Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Last stop on P and O cruise: Lisbon

View of Lisbon from the dock, P and O cruises Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover

Loja de conservo tinned fish shop  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover
Me in Lisbon  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover


Lisbon is hot, the place to be. Madonna and Michael Fassbender have moved there, what other proof do you need?

I predicted Portugal was trending up when I visited Porto a couple of years ago. Great food, fantastic wine, beautiful architecture, low prices and the Portuguese have a style of their own. 

Things I like about Lisbon:
  • the trams
  • the tiles
  • the street art
  • the beautifully dressed children
  • the kiosks where you can get a coffee and a snack
  • the milky coffee
  • the colours
  • the individually decorated Tuk Tuks
  • the shops that sell tinned fish
  • the custard tarts


This time I only had a few hours so we got the bus along the sea front to Belem, to try the original Pasteis de Belem bakery, a blue tiled establishment with a beautiful interior. The custard tarts here were served warm and slightly salted, which made a gorgeous contrast with the soft buttercup yellow custard inside the crispy layers of buttery puff pastry. 

The custard tarts at Manteigaria, which has a few branches, but I visited the one in the Time Out market, don't have that intriguing salt flavour but are more caramelised, browner on top. 
I could seriously embark on a 'best custard tart in Lisbon' project. They are all so different. A recipe for Portuguese custard tarts.

The Time Out Market (yes part of the magazine) is worth visiting; it's like a massive food court, but much hipper. 


kiosk,  Lisbon, Portugal:  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover
tiled buildings, Lisbon, Portugal:  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover
guards on horseback. near pasteis de belem, Lisbon, Portugal:  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover
tuk tuk  Lisbon, Portugal:  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover
street scene, Lisbon, Portugal:  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover
ghostly head on a Lisbon street,Lisbon, Portugal:  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover

Not only does Portugal have decorated cans for tinned fish (I'm now collecting), it also has restaurants that serve different varieties of tinned fish. I bought several tins at the Loja Das Conservas.

For lunch we went to an old style restaurant, Martinho Da Arcada, which proudly states 'founded in 1782'. This attractive place has shady tables outside under the arches, yellow tablecloths, and waiters with long starched waist aprons. While it is rather touristy, I noticed many Portuguese eating there too. We had a simple lunch of house wine with garlicky clams almeijoas a bolhao pato and rice. 

loja das conservas restaurant that serves tinned fish, , Lisbon, Portugal:  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover
tinned fish shop,, Lisbon, Portugal:  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover
almeijoas a bolhao pato, Martinho Da Arcada, Lisbon, Portugal:  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover
 Martinho Da Arcada,, Lisbon, Portugal:  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover
 Martinho Da Arcada,, Lisbon, Portugal:  Pic: Keratin Rodgers/msmarmitelover


More posts on Portugal:

Food and drink in Alentejo






I was invited as a guest of P and O cruises to Madeira and the Canary Islands.

4 comments:

  1. ...aaaaaaand yet again, I read your writing and I'm now STARVING hungry <3 My Bro and SIL are huge Portugal fans. They've been going there for years and toyed with the idea of buying a property there. Now that Madge and Fassbender are there, the property is probably even MORE well-spendy :D

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    1. Those clams oooh. It was a cheap country a couple of years ago, not sure now. Definitely want to spend more time there.

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  2. Oh, such fond memories! We spent 2 weeks in Portugal with the whole family last summer, incl. few days in Lisbon. Loved the tuk-tuks, loved the colours, loved the food and wine, the architecture. I think my hubby and the kids (then 4,6,8) ate Amêijoas à Bulhâo Pato on a daily basis :D

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  3. Bringing back memories, I love visiting Portugal!

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