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  • Restaurant Cervejaria “A Palmeira”

    “A Palmeira” may not be a fanciest restaurant but there is indeed something very special about it.

    Just outside the Subway station “Baixa Chiado”, you can enjoy a refreshing beer in a typical environment and enjoy the natural flow of working people and students by the of the day. Try a pint of stout beer “caneca de cerveja preta” while having some free lupins or “tremoços” and potatoes chips.

    Name: Restaurante Cervejaria “A Palmeira”
    Address: R. do Crucifixo 69, 1100 Lisboa
    Telephone: 213 428 372

  • Caldo Verde 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

    7 Top Plates, Wonders of Portuguese Gastronomy

    Though Portugal is known for having 1001 ways of preparing code fish in reality the Portuguese cosine cannot be reduced only that wonderful fish.

    Following a National contest, were people from all over submitted their choices we were left with the list of the 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels, our 7 Top plates. True that some are more typical from regions outside Lisbon, still go for it and try to taste each one of these 7 Best Portuguese wonders:

    Arroz de marisco
    Sardinha Assada 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels
    Sardinha Assada 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

    Sardinha assada – Sardines, salt and barbecue… and that is it. In Portugal, sardines are eaten with both boiled potatoes or in a slice of bread with a twist of good olive oil.They go perfectly well with roasted paprika salad.

    Leitão da Bairrada
    Pastéis de Belém, one of the 7 Portugal Gastronomic Marvels
    Pastéis de Belém, one of the 7 Portugal Gastronomic Marvels

    Pasteis de Belém – This egg custards are a Portuguese Marvel which a history behind them.
    Check out more information on the Pastel de Belém, their history and where to find them.

    Alheira Mirandela, one of the 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

    Alheira Mirandela, one of the 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

    Alheira de Mirandela – A smoked sausage mostly made from mashed bread, meats and fats. Traditionally, they are made after families gather to slaughter the family pig that they kept feeding for several months. Some of the meats and fats are then used to stuff the pigs tripe and they hanged to dry/smoke.

    Initially created as a way for the Jews to escape from the 13th century Inquisition. All over Portugal it was common for families to consume/smoke all kinds of sausages made from pig’s meat. Because Jews couldn’t eat pig they were easily identified. They created the “Alheiras de Mirandela” sausage and stuffed them with kinds of meat like poultry or lamb, finally these sausages were hanged and smoked as any other kind.

    The “Alheiras” are mostly made from pig, but you can find them made from game meat, poultry and even code.

    Serra da Estrela 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

    Serra da Estrela 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

    Serra da Estrela Cheese – Serra da Estrela has been made for centuries by shepherds in the Portugal highest mountains, Serra da Estrela, in the Beiras region. This cheese is produced from goat cheese and entirely hand-made.

    It’s usually served by opening a hole at the top and spread its interior on bread just like you would normally do with butter.

    Caldo Verde 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

    Caldo Verde 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

    Caldo verde Soup – Probably the most famous Soup in Portugal. A thick soup made from mashed potatoes and very thin sliced cabbage usually served with a piece chorizo and a pinch of olive oil.One of the main ingredients in the cabbage, a special kind of cabbage called “Couve Galega”:

    Couve Galega - Main ingredient of Caldo Verde, one of the 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

    Couve Galega – Main ingredient of Caldo Verde, one of the 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels

    The tradition dictates that this is the best companion of a Fado’s night.

    source: 7 Portuguese Gastronomical Marvels – PUBLICO.PT.

  • Pasteis de Bacalhau, a traditional Portuguese Food in Lisbon

    Pasteis de Bacalhau, a very traditional “petisco” in Lisbon

    Did you noticed that when talking about Portugal “Bacalhau” is a word that always comes into the subject? There are many recipes with Bacalhau, Portuguese people love it, boiled, roasted or fried Bacalhau is a company even at the Christmas table.

    This post is about a delicatessen called “Pasteis de Bacalhau”. The Pasteis de Bacalhau are a deep fried paste of mashed potatoes, boiled Bacalhau and a little parsley.

    They are very easy to find, served hot or at room temperature. A perfect snack, slightly salted, that will go perfectly along a nice beer. Besides you can even find them served as a main dish along plain or tomato rice.

    …Yummy!

    To order one, simply say : “Um Pastél de Bacalhau, por favor” which translates to “One Pastel de Bacalhau, please”.

    The secret is on the quality of the potato, it shouldn’t be very watery. Want to try and make them yourself?
    Where is one recipe for the Pasteis de Bacalhau!

  • "Tremocos", Lupins with Beer

    Tremocos – Relax in Lisbon and drink a cold Beer with lupins

    In Rome be a Roman, they usually say, so while enjoying your sunny holidays in Lisboa you have to stop, let some time go by and relax while enjoying a cold beer, either Sagres or Super Bock, with some lupins, “Imperial com Tremoços”.

    "Tremocos", Lupins are usually served like a appetizer to go along with Beer

    "Tremocos", Lupins are usually served like a appetizer to go along with Beer

    Lupin is very nutritious low calorie seed (64 kcal per 50g) , full with fiber and good oils, like the ones present in olive oil.

    In Portugal, called in a funny way the “poor man Seafood”, they are served like peanuts. Salted and sometimes with garlic and herbs scent. they are the perfect appetizer and accompaniment for a cold beer.

    And how to eat luppins or “tremoços”?. Remember that the lupines are served with peel, first bit gently the “tremoço” in its middle in order do cut the peel and while holding the lupin between you index and thumb squeeze it in order to “pop” the seed. “Practice makes perfection”!

    Sadly they are not that common anymore, most times you have to even specifically ask for them, don’t forget that. One place where you will surely find them is in the Palace, Restaurant, Cafeteria and Culture Center “Casa do Alentejo“.