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Sweet Portuguese cakes and desserts - Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal

Sweet Portuguese cakes and desserts - Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
Portuguese cakes may not look very exciting but they are surprisingly tasty. Here's a small selection of Portugal's traditional cakes and desserts.
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Sweet delights are on every corner in Lisbon - my "hood" Campo de Ourique pasty shop Aloma is the twice winner of the best custard tart of the year. Just as well there are lots of hills in the city to walk off all these sweet treats.

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Portuguese Michelin Star Chefs Dinner

Portuguese Michelin Star Chefs Dinner | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

A dinner with a Michelin starred Chef is (normally) something of an experience. When you put 12 of them together and add some great wines you prepare yourself for one of the meals of your life.

 

The mood was set early. The 2nd day dinner of the International Gourmet Festival was going to be held at the Vila Joya’s fantastic restaurant room which sits just on top of a sandy beach and has a great sea view (where you can actually hear the waves).

 

Vila Joya is a highly respected 2 Michelin star restaurant located in heart of the Algarve in the south of Portugal. A cathedral of fine dining and number 37 in the The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Superbly jealous @andrerib at your trip to Portugals South Lands - I will let you be my munching mole! 

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High 5 Gourmet Eateries Lisbon

High 5 Gourmet Eateries Lisbon | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
Oliver Restaurante: Mouth-Watering Mediterranean

Whether you’re a history buff or simply like the finer things in life, you’ll be impressed with the rich, sumptuous interior of Oliver Restaurant. The decor here is pink satin, a color inspired by Marie Antoinette, and Oliver is a favorite destination among local celebrities. If you’re planning a dream date in Lisbon, we recommend booking the restaurant’s stunning VIP room – a private oasis which is ideal for those seeking romance. Renowned for its Tasting Menu (Dégustation) (created by Oliver himself), diners enjoy rare options here such as kobe beef, paired with the flexibility of a delicious à la carte menu. Rooted in the Mediterranean flavors which put Portuguese cuisine on the map, Oliver Restaurant is an excellent upscale choice – easily making our list of the top 5 restaurants in Lisbon.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

It's very difficult to eat badly in Lisbon, top 5 star gourmet or not, you will be able to sniff out an excellent meal in this city

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Lisbon the Pastries

Lisbon the Pastries | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

Before we left for Lisbon, I had at least three different people tell me to make sure to try Portuguese baked goods.  They were good, they told me. Really good. I’m not one to pass up on a food recommendation (especially when it comes to carbs), so while in Portugal we frequented a few bakeries and sampled the treats. 

Pasteis de nata is probably the most famous of these: a custard tart with a crispy shell, they reminded me a lot of the egg pastries sold everywhere in Hong Kong.  In Sintra, the castle-filled municipality that borders Lisbon, we heeded the advice of my friend and had some sweet treats at Piriquita Dos — there we had travesseiros de Sintra and queijadas de Sintra, local specialties.  The first is filled with what tastes like almond cream, the second tasted as though it were made from cheese. 

Anything doughy and flaky gets points in my book - Bad for the waistline, good for the soul.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

You will be amazed at the number of pastry shops here in Lisbon, in Campo de Ourique where I live there seems to be one on every corner. Take the 28 tram up to sample the twice winner of the best custard tart "nata" in the city & Portugal Aloma https://www.facebook.com/Pastelaria.Aloma ;

A must eat before you die cake!

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Best Pork in Lisbon Seafood Eatery

Best Pork in Lisbon Seafood Eatery | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

I’m ending the way I started—the same way I did on my trip—at Ramiro, with a plate (actually, three) of Cinco Jota’s pata negra. Sure, you can get this Spanish ham elsewhere, but at Ramiro, you can stand at the bar, inches away from the ham and the guy who slices it all day long. He goes through four or five legs a night, so there’s no chance it’ll be dry. And he’ll slide you a plate the second he’s finished filling it and that makes all the difference. The fat melts in your mouth and you can taste the nuttiness from the acorns the black Iberian pigs are fed. Savor each slice with a glass of Sagres Bohemia from the tap and you’ll have experienced the best of Portugal. cervejariaramiro.pt

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A yummy must eat before you die. Search out the Porguguese version of this 

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NY Portuguese Chef Dream Food Trips in Portugal

NY Portuguese Chef Dream Food Trips in Portugal | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

Ramiro’s the place for killer shellfish: They source the best, then treat them simply. For the ultimate delicacy of percebes (gooseneck barnacles), they buy from divers who go dangerously deep to pluck the juiciest ones. Back in the kitchen, they steam them with seawater to retain their briny flavor. I like to twist the crinkly brown neck to slip if off, then suck the pink meat straight off the shell.Percebes taste like the essence of the ocean—sweeter than lobster with a more substantial chew than razor clams. cervejariaramiro.pt

Mary H Goudie's insight:

If you love seafood make a pilgrimage to Ramiro's in Lisbon nothing will disappoint, I promise you. 

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A Taste of Portugal in London

A Taste of Portugal in London | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

Have no fear friends who live in London, but long for the Portuguese sun, we can help! Ok, maybe not with the sun part, but definitely with the food part. 

Portuguese have been immigrating to the UK since the late 1400′s. 

In case you were unaware, there is a Little Portugal in London, which resides in the South Lambeth neighborhood around Stockwell station. Our personal favorites include A Toca (the rabbit hole), O Moinho (the windmill), and Estrela Bar (star bar). 

However, if you are looking to stay north of the Thames and would prefer a more upscale experience, look no further than the Notting Hill Kitchen. Opened recently by executive chef Luis Baena, a native of Portugal, the Notting Hill Kitchen is taking Iberian cuisine (predominately Portuguese with splashes of Spanish) to a new level of gourmet and sophistication that we have yet to see in London.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Now my London Pals can enjoy some of the Iberian delights that I can get on my doorstep in Lisbon. I started living in the "L's" when I was in my twenties moving from Leeds next door to Bradford the spiritugal home of curry in the UK, then to London where the taste for gourmet deligts set it & now for over 30 years here in Portugal's capital Lisbon. Enjoy a little be of Porgugal in London & I hope that the sun shines for you too.

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Eat (& Drink) Your Way Around Portugal

Eat (& Drink) Your Way Around Portugal | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
How To Eat (& Drink) Your Way Around Portugal, from Porto to Lisbon to the Alentejo, the food and drink you must try including local wines
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FOOD & DRINK IN PORTUGAL

Just like most of Europe lunch is taken pretty seriously – you’re better off stopping for lunch than waiting until later and having limited choice

Portion sizes everywhere are absolutely huge; somehow I got used to it (!) but if there are two of you, chances are you can share a dish. Just ask.

It is very common for olives, cheese and bread to be brought to the table and added as a cover charge. Just say if you don’t want these items.

Port wine is not just a dessert wine, comes in more than just a red variety and even if you think you don’t like it, you should try it again here.

In restaurants you often cannot order a single glass of wine, but must at the least get a small bottle, around 375 ml. This is probably what’s known as a First World Problem.

Bring cash – international credit cards aren’t accepted everywhere

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Eating your way round Portugal on your taste buds is a real pleasure. So take your time, take it slow & savor every distinct bite & sip. Sup like a local to sample the soul of the nation!

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Portuguese Big Bad Tasty Tomato Salad

Portuguese Big Bad Tasty Tomato Salad | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
Portuguese Heirloom Tomato & Chick Pea Salad
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These "Bulls Heart Toms" are huge & perfect for the last of the summer days of outdoor eating. Portugal has wonderful vatieties of tomatoes - I was at tomato tasting session years ago at our organic market, forget the subtleties of wine tasting this was a whole other ball game entirely!

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Royal Portuguese Picnicking Dining at Queluz

Royal Portuguese Picnicking Dining at Queluz | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
Lisbon is still in Picnic weather mode - see how the Portuguese Royals did it. Private dining Queluz
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Heaven forbid that the Lisbon Royal blue bloods would contemplate eating with us lesser mortals, hence the need for this private dining experience from the picnic room at the Rococo Palace of Queluz. This little gem of a private royal eatery takes it's name from paintings on the 4 walls showing Aristocrats "slumming it" on the ground sporting their finery outdoors on  picnics in Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter. 

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Fresh Fig time in Lisbon

Fresh Fig time in Lisbon | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

What could be better than this simple sweet pleasure of a fresh fig from tree to mouth, but if you don't have the fig tree in the back yard as many do in this southern European capital have just head to the greengrocers and follow this recipe from Rochelle Ramos to make your summer in (any) city just perfect.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Figs are a favorite in Lisbon even one of the main squares downtown is named after the tree - Praca da Figueira http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pra%C3%A7a_da_Figueira Eat them, cook them or come visit them, good options which ever way you choose to do it. 

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Europe's Best Hidden Eats - SmarterTravel.com

Europe's Best Hidden Eats - SmarterTravel.com | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

On a recent stopover in Lisbon, I met up with Frederico Duarte, Lisboeta and coauthor of Fabrico Proprio, a book (and ongoing project) on the design of Portuguese pastry. He led me on a late-night trek in search of the city's underground bakeries. 

