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My Favourite Portuguese Foods: 2015-2016 Edition

By Gail Aguiar @ImageLegacy

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I don’t know how it happened, but I forgot to follow up the 2014 edition with a 2015 edition! Thus, I’m combining items from 2015 and 2016 to update my list of favourite Portuguese foods.

I wanted to keep my mobile photos to social media only, but since I don’t always carry my DSLR, the phone pics will have to do. I should mention that none of the previously mentioned foods from 2014 have fallen out of favour. Rather, this is just an expansion to the food list. I’ve probably forgotten a few along the way, so it’s worth checking back in a day or two to see what those are (assuming that it’ll only take me a day or two to remember more).

Savora mustards and passionfruit (not together, though!)

I love Savora mustards (original and spicy) and I love ‘maracujá’ (passionfruit), but they’re only together for this photo — not on my plate! The passionfruit is from my in-laws’ backyard.

the legendary bifanas at the Casa das Bifanas, Conga Restaurante (Porto)

the legendary bifanas at the Casa das Bifanas: Conga Restaurante in Porto

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My <€2 fix. Bakery Across The Street, oh how I love thee...
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My <€2 fix: ‘torrada’ (toast) and ‘meia de leite’ (half-milk coffee) from the local bakery/café

bolo de nozes (nut cake)

bolo de nozes (nut cake), from across the street

One of my favourite Portuguese dishes (carne de porco à alentejana/pork and clams) is rare in Porto, so when I see it on a menu anywhere, that's my first choice. This one in Praia de Mira was excellent, one of the best I've had.

One of my favourite Portuguese dishes (carne de porco à alentejana/pork and clams) is rare in Porto, so when I see it on a menu anywhere, that’s my first choice. This one in Praia de Mira was excellent, one of the best I’ve had.

tosta (goat cheese, apple, honey, nuts) and blended juice (beets, apple, ginger) @ Quintal Bioshop, Porto

‘tosta’ (goat cheese, apple, honey, nuts) and blended juice (beets, apple, ginger) @ Quintal Bioshop, Porto

The tastiest almond saddle I have ever eaten. (They're called 'telhas' = roof tile.) #PortugueseKitchen

The tastiest almond saddle I have ever eaten. Actually, they’re called ‘telhas’ or roof tile. This one is from Padaria Cristal, in Cedofeita, Porto.

feijoada @ Mother-In-Law Restaurante for Domingo Gordo

feijoada @ Mother-In-Law Restaurante for ‘Domingo Gordo’ (Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday)

dourada (sea bream) @ Micha Bar (Vila Nova de Gaia)

dourada (sea bream) @ Micha Bar (Vila Nova de Gaia)

robalo (sea bass) @ Micha Bar (Vila Nova de Gaia)

robalo (sea bass) @ Micha Bar (Vila Nova de Gaia)

It is such a pleasure to eat al fresco in December. This is 'rojões de porco'.

It is such a pleasure to eat al fresco in December. This is ‘rojões de porco’. Let’s not talk about what it is.

homegrown 'chuchu' (chayote)

homegrown ‘chuchu’ (chayote)

Lulas! The most tender squid I've ever had. If you want fresh fish and seafood, go to a restaurant in Matosinhos near the fish market. #Portugal #food

Lulas! The most tender squid I’ve ever had. If you want fresh fish and seafood, go to a restaurant in Matosinhos near the fish market.

tarte de lima @ Mercearia das Flores, Porto

tarte de lima @ Mercearia das Flores, Porto is HEAVEN

The Quest For The Best Bolo de Bolacha

I’ve written about the quest here and here, but I have yet to find a bolo de bolacha that beats the one I found at Peso da Régua with a cherry sauce. But I have to say, Paulo’s homemade version is very, very good:

Paulo's homemade Bolo de Bolacha (cookie cake)

Paulo’s homemade ‘Bolo de Bolacha’ (cookie cake)

Bola de Bolacha, Honourable Mention:

Bolo de bolacha @ Soundwich in Porto

Bolo de bolacha @ Soundwich in Porto

A bolo de bolacha I have yet to try, but is conveniently across the street:

Discovered today that the bakery and café across the street makes bola de bolacha (my favourite). Hold fast, willpower! width=

Perhaps I’m afraid of trying it in case I get addicted to it, and I live too close by…

That wraps up the Portuguese Kitchen Round-up for this year. For more posts/photos of Portuguese food and drink:

http://gailatlarge.com/blog/tag/portuguese-kitchen
https://www.pinterest.com/gailatlarge/portuguese-food-drink/
https://www.instagram.com/gailatlarge/


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