The Euro Diaries: Francesinha in Porto

Take a steak, ham, chorizo, cheese and bacon sandwich, pour a generous amount of molten mozzarella over it and slap a sunny-side-up on it. Yup, that’s what the francesinha is about. Add some fries or fried potato slices on the side and it becomes the ultimate comfort food. Simple, yes. But also very yummy!

The Euro Diaries: Savoury Cakes in Porto

One thing you notice on menus in Portugal is that codfish is mandatory in their seafood section. Another thing you notice if you go to a café is that they will also almost inevitably have codfish cakes (bolinhos de bacalhau) in their display. When served fresh and hot, these actually make for pretty tasty finger…

The Euro Diaries: Nata in Porto

You cannot leave Portugal without having a nata. Or two. Or more. BUT you must have them from some place that prepares them with care. A nata is essentially a hard pastry shell filled with an egg-custard concoction – a custard tart. Some like to sprinkle a bit of cinnamon powder on it – I’m…

The Euro Diaries: Carne de Porco à Alentejana in Fátima

Food in Fátima is nothing much to write about. They seem to casually presume that pilgrims are there for the faith and not for the food (well, a presumption that is not entirely incorrect). Amidst a whole lot of bland pork, codfish and octopus dishes, we came across this very traditionally Portuguese Carne de Porco…