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“Feliz Natal” or “Boas Festas” translates to “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”! The Holiday season in Portugal is celebrated as a time for family, of giving and sharing.
Towns and homes are decorated with lights and with “Scenes of the Nativity”, or the Presépio which is the main focal point of the Christmas decorations in the Portuguese homes. Some towns mount a living Nativity Scene, with locals and live animals playing the roles at scene at the birth of Christ.
The creche scene was the idea of St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th Century to re-create the stable where Jesus was born at Christmas.
According to the gospels, the crib represents the stable where Jesus was born, a place that is still worshiped in Bethlehem today, at the Basilica of the Nativity.
Based on the interpretation of the Old Testament gospels, the Nativity was represented in the 4th century by the image of the Baby Jesus lying on the ground, accompanied by figures representing the ox, the donkey and the shepherds. The representation of the Crib began to spread from the 8th century onwards.
In Portugal, many creche scenes have locally crafted clay figures. In the cribs at Estremoz and Barcelos, as well as to the baroque cribs designed by the sculptor Machado de Castro at theLisbon cathedral or by the sculptor António Ferreira at theBasílica da Estrela.
The nativity from the 18th century is centered around the Nativity and the arrival of the Three Wise Men at Bethlehem, but it also recreates Portuguese rural settings, crafts, professions and clothing worn at that time that are now longer used.
Crib sculptor by Machado de Castroat Lisbon Cathedral
Crib Sculpture by António Ferreira at the Basílica da Estrela
Christmas Nativity Portugal
Consoada – Christmas Eve Dinner
On Christmas Eve, a family dinner known as the night of the “Consoada” is celebrated. The word Consoada refers to a small meal that is taken at the end of a day´s fasting and derives from the Latin word consolare, meaning “to comfort”.
For most Catholics, (Advent) the period of preparation for Christmas, begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas.
Advent is also refereed to as “little Lent,” because, like lent, it is a time of repentance and fasting. Fasting during Advent used to be universal, most Western Christians today treat Advent as a “Before Christmas Day”.
In the North of Portugal (Minho, Porto and Guimarães), it is the custom for people to reserve places at the table set for the Consoada supper for those relatives who have recently passed away, or else to leave the table laid and a candle or lamp lit throughout the night to comfort and warm their souls. Some families light a “Christmas log,” or cepo de Natal, a piece of oak that burns on the hearth.
Traditionally, the Christmas Eve supper consists of abstaining from meat dishes. The traditional fish, is Bacalhau (salted cod), but other regions eat Polvo (Octopus), or another fish. Many appetizers such as, Bolinhos de Bacalhau, Rissois de Camarao, and many other treats are served. Christmas day meals usually consist of meat dishes such as roast Pork, chicken, or lamb.
Bolos de Bacalhau – Cod Fish Cakes
Rissois de Camarao – Shrimp Turnovers
Polvo – Octopus
Bacalhau – Salt Cod
Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa – Salt Cod
Traditional Christmas treats such as Portuguese cheeses, nuts, and fruits and many desserts adorn the Christmas diner table. The most popular desserts are: “filhoses or filhós“, “Sonhos“, “Rabanadas”, “Aletria”, “Arroz Doce”, and “Pao de Lo” are some of the favorites. Many other regional desserts are prepared according to ancient recipes that are passed on from generation to generation.
The Bolo Rei (literally the King Cake) is a cake made in the shape of a crown, filled and decorated with dry and crystallized fruits. Hidden inside the cake are a broad bean and a surprise gift. The person who ends up with the slice containing the broad bean is traditionally the one who should provide the next cake. The cake is eaten on Christmas and also on “Dia de Reis” the 12th day of Christmas – Day of Epiphany, when the Three Wise Men arrived at the Nativity and brought gifts to baby Jesus.
