Welcome Cocktail - Drinks
Sparkling wine, white wine, Martini, Dry Port; Natural juices according to the season: orange, pineapple with lime, melon with mint, strawberries with raspberries, soft drinks and mineral waters
Portugal Wedding MENU A
Seafood flan with green salad
Hake with shellfish sauce, two puree and broccoli
Roast leg of lamb, mint sauce, crispy sweet potato and vegetable bundle
Emulsion of black chocolate and passion fruit
Portugal Wedding MENU Barbecue
“Caldo verde” with chorizo and cornbread OR Fish soup OR Gazpacho
Beaf, lamb chops, chicken, pork, selection of Portuguese sausages
Crispy sweet potato, cabbage, black bean, white rice
Choice of salads
Chocolat fondue, brownies, marshmallows and seasonal fruit
Welcome Cocktail - Food
Smoked salmon mousse with toasts, Prosciutto and pineapple rolls, Regional sausages patés, Brie au gratin with quince jam, Selection of Portuguese pastries: Shrimp pastries, Codfish fritters, Veal croquettes, Vegetarian samosas, Crudités
Portugal Wedding MENU B
Puff pastry of chevre with honey and walnuts served with rucula salad
Degustation of two soups (hot or cold, depending on the season)
Ex. Vichyssoise Watercress and Beetroot with yogurt (cold)
Peas with coriander and tomato with egg wires (hot)
Monkfish with sautéed clams and prawns on bed of vegetables
Rump with wine cooked at low temperature, cherry tomatoes, celery, red onion and rice “carqueja”
Egg pudding with strawberry Carpaccio
Vegetables creamy soup
Chicken nuggets with french fries and egg
Chocolate and strawberry ice cream
From 0 to 2 years – OFFER
Common to all suggestions
Coffee, tea and mignardises
White wine DFJ Alvarinho and Chardonnay or similar
Red wine Ciconia or similar
Wedding cake (6kgs) & Sparkling Wine
OPEN BAR (4 hours) with:
Martini, Campari, liquors, gin, vodka, rum and tequilla
Scotch whisky, Irish whisky, Bourbon and Tennessee
Brandy, cairipinhas and mojitos, wines, beer, soft drinks
Add cheese, fruits and sweets wedding table
Table of cheese
Some examples: Serra, Serpa, Island, Brie, etc ... with the bread, toast, grapes, jams and dried fruits
Table of fruits and sweets
Papão – egg tart, parfait of mango or strawberry, dark chocolate cake, apple crumble with cinnamon, cake of iced tea
Custard, hazelnut mousse with 2 chocolates, manga with tarragon syrup, glasses of red fruit, bowls of tropical fruit
PORTUGUESE MEDITERREAN DIET
Portugal it is known by its healthy and tasty Portuguese Mediterranean Diet. In Portugal you can find many plant foods, Fresh fruit in some dishes and in Portuguese desserts. A high ingesting of beans, nuts, cereals in some side dishes or for breakfast. Portuguese use their world known Olive oil as the main source of dietary fat and to cook. Portugal is a country where you can easily find a great variety of regional and traditional cheese and yogurt. As you could read above, it has excellent seafood and red meat options for a Portuguese Mediterranean diet. You can find in any region of Portugal elements present in a Portuguese Mediterranean Diet.
PORTUGUESE SLOW FOOD
What is the meaning of Slow Food and Slow Food Movement? The Slow food movement is an eco-gastronomic association founded in 1986 by Carlo Petrini to answer to the negative effects of "fast food" ate nowadays and to defend regional culinary traditions, national producers and plant and animal’ biodiversity (no chemicals). In conclusion a life without haste and with a special concern in the food heritage protection.
The Portuguese slow food movement arrived in 1997. A food is considered Slow Food if is good, clean and fair food:
Good – It means tasty and with the capacity to stimulate the senses, able to bring people together and bring good times spent in company or alone.
Clean – the food is produced only with earth’ resources of the earth without damaging the environment and the human health.
Fair – the slow food process was to respect social justice, which means payment and fair to everyone involved in the process, from production to marketing and consumption.
A perfect example of Portuguese slow food: the Portuguese Suckling Pig cooked in “Mealhada”, Portugal. All the processes (from the raising of the pigs to the cooking, to the eating moment) respect the Slow Food Movement principles.
PORTUGUESE FOOD EXPERIENCE
Portugal is well-known for its tasty and singular food and its international winning awards wine. In Portugal you can experience exquisite cuisine of exclusive restaurants or the typical Portuguese food from the local “tascas”. Nevertheless, a delicious Portuguese gastronomic experience is guaranteed. Since the 15th century, during the Discovery Period the Portuguese explorers brought exotic fruits, nuts, and plants from different countries. As a result, Portuguese food suffer many cook fluctuations. Excellent examples of the importance of the food trades in Portuguese food is certain ingredients like cinnamon or curry powder that are a legacy from this time. And, before the Age of Discovery, the Romans carried wheat and introduced onions, garlic, olives, and grapes. Later, the Moors planted the rice, presented the figs, groves of lemons and oranges, and covered the Algarve area with almond trees.
