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New Portuguese Cookbook Brings Unexpected Recipes to the Table

Today, if you want to start a website called portuguesecooking.com — good luck! Ana Patuleia Ortins has owned it since 1997, just a year before Google was founded. For decades, Ana has been spreading the gospel about Portuguese food. Author of Portuguese Homestyle Cooking, she’s a pioneer in cookbooks written […]

Dinner in Viseu: Chewing Over Identity

Though it had been one of the rainiest and foggiest weeks I had ever spent in Portugal, on this particular day, the dreariness gave new meaning to the word “melancholy.” In no way was this suicidal ambiance any match for my mission to discover! I was booked for a trip […]

Michelin Chef Elevates Rustic Portuguese Cuisine in Manhattan

There’s a little slice of Lisbon’s vibrant food scene in New York City these days thanks to Michelin star Chef George Mendes. For anybody that’s been to Lisbon lately, you’ll instantly pick up on the similarities between the haute cuisine hotspots chefs like José Avillez have created in the recent […]

Baking Bread with a Portuguese Grandmother

Housed in an 18th century baroque building, we leave behind the contrasting sleek interior of the bread and wine museum and step back onto the cobbled streets of the charming village of Favaios, where locals are taking respite from the intense July heat under red cafe umbrellas. We stroll towards […]

The Undiscovered Inland Foods of Portugal – Part II

We’re back with Part II of our three-part series on the undiscovered food gems of inland Portugal (read Part 1). With a mix of goat, sheep and bovine herding, as well as hunting, meat dishes in the heartland region of Beira Baixa abound! Yet, there are also fertile rivers to […]

The Undiscovered Inland Cuisine of Portugal – Part I

The interior of Portugal is, unfortunately, often overlooked. That’s too bad, especially for foodies searching for unique eats beyond the mouthwatering fish and seafood on the coast and the regional dishes that the bustling cities recreate. Granted, I understand that driving into the mountains of Portugal or through windy, ancient […]

Recipe: Portuguese Sardine Salad

As the weather warms up in the northeast, we begin to itch with a desire to do outdoorsy activities. Grilling is one of them! But I’ll admit that a whole lot of what seems ideal in my mind has trouble coming together in practice when the day flies by and […]

Essential Guide to Butterflying and Grilling Portuguese Fish

One of the top culinary experiences in Portugal is hands down devouring fish. Whether grilled, roasted, stewed or fried, Portugal’s coastal geography—half of this tiny country is on the Atlantic—has molded its people into sea life gurus (there are also river fish; we’ll explore another time). Pair this fish knowledge […]

Recipe: Chargrilled Red Snapper

As grilling season is just around the corner, I can already taste the juicy, sweet flavors of a perfectly grilled red snapper, sardines and bass. The mouthwatering aromas evoke lively memories from massive immigrant get togethers as temperatures climb above freezing. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, in large part, because […]