Meet the Flavors of Portugal!
The festive season is here and what a great opportunity to discover the tastes and flavors of Portugal’s culinary culture!
Portuguese cooking is essentially simple. It’s also incredibly ingenious and creative. What’s the secret, you want to know? Maybe It’s the ability to take fantastic produce and letting it shine, the natural flavors becoming the stars of the plate. This is perhaps what makes Portuguese cuisine so unique.
From homemade food prepared at the tascas to creative eateries and high-end Michelin-starred restaurants, the Portuguese culinary scene is living a spectacular revival. And this is your chance to taste it! Embark with Episode Travel with Art on a culinary journey through one the most fascinating – and overlooked – cuisine cultures of Europe.
You’ve probably heard of codfish, a kind of “national food” in Portugal, but there’s a lot more to discover in this extremely creative and authentic cuisine. Salted cod, of course, is a must. It can be cooked in a myriad of ways from Bacalhau à Gomes Sá to the crispy and light salted cod cakes, a fabulous snack. Bacalhau is also the official dish of Christmas, served at practically all the tables in family gatherings.
And then there’s fresh fish. And seafood. Possibly the best in the world. It’s understandable that the Portuguese have an obsession with it. Discover the flavors of olive oil, the aroma of coriander and don’t forget to try some of the best wines in the world!
Another infatuation of Portuguese forks is desserts, of course. Very sweet, a lot of them based on egg yolks and sugar, with a dash of cinnamon. Speaking of which: this and other spices where first brought to Europe by the Portuguese during the Discovery Era. The culinary interchange, from Japan – where the Portuguese left the tempura– to India, from Africa to Brazil, has been so strong that Portuguese cuisine has been described as a “cross pollination of flavors”. Can you possibly miss this?
We sincerely hope to have whet your appetite for some incredible tasting experiences in Portugal!
Drop us a line if we can help you planning your next trip this flavorsome country, and let us wish you a merry and peaceful festive season and a happy and beautiful 2018!