Ok, we’re actually back from Portugal now. In fact, we have been back for more than a week. But I wanted to let you see us enjoying our time there, and to start off what will be a lengthy series of posts telling you all about the great fun we had there. We ate lots of good food there – I wrote out a phrase in Portuguese telling our waiters about my dairy allergy, took it with me everywhere, and all was well. And we saw lots of great things. No, let me put that another way: the fibers of our eyeballs were exploded by the splendor and opulence of what we saw.
I will talk a little about what you are going to see in the coming days and weeks, but I also want to let you know that I have lots of non-Portugal-related writing to do in the near future.
For my birthday, which was May 2nd, the day our trip began, I received some new wonderful-looking cookbooks: Food of Portugal by Jean Anderson, Home Made by Ivette Van Boven, Simple to Spectacular: How to Take One Basic Recipe to Four Levels of Sophistication by Jean-Georges Vongerichten & Mark Bittman and Sharon O’Connor’s Italian Intermezzo (Menus and Music). So don’t be surprised if you see me trying my hand at dairy free versions of the splendid recipes I have been salivating over in those books!
And of course I also have lots to tell you about things going on in my home city of New York. Of special note for me is that I am moving to the Financial District, about as far downtown as you can get. As I begin to explore the culinary options down there, I look forward to sharing with you what I find!
Getting back to Portugal, before I conclude this post, I just wanted to share with you some of the subjects you will find in upcoming posts. I will update this post and link to posts on Portugal, but just keep on coming back to stay up to date!
Thursday, May 2, 2013:
Leaving from Newark Airport: Grand Central Oyster Bar, Sorbet from Ben & Jerry’s
Friday, May 3:
Living in Alfama: our Lisbon vacation apartment
Lisbon, Day One: unofficial guided tour, lunch at O Piteu
Saturday, May 4:
Day Two, Lisbon, part one: National Tile Museum
Day Two, part two: Fado Museum and Fado at Dragao de Alfama
Sunday, May 5:
Day Three, part one: Downtown Lisbon – Baixa
Day Three, part two: Bairro Alto, Chiado
Monday, May 6:
Day Four, part one: Decorative Arts Museum and Castelo Sao Jorge
Day Four, part two: Lisbon Cathedral
Tuesday, May 7:
A Day trip to Evora, part one: Church of Santo Antao
Evora day trip, part two: Church of Sao Joao Evangelista
Evora day trip, part three: Evora Cathedral and old Evora University
Wednesday, May 8:
Day Five, Lisbon, part one: Convento do Carmo and Port Wine Institute
Day 5, part two: Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Pasteis de Belem
Thursday, May 9:
Day one in Porto, part one: Cathedral, Livraria Lello and Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Porto day one, part three: dinner at Barao Fladgate
Friday, May 10:
Date two in Porto: Rota do Douro river cruise
Saturday, May 11:
Final day in Lisbon and Portugal, part one: Museu de arte antigua and lunch at Concha d’Ouro
Final day, conclusion: Calouste Gulbenkian museum
So that will give you a taste of what is to come! Some days were so full that I am sure I will have to split the day into more than one post. Stay tuned!