Bolo Rei – Kings Cake
Sonhos – Choux Pastry Puffs
Rabanadas – French Toast
Aletria – Sweet Angle Hair Dessert
Pao de lo – Sponge Cake
Arroz doce – Sweet Rice Pudding
Filhos – Fried Pastry Dough
Pasteis de Nata – Custard Cups
Missa do Galo – Midnight Mass
Missa do Galo or midnight mass, is a custom among Catholics who celebrate Christmas. The Missa do Galo was first included the Christmas celebrations during the 5th century. It is celebrated at midnight, which is the time referred to as being “in galli cantu” (at cock crow), and it was originally the first of three masses comprising the liturgy of Christmas Day.
During the Missa do Galo, people can admire the crib, which has been specially prepared for the occasion, and, after communion, everyone moves up to the altar to “kiss the Baby Jesus”, an act that is sometimes accompanied by songs of worship.
In the regions of Bragança, Guarda or Castelo Branco, a Yule log is burned in the atrium of the village church after mass. It helps keep everyone warm through the night and to wish family and friends a Merry Christmas.
Santa Claus is named “Pai Natal” (father Christmas). Some families open the presents on Christmas Eve at midnight, while others wait until after Midnight mass. Many open the gifts after the Christmas Eve diner. Others open them in the morning of the 25th, Christmas Day. Some families put one shoe of each child next to the chimney or fireplace instead of a stocking. Children right letters to baby Jesus asking for gifts rather than Santa Claus.
Ano Novo – New Year
Traditionally, people go out to the streets to sing “Janeiras” (January songs) between December 25 and January 6. The Janeiras (January songs) is a Portuguese tradition consists of a group of people strolling the streets of a town singing in the New Year.
To the modern eye, Janeiras is like Christmas caroling as this tradition involves a group of friends or neighbors going from house to house singing and sometimes playing instruments. While singing, they review the most important events of the year with a spirit of happiness and great humor. They sing traditional songs and those who pass by are wished a Happy New Year full of luck.
Once the song is done the singers are rewarded with chestnuts, nuts, apples, and cured sausages. These days, chocolates are often offered too. The Janeiras tradition varies from region to region.
In the Algarve, residents form charolas, which are spontaneously formed groups that join together to sing songs of both a religious and a secular nature.
Also in the Algarve, singers receive traditional alms such as one of the seasonal sweet fritters or a glass of brandy. Every year, the municipality of Silves has a festival in January to welcome in the New Year by singing.
New Year’s Eve in Portugal is filled with celebrations. People get together in the 31st December, usually for dinner, and celebrate all night long, saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new one — hoping it will bring only good things.
The party in Madeira is renowned for being the most dazzling, with a display of light and color over the whole island you can even see from the ocean. At midnight, there’s a fireworks display in every town.
Everyone eats 12 raisins, with one wish for each month, and drinks champagne to bring in the New Year.
Dia de Reis – Kings Day – Day of Epiphany
“Dia de Reis” known as the day of the Epiphany is on the 12th day of Christmas. Children put out their shoes, with carrots and straw to attract the camels of the Three Wise Men hoping that the shoes will be filled with gifts in the morning.
Bolo Rei (King Cake) is a particular favorite of the Portuguese during Christmas and is traditionally eaten on January 6, day of Epiphany. The date when the three kings arrived in Jerusalem to greet the newborn baby Jesus. The legend is that the three kings were disputing which one of them would be the first to give their gift to Jesus. Upon their travels they met a baker who baked a cake with a bean inside it. Which ever one of them got the slice of cake with the bean would give their gift first. Through the years coins and trinkets were added to the cake instead of the bean which would bring good luck upon the bearer. Whoever gets the bean has to buy the “Bolo Rei” (King Cake) in the coming year.
New Year in Madeira
During the family reunion on Christmas Eve it is customary in each madeiran household to have chicken broth, apart from other meat dishes. Also, families usually drink the typical homemade tangerine, orange and anise liqueurs or even a glass of Madeira Wine.
