these are the posts tagged ‘in portugal’:


sardines!

once a year, the portuguese community in berlin gets together around the 10th june (our national day) for a big picnic. everyone’s invited and there’s grilling, tons of sardines and plenty of catching up to do! the weather was excellent this year, and we even got a little bit of colour on our pale skins :)

here are some photos of the day:





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the francesinha

this post is about francesinhas, one of my favourite portuguese dishes. it’s a contraption of a dish, consisting of with layers of yummy things wrapped up in melted cheese. it’s typically portuguese gastronomy: meaty, heavy, no-frills and so caloric that it might induce heart-palpitations on unsuspecting foreigners… :)francesinha @ café torres

wikipedia calls it a sandwich, and the definition is true insomuch as it consists of two slices of bread with lots of fillings in between them… but if one needs cutlery in order to eat it, can it really be considered a sandwich? it feels… like an over-simplification.
francesinha @ café torres
the layout, from bottom up, goes as follows: slice of thick toasted bread, linguiça sausage, a thin steak, a few slices of ham or mortadella, and another slice of bread. sometimes there’s a fried egg on top of all of that. then, you cover everything in slices of cheese, let it melt for a bit, and pour a beer-based sauce over it. if you’re like me, you’ll want the fries that come with it swimming in the sauce.
francesinha @ café torres
the people of porto are fierce about their francesinhas, and each have their favourite. the most famous ones would be in bufete fase or café santiago. mine is actually in ermesinde, my hometown, a few kilometers from porto itself. if you’re ever around, go to café torres and give it a try. i promise it will be worth the trip!
francesinha @ café torres
hungry? :)

the food list, 2

we spent almost a whole month in portugal, and once more, i decided to keep track of the special things we ate, so that we could make another food list. we’re quite predictable, as it turns out, and return mostly to the same staples: lots of bakery items and sentimental food our moms make. here are the highlights:

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butter toast
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octopus rice
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cookies cake
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pork à la alentejana
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pork steaks with ‘shrooms
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chocolate salami
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palmier
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mom’s marmelade
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mom’s tomato jam
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sweet bean tartelet
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pão d’ul
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P.’s mom meatballs
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pumpkin’s smoked sausage
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galão
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punched potatoes
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limiano cheese
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natas
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broa de mel
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berlin ball (the real ones!)
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codfish burger with açorda
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burger with potatoes
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fancy french pastry
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another french pastry
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strawberry-profiterole pie
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grelos (broccoli rabe)
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butter croissant
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cheese/ham toast
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croissants
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butter toast
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jesuíta
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chocolate croissant
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salmon with chestnuts
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another berlin ball
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pastel de nata
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alheiras
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meia de leite


my stomach is grumbling already!

when i make these lists, i get the feeling people might think we only eat crap… well, it isn’t true. what you see here is a glimpse, a condensed version of the more interesting things me and P eat. the other stuff, the plain omelettes, soups and other very mundane dishes are not that interesting, and are therefore omitted. believe it or not, all in all, we eat quite decently. :)

bits of portugal in berlin


on random walls of kreuzberg and friedrichshain.

the food list

as always when we go back home, we had a long list of things we’d been craving all year. this year version of the list, scribbled on a notebook page during our long london layover, was promptly snatched by my mom upon arrival. she planned, plotted and delivered what she could cook – the rest was consumed in various cafés and small restaurants here and there. kilos were gained and we left today with a happy belly and more cholesterol that we can afford… it went a bit like this (click images for bigger):

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meiadeleite
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croissants
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salame de chocolate
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bola de berlim
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jesuítas
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broas de mel
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pastéis de nata
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bola de carne caseira
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doce de tomate da mãe
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alheira
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bifes com cogumelos
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bacalhau
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francesinha!!
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leite creme
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pão
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bolo rei de chocolate
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sonhos
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pataniscas de bacalhau
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bacalhau à brás
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croissants
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ucal & croissants
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medronhos
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pão de ul & regueifa
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limiano & marmelada


yes, we have a slight obsession with portuguese croissants (booo to puff pastry croissants!), traditional pastries and bread. and codfish. i suppose there’s no food like the food you grew up with, eh? what does your mom cook when you go home? :)