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Must-try Portuguese savory snacks (that aren’t cod fritters)

To talk about savory snacks in Portugal is almost immediately synonymous with speaking about cod fritters. Indeed pastéis de bacalhau, aka cod cakes, are one of our most well-liked snacks. But they certainly aren’t the only ones.     In Portugal, we eat savories known as salgados in between meals, as appetizers and, sometimes, when…

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November 8, 2022

Enchidos: must-try Portuguese sausages and cured meats

  We can’t talk about Portugal’s gastronomic traditions without highlighting enchidos, that is, our country’s range of sausages and cured meats. Translating literally, enchidos mean “stuffed”, suggesting the way meats and trimmings are typically preserved inside casings, in the shape of a sausage. Nor all Portuguese enchidos are actually stuffed, but what they do have…

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October 31, 2022

The definitive guide to bread in Portugal

  “Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” James Beard American chef and cookbook author James Beard proclaimed his love for bread on the quote above and we couldn’t agree more! 16th of October is World Bread Day, a date which officially…

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October 16, 2022

The best Portuguese desserts (and where to try them in Lisbon)

  If we were to ask international visitors who come to Portugal what their favorite Portuguese dessert is, chances are many would say pastel de nata. The thing is that, in our country, Portuguese custard tarts aren’t considered a dessert, but instead a pastry to be enjoyed at breakfast or with a coffee any time…

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September 14, 2022

For the love of cod: a historical look behind Portugal’s obsession with bacalhau

  If you have ever read about Portuguese food, you might have come across the statement that salted cod, known in Portuguese as bacalhau, is Portugal’s national dish. We could argue this, not only because we think that there are other dishes that better embody Portugal’s edible history, but also because cod is not a…

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April 16, 2022

The world of Portuguese conventual sweets

  Once upon a time, there were convents and other religious institutions across Portugal that used to consume lots and lots of eggs. About five to six centuries ago, Portugal was one of Europe’s largest producers of eggs and, traditionally, peasants would donate some of what their chickens would lay to nearby churches and monasteries,…

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January 10, 2022

Where to find Portuguese food and drinks in Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland

  There are over seventy million Portuguese people all over the world. Considering that our country is home to just about ten million, you can imagine coming across a Portuguese citizen or person of Portuguese descent in different corners of the world is not that hard.  Central Europe is one of the regions where, historically,…

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December 17, 2021

The most iconic traditional grocery stores in Lisbon

  Christmas is around the corner and while Santa may have something different in mind for everyone, we’re the kind of people who’d always hope for edible gifts! We have a feeling we’re not the only ones… Whether you’re shopping for someone special or, very rightfully so, browsing for your own delight, we’d love to…

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December 6, 2021

Where to find Portuguese food and drinks in France

  Portuguese are one of the main nationalities that make up the high emigration society of France. Between Portuguese born and those of Portuguese ancestry, the number of individuals who identify as Portuguese in France these days reaches almost two million people! Most Portuguese immigration to France happened back in the decades of the 60s…

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November 27, 2021

Where to find Portuguese food and wine in Asia

  It was May of 1498 when the Portuguese first arrived in Asia. The expedition led by explorer Vasco da Gama reached India thus tightening the relationships between Europeans and Asians. Since the 15th century, cultural exchanges between both continents have been ongoing and this has been remarkable in several aspects of life, including food….

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November 10, 2021