On Christmas Day, generally one chooses pork loin marinated in wine and garlic dish or stuffed turkey.
Other common sweets delicacies of this holiday season are the “family cake”, the Madeira Honey Cake, apart from the popular butter rings or honey or butter biscuits.
Meat in Wine and Garlic
1 kg porkloin (with some fat)
2 cups of wine vinegar
Rock salt, to taste
10 garlic cloves
Bread slices, as needed
Pepper, marjoram, savory
Cut the meat in cubes and season with salt. On the following day, make a marinade with the vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, pepper and herbs. Place the meat in the marinade for at least three days, in a clay pot. Fry with the marinade and serve with the bread, fried in the grease, baked sweet potatoes, fried cornmeal and orange slices.
Family or Black Cake
500 g flour
500 g sugar
250 g butter
125 g lard
6 teaspoons of sugar cane molasses
Ground cinnamon, to taste
Nutmeg, to taste
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 L milk
1 wine glass of Sweet Madeira wine
Dried fruit (raisins, nuts, etc.)
Mix well all the ingredients. Pour in a greased pan and bake in a very hot oven.
Secret: the drier the fruit, the longer the cake lasts, up to 5 days. This cake is initially beaten vigorously by hand.
Madeira Honey Cake
Ingredients for the leavening:
500 g unleavened flour
30 g leavening (baker’s yeast)
about 3 dl water
Knead the flour with the yeast, make a ball, cover with plastic and let rise for 2 to 3 hours.
1000 g unleavened flour
350 g sugar
300 g butter
150 g lard
clove (about 1.5 g)
fennel (about 1.5g)
15 g cinnamon
50 g nuts
50 g chopped almonds
400 g mixed crystallized fruit
150 g sultanas
15 g baking soda
juice of 1 orange
8 dl Madeira molasses
2 dl Madeira wine
Mix the butter with the sugar until creamy, add spices and juice of an orange and a little lemon zest. Melt the molasses and lard together and add to mixture. Add the flour and baking soda and mix for about five minutes. Add to this dough the leaven previously kneaded and continue to mix for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Lastly, add the crystallized fruit and mix for an additional five minutes. Let rise for 24 hours. Place the dough in greased and wax paper-lined pans (only the bottom of the pan) and decorate the cakes with almonds and nuts on top. Bake them in a 190o degree oven, for 25 minutes. Honey cake is broken by hand.
NOTE: Use pans with removable bottoms, with a diameter of 15 cm and a height of 4 cm and place dough 3 cm high.
1 l sugar cane rum
1 l water
Rinds of 6/7 tangerines (large and ripe)
Finely cut the tangerine rind, with no white so as to not be bitter. Steep the rinds in the sugar cane rum for 15 days. Once the steeping time has passed, add water and sugar and heat to make simple syrup.
Add simple syrup to the sugar cane rum, removing rinds and filtering the liqueur. It is now ready to serve.
“It wasn’t so long ago that Portugal only had one Michelin-starred restaurant outside of the Algarve, but today there are three 1-star restaurants in northern Portugal, two in the Lisbon region and one on the island of Madeira. And for the third year running, they all got together at Vila Joya last night to show just how far Portugal has come when it comes to great food.” source credit: (http://www.internationalgourmetfestival.com/index.php)
VILA JOYA is a boutique hotel and restaurant whose nickname “The Jewellery Box” perfectly describes the precious palace of joy on the Atlantic ocean. Within its Moorish and Portuguese architecture and peaceful gardens, it holds all the elements of pleasure for an indulgent retreat: luxury rooms and suites, a rejuvenating spa, heavenly gardens with access to the beach and internationally renowned haute cuisine.
VILA JOYA is a place where “forgetting” becomes a noble act.
