I’m going to be home in more or less 50 days. By the time I land it will have been 20 months since my last visit which is just ridiculously stupid. I would describe to you how excited I am about going home but then this would turn into a really long blog post full of crazy-happy yays and squees, capital letters and multiple exclamation marks so I’ll save you from that.
Besides all the obvious things that I’m looking forward to (ie, squeezing all my family and friends real hard until they start wishing I’d just bugger off back to NZ so they can breathe normally again), I’m really excited about the food. Yes, the food. After the people, the food is the best thing about my country, hands down. I mean, it’s beyond awesome and no other country can replicate the level of culinary awesomeness that goes on in that little country, I tell you.
So the other day I started writing down all the things I cannot wait to eat when I’m there. Last time I visited, I thought I wouldn’t need a list and ended up forgetting to eat a bunch of delicious stuff that I can’t get here in Kiwiland so this time I decided a list was in order. Then I thought I should put the list on here so that it can serve two purposes: reminding myself of all those things and, just in case someone happens to be planning a trip to Portugal, they don’t act all crazy like I did last time and leave without trying some of this stuff.
Note that this list is a work in progress and I’m sure there are at least 456,550 other things that I’ll think of before I make my way back to the northern hemisphere. Also, apologies in advance for the lack of accents.
- pao alentejano (without a doubt, the best bread in the world. Even my kiwi agrees that life without that bread is a tough one)
- cafe delta (best coffee in the world and lalalalalala I can’t hear you if you disagree lalalalalala)
- gomas vidal (a particular brand of lollies that are super soft and full of flavour. to die for!)
- tuli creme (sort of like nutella but about a bazillion and a half times better)
- chocapic (best. cereal. ever.)
- grilled sardines (one of the advantages of visiting in summer)
- snails (again, amen to a summer trip for allowing me to enjoy these, after 3 years of visiting in winter and missing out on them)
- acorda alentejana (with lots of pao alentejano!)
- morcela de arroz (again, on pao alentejano)
- pasteis de nata (the tarts that I keep telling everyone I can’t live without)
- ovos moles (egg overdose. nothing not to like)
- bolas de berlim (it’s like what in NZ you’d call a donut but giant sized and with heaps of egg cream inside. to consume on the beach, preferably)
- farturas (a type of fritters… with sugar and cinnamon – deliciousness!)
- churros com doce de ovo (churros are pretty well known here… except these ones are super-sized and have an egg mix inside that makes them divine!)
- sumol de ananas (a pineapple fizzy drink that I haven’t found anywhere else)
- queijo fresco (on pao alentejano!)
- rol (is it still available? I read it made a comeback but not sure if it was for a limited time only! One of the ice creams made by Ola – the same brand that in NZ is called Streets)
- tomatada (a dish made of basically tomatos and egg that you eat with, yeah, you guessed it… pao alentejano!)
(to be continued)
July 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm
i like the list so far! 😀
July 6, 2011 at 6:57 am
defenitly a work in progress… what about the main courses them selves?? i bet you are preparing a chapter dedicated to francesinhas and bacalhoadas!!!! eheheh
pastéis de nata should be mandatory in every country of this planet!
July 6, 2011 at 7:58 am
rol is still available! Add Swirl Radio Comercial (soooooo good) and yes pão alentejano is also available that’s for sure!
July 6, 2011 at 7:59 am
bacalhau à braz if you’re the codfish kind of girl 🙂
July 6, 2011 at 9:07 am
oh yes, lee, the main courses will be added to the list as well… for some reason, my first thoughts are about the delicious snack-y type things. but it’ll all come eventually!
and oh boy, bacalhau a braz and bacalhau com natas are both going straight into that list, toze! Oh and pataniscas de bacalhau! And pasteis de bacalhau! Yum!
July 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm
All these things I’ve not tasted and my tongue wants!! Did Ana have a list not long ago too?
July 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Oh, just thinking about bacalhau a Bras brings tears to my eyes… I so wanna stuff myself with pasteis de nata, bolas de Berlim e churros com chocolate!!! OK, need to stop or I’ll cry and drewl. LOL
July 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm
Ovos moles (bleuuurghghh!) aside, i’m watering already! I’m going to Macau next week and i HAVE a list!!! Just thinking of Portuguese food puts me immediately in a good mood 🙂