Tia Maria’s Blog – Noticias do Meu Pais


Click here to watch full video: Source: Notícias do Meu País – Episódio 9 – RTP Play – RTP
Hi everyone. Here is the full length video of my episode which aired around the world on RTP!
I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I did. This was an experience of a lifetime for our family which we will never forget. It brought back sweet memories of Portugal, it connected us to our relatives and it inspired me to keep cooking Portuguese recipes to keep our beautiful traditions, culture and cuisine alive for the next generations.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Notícias do Meu País, RTP TV, the host, Tiago Góes Ferreira, and the film crew; Director, Miguel Costa E Moura, Production Assistant, Rita Batista, and Cameraman, Marcel Reis, for making my dreams come true!

Heartfelt thanks to my family both here, in America and in Portugal for their love and support.

A special thank you to Chef Justa Nobre for her wonderful words of inspiration and encouragement!

Me and the film crew in Ludlow

Me and Tiago

At Randall’s Farm in Ludlow

Sharing memories from Portugal

At Randall’s Farm


Our family says goodbye!

Lupulo – George Mendes NYC Portuguese Brewery, Style Restaurant

George Mendes, left, the chef and owner of Lupulo, with Brad Willits, the chef de cuisine. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times

Lupulo, the second restaurant of Michelin-starred George Mendes has opened in New York City! The restaurant is inspired by the cervejarias, or breweries, of Lisbon. It’s wonderful to finally see our Portuguese cuisine becoming popular and finally recognized! Congratulations and much success to Chef Mendes!

Menu items feature classic Portuguese dishes such as: SARDINHAS ASSADAS COM PIMENTOS, RISSÕIS DE CAMARÃO, BOLINHOS DE BACALHAU, FRANGO PIRI-PIRI and the ever popular; BACALHAU À GOMES DE SÁ (Para Dois)! See the full menu here.

At Lupulo, the Portuguese word for “hops,” Chef Mendes draws inspiration from his heritage and travels to serve a menu of rustic Portuguese fare paired with an extensive menu of craft beers, cocktails and wine. A raw bar and charcuterie station located at the restaurant’s central, wrap-around dining bar serves seafood, cured Iberico ham and petiscos, or tapas-style bites meant for snacking. A curated list of more than a dozen Portuguese and American craft beers on tap offers refreshing pairings for Lupulo’s casual dishes, along with a rotating selection of Portuguese wine and simple, well-executed cocktails.

The restaurant’s design by Créme (Red Farm and Danji) pays homage to traditional Portuguese taverns with handcrafted blue and white tiles and rustic wood accents, while objects collected throughout Mendes’ travels in Portugal decorate shelves lining the walls and street-facing windows. Tables topped with hand-made Portuguese tiles and accented with black iron surround Lupulo’s focal point, the lively, 35-seat, blackened steel-topped bar. text credit: Lupulo.com

LUPULO is located on the northwest corner of 29th st and 6th avenue in New York City. The closest subway stations are 34th st. (A, C, E) and 28th st (1). Paid parking is also available directly behind the restaurant on 29th st.

Hours of operation:
Mon-Weds: 5:30pm-12am;
Thurs-Sat: 5:30pm-2am;
Sun: 5:30pm-11pm

Taste Portugal | 101 easy Portuguese recipes cookbook


Taste Portugal | 101 easy Portuguese recipes

Come along, let us show you how to cook 101 easy Portuguese recipes so you can taste Portugal!

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The 101 recipes contained in our cookbook have many recipes from Tia Maria’s Blog along with other classics dishes in Portuguese cuisine. The recipes in the book are easy for the everyday home cook to prepare, they’re made with simple ingredients, and they require basic equipment that most home cooks have in their kitchen. Recipes include; Soups, Appetizers, Side Dishes, Breads, Main Dishes and Desserts!

What began for my daughter Lisa and I as a challenging labor of love by simply sharing recipes on this Blog, has now transformed into a commitment of preserving the rich Portuguese food culture, promoting the nation’s cuisine, and inspiring people to learn how to cook these recipes so they can pass them on to the next generation.

A heartfelt thank you to all of our fans for your encouragement and support!


Maria and Lisa




















Chef Rui Correia Hosts Sold Out Douro Valley Portugal, Food & Wine Tour 2014

Chef Rui Correia owner of Douro Restaurant in Greenwich Ct. will be hosting a spectacular trip of a life time, Food and Wine tour of the Douro Valley, Portugal this October. See itinerary here: Douro – Food Wine Tour 2014.

Chef Correia will also be preparing dishes along with some of the renowned chefs at the restaurants and vineyards on the tour! This years tour is sold out but Chef Correia will be planning another tour next year 2015!

