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May 22, 2017

Fumeiro de Santa Catarina: Up In Smoke

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Lisbon -- Though it’s an age-old method for preservation and flavor enhancement all over the world, the smoking of meat, fish, and cheese is not a notable tradition in southern Europe.Read more
Lisbon -- Though it’s an age-old method for preservation and flavor enhancement all over the world, the smoking of meat, fish, and cheese is not a notable tradition in southern Europe.

In Portugal, in the old days, salt curing was more common – particularly for the national staple, cod. However, the presence of smoking traditions in the north, particularly around the Minho river, indicates the possibility that the Vikings’ favorite method for cooking fish may have reached all the way to the northeastern Iberian peninsula. Read more
May 11, 2017

Post-Colonial Lisbon: Angolan Edition

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Lisbon -- (Editor's Note: Lisbon's communities from Portugal's former colonies provide the strongest link to the country's past, when it was the hub of a trading empire that connected Macau in the east to Rio de Janeiro in the west. Though integral elements of Lisbon life, these communities can sometimes be an invisible presence in their adopted land, pushed out to the periphery of the city. With our “Postcolonial Lisbon” series, CB hopes to bring these communities back into the center, looking at their cuisine, history and cultural life. In this second installment of the series, we look at Lisbon’s Angolan community.) Read more
May 11, 2017

Angola in Lisbon: Taste

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Lisbon -- Those normally finding themselves craving Angolan flavors in central Lisbon head straight to Mouraria, the historic downtown neighborhood that has experienced a conceptual conversion of its peripheral status into a landmark of cultural and culinary diversity. Despite it being the area with the highest density of Angolans in Lisbon’s city center, Angolan restaurants open and close at a rapid rate, the exception being CB favorite Palanca Gigante. There is, however, an unnoticed eatery up the hill of this entangled bairro. Read more