5 Things to Eat and Drink in Portugal
My stomach pretty much rules my itinerary when I travel. To be fair, it rules my itinerary wherever I am. While Portugal isn’t at the top of every foodie’s list when eating their way around Europe, it sure has some culinary delights which are not to be missed…
1) Pastel de Nata, or Portuguese tarts. I get no points for original thinking here, and I’ll keep this brief. Consume as many of these gorgeous, gooey, custard tarts as you can. Traditionalists need to hit Belém, their birthplace near Lisbon. A slight burnt topping is where it’s at.
2) White wine sangria. This made my list because a) it was beautifully refreshing after hard, long days of lying at the beach and b) because I’ve never seen it anywhere else in the world (although, I have much to discover). Delicious and dangerously easy to drink, it’s my top pick for tipple in the south.
3) Fish Tacos at Nah Nah Burgers, Lagos. Amazing. Exactly everything a fish taco should be. Fresh, white fish completely scandalized by beautiful crisp batter with a cheesy, chipotle dressing.
4) Seafood, in all its forms. So, traditional Portuguese delicacies include salted cod, grilled sardines and suckling pig. None of these rated high on my list, by my gorgeous mama was determined to sample as much grilled seafood as possible. She rated grilled sardines so much that we travelled out to a fishing village near Porto just for a plate of them. She was transported. The garlicky, buttery prawns were the perfect accompaniment.
4) Azeitao cheese. It is worth going to Portugal for the native Azeitao cheese. The soft, runny cheese is served in its rind with the tops cut off. With a tiny spoon, we dribbled the cheese onto fresh bread like honey. The unpasteurized ewe’s milk concoction deliciously coats the roof of your mouth. Even if you’re not a cheese person, you’ll be an Azeitao person, guaranteed.
With Love, Kate