Eat Portugal – The Best Bits

Okay, let me weight in on the best Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner I had whilst in Portugal.

I know this seems odd because it’s not Portuguese, but in The Algarve there is a huge British ex-pat contingent. As an ex-pat myself, I’m a sucker for a good English Breakfast, which we found at Tee Time in Vilamoura. It’s your standard yumminess with a huge high point being the sausages. And it is an absolutely steal.

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On to lunch. I spoke before about my new obsession with Couvert. So one afternoon we went for a late lunch wherein I had Oysters, Couvert and a great glass of Vinho Verde. The restaurant was right on the beach in Vilamoura. Rocha Baixinha has a fantastic full menu and I highly recommend a visit. The Oysters were just perfect. They were briny and sweet and with just a hair of lemon they tasted perfect. I love trying Oysters in different places… it gives you such a sense of the place. I know they aren’t for everyone, but they are definitely for me.

 

I’m not going to lie, when my Partner in Crime and my other travel companions picked burgers for dinner on our last night in Lisbon, I wasn’t delighted. I like burgers, but I don’t love and obsess over them and I am a bit picky. Also, I was in Portugal. Burgers felt like an odd choice. PiC went ahead and did some research, and an artisan burger place was located. I had resolved to get a non-burger item but the menu was just burgers. I went ahead and ordered an X-Tudo Burger with watercress instead of lettuce. It was a bacon, egg and cheese burger and I was sure I’d eat maybe half and move on with my life.

And Oh. MY. GOODNESS. It was the best damn burger I’ve ever had in my entire life. It was sumptuous and rich and the flavors were spot on. There was a little bit of bread in the middle the burger on top of the patty before the other toppings to soak up the juices so that it wasn’t a giant mess. The egg was perfect, the bacon was delicious. It was absolutely revolutionary and I almost missed it! This is the burger all future burgers will be compared to. Run don’t walk to Honorato if you are in Lisbon. Seriously.

 

Back peddling in time just a little to our first night in Lisbon was my favorite dessert. Our first night we went to a restaurant on the same street as our hotel called Restaurante Laurentina. The meal was pretty good, we enjoyed it. My Partner in Crime had a really great White Veal with Sweet Potato and it was quite tasty. The best part though was the dessert. It was a caramel pudding with toasted almonds and it was decadent and rich with just the right of caramel nuttiness. I loved it so much I nearly ordered I second. I was also mildly sad we were sharing. It was great!

 

And just for fun here are a couple of other random food related snaps from the trip.

 

And that wraps up this series on Portugal. I still have a little bit of Santa Barbara catching up to do and I’ll be in Cambria faster than I can blink.

A Few of My Favorite Things

This serving dish would be perfect for Couvert, with a space each for the Olives, the Tuna and the Butter!

I Found My Heart in Lisbon

I had a feeling I would probably like Lisbon, but I wasn’t expecting to love it so much. It’s so easy to fall for the architecture, the culture, the food and the people.

We only spent two days in Lisbon, so I feel like we saw barely anything but I still soaked in as much as I could. We spent one day just roaming around the city.

One of the things I most adored was the pavement. Lisbon is all about the tiles. There are mosaic patterns all over the streets, and sometimes they are pretty patterns and other times they are very cool optical illusions.

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Next were the stores and all their little quirks. There were off course Pastelarias (Pastry Shops) everywhere, but there was also seafood, tubs of flowers on the streets, and some very epic Port stores. Port comes from the North of Portugal, in Porto, and we happened upon a store that was selling bottles that were 100 years old. It was very cool, but funnily enough I didn’t have over a thousand euros to drop on a bottle.

The second day, we went ahead and rode the famed Tram 28 up to the Castelo de Sao Jorge. The Castle upon the hill offered a really great view of the city. It’s a very old Castle with a massive amount of history. The courtyard is also filled with peacocks that love showing off. It’s definitely worth a wander around. I was a little obsessed with the red door.

I have a long long list of the places I have yet to visit in and around Lisbon. Belem and Sintra to name just a few.

Basically, Portugal is calling. You should go.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Check out this awesome Dry Shampoo from Not Your Mothers. I usually throw it in my suitcase when traveling to give my hair a quick refresh after a day of roaming around.