Hello lovelies! Today we are going to talk about food. There is so much to love about the food of Portugal, especially if you're a fan of seafood. Portugal's speciality is Bacalhau and it is said that there are 365 ways to prepare it. That's right, a new dish for every day of the year. Though our favorite is the Pastéis Bacalhau, yum! When it comes to sweets, well Portugal had my heart the minute I tried their Pastéis de Nata. But... Porto has some specialities of their own (aside from Port) that you must try while you are there, and here are our two favorites.
First on this list is the famous Francesinha. You can find these all over Porto, but there were a few places that people really seemed to favor. One in particular our Airbnb host recommended, Cervejaria Gazela. Guys, this place does not disappoint! The Francesinha is layered with several meats; the combination of which varies depending on the restaurant. But typically it's some combination of cured porks, sausage, bacon, and beef steak. All layered together with thick bread, topped with cheese (and an egg if you like), and then smothered in a tomato beer sauce that is to die for! It's served with fries, and again depending on the restaurant, they are either served on the same plate, soaking up the sauce, or on the side. We chose to have ours on the side as we weren't sure of what to expect, but it didn't take us long to be dipping fries and our other sandwich in this delicious sauce! Basically, if you go to Porto you MUST get yourself on of these.
Second on the list of Porto's specialities is the Cachorrinho, which is a spicy sausage hotdog that is so good and so cheap you have to give them a try. We also tried these at Cervejaria Gazela as they are touted to be the home of the Original Cachorrinho, and once again we were not disappointed. A word of caution, these are really spicy! So, unless you and your family members are accustomed to spicy foods, I wouldn't pick this as a meal for the kids. They were so good, but honestly too spicy for me to have them very often. But when in Porto...
I'd also say that you must find your way to Fábrica Coffee Roasters for a wonderful coffee or tea, and a light meal. But you can do this in either Porto or Lisbon. We just happened upon the Porto location while out looking for a different restaurant, and were pleasantly surprised to see one of our favorite Lisbon spots there as well. It's a lovely location, and possibly one of our favorites now.
And of course you can find Pastéis de Nata in Porto, but if you want something unique to the area, try Natas D’Ouro, which boasts a Port flavored Pastéis de Nata that everyone is raving about. And yes, they also have the traditional flavors, but why not try a twist on the orginal?
I honestly don't think we had a meal that we disliked while in Porto. There is truly something for everyone, whether you go traditional or decide you need a burger. Tip, if you do decide you do need a burger, Porto's McDonald's is said to be one of the most beautiful. We stopped by to check it out, and it was definitely fancier than your average Mickey D's, but I can't comment on the food, as we didn't bother to order anything as there was much better fare to be had all around us.
Anyway, on that note, I'll make my exit. Tune in next week to find out about Porto's attractions! Until then, make sure you are following me on Instagram and Twitter and remember to be kind, be loving, & be better!