April 23, 2010

Pork in Portugal


You can’t go far in Portugal without coming upon somewhere selling pork. It’s as staple to the Portuguese diet as cod. Anyone who knows a little about Portuguese cuisine can tell you, the most famous pork dish in Portugal is the Bairrada suckling pig – Barraida being a region in the middle of Portugal famous both for its pigs and its wine, and a suckling pig being one that is still feeding off its mother’s milk. The city in the Barraida considered the suckling pig capital is the region’s largest, Mealhada.

Pork is sold in Portugal in its many different forms, but usually in a form that, like the way fish are sold, is far from processed. Shown here is a typical sight in any Portuguese butchery: hams, as is, waiting to be carved off for you. This shot was taken in a Lisbon supermarket.

Pork is, of course, also dined on in various forms, but with roast pork, the traditional way to serve it is with acorns and/or truffles.

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April 21, 2010

The Portuguese menu



Portugal is a nation facing the Atlantic Ocean, not to mention one with a long and illustrious seafaring history.
It's no surprise then to find that seafood features prominently in Portuguese cuisine. Dining in Lisbon is a safe experience in terms of very rarely being let down, but by no means a boring one. Fresh vegetables, not overly cooked or processed, share the plate with fresh fish that can be anything from the tuna, snapper and the like familiar to English-speakers to more exotic treats like octopus.



Carcois a Portuguesa (Portuguese snails), Bacalhau assado com batatas (boiled salted cod fish with potatoes and roasted peppers), Caldo verde (vegetable soup), Arroz doce com abobora (rice pudding) - are some of the perennials of Portuguese cuisine. And, of course, at prices that won't hurt the pocketbook - and just as well, because you'll want to be back!

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April 18, 2010

Portugal Pavements - Calçada

Portugal's distinctive paving, known as Calçada in Portuguese can be seen in most Portuguese towns and cities as well as in the former Portuguese colonies Brazil and Macau.

The traditional paving is found in many of the squares and sidewalks of Lisbon, so keep your eyes to the ground for a treat beneath your feet.

Portugal Pavements - Calçada

This pavement is in Faro in the Algarve outside the the Igreja do Carmo, known for its Chapel of Bones in the back.


This lovely design is also in Faro in the Algarve at Jardim Manuel Bivar, just north of the Old Town.


This colorful take on the Calçada is on the main, ritzy shopping street in Faro.


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April 15, 2010

El Corte Inglés Lisbon

El Corte Inglés is the largest department store chain in Spain and also has branches in Portugal.

There has been an El Corte Inglés store in Lisbon since 2001 and one opened in Vila Nova de Gaia in Porto in 2006.

El Corte Inglés Lisbon.


The name El Corte Inglés means The English Cut as in a tailor's cut and was the name given to the company by founder Ramón Areces, who began his business ascent by purchasing a small tailor's shop in Madrid in the 1930's.

El Corte Inglés Lisbon.


The Lisbon store is one of the company's largest and its nine floors include a supermarket, a 14-screen cinema, cafes, restaurants including an an outdoor terrace on the top story as well as electronics, books, CD's, men and women's clothing and household goods.

El Corte Inglés Lisbon.


El Corte Ingles
Av. Antonio Augusto Aguiar, 31
Marquês da Fronteira e Sidónio Pais
Tel: 213 711 700

Nearest Metro station: São Sebastião as an entrance in the store.

The supermarket Supercor is also owned by the chain and there is a huge Supercor branch at Parque das Nações, Avenida dos Oceanos, 29 (Tel: 218 985 160)

El Corte Ingles, Lisbon

Entrance to São Sebastião metro station.

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April 14, 2010

University of Lisbon

The University of Lisbon (Universidade de Lisboa) was founded in 1911 but its roots go much further back in Portuguese history to the Estudo Geral of the late 13th century.

University of Lisbon

The state-run University of Lisbon has eight faculties: the faculties of Fine Arts, Sciences, Law, Medicine, Dental Medicine, Psychology, Pharmacy, and Letters.

The University of Lisbon maintains four museums: the Astronomy Observatory of Lisbon (Tel: +351 21 361 6730), the Museum of Medicine (Tel: +351 21 798 5153), the National Museum of Natural History (Tel +351 21 392 1879) and the Science Museum of the University of Lisbon (Tel: +351 21 392 1808).

University of Lisbon

University of Lisbon
Alameda da Universidade
Cidade Universitária
1649 - 004
Lisboa
Tel: 351 21 796 7624

The nearest metro station is Cidade Universitária Station (on the Yellow Line); the following buses stop at UL, #31, #35, #738, #768.

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April 4, 2010

Pensao Residencial Ninho das Aguis Lisbon hotel


I recently stayed at the Pensao Residencial Ninho das Aguis (i.e., “Eagle’s Nest”) in Lisbon’s Alfama district, not far from the Castle of São Jorge. It is in a very convenient location, perched just above the city center, and offers wonderful views of Lisbon.

The Ninho das Aguis is up a very steep hill, so is probably not the first choice for those not in great physical shape, but, on the other hand, it is easily accessible by tram (no. 16) or bus (no.37), from which stops it is only a short walk.



Equally challenging is the huge spiral staircase that has to be scaled immediately upon entering from the street, but once you’ve climbed them you are in a cozy little accommodation, below which the city lies spread out, making it very much an “eagle’s nest” of a place to stay.

The amenities are limited, just a bed and wash facilities (no toilet in the room), but it is fairly cheap at about 50 euros per night, and clean enough.



The Pensao Residencial Ninho das Aguis is recommended for those who want somewhere close to where it’s happening, don’t mind using their legs, are happy with a taste of Lisbon “as she is” as opposed to being pampered.

Pensao Residencial Ninho das Aguias
74 Costa do Castelo, Lisbon 1100, Portugal

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