Thursday, October 01, 2009

Mmm... pig stomach.

That'll teach me to consult my Portuguese phrasebook before ordering dinner.  "Buchos," I learned after it arrived at my table, is pig stomach.

The Portuguese love meat (as pretty much all Europeans seem to).  Pork features a lot on the menu.  And just about everything is served with deep-fried potatoes.  You won't go broke in Portugal as a cardiothoracic surgeon.

In Monsanto I had a nice steak of black pig, and in Coimbra I had a delicious goat boiled in red wine called chanfana.  A full dose (portion) of anything on the dinner menu typically serves two, so unless you're very hungry a half portion will usually do.  Breakfast is almost always slices of ham and cheese with bread, which gets a bit boring, but apparently the Portuguese don't go in much for breakfast.

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