real people, real food


Is there a life after work? Indeed! To the British is going to a pub and drink some beer, Spanish love tapas and cañas, and in Lisbon we can’t resist some good old tidbits. Like ‘peixinhos da horta’, octopus with lots of olive oil or the traditional dish of snails!

When the weather begins to warm any cafe or tavern serves Portuguese tidbits with an ice cold beer. But there are many other tidbits to taste:
Snails - After thoroughly washed, the snails are cooked with olive oil, onion and garlic, accompanied with an ingredient that gives a special touch to this tidbit: generous doses of oregano!   Peixinhos da horta (Little fish of the garden) - Despite the name, this tidbit is made with chunks of cooked green bean wrapped in polme, which is then fried in hot oil...

What drives a French photographer fall in love with Mouraria and open a store with traditional Portuguese craft? The light, the people and what Gabrielle called an "international village".
  When did you arrive in Lisbon and why?
I arrive in 2009 to do a photo-shoot of a house in Comporta for an Italian magazine. At the same time I visited a French friend who lived in Mouraria, on Calçada de Santo André, and I was immediately in love with Lisbon and this part of the town...

For the Portuguese, coffee is a true national passion and you don’t want to play with these subject. There are several ways to order a coffee and there are names for everything, depending on how one serves and what it serves. The ‘bica’, as they say in Lisbon, can be ‘curta’/short (stronger), normal, ‘quase cheia’/nearly full or ‘cheia’/full (weaker) depending on the amount. It can be served in cold or hot cup and some people like a ‘garoto’ (with a little milk), ‘pingado’ (with a little cold milk), ‘carioca’ (weak coffee), ‘meia de leite’ (highest cup with milk), ‘descafeinado’ or ‘café com cheirinho’/coffee with 'smell' (with a little mulch / brandy)...