LAST NIGHT’S MENU started with two dishes presented at once; a Gillardeau oyster with ponzu and tangerine from Madeira-based chef Benoît Sinthon, and octopus with lemon and potato by George Mendes. Next came cured Scottish salmon with imperial caviar from Algarve chef Henrique Leis. All three dishes were beautifully executed and presented, but flavour-wise, they were outshone by the following course from 2-star chef Hans Neuner of the Ocean at Vila Vita Parc here in the Algarve: Toro tuna rolled around a mousse of aubergine flavoured with miso and lime. It got a firm nod and Japanese bow of approval from the previous night’s chef Murakami who was seated next to me.
We were off to a great start with four superb cold dishes served in perfect sequence. The first hot course came next; red mullet with scallop and what chef Ricardo Costa of Vila Nova de Gaia’s The Yeatman restaurant dubbed as “carpaccio de cozido”, in fact a thin slice of sausage made with the ingredients of a traditional Portuguese cozido stew. The meatiness of the sausage was a good balance for the richly flavoured flesh of the red mullet and the sweetness of the scallop, another winning combination.
By this stage, looking down the menu with five more courses to come before dessert, we knew we were in for something of a gastronomic onslaught. Frenchman Vincent Farges of Fortaleza do Guincho in Cascais followed with more of that fabulous white alba truffle we had experienced the previous night, this time shaved no less generously on a dish of turbot with Jerusalem artichoke and hazelnut. We then went from white truffle to black with a cappuccino of black truffles concealing tender sot l’y laisse (chicken oysters) by Albano Lourenço of Quinta das Lágrimas in Coimbra, and then to Koschina’s venison saddle with smoked duck foie, Leonel Pereira‘s foie gras with onion and cauliflower, and finally a rich and succulent dish of stewed hare from Lisbon’s rising star José Avillez rounding off the savoury courses. Portugal’s northernmost Michelin star Vitor Matos of Casa da Calçada in Amarante had the final say with an immaculate dessert of chocolate and forest fruits served in a mock wine bottle.
Although a menu that may have been a little heavy for some tastes, it was well balanced, and the overall standard was certainly worthy of Vila Joya’s own 2-star Michelin rating. The Portuguese chefs have raised the bar.
Photo and article text source credit: http://www.internationalgourmetfestival.com/news.php?id=53
Portugal’s love affair with wine began around 2000 BC when the Tartessians began cultivating the first vineyards in Portugal. When the Roman empire reached into Portugal, they named the area Lusitania, after Lusus, the son of the RomaGod of wine Bacchus.
Portuguese wine has evolved through the centuries and no longer only recognized for it’s Port and Madeira and considered by specialists among the best in the world.
The upcoming Dia de Sao Martinho, (The Feast of St Martin) on November 11, is a major celebration in Portugal. It’s a celebration of the harvest-time, the time when newly-produced wine is ready for drinking!
Today, in North America, many Portuguese American winery and vineyard owners, are celebrating their heritage and their love of wine as their ancestors did. Here are a few of them below.
Morais Vineyards is a Farm Winery that has been offering great scenery, memorable experiences and a unique wine selection for several years; we have a little something for everyone. We craft elegant and powerful wines that reflect the place from which they originate. With a strong Portuguese influence in everything from our wines and architecture to our hospitality we are the perfect spot where you can enjoy a wine tasting and picnic with friends or hold your special event.
We dream it. We grow it. We create it. We respect those who have come before us and in their spirit we progress. We experiment and push the boundaries of tradition. We are family. We love what we do. We create a world class experience in a style recognized as our own. moraisvineyards.com.
A perfect destination wedding can be held at the spectacular venue . It’s also perfect for receptions, private parties, and corporate meetings, with capacity up to 500 guests.
“To own and operate a winery has been a lifelong dream of mine. Keeping the traditions of wine making alive and passing my Portuguese heritage to my children and grandchildren brings me great joy. It is the sense of family and tradition that I would like to pass on to all of you.” José Morais
The winery offers a wide collection of wines. Some of which make their way into reserved cellars, and private libraries. Touriga National, for example is a Portuguese grape variety vinified through traditional Portuguese techniques resulted in this full-bodied yet smooth red wine. It presents aromas of peach and apricot with a smoky scent which are present when tasted.
