Cervejaria Ramiro Lisbon – What to Eat on the Cervejaria Ramiro Menu

Cervejaria Ramiro Lisbon – What to Eat on the Cervejaria Ramiro Menu

It’s rare for a restaurant that tops a must-visit list to live up to the hype. But every time we are in Lisbon, Portugal, we visit Cervejaria Ramiro Lisboa. Not only does Cervejaria Ramiro Lisbon offer some of the best seafood in Lisbon, but it is a Lisbon institution. The feel of the restaurant is what makes the place so special. In this post, we talk about what are the must-eat dishes from the Cervejaria Ramiro menu and what to expect from a night dining at O Ramiro. Why Cervejaria Ramiro Lisbon? We often looked to Anthony Bourdain for inspiration on what to eat and where to eat when traveling. That’s how we first learned of Cervejaria Ramiro Lisbon from an old episode of No Reservations. We visited O Ramiro during our first trip to Lisbon back in 2012. I felt like we ate everything on the menu. Our server even told is we were sitting where Bourdain sat. I figured he says that sort of thing to every diner at O Ramiro Lisbon. But, after an amazing seafood dinner, we watched the No Reservations episode again, and in fact, we did sit at Bourdain’s table. We did our best to copy his experience. And with this restaurant Ramiro advice, you can too. Just a note, the photo above is old. We were offered a beer while we waited, back in 2012. The entrance way is no longer red and white. They actually change it every few years. But, what is Cervejaria Ramiro anyway? At it’s most basic, cervejaria in Portuguese is really a beer bar. They generally serve...
Where to Eat in Porto – Porto Food Guide

Where to Eat in Porto – Porto Food Guide

We loved Porto, Portugal. Having traveled to Lisbon many times, and ventured to Alentejo, Minho, and the Douro Valley, we realized how much we love Portuguese food. But, we had limited time in Porto. For our list of foods to eat in Porto, and our recommendations for the best restaurants in Porto, we sought some help. Included in our ultimate Porto food guide are recommendations from top Porto food blog and Porto travel bloggers on where to eat in Porto. Some of whom are very adamant when it comes to their views on Portuguese food! We also added our own recommendations and experiences as well! Learn more about what to eat in Porto.  Book a Portugal Food Tour With Viator & Eat the Best Food in Porto Or Check out one of the top-rated Douro Valley Wine Tasting Tours from Porto Porto Food Blog In this Porto guide, we run down the top Porto foods you must eat when visiting Porto. And one of these includes the most famous Portuguese food to track down in Porto! Then, in our Porto Portugal restaurant guide, we include a few different Porto restaurant recommendations. First, we include some of our personal recommendations for some of the top restaurants in Porto. Yes, these include some of the fancier Porto restaurants. Then, we include some recommendations for where to find some more traditional Portuguese food.  Looking to take great food photos when traveling? Check out our guide on How to Take Food Travel Photos! Top Porto Foods to Eat Regardless of which Porto restaurants you choose, keep an eye open for these Porto dishes. Some...
Bifanas in Lisbon – A Love Affair With a Portuguese Sandwich

Bifanas in Lisbon – A Love Affair With a Portuguese Sandwich

When we first met the bifana, during our first trip to Lisbon in 2012, I wrote an entire post dedicated to the famous Portuguese sandwich. At the time, I wrote that I couldn’t believe I dedicated over 600 words to a sandwich, but of course, it wasn’t any sandwich, it was the Portuguese bifanas. Of course, since that time, I’ve dedicated multiple posts to a single dish, and even a single sandwich, like the Macau pork chop bun, a relative of the bifana. The question then is, what is a bifana sandwich, and why is it so darn good? Here we talk about how to find the best bifana in Lisbon, Portugal. The Lisbon Pork Sandwich – Bifana in Lisbon Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. *This post contains compensated links. Find more info in my DISCLAIMER. What is a Bifana Lisbon – The Portuguese Sandwich There are three very important Portuguese sandwiches that people must try when traveling in Portugal. Two of them are the prego steak sandwich and the leitao, which is a suckling pig sandwich. Both are great. But, the Bifana Lisboa is an institution. The bifana seems simple, a few slices of pork on a Portuguese roll. But, there is so much more to it than that. It’s a cheap, humble, almost working man sandwich, often served with a beer. The Portuguese pork is sautéed in garlic and seasoning until tender. The meat is served on a Portuguese roll so that the oil and seasonings soak in. Then, it is served with mustard and chili oil. I hate to say that an entire dish comes down to...
Douro Valley Wine Tasting