Behind unmarked doors, down seemingly barren alleys and stairwells, lie the bolos da madrugada, or "cakes at dawn" bakeries. The only way to find them is to either be in the know or follow the scent of freshly made pastry as you walk the streets of Lisbon. Open generally from midnight to 6 a.m. (with some variation), these secret pastelarias bring energy to the city in the otherwise quiet wee hours. As Duarte put it, "These places keep Lisbon alive. Not just by feeding its people—from nighthawks to early birds, from clubbers to policemen—but mainly by showing the city's rhythm, and proving our appetite for pastries never really stops." Right on cue, as we stood on the stairs leading to Pastelaria Azevedo e Vidal near Praca do Chile in the Arroios neighborhood, a police officer walked past us down to the grated counter and purchased a cake from the selection of traditional favorites—among them pasteis de nata (small custard tarts) and egg-cream filled bolas de berlim—as sustenance for the night shift.

Panificacao Reunida De Sao Roque, which is part of a larger pastry factory on Rua da Rosa in Bairro Alto, is another spot worth a stop. There's also a shop in Graca, which Duarte described as being located on the "tiny street with the Indian restaurant." Take a walk through the area and follow your nose; you just might find it.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

I met Frederico Duarte Lisboeta and coauthor of Fabrico Proprio at this years "Peixe em Lisboa" at the best custard tart competition. Thanks for signing the copy of the book you presented me with, which is a serious compendium of Lisbons vast array amazing pastries. Tarts anyone?

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Worrying to the waistline! Portuguese ham & Serra da Estrela cheese - yumsville!

Worrying to the waistline! Portuguese ham & Serra da Estrela cheese - yumsville! | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
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This look absolutely Worrying to the waistline! Portuguese ham & Serra da Estrela cheese - yumsville!

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Big Fat Sassy #Portuguese #Sardines

Big Fat Sassy #Portuguese #Sardines | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
Big Fat Sassy #Portuguese #Sardines Try them at Ramirez Brand Week Loja Conservas Rua do Arsenal, 130 #Lisbon all this week until 12 October. Gobble them down on one of my Lisbon #foodie tours...
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Time to get your Yum #Sardine #foodie  on! Here in Lisbon all this week get your lips round some fine  #Fish. Lisbon can't get enough of great fish dishes - time to try.

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A food story - Modern Lisbon

A food story - Modern Lisbon | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

these are a few out-takes and some of my favourite images from a recent assignment for Travel and Leisure Mexico… an amazing combination of food and travel photography in one of my favourite cities in all the world. 

Mary H Goudie's insight:

#Lisbon Food is ALWAYS something that I share with my Your-Lisbon-Guide tour guests, it becomes part of the story of the city. Cinnamon wafting early morning from the doors of cafes or smoky earthy fish straight from the charcoal grill in the street, entice the visitor to venture further into the world of innovation that is now the Lisbon food scene. A dedicated foodie's itch can easily be scratched at the gourmet market in my "hood" Campo de Ourique reached by grabbing an antique 28 tram or the newly opened Ribeira market that serves up even more tasting delights, take the 25 antique tram or use the Bica funicular to descend into a gourmet's paradise and ring the bell of every good gourmand. 

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Pieces of the whole richness of Portuguese cuisine. The result of a complex flow of different civilizations and the huge diversity of culinary ingredients and influences made possible by the Portuguese discoveries and explorations.

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Our best Meals in Lisbon

Our best Meals in Lisbon | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

I chuckled inwardly as I gazed upon the massive spread of food before me.  I was in Lisbon, and any hopes I had had of sticking to my diet over the course of my three days in town had just flown out the window. 

Portugal is rife with food that excites your tongue and expands your waist, and Lisbon, being both the capital and the largest city, is one of the best places to sate a capricious belly .  There is meat and seafood galore, good wine, and pasteis de nata.  Restaurants here are cheaper than, say, London or Paris, so you can eat a five-star meal on a three-star budget.  The weather is good most of the year  which makes dining on a terrace  another plus. 

Ramiro is a traditional restaurant that specialises in seafood.  Heavily aromatic and endearingly greasy and salty, we ordered garlic shrimp, crude ham, clams, and copious amounts of bread dripping in butter.  The food is a cholesterol lover’s dream — definitely not for the faint of heart.  

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Ramiro is a seafood lovers' pilgrims quest here in Lisbon - yummy from start to finish.

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Good Eats in Lisbon

Good Eats  in Lisbon | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

New York Chef Jorges Mendes food trip to Portugal :

I was totally blown away by this version of Arroz de Marisco (seafood rice). The broth combined the intensity of a great shellfish stock with a light creaminess from the rice, not from butter or fat. Instead of using a starchy short-grain rice, the chef opted for long grains, which she kept al dente. Fresh cilantro brought a floral note and I tasted a hint of citrus, too. To complement the brothy rice, the chef also cooked each generous helping of seafood in the pot—clams, lobster, shrimp, scallops—to perfection. cervejariadaesquina.com

Mary H Goudie's insight:

One of my neighborhood eateries  here in Camp de Ourique - well worth a visit & a tootle up on the antique 28 tram. 

