Aug 24

My Food And Wine Experience With Inside Lisbon

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Most Portuguese are convinced that theirs is the finest cuisine in the world…

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Fresh Portuguese peaches

 

Well, this summer I was convinced by Inside Lisbon that the above statement is truthful. I participated in Lisbon’s Food and Wine Walk where I could experience different Portuguese wines, fruits, pastries, bread, meat and obviously cheese and marmalade.

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A glass of wine

 

Absolutely interesting and yummy experience that I would recommend everyone who is a travel foodie or wine and cheese person.

About Inside Lisbon

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My mom enjoying her wine

 

Inside Lisbon is a 10 year-old company that provides visitors of Lisbon unforgettable food, wine and sightseeing experience in order to show them the best side of the city. They are specialized in Walking Tours and Full Day Tours in and around Lisbon region for individuals and groups.

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Serious wine tasting

 

There are regular tours available in English and Spanish, and private tours in English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, French and Italian so you can choose your own language when booking a day with Inside Lisbon. In all their activities, quality and fun is assured!

My Food and Wine Walking Tour Experience

My food and wine experience with Inside Lisbon took place on Saturday 27th of July 2014. I was participating in the tour with my mom who is a real wine and snack lover. We arrived at Square D. Pedro IV (Rossio) at the statue in center of the square at around 5 pm where a group of 10 people was already waiting for us.

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Our group and tour guide – Marta on the right

 

Our tour guide called Marta greeted us warmly and introduced herself. She was extremely knowledgeable, talkative and friendly. During the whole tour, which lasted over 3 hours, she was talking a lot about Portuguese snacks and drinks, food culture, traditional dishes and the quality of food in Portugal.

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Ready for the tour!

 

Thanks to Marta, I found out that the Portuguese have perfected the art of cooking (and eating) simple, delicious meals. They enjoy the food, they eat and talk for hours, they never rush when eating. Once they sit down at the table, they slowly taste each dish, appreciate every single bite and enjoy the smell of it.  Eating is a very important part of they life.

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Portuguese wines

 

Surprisingly, locals in Portugal don’t eat fast food. They prefer freshly cooked nutritious home meals stuffed with vegetables and seafood. They love soups ad grilled fish – usually salty and dry. They are big fans of freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, red wine or crisp vinho verde and smoked meats. Their meals are delicious and yet extremely healthy.

During the whole afternoon with Marta, we visited various local restaurants and pastry shops in order to taste different Portuguese snacks and drinks, including:

1) Cod fish cake & Green wine

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Fish cakes

 

The cod fish we tried at the first stop was deep fried and extremely yummy, ball-shaped and soft. It was served with green wine which tasted like a champagne – semi-sparkling.

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White wine

 

Vinho Verde is unique to Portugal and is not produced anywhere else in the world. It has a white color with medium alcohol content and citrusy palates and aromas. Perfect combination!

2) Tapas & White Wine

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Time for tapas

 

When we stopped for the second time, we indulged in fresh Portuguese bread covered with pumpkin jam, prosciutto and cheese in a very cozy restaurant. Cheese served with pumpkin jam was something new to me, but I really enjoyed the taste of it – slightly strong and fruity.

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We were explained how different wines taste and what food they should be served with

 

3) Port Wine & São Jorge Cheese and Marmalade

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Cheese, marmalade and more wine!

 

The third stop was all about sweet marmalade which was served with cheese, no bread. Port wine was sweet, semi-dry and it is often served as a dessert wine. As Marta said, the Port wine is aged, often in barrels stored in cellars, high in alcohol (between 19 and 22 percent).

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This smell was a killer!

 

4) Ginja liquor

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Ginja liquor

At the fourth stop, Marta bought a bottle of traditional Portuguese liquor. It is made by infusing ginja berries in alcohol and adding sugar together with other ingredients. Ginjinha is served in a shot form with a piece of the fruit in the bottom of the cup – so delicious!

 5) Bread, chouriço & red wine

Lastly, we all sat down at a lovely place called Casa do Alentejo where we enjoyed some ride wine, Portuguese sliced bread and a huge fatty pork sausages.

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Casa do Alentejo

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Digging into my fat pork sausage!

 

Apart from eating, we walked across Lisbon’s streets admiring the beautiful scenery and picturesque souvenirs shops. We visited various neighborhoods filled with restaurants and pastry shops. Marta has also recommended great places for dining out and shopping to us!

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Chouriço

 

Prices and discounts

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Happy to be here!

 

Lisbon Food & Wine Tour costs  35, but you can get 10% discount with eTramping promo code we were offered by Pablo – one of Inside Lisbon staff members who I met in person during my stay in Lisbon – super friendly person! 

Promo code: Insidelisbon_etramping

Link: http://bookeo.com/insidelisbon/?promotion=Insidelisbon_etramping

Contact

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Beautiful Lisbon

 

Reservations & information

 Walking Tours and Day Trips

 teleTel (Portugal): +351 968 412 612 | Tel (US): +1 646 257 40 42

 E-mail: [email protected]

 skypeSkype : inside.lisbon

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A typical Portuguese restaurant!

 

Corporate Events and Groups

 E- mail: [email protected]

 teleTel./Fax: (+351) 211 914 545

 Address: markInside Tours, Lda, Av. Forças Armadas, n.º 95 – 1º Esq., 1600 – 077 Lisboa

Would you like to experience Portuguese wines and food with Inside Lisbon?

About Agness Walewinder


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49 Responses to “My Food And Wine Experience With Inside Lisbon”

  1. From Dale:

    Looks like you and your mother had a fantastic time!

    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      We really did have a great time!