Wine tastings are offered from 12pm – 6pm every Saturday and Sunday in their Tasting Room.
Gouveia Vineyards is located high atop 140 sun-kissed acres. Built of stone and old timbers. The Stone House winery and location command spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of lush woodland, open fields and over 32 acres of pristine vineyards. Bring food, family and friends to enjoy a glass of one of our 11 award winning wines. Picnic in the summer or cozy up to a warm fire in the winter. Come relax and savor the charming surroundings of Wallingford, CT.
Growing up in a Portuguese village, Joe Gouveia learned the importance of being a proactive member of society and the love of belonging to a community. Throughout his time in America, he noticed the enjoyment of work and the values of community were diminishing. He wanted to bring the value of a village to America, which inspired the idea of Gouveia Vineyards.
Joe Gouveia and his wife Lucy’s dream beautifully demonstrates the opportunity for a greater future. Through lives of hard work and being encouraged by their own hearts and passions, they were able to establish Gouveia Vineyards. From a vacant farm, the family planted a vineyard by hand and opened up a winery. Gouveiavineyards.com
“Adversity is a testament of God, but the confidence to believe in yourself defines the reason for living” Joe Gouveia
The Stone House winery and location command spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of lush woodland, open fields and over 32 acres of pristine vineyards.
Since 1999 when they first bought the property and the original vine was hand planted, the vineyard has continued to grow each year adhering to traditional skills of Portuguese wine making. Each vine is hand planted and hand pruned.
Gouveia Vineyards produces 90,000 bottles a year. Eleven different wines are produced including; 6 whites, 1 rosé, 3 reds, and 1 red dessert wine ranging from dry to sweet.
A trip across a great distance of sea or land. A passage… “the journey of life.”
Travessia is a micro-winery in downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts. Primarily using Massachusetts-grown grapes, Travessia makes wines, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Vidal Blanc, and Pinot Noir.
“I began my journey in the world of wine as a kid living in a small village in the Tras-Os-Montes region of Portugal. Every September I would help my family and neighbors with the grape harvest. Wines were made in an artisan manner to be consumed by family and friends. Grape stomping with one’s feet was not a romantic or cool way to crush grapes, it was the only way” Marco Montez
Travessia wines are an authentic reflection of our local soils and micro-climate. We love to experiment and push the boundaries but our wines are also made with simplicity.
You can purchase Travessia wines directly from the winery through our very simple order form or by calling them directly at the winery. Join their mailing list to receive a quarterly newsletter which includes updates on everything Travessia.
Travessia’s tasting and sales room is inside the winery in the heart of downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Mention (Tia Maria’s Blog) for a FREEwine tasting in October 2013.
Currently, Travessia is open for tasting and sales Wednesday through Saturday from Noon to 6P.M. and Sunday from Noon to 5P.M. Please note for a tasting of our wines, you must arrive no later than 30 minutes before closing time. Also available by appointment. Groups of 10 or more please call at least 24 hours ahead… Tel.774-929-6534
Travessia Winery 760 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA 02740 41.634668,-70.925881
Léal Vineyards is the creation of a self-taught wine fanatic. Owner Frank Léal is living his dream. His goal? To have fun, to reestablish San Benito County’s historic reputation as a winegrowing region, and to consistently provide limited, exceptional vintages to his discerning fans. lealvineyards.com
Raymond Burr and Robert Benevides had met, as professional actors, in the middle 1950s on the television program which was to make a legend of Burr, “Perry Mason.” Motivated in the beginning by friendship, the Burr/Benevides relationship was bolstered and advanced by their individual interest in, and knowledge of, the cultivation and hybridization of orchids. In the next several years this shared hobby began to grow until the obvious resolution was to make it a commercial venture. And so, Sea God Nurseries was born, becoming in the 20-odd years of its life an international presence with ranges in Fiji, Hawaii, the Azores Islands and in Southern California.
