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August 28, 2019

Tasquinha Zé Povinho: Everyday Food for the Portuguese Everyman

By Rafael Tonon
Porto -- When the late 19th-century Portuguese artist and cartoonist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro wanted to create a vehicle through which to mock and criticize the country’s powerful elite, he settled upon the character Zé Povinho, an unsophisticated country laborer who served as a stand-in for the average citizen.Read more
Porto -- When the late 19th-century Portuguese artist and cartoonist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro wanted to create a vehicle through which to mock and criticize the country’s powerful elite, he settled upon the character Zé Povinho, an unsophisticated country laborer who served as a stand-in for the average citizen.

While some Portuguese people took umbrage with their country’s everyman being depicted as a simple peasant, time has softened this criticism, and Zé Povinho has become something of a national icon. “Little by little, we started to see him with a certain tenderness, as a symbol of the Portuguese identity, a reminder of where we came from,” says Andrea Salomé, a restaurant owner in Porto. Read more
August 27, 2019

Sweet Surrender in Porto

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BACKSTREET FEED -- We kick off our Porto walk with the city’s favorite pastry, the éclair filled with whipped cream. The éclair is so popular that it was officially registered as The Sweet of Porto. We pair ours with a strong coffee for a solid start to the morning.Feed more
Discover some of Porto’s best traditional restaurants on our walk!
August 20, 2019

Adega Vila Meã: Big Portions, Full of Love

By Cláudia Brandão
Porto -- Carla Santos is a busy woman. On the day we go to meet her, it is pouring rain in Porto and Adega Vila Meã, the restaurant she runs, is full. Carla doesn’t stop for a second: “One of those pork firecrackers with potatoes?” she asks a customer as she swings through the dining room. Read more