Now, Portuguese food and cuisine varies from region to region, but there are a few Portuguese food items that you can always find virtually in every menu: fresh fish and Portuguese Seafood, the famous Portuguese “Bacalhau” (salted codfish), the succulent Portuguese Pork dishes and for the end of every meal a delicious Portuguese sweet and a true Portuguese coffee (the “Bica”).
Portugal is a country of fishermen and fishmongers that always survived from the fishery. It has a large coastal area from the north to the south. Portugal is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Besides its Atlantic soul, there are many rivers, lakes and pounds in the country.
Nowadays, you can still find a fisherman in the beach mending his nets or a traditional fishwife selling fish freshly caught in the local fish market. In Portugal you can catch off its coast more than 80 different varieties of fish and shellfish. From sardines, to cod to fresh clams and mussels. So, Portuguese are big fish-eaters – they love it and you will love too, for sure. Make a big note in your travel plan to Portugal: “Must have a Portuguese Seafood Experience”! If you are visiting the city or the countryside, combine this visit or stay with a memorable Portuguese seafood experience. And because the seafood choices is vast, here are some pointers:
Portuguese Seafood – you can go to the local fish market to buy it or have it in a Portuguese restaurant by the sea. In both cases, you should follow the hint of Portuguese Fishmongers: smell the fish and see the fish eyes. He should smell like the sea and the eyes should be transparent and have a shiny black pupil. The difficult task, regarding seafood in Portugal isn’t finding fresh fish. It is to choose the type of fish you want to try: cod, sardines, seabass …
“Dourada” - Gilthead Bream – you will find it in various menus. It is a great first time Portuguese fish, because it is very light and it has a pleasant savor. Or maybe a “Robalo” – Seabass, that you can find in small or large sizes. You can ask a big one to share and have a Portuguese seafood experience for two. The taste is a bit stronger than Dourada but still light with tender flesh. If you want to be bolder in your Portuguese seafood experience, try the “Chocos”, the “Polvo” or the “Tamboril”.
“Choco” - is named Cuttlefish is from the squid family. You can eat fried or grilled Choco, chopped and served in their own ink in many regions of Portugal, like Setúbal, Sesimbra or Peniche.
The “Polvo” – Octopus – is cooked in two ways in Portugal – grilled or boiled. The most wanted recipe is the “Arroz de Polvo” – Octopus rice – the octopus e boiled and then cut in pieces and join with rice. The water where the octopus is boiled is used to flavor the rice.
“Tamboril”- Monkfish, it is found in popular dishes, “Arroz de Tamboril” (Monkfish stewed rice), “Caldeirada de Peixe” and “Cataplana de Tamboril” (Portuguese fish stew). It can be an expensive seafood dish but also one of a kind gastronomy moment.
Portuguese Shellfish - Best time to eat marisco - shellfish is “in the months with an ‘r’ (September – April). In Portugal you can find clams (“ameijoas”) and mussels (“mexilhões”), big shrimps (“camarões”), scampi (“lagostim”) and the famous crab (“sapateira”). All of those combine with lemon sauce, a bit of piri-piri, butter sauce and mayonnaise. To have the full Portuguese seafood experience, you have to accompany the fish or shellfish with a cold beer or with ice cold green wine.
We could finish our Portuguese seafood pointers, but sure you've heard from one of your friends that visit Portugal about the Lisbon Sardine Festival.
In June, the Portuguese celebrate the “Santos Populares” – the main “bairros” of Lisbon will be alive and decorated with typical Portuguese flags in each window. You will find 3 things: a wonderful atmosphere, traditional Portuguese music in every corner and a fragrant smoke for the grills full of sardines. Sardines – “Sardinhas” – is the most common Portuguese fish, and for that the cheapest one too. They are eaten in the months without “r” (May to August). The freshly grilled sardines are eaten with bread and salad, and to drink with sangria or beer.
If you booked your vacations in Portugal during this period, you can’t miss the Lisbon Sardine Festival.
For at least 5 centuries the Portuguese learned how to salt cod at sea and sun-dry it. It keeps for many months this way without refrigeration. The Portuguese “Bacalhau” is imported from Canada and Norway but the cured method is absolutely Portuguese. And, it is this method of putting salt and dry it that makes the Portuguese “Bacalhau” unique. The Portuguese “Bacalhau” is one of the chief ingredients in Portuguese gastronomy.
The nickname of the Portuguese “Bacalhau” is ‘fiel amigo’ (faithful friend). If you are visiting or staying in Lisbon or in any region from Portugal, you must-try Portuguese “Bacalhau”. Salt cod is an essential fish in Portuguese food, it’s eaten two or three times a week, in all kinds of ways. You will find that in Portugal there are thousands of ways to cook Portuguese “Bacalhau”.
The Portuguese adore it and you will too! In Portugal there are 365 different ways to cook Portuguese “Bacalhau” (codfish)…one for each day of the year!
