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Portuguese cuisine is unquestionably tasty, but it isn’t known as the lightest cuisine out there. Our typical dishes are what many would describe as comfort food. Hearty stews. Addictive fritters. Desserts galore. Plenty of coffee breaks paired with pastries… You name it! This is exactly what makes Portugal such as great destination for food loving travelers!
Starting the year, after the excesses of food and drinks that are common during the festivities of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, many prefer to follow a lighter diet...

When that wonderful time of the year comes around in Portugal, we think about holidays and a few days away from work. We like spending quality time with our loved ones, bond over gift exchanging and, over all, have a deeper sense of appreciation for the good things in life, that may not always be so present during the busy days of the rest of the year. Whether you are a part of a traditional family that will care to go to mass on Christmas Eve, or a more contemporary group of people where family and friends mingle on this special date, you can be rest assured that food will be a constant in any festivity, even more so Christmas, one of the most celebrated holidays all over our country...

Generally speaking, Portuguese people tend to have a classical mindset when it comes to food. Following the old saying “if something is not broken, why fix it?” we have for years clinged to recipes that have been passed from generation to generation in our families. We have embraced traditional flavors and cooking techniques almost as sacred as magical formulas that shouldn’t be altered.

In the last decade, though, the landscape of Portuguese cuisine has been changing. This is thanks to younger chefs who dare to defy tradition, and also diners who not only are ready to taste something different, but who crave precisely that! This Portuguese food revolution has chef José Avillez as its frontman...

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