Douro Valley Wine Tasting

Prior to our trips to Portugal I knew oh so very little about Portuguese wines. I knew of port wine, although I didn’t understand much about how it is made or why ruby red is different from tawny. I knew of Vinho Verde, but could not have pointed on a map where Vinho Verde came from. I also had never heard of the Douro Valley. After our trip wine tasting around the Douro Valley, though, I was surprised I’d never heard of this gem of a wine region. Located along the Douro River, Porto is one of the oldest European cities. It’s also a city split in two. On one side of the Douro River is the historic center of Porto, and on the other side is Vila Nova de Gaia, home to the large port houses, or port caves. This is where the production of port was historically centered. But, before the fortified port wine was aged and exported out of Porto, the grapes were grown in the Douro Valley, just up the river. We’ve toured a lot of wine regions in Europe, and even in South America. Mendoza, set at the foothills of the Andes is a particularly stunning wine country. The Emporda wine region, in Catalunya, is another, where we saw vineyards set on the hillside overlooking the Costa Brava. There was something special, though, about touring the Douro Valley. The Douro River splits the wine region in two, and winds through the countryside. It leaves steep hillsides of stunning vineyards throughout the region. It makes a perfect background for Douro Valley wine tasting. The other...
Wine Tasting in Minho – Hotel Monte Prado

Wine Tasting in Minho – Hotel Monte Prado

After sipping Alvarinho with Miguel at Vale dos Ares, completing a mega wine tasting at Quinta de Pedra, and enjoying a luxury lunch with Chef Marco at Convento dos Capuchos, I was ready for a nap. Francisco had one more stop planned, though, for a final wine tasting in Minho, Portugal. For our last stop we met another Miguel, the general manager of the Hotel Monte Prado. I was fading fast, felt exhausted, and was stuffed to the brim from our lunch with Chef Marco. I kind of wanted to crawl back into our bed at Hotel Minho. But, we were at Miguel’s property to taste a little more wine, an enjoy an aperitif. I didn’t think I could stomach any more food, and even felt myself wanting to say no to wine. That doesn’t happen too often. After a quick tour of the property, we made our way to the rooftop of the hotel. Hotel Monte Prado is located in Melgaço, one of the two regions of the Alto Minho where the Alvarinho grape is produced. Set within a forrest, and with the Galician mountains in the backdrop, the hotel had an amazing rustic view. Even the hotel rooms had stunning views of the dense trees through floor to ceiling windows. We were not there, though, to stay at Hotel Monte Prado. Instead, we were there to eat and to finish up our wine tasting in Minho. Wine Tasting in Minho on the Rota das Tapas Hotel Monte Prado is part of the Rota das Tapas e Alvarinho, which includes stops throughout Melgaço. In Portuguese, small plates of tasty food are...
Convento Dos Capuchos – Wine Tasting in Vinho Verde

Convento Dos Capuchos – Wine Tasting in Vinho Verde

It was quiet as we made our way into the Rural Hotel Convento dos Capuchos in Monção, Portugal. This was the third stop of the day on our epic Vinho Verde wine tasting, and was the one I was most anticipating – because it involved lunch. The Convento Dos Capuchos is a restored Portuguese convent, so perhaps it was appropriate that it was so quiet. The monastery dates back to the 14 century, and the restaurant, Cozinha do Convento, or Kitchen of the Convent, was set in the former private chapel of the monastery. I felt every step I took echoed through the hotel, and the restaurant, as we approached our table. The owner, Mrs. Agueda, an older woman, about half Eric’s size, escorted us to the table. Although she did not speak English, she welcomed us with big smiles. The contemporary design of the restaurant was in direct contrast to the historic setting. But, we didn’t have much time to explore the hotel. Chef Marco Conde descended on the table, and eagerly provided a preview of our meal and his theory on Portuguese  food. Chef Marco at Convento dos Capuchos Chef Marco attempts to use modern techniques on traditional Portuguese, and Alto Minho, recipes that are often over sixty, or even seventy, years old. These are recipes that he has learned during his years of cooking. He is not classically trained, and did not attend a culinary institute. Instead, Chef Marco learned his craft by starting at the bottom in his first kitchen. Chef Marco also tries to match his cuisine to the local Alvarinho grapes, which can...