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Europe's Green Tea

Europe's Green Tea | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

Did you know when a Portuguese princess, Catherine of Braganza, married King Charles II in 1662, her fabulous dowry included the city of Bombay. 

But her most enduring gift to the British people was the habit of drinking tea. This drink, once reserved for Buddhist monks, was quickly adopted by the royal court. Later, tea houses became popular, serving as gathering places that helped disseminate the ideas of the age of enlightenment.

Most tea consumed around the world comes from large industrial plantations. One of the last surviving artisanal tea estates is Gorreana, in the island of S. Miguel in the Azores. Their tea plants were brought from China in 1874.  They pick, select, and dry the leaves by hand to produce wonderfully fragrant organic green and black tea.

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This is what I drink for my afternoon cuppa right here in Lisbon

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Eating Lisbon by the Sea - Perfect Food Perfect Setting

Eating Lisbon by the Sea - Perfect Food Perfect Setting | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
Chef Vincente Farges of Michelin star Restaurant http://www.hotelfortalezadoguincho.com/ part of the Relaix & Chateaux Group Cascais Portgual serves us up this wonderful poached & roasted breast of duck, carrot and knuckle puré, glazed carrots...
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This Restaurant's setting in the old fort on the entrance into the bar into Lisbon is seductively compelling even before you get the food on the plate! 

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Easy Breezy: Summer Salads Portuguese Style

Easy Breezy: Summer Salads Portuguese Style | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it

For as much as I enjoy hanging around the kitchen, this time of year, I turn to quick and easy salads. However, any old salad with your standard store-bought dressing won’t do! I can give up my robust Portuguese roasts and hearty stews when the days get warmer, but I still want lots of flavor in my easy salads to stand up to a good glass of wine. Bet you do too. So, thought I would share three of my favorite salads, all inspired in traditional Portuguese dishes. Easy breezy!

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Summer in the City. Salad days last long here in Lisbon we are still cruising along at 29 degrees today and heading to 31 degrees as the week progresses. What more could you want with your crispy greens!

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Food that will serve up a serious debate - The Independent

Food that will serve up a serious debate - The Independent | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
Food that will serve up a serious debate
The Independent
Diners, along with top art world personalities from Portugal, will discuss how food, culture and science can help us to improve the cities and buildings of the future.

Via Julie Dawn Fox
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Art food & Politics within an Architectural event

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Julie Dawn Fox's curator insight, August 20, 2013 12:54 PM

Food for thought, literally.

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Vegetable Silverware Designs That Look Real Enough to Eat

Vegetable Silverware Designs That Look Real Enough to Eat | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
Boring, white plastic silverware is old news to artist Qiyun Deng. Recently, the innovative product designer developed a collection of environmentally-friendl…
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New take on plastic knives & forks. Totally in love with these. Picnic anyone.

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Portuguese Goose Barnacles

Portuguese Goose Barnacles | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
A Delicacy! What looks like a carpenter's thumb, feels like a rubber hose and is sweeter and more tender than spiny lobster? Why, gooseneck barnacles of course! 
Mary H Goudie's insight:

Easily found in #Lisbon & beyond at a fraction of the cost elsewhere in the Med. Use your taste buds with these & not your eyes if you get a little squeamish by their looks, you won't regret it on your next trip to #Portugal.

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Will Lyons on why Portugal's Vinho Verde is the ultimate hot-weather wine

Will Lyons on why Portugal's Vinho Verde is the ultimate hot-weather wine | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
Portugal's Vinho Verde is the ultimate hot-weather wine. But it's no pushover, Will Lyons explains.
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Will Lyons waxing lyrical over Portugal's Vinho Verde, that quintessential White Summer Wine that is also lower in alcohol than most making it less calorie laden. There goes another reason for a second glass! By far the best of these use the Alvarinho, Loureiro or Arinto grapes. Check a glass out this Summer 

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Sweet Portuguese cakes and desserts - Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal

Sweet Portuguese cakes and desserts - Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal | Gourmet Lisbon | Scoop.it
Portuguese cakes may not look very exciting but they are surprisingly tasty. Here's a small selection of Portugal's traditional cakes and desserts.
Mary H Goudie's insight:

Sweet delights are on every corner in Lisbon - my "hood" Campo de Ourique pasty shop Aloma is the twice winner of the best custard tart of the year. Just as well there are lots of hills in the city to walk off all these sweet treats.

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