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. In 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 travel bloggers on where to eat in Porto. Some of whom are very adamant when it comes to their views on Portuguese food!  Book a Portugal Food Tour With Viator Or Check out one of the top rated Douro Valley Wine Tasting Tours from Porto 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 of these are Porto-specific. Others are typical Portuguese foods. And, each of these dishes can be found in some of the best restaurants in Portugal. That includes contemporary versions of traditional...
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 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, and why is it so darn good? Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. *This post contains compensated links. Find more info in my DISCLAIMER. What is a Bifana – 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 only one thing, but here it’s the seasoning. No, wait, it’s the quality of the pork. No, wait, it’s the freshness of the...
Portuguese Food Travel Cookbook

Portuguese Food Travel Cookbook

I sometimes am still amazed at how long it took us to take our first trip to Portugal. We traveled all over Europe before finally venturing west enough to land in Lisbon. Since that time we continue to explore the country, mainly for Portuguese food! When our friend Nelson, a Portuguese travel blogger, sent us a signed copy of his Portuguese Travel Cookbook, I was thrilled. Then, I was jealous. And, I kind of hated him. Let me tell you why. The Portuguese Travel Cookbook Nelson’s Portuguese food cookbook is not a  typical cookbook. Instead, it’s a travel cookbook. It provides more than merely recipes, it tells the stories behind the recipes. It uses recipes to encourage people to not only travel to Portugal, but to explore its rich culinary history. For such a petite country, there is a diversity of cuisine unlike many other countries. The variety of fish and seafood from the coast. The variety of sausages that are different in the cities than in the country, differing from the north to the south. Don’t get me started on the Portuguese wine. And, Nelson is the perfect person to be a host on this culinary journey. A native of Portugal, he grew up eating his grandmother’s cooking. The first recipe of the book is his grandmother’s farmer’s soup. From there, the book continues through the sea, the land, and more to offer the best of Portuguese food heritage. All of this along with stunning photographs that certainly inspire one to travel to Portugal. This is why I was thrilled to see the book finally in print. Looking 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...
Best Foods to Eat in Europe in 2016

Best Foods to Eat in Europe in 2016

Like I mentioned in my last food porn post on where to eat in Asia in 2016, we ate a lot of amazing food in 2015. I wish I could share photos of all of them, and encourage people to search for all those dishes during their upcoming travels. Instead, I’ve come up with a list of the absolute BEST foods to eat in Europe in 2016. Okay, so maybe we didn’t eat all the food in Europe during 2015, but we ate a good many fabulous meals. Enough that I can put together a pretty good roadmap of what to eat in Europe. These dishes tend to focus on Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Ireland, because that is where we spent most of our time in 2015. Check out Episode 4 of our Travel Podcast It’s a Wrap – Europe! It’s true that food in Europe can be more expensive than in Asia. But, these dishes can be found at every price point. We had the chance to taste some dishes at the best restaurant in the world, where a meal for two will cost 600 Euros! And we ate some fabulous pork sandwiches that cost a couple of dollars. Most of our meals fell somewhere in between. And, instead of just sharing my photos of the dishes to eat in Europe, I am actually sharing links to the With Husband In Tow Instagram account. I am doing this not only to encourage you to check out all our food photos on Instagram (there’s a lot, and they are yummy), but also because the Instagram photos include links to the restaurants and locations...
Cervejaria Ramiro – Best Seafood in Lisbon

Cervejaria Ramiro – Best Seafood in Lisbon

I don’t know how many times I’ve written about the same restaurant, more than one time, on this blog. Perhaps I’ve mentioned Din Tai Fung, my favorite dumpling house, more than once. But, here I am writing a second blog post about one restaurant. I thought Cervejaria Ramiro in Lisbon deserved another spot on the blog. We visited Cervejaria Ramiro in 2012, during our first trip to Lisbon. It was based on a recommendation from Anthony Bourdain‘s No Reservations, like many of our food choices were back then. I wrote about how I survived dining at Cervejaria Ramiro Lisbon, despite having a slight intolerance for seafood. Sometimes I get sick, particularly from crab. But, I don’t care. Meals like this are worth the risk. When we returned for our second trip to Lisbon in early 2014, it seemed like a no-brainer. A trip to Cervejaria Ramiro was required. We ate some of our old faithfuls, and tried a new dish for us, the whole crab. Cervejaria Ramiro prepares the crab in a way that is probably unique to many Americans. They take all of the good stuff in the “head” of the crab: roe, the green bits, and all, and mix it together to form a dip for the crab, as well as fresh bread. I knew this was worth the risk, and told myself I’m only allergic to certain kinds of crab. I should be fine with this one. I tried to let Eric eat most of it, but I couldn’t help myself. It was so good, and fresh, and creamy. And, the following day, I paid for it. Arrrghhh....