Between Portugal Restaurant Week Round Two at the beginning of the month, Father’s Day dinner at Mother-in-Law Restaurante, couchsurfers, and discovering new eateries, it’s been a real mix of food pictures this month. Here’s a selection to wet your whistle.
There’s always a bag or two of mini-tostas (toasts) in our cupboards. They keep their flavour and texture longer and go with everything — soups, hummus, cheeses and meats. You’ll see tremoços in the top picture, which is the healthier alternative to peanuts or chips as a snack food.
Last week I was introduced to a new eatery in Porto centre called Pasteis de Chaves, which serves up a specialty of flaky pastry with either savoury or sweet fillings, originally from the northern city of Chaves, in the district of Vila Real. Traditionally it is made with veal, but modern times call for variations, including vegetarian and dessert versions. I haven’t stopped in Chaves so I can’t compare, but when I do I’ll make sure I try out the native pastel.
This week I was at Mercado do Matosinhos, and made a stop at a cake shop I’ve been eyeing ever since the first day I visited the market. Cake designer Marta Queiroz happened to be there and I photographed some of her sugarcraft handiwork, which includes brigadeiros (bonbons) as well as custom-made cakes. I’m always at the market at breakfast time, camping out amongst the vegetables because I’ve become very partial to Comida da Rua‘s perfect tosta mistas and meia de leites. They’ve become such a staple of my morning visit to the market that I pass by Marta Queiroz’s cake shop with interest but without an appetite for the sweet stuff. This is probably a good thing, but next time I’ll save a bit of room to try their brigadeiros, because they are seriously tempting.
You’ll also find more food pictures in my Instagram account.
Album: Portugal [Spring 2015]