic notes of traditional fado music waft out onto youth-filled streets, where historic castles overlook age-old red roofs and never-ending water views—and where typical Portuguese food and wine remains deeply ingrained in the culture. Bacalhau, the beloved salt cod of centuries past, said to be prepared 365 different ways here, is still everywhere; sausages and seafood and local cheese run rampant; delicious meaty little sandwiches and the simplest of soups will have you wondering, What is the secret here? How is this so good? We can’t purport to know, but you’re in luck, because this kind of homey, real-deal Portuguese food abounds in Lisbon. Read up to know what local food in Lisbon to look for, and what not to miss.
There’s a reason why Lisbon is so hot right now: Portugal’s sunshine-filled capital city has flown under the radar for far too long. On a continent saturated with big-name cities vying for tourist dollars, Lisbon has bided its time, emerging from a dire economic recession with construction cranes aplenty and newfound cool cred in the worlds of art, retail, hotels, nightlife, and restaurants. But it… Read more
In Portugal, the western country in the continental Europe, each meal is a ceremony, a time for sharing and enjoying a pleasurable living. The meal begins with a bowl of soup. The soup is made…
Sometimes a dip into another world comes at you fast and furious, and you’re buoyed by its thrill for days. Like that time in Portugal.
I was supposed to just run in for sandwiches.
Our kids had both fallen asleep en route to the… Read more
We were excited to hear that Zara Quiroga—Portuguese food and travel writer, and one of the two forces behind travel site Backpack ME—had released an e-book called Lisbon in 100 Bites, for the purely selfish reason that we are planning… Read more
My introduction to Portuguese cataplana stew couldn’t have been in a more traditional and idyllic setting. Facing the coast on the Algarve, in southern Portugal, in great company and the light of a beautiful sunset, I sat awaiting a dish… Read more
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