Even though Portuguese gastronomy is confined to a small geographic area, it is influenced by the Atlantic – we have 850 km of Atlantic coast line – and by the Mediterranean – with the famous trilogy bread, wine and olive oil.
Portugal is visited by many reasons and food might just be one of the best ones! We produce, transform, cook, serve and eat good food, and want to share all of it with you.
For the Portuguese, food is much more than a survival need, we enjoy it and traditionally spend a lot of time sitting in deliciously filled tables. With family, friends, friends of friends, we love sharing food and are very proud of our treats!
But let’s explore with a little more detail the things you’ll probably find at our tables:
Using a wide variety of vegetables, the Portuguese traditionally start meals with hearty soups, that usually include meat or beans, and could be, by themselves, a whole meal! The most famous one is called Caldo Verde (click here), a creamy potato based soup with very thin slices of cabbage and some pieces of chorizo.
This is definitely the most basic food of Portuguese cuisine. We eat a LOT of bread! There’s even an old saying that states “If there’s no bread on the table, it’s not a Portuguese table!” . From north to south, each region has their speciality bread and, trust us, they’re all delicious.
We use it to cook, to season, to dip bread and even to bake sweets. Just like the bread, olive oil is mandatory in a Portuguese table, and FYI, we produce some of the best olive oils in the world!
Smoked meats and sausages
These unhealthy treats will also show up in any traditional restaurant around here. Several varieties can be found all over the country and you can see them as the main protein of a dish, like Alheira (click here), as a garnish in the middle of your rice, like Blood Sausage (click here), or solo like Roasted Chorizo (click here).
Fish and sea food
Portugal is the 3rd largest consumer of fish in the whole world! Only Iceland and Japan eat more fish than us! The Portuguese person eats an average of 57kg of fish per year, and Octopus (click here), Sardines (click here) and Codfish (click here) are our favourites.
Portuguese sweets and desserts traditionally started in convents and are mostly made with egg yolks, sugar, cream and almonds. The most famous pastry, Pastel de Nata (click here) is the one you MUST try during your stay, it’s delicious. As a dessert don´t miss Leite de creme (click here), a milk and egg based custard covered with burned sugar or cinnamon, also a must.
Details aside, we can conclude that the Portuguese know how to eat well and enjoy the gastronomic pleasures of life.
City Lovers Tours doesn’t want you to miss the Portuguese gastronomic environment and has a great FOOD TOUR for you to experience it.
You will be with a local guide taking you to great places and explaining all about our food. It includes five places with food and wine, and ends with dinner, dessert and even a taste of Port wine! Curious? Read more about it here – http://bit.ly/2k0yVM7 – we’re sure you’ll love it!