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Latest porto Stories

Beyond Francesinhas: Neighborhood by Neighborhood, Bite by Bite

Caldo Verde: Portugal’s Soup for All Seasons

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By Cláudia Brandão
Porto -- Caldo verde, Portugal’s most famous soup, doesn’t sound like much in English – “green broth” is the literal translation. I was thinking about this when reading an article on the 20 best soups in the world, which a friend sent to me, noting that caldo verde (a “homey soup” where “thinly sliced ​​greens meld with potatoes and onions”) had made the cut. Read more
Porto -- Caldo verde, Portugal’s most famous soup, doesn’t sound like much in English – “green broth” is the literal translation. I was thinking about this when reading an article on the 20 best soups in the world, which a friend sent to me, noting that caldo verde (a “homey soup” where “thinly sliced greens meld with potatoes and onions”) had made the cut.

The article refers, in general, to the restorative power of soup, a belief that is held in very different cultures across the globe – which sounds about right to me. But then the author references a book that broadly defines soup as “just some stuff cooked in water, with the flavored water becoming a crucial part of the dish.” And I have to disagree there, because caldo verde is so much more than flavored water. How to explain that it is a feeling? Read more
March 22, 2021

Bottle Stopper: Porto’s Unexpected Cork Country

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By David Taylor
Porto We were crawling through traffic on Porto’s ring road in our rental car when dawn finally caught up to us, illuminating the spectacular view of the Douro River down below. That slice of the waterfront quickly glided past as we exited the bridge, soon replaced by the lush rolling countryside south of the city: olive trees, low grape arbors. We were on our way to Santa Maria de Lamas to visit the headquarters of the world’s largest cork producer, Amorim Cork. Read more
February 16, 2021

Port in the Storm: Cooking with Portugal’s Iconic Dessert Wine

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By Cláudia Brandão
Porto This is a day to do nothing. After a week of working from home, I’m facing another weekend of lockdown. Our restaurants are closed, and so are the bars – nowhere to get a drink. It’s raining outside, and I realize that I have chosen the wrong book to read: The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck makes the pandemic numbers even more difficult to bear. Read more
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