Raymond Burr Winery
Sonoma CA, Dry Creek Valley 8.5 miles outside Healdsburg at 8339 West Dry Creek Road
Our Portuguese family has been growing food and making wine for hundreds of years. The family tree comes from the Azores Island of St. Jorge where my grandfather took pride in farming and producing wine. The St. Jorge Wine embodies this custom and stays true to the culture. Our wines follow Portuguese tradition with a slightly lighter color and full fruit flavor. stjorgewinery.com
22769 North Bender Road
Acampo, California 95220
MenaRick Vineyard and Winery is a family owned vineyard and winery located on over 33 acres nestled in the foothills of the Yadkin Valley. We are a unique Yadkin Valley vineyard and winery specializing in Spanish and Portuguese varietals. We currently have 8 acres of vines planted, including Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Albariño, Grenacha, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and two fruit wines. The MenaRick story started in 2006 with the purchase of the property in Ronda, NC—but our winemaking journeys started in California where Rick grew up and Mena in Portugal growing up around her family’s vineyards. menarick.com
➢ DOIS RESTAURANTES PORTUGUESES ENTRE OS MELHORES NO ‘ESTADO JARDIM’
+++ Edição de Agosto da revista ‘New Jersey Monthly’ revela
• Por HENRIQUE MANO, Nova Iorque Editor-at-large Jornal LUSO-AMERICANO
De acordo com a revista ‘New Jersey Monthly’, a Seabra’s Marisqueira e o Europa South estão entre os “285 Melhores Restaurantes” do estado. Os dois espaços gastronómicos surgem na sub-categoria ‘Spanish/Portuguese/Tapas’. A lista em que surgem os dois restaurantes lusos foi compilada com base nas escolhas dos leitores da ‘New Jersey Monthly’ e está inserida na edição de Agosto daquela publicação, agora nas bancas. A Seabra’s Marisqueira abriu portas em 1989, no coração do Ironbound, em Newark – no 87 da Madison Street, a dois passos da dinâmica Ferry; o ‘Europa South’, por seu lado, é um dos escassos restaurantes a apostar na culinária portuguesa na movimentada zona de Jersey Shore.
General Manager, Miguel Pires of Carmello’s & Little Portugal Restaurant in Manassas Va. prepares Portuguese Cataplana for a cooking segment called; “Cooking with Tomatoes”.
Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/carmellos
Located in the heart of Old Town Manassas, Carmello’s offers upscale fine dining. Fresh ingredients, innovative cuisine, and romantic ambience equal an unforgettable dining experience. The mixture of succulent Northern Italian and Portuguese cuisine gives you a choice between two cultures. Whether you’re out for a special occasion or looking for a pleasurable dining experience anytime, Carmello’s is a wonderful place to visit. Come try the next big thing in wine Come try our extensive Portuguese wine list and taste for yourself what everyone will be talking about. We currently carry over 50 Portuguese wines from such regions as Alentejo, Douro, Doa, Estremadura, and Vinho Verde. Our list of Portuguese wines is one of the finest in the DC Metropolitan area and compares with many of the top Portuguese wine list on the east coast. http://www.superpages.com/bp/Manassas-VA/Carmellos-Little-Portugal-L0105865413.htm
Portuguese “Frango Churrasco” – Barbequed Chicken, is one of the most popular dishes for summer cookouts.
There are many different recipes for this dish from using basic salt and pepper to adding oregano and rosemary.
My recipe, combines the classic Portuguese style spices, with an American twist of using a “Brick” to cook the chicken.
The chicken will cook quicker because it literally cooks on both sides with the heat from the hot brick cooking the top of the chicken and the hot grill cooks it on the bottom. You’ll notice you’ll get a great golden sear on the skin from the pressure of the brick as the chicken cooks slowly.