The chef is a frequent guest on The Today Show, been featured in many media outlets and is currently a chef instructor at Clarke Kitchens Culinary Center.

The menus at Douro Restaurant are a showcase of Chef Rui Correia’s creative approach to Portuguese-Mediterranean fare. Using local and seasonal ingredients Chef Rui demonstrates how Portuguese cuisine can be fresh, unique, and comforting. Chef Correia will be featured at the Greenwich Food & Wine Festival 2014 this September which will featuring many network Celebrity Chefs.

THE DOURO FOOD AND WINE TOUR October 9 – October 15, 2014 — SOLD OUT!!!


Thursday October 09
Depart NEWARK/ NJ on TAP Air Portugal
Friday October 10 – Arrive PORTO, PORTUGAL

Accommodation 2 nights at Vintage House Hotel, Porto
October 10 – 12
In the heart of Douro’s World Heritage site, this former 18th century wine estate enjoys a fantastic riverfront location, surrounded by famous Port wine production estates and their extensive vineyards.
The interiors are sophisticated and comfortable and all the rooms have balconies overlooking the river.The award-winning “Rabelo” restaurant provides a combination of excellent food and wines of the region.

Your experience will start with a private visit of Niepoort Vineyards at Quinta de Napoles.
This critically acclaimed vineyard is not open to the public, but Chef Rui has arranged for an early lunch and tasting of some of their finest releases for a truly unique afternoon .

For our first evening in Portugal, Chef Rui Correia has organized a wine dinner at the most prestigious restaurant in the Douro Valley, Rui Paul’s DOC. His restaurant sits above the rivers water, with spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards.
Saturday October 11:
Morning at Leisure- Take in the stunning views of the Douro Valley at our hotel, situated on the banks of the Douro River.

2:00- 4:00pm:
Setting sail from the dock at the Vintage House, the group will board a traditional barco de rabelo (sailboat), for a leisure cruise on the Douro River.
Departure for Quinta Do Portal
We will enjoy late afternoon relaxation by the pool at this beautiful vineyard while enjoying local snacks and wines.
Chef Rui in collaboration with Quinta Do Portal has set up a four course tasting menu, with a private selection of wines that will be presented to the group by the winemaker
Paulo Coutinho and owner Pedro Branco of the vineyard.
Sunday October 12 – 14

Yeatman Hotel – Accommodations for 2 nights in executive suites.
The hotel is located in the heart of the worlds porto capital,owned and operated by the Taylor Fladgate family. This stunning hotel has amazing views of the ribeira baixa, where all the port wine houses are located. Once we have settled in, the group will meet for cocktails & hors d’ouvres followed by a lunch prepared by Chef Ricardo Costa of The Yeatman which will feature some local specialties of Chef Rui’s hometown.
After lunch we will take a vintage private tour of Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca Port wine houses located in Vila Nova De Gaia.

Dinner at Pedro Lemos Restaurant: Pedro Lemos is one of Porto’s most talented young chefs, and friend of Chef Rui’s. His namesake restaurant is one of Porto’s hidden gems in the Figeira Da Foz area. We will be treated to a four course tasting menu with wine pairing at this intimate, quaint restaurant.
Tuesday October 14 – 15
Transfer to EVORA and check in at Hotel Convento Do Espinheiro (Lisbon area)
After settling into the hotel we go for our last winery visit, to Quinta Do Esporao in the alentejo wine region, followed by a farewell tapas dinner with samplings of this wineries fine wines. The group will then return back to the hotel for some rest and relaxation before departing the next day.
Wednesday October 15
Depart LISBON -Tap Air Portugal




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Portuguese Muffins – Tia Maria’s Blog on SIC Portuguese TV

I appeared on Portuguese TV – SIC NOTICIA/SAPO on Tuesday June 10, Portugal day. The news piece featured Portuguese Sweet Muffins – Bolos Levados from the Portuguese company 3mealmuffin company of Fall River.

Mr. Lopes sent my family his delicious muffins and I can tell you, they were simply delicious! The muffins are available in many markets in New England and will soon be able to order online via their website in the near future.

The muffins have gained much popularity in the recent years and are now featured at many famous upscale restaurants. Paul Lopes, owner of the company says his muffins are used as burger and sandwich buns in many New York City restaurants such as the famous Tribeca Grill, and at Madison Square Garden. They are also used in many upscale restaurants around the country, in Miami, and at the famous Craigs Restaurant in L.A. Ca.

When the Lopes family came to this country 46 years ago, Mr. Lopes’s mother-in-law, Beatriz Caetano, noticed that no one was making the kind of breakfast muffins they ate in the Azores.

Tiberio Lopes, the Portuguese muffin patriarch, got the idea for his product while working at Chaves Market, a Portuguese market that did not sell bolos levedos. Beatriz gave Tiberio and Leonor the recipe.

