The farming town of Almeirim is not far from Lisbon - and just outside of Santarém. But Almeirim is also home to the famous sopa da pedra (stone soup). The guarded recipe dates back generations, and the soup is the reason many come to this charming town.
Food and Drink
Chestnuts, wine and hiking, oh my!
The bifana is a traditional meal from Alentejo that usually goes with a nice vegetable soup and a beer. It is a pork steak fried with garlic and oliveoil. Tipically the bread is slightly toasted just before putting the steak in side and usually people when served open the bread and spread mustard on top.
Visitors to Portugal certainly have the country’s “grand” restaurants to consider, in addition to excellent seafood and meat restaurants, as well as dozens of “hot” eateries with cuisines hailing from Hong Kong to Hamburg to Hoboken. But no visitor should pass up lunch or dinner at one of Portugal’s hundreds and thousands of small restaurants that serve some of the most delicious and comforting food on earth.
Freshly baked warm bread with local butter is a delight. Bread has always had an important place in Portuguese life. It remains so to this day!
In the very south of Portugal, the Algarve is where the Portuguese, millions of Europeans and more and more Americans vacation annually
If there is one thing Portugal has, it is salt. With a long Atlantic coastline, salt production thrived, and saltpans still function in many coastal cities and towns, such as Aveiro. The pink salt of Setúbal was once considered some of the best in the world. Salt is a natural preservative, and the combination of salt and smoke is the origin of sausages and cured meat – and that is what we will look at today!
Instead, try the milho frito, which literally translated would be something like “fried corn”, but it has nothing to do with your idea of fried corn actually. Milho frito is usually a side for meat or fish dishes, and though it may look funny, it’s worth a try.
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