2 small fryer chickens (3 to 4 lbs each)
4 cloves garlic crushed
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 cup white wine
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp Piri Piri or Tabasco sauce (Add more to taste)
2 tbsp olive oil
Cooking Marinade to brush on chicken:
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1/2 cup white wine
You will also need:
2 bricks wrapped in foil or a large heavy cast iron skillet
Butterfly the chicken by cutting down the back bone. Mix all the ingredients to form a marinate in a small bowl.
Coat the chicken with the marinate. Place in a shallow pan or plastic bag and store in the refrigerator.
Let it marinate for at least 2 hours or best, if left overnight.
Wrap 2 bricks with foil and place on the hot grill to heat up.
Grill should be hot then lowered to medium.
* Bricks will be hot – Use oven proof gloves.
When ready to cook, remove chickens from the pan and reserve marinade.
Place the chickens skin side up on the grill and place one brick on top of each one. If you don’t have a brick use a heavy iron skillet. Close the grill and let chicken cook for 10 minutes.
In a small saucepan, mix any leftover marinade with the butter and 1/2 cup of wine. Place on top of the grill and cook to evaporate the wine or heat up for a few minutes on your stove top until boiling point.
After 10 minutes check the chicken and turn over, skin side down.
Place the brick back on top of the chicken, close the grill and let cook for 5 minutes.
Begin Coating the chicken with the leftover marinade to moisten the chicken as it cooks if needed.
Check the chicken every 5 – 8 minutes to be sure it’s not burning. If you see flames, developing simply move the chicken off the flame to a different location on the grill.
After 1/2 hour, the chicken should have a good sear and charred color on it.
Lower the heat if you notice flames burning the chicken. Continue cooking for another 30 – 45 minutes, or until the legs are fully cooked turning every 10 minutes.
*Note: All grills are different so you may find that you need to cook your chicken for a longer time.
*Cut through the legs and thighs for faster grilling.
You may also finish cooking the chicken in the oven for 10 minutes at 350.
I had always heard that California’s climate, the rich abundance of fresh seafood and locally grown produce made it similar to Portugal.
Perhaps that’s why the wave of Portuguese immigrant fisherman, whalers, and farmers who arrived there, soon made it their home for many generations to come.
Today, California has a large and thriving Portuguese community that embraces their culture and heritage.
On our second trip to California, my wife and I visited Napa Valley, toured the vineyards that truly reminded us Portugal and visited many other sights.
We ended our last night in Sonoma, California, with a wonderful cultural dinning experience atLaSalette Restaurant.
Owner/Chef Manuel Azevedo offers his own interpretation of modern Portuguese cuisine, which celebrates the immense flavors and dishes of Portugal while encouraging the use of fresh local, seasonal ingredients.
LasSalette’s old world ambiance, with it’s open hearth kitchen, generates home style comfort and appeal.The gracious Portuguese hospitality provided by the attentive staff as well as the familiar “Gallo de Borcellos” the LaSalette mascot, a national symbol of Portugal adorning the staff uniforms said to us; “Welcome to Portugal” as soon as we walked in the door!
The taste tempting menu with it’s quintessential Portuguese flavors, the home made breads, and tempting aromas in the air, left our pallets craving and anticipating our planned Summer trip to Portugal in August!
Our first bite of the amuse bouche (first bite) of Chourica with melted Sao Jorge Cheese with olives temped us with it’s spicy yet creamy taste. The appetizer of Scallops, chourico crusted Japanese sweet potato puree, with leek confit and Portuguese molho was superb.
We dived into the appetizer combination platter of succulent baby octopus, sweet tripe stew, fried goat cheese with compote jam, homemade bread and almonds all complemented by our Portuguese Douro valley wine selection; Vale de Bomfim.