In 1975 the husband-and-wife team started the baking business out of their garage. They found a distributor who brought the muffins to mom-and-pop shops in Cape Cod.

Their muffins became a hit and the demand was enough to start a mail order business. It catered to customers who got to know the product while vacationing in Cape Cod and wanted to get the muffins back home.

This led to them moving out of the garage and into their first and smallest bakery on South Main Street.
In 1988, the Lopes’s got their first big break. A story in the New York Times featured the family and their product. The muffins were already being sold to restaurants in the city including high-end eateries like Balducci’s.

Another publication called “Food Finds” also featured the muffins. Today the Food Channel has a show based on the book which looks at local specialty foods.

The Bakery only makes Portuguese Muffins, which they brand as 3-meal muffins due to the fact that they are not just considered breakfast food by their customers. The branding is also a way of shaking off the competition that has followed the names they have given the product since introducing it. They wanted to separate themselves from everyone who tried duplicating their muffins.

The Central Bakery family is proud to be baking the Original Portuguese Muffin since 1975. credits (http://3mealmuffin.com/our-distributors

You can find Leonor Santos’s recipe for Bolos Levedos here.



Michelin Star Chef George Mendes – New Cook Book – My Portugal/Recipes and Stories

Photo credits: Amazon.com, Star Chefs.com

Chef George Mendes of Aldea Restaurant, New York City, has risen to fame in the last few years receiving a Michelin Star in 2011 and again in 2012. He has written his first cook book titled; My Portugal/Recipes and Stories which includes 125 recipes from traditional to modern versions of the classic Portuguese dishes. The book is available on Amazon for per-ordering with an October 7,2014 launch date. Read about his discovery of his roots and research for his first cook book on his recent trip to Portugal.

Amazon review: In My Portugal, George Mendes, chef and owner of Michelin-starred Aldea, introduces us to the world of Portuguese cuisine, offering 125 mouthwater­ing recipes that showcase the wide range of dishes that come from this coastal country. The collection balances Mendes’s popular restaurant recipes, such as his signature Duck Rice and Garlic Seared Shrimp, with his takes on classic Portuguese dishes, such as Salt, Cod, Potato, and Egg Casserole; Mozambique Shrimp and Okra with Piri Piri; Eggs Baked with Peas, Linguiça, and Bacon; Butter Cookies; and more. His stories illustrate the wealth of culinary resources in Portugal—fresh seafood, savory meats, and crisp vegetables. With delicious recipes and stunning photographs of the country, My Portugal takes the reader on an unforgettable journey. credits: (amazon.com) Pre-order below.

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In 2011 he won the title of “Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef New York”. Since then, Chef Mendes has been featured on many TV programs including Top Chef, The Today Show, and featured in many media outlets.

Here’s a recent interview by Food & Wine magazine March 27, 2014.

My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Chef George Mendes’s Aldea restaurant in New York City a few years ago. It was a cold night in February when we took a quick 15 minute cab ride and arrived at a fully booked restaurant at 9 pm. Luckily there were two seats left with the kitchen view that seemed like they had been reserved just for the two of us. We had the pleasure of watching the Chef along with his talented and efficient staff preparing our meals.

I loved the view, since it was like watching one of the cooking shows I’d seen so many times on TV and I’d always wondered why the celebrity chefs made it look so effortless and so organized.

My many years of working in restaurant kitchens told me otherwise. Aldea’s kitchen however was calm and relaxing and everything flowed smoothly. There would be no shouting at sous chefs that night, no clanging of dishes or of pots and pans. There was no temperamental “Portuguese Chef” like so many that I had worked with in my career.

That day, a very creative and talented Michelin Star Chef prepared our meal. Our dinner, was prepared with the Chef’s passion for his Portuguese culinary roots, but with a modern, artistic version of the classics. We ate, we relaxed, and we enjoyed the wonder of it all!

photo credit: aldea.com

We had mouthwatering, delicious meal including one of the chef’s signature dishes; “SHRIMP ALHINHO” in a garlic sauce. Although Chef Mendes was extremely busy with a booked house, his warm and friendly Portuguese hospitality shined through when we said hello to him. He took the time to came to our table where we talked about Aldea, and his upcoming ventures. The next time I saw the chef was on TV when he appeared as contestant on Top Chef. I’m looking forward to my next visit to NYC and to Aldea!

On June 10, 2014 – In honor of celebrating “Dia de Portugal” Portugal Day, Aldea will be having a guest chef event featuring 4 Portuguese Chefs/5 courses/ 5 wines at 7 pm $155. Call for reservations.

