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Portugal - tips for travellers

Portugal - tips for travellers

Written in 03 September 2018

Ornate, colourful, marinated in tradition – a taste of Portugal can be very filling. Here are some digestible insider tips: Couvert: there’s one essential commandment regarding Portuguese dining etiquette: whatever you eat you must pay for, whether or not you ordered it. Waiters bring bread, olives and other goodies to your table the moment you sit down. This unordered appetiser is called couvertand can cost anywhere from €1 per person to over €12. If you don’t want it, you can send it away, no offence taken. There’s also no shame in asking the price – ‘quanto e isso?’ Breakfast: the Portuguese don’t really ... Read more
Lisbon's exploding craft beer scene

Lisbon's exploding craft beer scene

Written in 03 September 2018

A cold beer in Portugal has traditionally meant one of two things: Sagres or Super Bock. These two everyman lagers, created during military dictatorships, have dominated the country's beer landscape for decades. But a hop-heavy suds revolution is brewing in Lisbon and beyond. Europe's oldest independent capital city is finally embracing the craft beer booze-fest. Portugal's tyrannical two-brew past Although its beer history isn't as famous or marketed quite as well as that of some of its European neighbours, Portugal-produced beer predates the country itself, going all the way back to pre-Roman Lusitania. But foreign influence was heavily muted during the Estado ... Read more
Alentejo: dining in Portugal’s land of tradition

Alentejo: dining in Portugal’s land of tradition

Written in 03 September 2018

The Alentejo is one of the world’s great unsung culinary destinations. Home to scenic vineyards, olive groves and fertile farmlands, the Alentejo is in many ways the gastronomic soul of Portugal. The region produces half the nation’s wine and cooks up some of its most famous dishes. It also holds some of the most authentic restaurants in the country – places which celebrate age-old recipes and the deep Alentejan connection to the soil. Culinary treasures The cooking of the Alentejo isn’t fussy, nor is it particularly lowbrow. It’s simply a showcase of the rich ingredients from a region with centuries-old culinary traditions. ... Read more