Chocolate Fetish – Chocolate mousse with almond tuile, chocolate soufflé with ruby port geléeand bitter chocolate sorbet with caramelized banana
We smiled at each other as we overheard the couple at the next table who had never tasted tripe or Portuguese cuisine before, rave on and on about it’s goodness! We knew they would become adoring fans of Portuguese food just like many others before them.
The Chocolate Fetish dessert created a perfectly sweet ending to our diner that lasted during the taxi drive back to our hotel. We had a great experience dining at LaSalette and we plan on re-creating it again next year!
You don’t have to fly to California to taste the amazing dishes that Chef Azevedo has created for his guests, just visit the LaSalette website and order the LaSalette’s cook book because most of the dishes served at the restaurant are in it!
This book is not an ordinary cook book. It is meant to be used, shared and then passed down in the family.
It contains 360 pages, over 270 recipes, and the beautiful photographs by Portuguese photographer Henrigue Bagulho will leave you craving the flavor of Portugal, and inspire you to try the recipes.
What a perfect gift for the special Portuguese foodie in your life!
*Free Shipping available in Continental USA-May only.
Here’s the video of the promo for the cook book!
“My personal mission is to do whatever I can to put Portuguese cuisine in its rightful place alongside other great cuisines in the United States. Because the truth is, if we want to survive and prosper as a culture, we need to make an impact, not merely be present.” Chef Azevedo/Owner – LaSalette
Chef Manuel Azevedo
Grilled Sardines, Pickled Sea Beans and Azorean Green Sauce – LaSalette Cook Book
Olive Oil Poached Salt Cod Fish
Alentejana Style Pork & Clams – LaSalette Cook Book
Chef Azevedo has recently opened a new restaurant in Healdsburg, CA, called Cafe Lucia which we didn’t have time to visit but it’s on our agenda for next time!
The Food Truck scene is exploding across the country! In Boson, the number of trucks has gone from just 16 in 2011 to 56 in 2013. It was only a matter of time that we’d finally see Portuguese food trucks emerge.
Here are two that I came across. One in Orlando Fl and one in Providence RI. I’m sure there will be more of these popping up in many other locations soon. If you know of any trucks serving Portuguese food in your city please contact me so I can add them to this list! Enjoy!
Sweet Diablo – (Sweet Devil) is a downtown Portuguese Cafe in Washinton, DC. Owners Rosa Silva and Nuno Geraldes Freire opened the cafe in 2012 to bring the flavor of Portugal to the Capital city.
Pastéis de Nata, Bolas de Berlim, Queijadas, Chocolate Mousse, NYUC (Not Your Usual Cheesecake), Paninis, salads, fresh made breads, fine cheese, meats and fresh produce highlight the menu cooked the Portuguese way by Chef Michael Guerrieri. The cafe was recently featured on RTP – Noticias.
“Sweet Diablo creates savory and sweet temptations using the finest ingredients and a dedication to the European culinary tradition. Born from our childhood experiences in Portugal, we believe food should be an experience that takes over your mouth, mind and soul. Stop by our café or try our catering menu, and let us create a Sweet Diablo experience for you that is pure temptation.” sweetdiablo.com
The cafe is open for Breakfast – Lunch, takeout and early Dinner until 7 pm. Catering is available to bring a taste of Europe to your office meetings, functions or other events.
Featuring: The Best Chocolate Cake in the World
by Chef Carlos Braz Lopes
“Sweet Diablo is proud to feature renowned Portuguese Chef Carlos Braz Lopes signature chocolate cake. This flourless, gluten-free confection features thin, crunchy chocolate meringue layers filled with a creamy chocolate mousse and a ganache top. A popular sensation in Portugal, Spain, Australia and Brazil, Sweet Diablo is proud to be the exclusive distributor of the Best Chocolate Cake in the World in the United States.”
Monday through Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A taste of Portugal in downtown Washington, DC, the Sweet Diablo Café is open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch and take-out orders.