Featured chefs include: Chef George Mendes of Aldea, Chef Rui Correia, of Douro Restaurant in Greenwich, Connecticut, Chef David Santos of Louro restaurant in New York City, and Chef Pedr Lemos of restaurant Homónimo Porto, Portugal.

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Bacalhau de Trás-os-Montes by Oceana Restaurant NYC

To showcase the incredible versatility of Portuguese wines with food, Wines of Portugal is launching an exciting new culinary-focused program in the United States this April. The program, known as 10 Chefs / 10 Wineries,” will match ten Portuguese wineries with ten of America’s top chefs, culminating in an online cooking series and limited edition printed recipe guide that will be available to trade, press and consumers by the end of the year. credits: http://www.winesofportugal.com/us/food-and-wine/10-chefs-10-wineries/

Executive Chef Ben Pollinger and Wine Director Pedro Goncalves

First Offering April: Oceana – New York City

“House-made Bacalhau de Trás-os-Montes”

Paired with Duorum Colheita 2011

4 4-ounce portions bacalhau, soaked three days

in equal parts milk and water, changing liquid every day

                   Chickpea-potato ragout

3 Tbs EVOO
1/3 Cup chorizo, skinned and diced 1/3 inch (approximately one link)
1 ¼ Cup Vidalia onion, medium dice (approx ½ medium onion)
3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 plum tomatoes, cored and diced 1/3 inch
1 Cup cooked chickpeas
¾ Cup cooked fingerling potatoes, diced 1/3 inch (about 6 small potatoes)
1 Cup chicken stock
2 Tbs halved black olives
2 Tbs quartered large green olives
1 Tbs slivered parsley


1. Heat a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Add 2 Tbs EVOO.
2. Add chorizo and fry over medium high heat for 3 minutes,

until lightly browned and oil takes on a red color from the sausage.
3. Add onion and garlic and sauté five minutes, until lightly colored
4. Add tomatoes; cook five minutes until tomato starts to break down
5. Add chickpeas, potatoes and stock. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
6. Nestle bacalhau into the ragout and spoon some of the ragout over the fish.
7. Place cover on pan, cook 8 minutes.
8. Add olives, remaining 1 Tbs EVOO and parsley, stir to combine.
9. Spoon the ragout into four bowls. Place the fish on top of the ragout.
10. Spoon remaining ragout over the fish.
11. Place the halved quail egg over fish, top with a little more

sliced parsley and a drizzle of EVOO.

Quail eggs (can substitute with chicken eggs if quail eggs are unavailable)
4 quail eggs (quarter a single chicken egg if substituting)
Place in a pot, cover with cold water.
Bring to a boil, boil two minutes.
Remove from water, peel and cut in half.

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Portuguese Sangria Recipe

Sangria is a perfect drink to quench your thirst on a hot day. It’s beautiful fruity color makes it a great crowd pleaser for your next picnic or a party.

The use of the word sangria in labels is now restricted under European law. Only sangria made in Spain and Portugal will be allowed to be sold under that name after the European Parliament green-lighted new wine labeling in January 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangria

I served my Sangria with a Portuguese Antipasti Platter of cold meats, cheese, olives, roasted red peppers and breads but you can make up your party platter with your favorites.

My recipe is easy because you don’t have to spend time making a simple syrup to sweeten it, you simply add orange Sumol which has a sweet orange flavor.

Cheers! Saude!



1 liter bottle of Portuguese Red Wine

1 liter of Sumol or any Orange soda

1/2 cup of 1920 Brandy

2 oranges (sliced)

1 lemon (sliced) optional

2 cups of ice cubes




Place the ice in a large pitcher and add the wine. Add the remaining ingredients, stir well and place in the refrigerator for a few hours for the flavor to intensify and to chill.

Decorate serving glasses with a slice of orange and a strawberry. Add ice and serve cold.

Look at the beautiful color!


Portuguese Muffins Featured in Huffington Post

Portuguese Sweet Muffins featured in Huffington Post article!

Click on this link to read the article! Why Portuguese Muffins AreSeriously Underrated

The article links back to Tia Maria’s Blog for the recipe by Leonor Santos!

Here’s an excerpt from the article in the Huffington Post – Travel – February 22, 2014

“Popularized in the United States by Portuguese immigrants around New Bedford and Cape Cod in Massachusetts, these muffins can still be found in many a Cape Cod sandwich shop. Larger, chewier, slightly sweeter and more flavorful and substantial than an English muffin, it’s no wonder they’ve caught on outside of Massachusetts too. While they’re still not as ubiquitous English muffins, we think their time will come. Once you try one, you’ll understand why they’re seriously underrated.” Excerpt and top left photo credit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/portuguese-muffins_n_4847213.html?utm_hp_ref=travel&ir=Travel