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Passionate about travel and long weekends, Kat and Fabio arrived in Lisbon in full football fever. "We must be the only people in Lisbon that are not here to see the football game", they say between laughs.

They found a hostel in Belém - "the only place we found a room" – and tasted some of the local cuisine.

"We loved Pastéis de Nata, I think we even exaggerate a little ..."
Ok, how many?
I ate six, confessed Fabio.

As for dinner they chose Enoteca, in Belém, where they tasted rice with duck, veal, prawns and mushrooms...

The sound of the harmonica is unmistakable and announces the arrival of Mr. António, the amola-tesouras (a typical Portuguese name for professionals that repair umbrellas, scissors or knifes) to Mouraria. Every month he goes around the neighbourhood looking for any umbrella in need of repair, or scissors or knives in need of a new life.

Amola-tesouras for 30 years, he relies in older customers, who are still happy to arrange objects they are fond of. "The young people do not care, when things are broken they throw them away, buy another"...

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...

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