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:37 pm #
  2. From RealGunners:

    Travel blogger = foodie blogger. Yup, you are still staying true to that principle :D

    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Definitely!!

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm #
  3. From Renuka:

    It’s a beautiful tour. I am a totally bread and cheese, fruits and marmalade person, so I guess, I’m going to love it. And, I’d really like to taste some amazing wines too. :)

    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 5:27 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Thanks Renuka!

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm #
  4. From Steve:

    The food was the best part of my visit to Portugal. Missed that tour though.

    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I’m a big fan of Portugal cuisine after visiting Lisbon!

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm #
  5. From Charlie:

    Mmmmmmm… Portuguese food is delicious. Looks like a great tour too!

    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 6:12 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      It is, you should try it one day!

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm #
  6. From Brenden:

    Looks like an interesting tour! Considering I’m going to be traveling to Portugal soon this may be something I’ll look into :)

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 12:47 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      You have to!!

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm #
  7. From Rachel Jones:

    everything looks really good. I miss European food! Indian is ok, but I mean after two years… I need some of that! ^^^^^^

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 6:12 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Make it to Europe and find out!! ;-)

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm #
  8. From Best holiday destinations:

    looking nice. thanks for posting nice views.

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 7:20 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      My pleasure (as always).

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:42 pm #
  9. From Tim | UrbanDuniya:

    Agness you and your mum look even more beautiful than normal – positively glowing!! It must be all that great food!!

    I’d love to run a tour like this in any of “my” cities… Hmmmmmm!

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 8:22 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Wow Tim! Thanks for a nice compliment. We loved Portuguese food and the weather a lot. That made us glow!

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm #
  10. From Becky Padmore:

    Looks like a great experience, I remember the tasty food in Lisbon especially the delicious custard tarts :-)

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 8:53 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Yeah, it was a great experience, indeed!

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm #
  11. From Naomi:

    I love the photo montage of your mam wine testing – it’s great!

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 9:45 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Love it too! So hilarious!

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm #
  12. From Naomi:

    I love the photo montage of your mam wine testing – it’s great!

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 9:45 am #
  13. From Kerri:

    I have never been on an official walking tour, only my own unofficial ones. I would love to go on one that also includes food :)

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 9:54 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Fingers crossed you can do that one day!

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm #
  14. From Heather:

    What a delicious tour! I also visited Portugal with my mom and had the best time. I bought a bottle of Ganja to take home :-)

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 1:23 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I really miss the food, Heather.

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm #
  15. From KarolinaPatryk travelling couple:

    This tour seems to be awesome :) we’ll buy it when we come to Lisbon!
    That’s great that Portugals have good eating habits and they don’t like fast foods… when we were in USA, we were dreaming about healthy food but it was very difficult to find it!

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm #
  16. From Escape Hunter:

    Lovely food out there in Portugal!
    Fresh tuna on the salads in Porto, delicious pasteis de nata and that bacalhau cake was so unique too… Tried them all myself. Indeed, Portuguese cuisine is great!

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 5:39 pm #
  17. From Rich:

    This sounds delicious! I hope you got to try Pasteis de Belem too!!!

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm #
  18. From Andrew:

    Looks like you had a wonderful time. Portugal has been on my European travel list for a long time, and so your post is very interesting for me. All the best from Santiago…

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I did and I really enjoyed the food!!

      Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:35 am #
  19. From Zara @ Backpack ME:

    Portuguese food for the win!!
    *says this Portuguese girl shamelessly* ;)

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 4:47 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      HAHAHAHHA!!

      Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:35 am #
  20. From Victoria@ The British Berliner:

    Looks delightful. I really like the variety of this food tour and your mother looks as if she’s having so much fun. What a great trip! It’s been some time since I’ve been to Portugal (7 years ago), but the food was amazing and I remember trying out the green wine. Lovely!
    Thanks for sharing Agness. :)

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 5:12 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      My pleasure!!

      Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:35 am #
  21. From Best holiday destinations:

    so much fun. thanks for sharing nice views.

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 6:05 am #
  22. From Anna @ shenANNAgans:

    Boom! Now this is my kinda tour Agness. Food and wine and hanging with Mom. I like the variety you guys experienced, cant wait to try for myself. :)

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 4:48 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I see I’m not the only one foodie here :)!

      Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:32 am #
  23. From Jack:

    It is a good place for tourists.
    If you guy like Chinese fiid , I would like to show you when you come to visit Beijing China. http://www.mutianyugreatwalltours.com

    Posted on August 31, 2014 at 11:50 am #
  24. From Shikha (whywasteannualleave):

    I love doing food walks, recently did one in Slovenia and do think it’s such a great way of learning about a place and its culture. I didn’t know much about Portuguese food until reading this post – love the sound of the chourico!

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm #
  25. From Micamyx|Senyorita:

    Nice to see you on a food and wine tour with your mom! Looks like you both had a great time :)

    It’s good that Portuguese people are not big fans of fast food. I’m envious with this food tour of yours!

    Posted on September 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Thanks Micamy!

      Posted on September 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm #
  26. From Lauren:

    I love that the tour is offered in so many different languages! Mmmm I would love to try all of that wine! :)

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 12:50 am #
  27. From Aggy:

    Isn’t Lisbon amazing!? I love the whole ambiance of the city, I would totally go back to Lisbon again and maybe this time experience it with Inside Lisbon!

    Posted on September 7, 2014 at 8:56 am #
  28. From Kris Giles:

    Your pictures are amazing :)

    Posted on September 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Thanks xx

      Posted on September 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm #
  29. From Rocky// PDF Paradise:

    Wow! Nice selection. It is a good place for tourists.

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 10:07 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Thanks!

      Posted on September 10, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

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