Portugal’s food scene is as sunny as its skies, and can be every bit as classy as the fabulous tiles adorning so many buildings here. For the the past six weeks, Tom and I have been munching and quaffing our way from one end of the country to the other, marveling at exquisite seafood and regional specialties. We’ve learning about both traditional food ways and contemporary takes on old favorites. It’s time to go home, go on a diet, or both!
Over a month and a bit, we have met chefs and fellow diners, and we’ve tasted the output of food artists and snack vendors. We’ve tried meat, fish and fowl and yes, some vegetables, too.
Best of all, we have benefitted from the insider knowledge and good taste of a legion of fellow foodies: some of them professionals and others, just regular folks, proud of their country’s food heritage and eager to showcase the best of it for visitors like us. We are especially indebted to our friends at Aptece, the Portuguese Culinary Tourism and Economic Association, for introducing us to many traditional foods and the people who make them.
We’ll be writing about our travels in Portugal in upcoming posts. In the meantime, please meet some of the people who have been our guides.
This was not our first visit to Portugal, and it certainly won’t be our last! Coming soon: posts about our many great food experiences in this wonderful country. Until then, take a look at a few memories from last year’s trip to Portugal’s Alentejo region: