The Meals of Lisboa
Trip Start May 12, 2011
24Trip End Jun 22, 2011
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This town eats late, (major transition for me!) honors happy hour at most hours of the day, drinks into the wee wee hours of the morn and sleeps in very late. I am embarrassed to say that our first night in Lisboa we ate dinner around 11 and slept in until 3pm! Yes, that's 3 in the afternoon! Now, in my defense, there was some jet lag from a red eye booze induced nap, and our accommodations were funky windowless pods that only pictures can describe.
So, we took four days in Lisboa to transition into Portugal. Little did we know that Lisboa is pretty much a country of it's own...friendly folks, amazing veggie food, graffiti art coloring once boring white walls, easy public transportation, health food markets...you name it, Lisboa has it.
We immediately started our culinary research...accompanied by, I must say, some of the tastiest wines and cocktails ever
Here's a fun little run down of our favs...
Taverna Da Barroca - (Friday night) This little cafe is exactly what you picture in your head when you think Euro night life dinning opportunities! Small tables line a busy street…tapas! White asparagus in a white wine, light cheese, sauce, the best olives ever! (so far...) Azeitonas with a spicy red pepper and tomato sauce, and fresh bread.
Terra - (Saturday night) This is an eco minded restaurant featuring an all vegetarian buffet! They serve higher end, small dishes resembling family style dinning more than a buffet. We splurge on the champagne sangria - so fruity the alcohol deceivingly hides from ya - opps! We enjoy eggplant in a Marsala sauce, seasoned seitan with asparagus, round herbed carrots, corn fritters…and…tiramisu! I am impressed to notice that many locals dine here.
Chapitos - (Sunday night) We share a toasta vegetarian (think glorified grilled cheese here - they are all over Portugal), baked potatoes with pesto…and…we thought they were almonds, but they may have been garbanzo beans? Some things are lost in translation, and apparently taste! We follow this meal with some of the best mojitos ever. Mojitos are the drink of Portugal. And - they take pride in a stiff pour! This leads to authentic African music! Amazing...Sunday night, the place is rockin, the folks are dancing and we spend about 18,EU total! Portugal is not expensive...
Bar 28 - (Monday- late night) Holly yummy grilled veggies, goat cheese with a cherry jam, and a quiche like potato and asparagus dish…and, off course, bread and olives! Really? It is Monday, raining, midnight...and the bar is serving up tapas and bebidas happily to at least 45 folks.
This ain't no Sandpoint....
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