Exploring Portugal’s Love Affair With Sardines

A plate of grilled sardines in Olhão
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The Fantastic World of the Portuguese Sardine recently opened in Times Square, New York.  It might seem odd to find a store dedicated to sardines in Times Square, but putting a tinned sardine store alongside the M&M store gives you an idea of just how much the Portuguese love sardines.  In Portugal, sardines are one … Read more

Poncha: The Madeiran Drink That Packs a Punch

Madeiran Poncha

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Poncha stands as the most iconic alcoholic beverage on Madeira, crafted from aguardente de cana (a distilled spirit made from sugar cane juice), honey, sugar, and typically orange or lemon juice, though other fruit juices can also be used to make variations of the drink. Poncha, affectionately abbreviated by locals, was historically consumed by fishermen … Read more

Madeira Wine: Port’s Lesser-Known Wine Cousin

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Port Wine may hold the title as Portugal’s most renowned export, yet its lesser-known relative, Madeira wine, harbours its own rich tapestry of history and unique production methods. If you’re visiting Madeira, be sure to at least try a glass and take a tour of a vineyard. There are several on GetYourGuide.com. Made on the … Read more

Cozido Das Furnas: The Portuguese Stew Cooked in A Volcano

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Cozido à portuguesa stands out as a beloved traditional dish throughout Portugal, known for its rich combination of vegetables (such as cabbages, beans, potatoes, carrots, turnips, rice) and an assortment of meats (including chicken, pork ribs, bacon, pork ear and trotters, and beef parts) complemented by smoked sausages (chouriço, farinheira, morcela). This hearty meal enjoys … Read more

Leitaria da Quinta do Paço’s Porto Éclairs: Another Delicious Reason to Visit Porto

eclair from Leitaria da Quinta do Paço

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Éclairs might be synonymous with French patisserie, yet in Porto, they’ve taken on a distinctive local flavour, thanks to the pioneering efforts of Leitaria da Quinta do Paço. This establishment, rooted in nearly a century of history since its founding in 1920, has redefined the traditional éclair with a uniquely Portuguese twist. Traditionally filled with … Read more

6 of the Best Algarve Food Tours & Experiences

orange trees near Silves

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Famous for its stunning coastline and warm hospitality, the Algarve is also a paradise for food lovers, and there are several food tours where you can sample food from the Algarve and across Portugal. As you embark on these tours, you’ll get the chance to dive deep into the unique blend of tastes that define … Read more

The Unlikely Origins of Portugal’s Beloved Alheira Sausage

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Alheira, a smoked Portuguese sausage known for its unique garlic flavour, is one of Portugal’s most famous traditional dishes. In 2011, it was celebrated as one of Portugal’s seven gastronomic wonders, a testament to its cherished place in the nation’s cuisine. This sausage is a staple on Portuguese menus, often accompanied by a fried egg … Read more