The Undiscovered Sights, Sounds and Flavors of Portugal
written by Gabriella Opaz | 14th December 2017
Meet the passionate people crafting old-school Portuguese food deep inside Lisbon’s traditional neighborhoods.
Visit the traditional hole-in-the-wall bakeries famed for their warm, freshly baked breads and eggy, sweet tarts. But your egg adventure won’t end there. Ovos (eggs) are an essential ingredient in all Portuguese cuisine. They’re poached in soups and açordas (bread stew); fried on top of steaks, mixed in sausages and sandwiches; blended into many of their beloved bacalhau (salted cod) dishes; and beaten with sugar and cinnamon in numerous desserts and sweets. You’ll explore heaps of these delicious recipes alongside a wide range of Portuguese wines. Explore the undiscovered flavors of traditional canned fish, savory petiscos (Portuguese small bites), craft Portuguese beer and a range of freshly picked fruit and nuts.
By the end of this tour, your love of Portuguese cuisine will not only deepen, but you’ll have a profound sense of saudade – a sense of longing and missing combined with a paradoxical joy and hope for the yet distant future. In short, you’ll be booking your next culinary trip to Portugal the minute you get home!
We were part of the 2016 Harvest Tour and had the experience of a lifetime! The Douro Valley is breathtakingly beautiful and our guides were wonderful. Ryan and Gabriella must have called in all of their personal favors because we met and drank wine with many winemakers, a wine shop owner and tasted ’72 port which Oscar Quevedo’s grandfather had made. Doesn’t get any more special than that!
The tour begins with a Portuguese style pequeno almoço (breakfast) of coffee and pastel de nata (custard tart). This sweet and creamy egg tart is an emblematic pastry of Lisbon and the perfect start of your day! You will then meander through Lisbon’s most characteristic neighborhoods: Baixa de Lisboa and Alfama – the birthplace of Fado.
You’ll also visit family run and gourmet shops specializing in Portuguese cuisine, as well as taste a variety of Portuguese petiscos, from the traditional bifana, to a gourmet Portuguese canned fish tasting. And of course, no Culinary Tour is complete without a line-up of craft beers and Portuguese wines! Your tour will end with medley of dried fruits and sweets. Perfect!
|10:00am||Meet at a designated hotel to kickoff your Lisbon Culinary Tour with your expert food guide|
|Walking Food Tour|
|1:30pm||End of the Tour at the original location with a full belly and lifetime of memories|
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