Portugal, along the years never lost is love for salted and dried cod. It’s an indispensable ingredient of the Portuguese diet and you’ll find it in all Portuguese homes and any (cheap or upmarket) restaurants. For big celebrations or special holidays, like Christmas, Portuguese “Bacalhau” is normally the central dish in a Portuguese table.
These are a few recipes of Portuguese food with “Bacalhau”:
Besides main dishes, Portuguese “Bacalhau” is also used to make an entrance, a delicacy – “Pastéis de Bacalhau” (codfish pastry).
The Portuguese “Bacalhau” is a Portuguese Food that always deserves a good Portuguese wine: green wine or matured white or red wines, from Alentejo, Dão or Douro.
PORTUGUESE SUCKLING PIG
Portugal is the only country that uses all the parts of the pig. Pork meat is eaten all over the country. The Alentejo is famous for its black pork and Trás-os-Montes for its cured meats. Portuguese food is perfect for meat-lovers! The favorite kind is pork, cooked and served in a variety of ways. But the most wanted Portuguese food experience that involves pork meat is the famous Roast Suckling pig from Mealhada. Mealhada is not known for their Discovery Age heroes or kings. Mealhada is Portugal’s suckling pig central. The meanings of “Leitão” (suckling pig) and “Bairrada” are important for you to understand why Portuguese Roast Suckling Ping is consider a culinary art in Portugal.
“Leitão” is the definition, in Portuguese, for suckling pig—a piglet or baby pig that has a few weeks of life and still feeds on its mother’s milk. He is breed with all the care. The piglet to be consider a “leitão” has 4 to 6 weeks and can’t have more than 7 kg or 8 kg.
The “Bairrada” is a north region of central Portugal, legendary for its wines and piglets.
“Leitão da Bairrada” – Portuguese Roast Suckling pig is a vegetarian’s nightmare that involves basting the little pigs in a garlic, onion and pepper sauce, then slow roasting them in a wood oven to gain a satisfying mix of crunchy golden rind and soft, fat-infused pork meat.
So, why is Portuguese Suckling Pig so different and such an amazing Portuguese food experience? Because everything is taken in account: the size of the piglet, the breed, the food for the piglet, the type of wood used in the oven. All these small details can all change the way the piglet is cooked and his final taste. In Mealhada, restaurants can serve on a peak day around 800 suckling pigs. It is a fact, thousands of visitors from all over the world came here to taste the cherished recipe known as Leitão da Bairrada (Roast Suckling Pig).
If you are visiting or staying in Portugal, you can find some restaurants all over the country that have “Leitão da Bairrada” in their menus. However, only in the most famous area of the Bairrada – Mealhada, you will have the real roast suckling pig experience. The suckling pig breeders and the Mealhada’s suckling pig experts defend the most traditional product, the piglet can’t have any mix meats, or fats or non-natural components. The “Leitão da Bairrada” is consider a unique Portuguese food experience and na imitable portuguese gastronomic delicacy.
Take a day to experience this traditional portuguese dish – Roast Suckling Pig – with chips, a fresh salad and a bottle of the local sparkling white wine, espumante da Bairrada. You can only find spit-roasted, crispy skinned and pepper-spiced piglets – the true Roast Suckling Pig in Mealhada, Portugal.
As mentioned above, Portugal is a country full of meat-lovers. But, their favorite way to eat their meat is through a Portuguese barbecue.
In Portugal, “Frango no Churrasco” (Portuguese Barbecue Chicken) with piri piri - salty roasted chicken cooked on the barbecue, spiced with hot red chili sauce or lemon sauce is very popular. Also, Portuguese Barbecue Chicken is one of the most traditional dishes in Portuguese cuisine. It is simple and easy to make, this typical Portuguese chicken dish is considered healthy. The main ingredients are the full chicken, then the natural and zesty juice of the lemon along with the spicy Portuguese paprika. You can find these ingredients in any supermarket in Portugal or find a “Churrasqueira” – Barbecue restaurants specialized in Portuguese-styled barbecued chicken.
During the summer, you can find big Portuguese barbecue parties. It is tradition, to gather family and friends for a tasty Portuguese barbecue, after a long day in the beach. Go ahead and try this traditional and delicious Portuguese Barbecue dish out and tell us what you think. Don’t forget the cold beers, the fries and the salad to complete your Portuguese Barbecue experience.
Portugal can be labelled as a relatively small European country, nevertheless Portuguese cuisine is described as: distinctive, delicious and diversified. Portuguese value their meats (Portuguese barbecue and Portuguese suckling pig), their seafood and most of all – the Portuguese love their delicious desserts and sweets. Since the 15th century, during the Moorish period in Portugal, Madeira was the sugar cane plantations. However, some of the Portuguese sweets born in the Portuguese convents, the nuns start to make sweets to help the Portuguese communities and the convent. In the 17th and 18th century, Portuguese sweets, such as, “Toucinho do céu” (heaven’s lard) and “Barriga de Freiras” (nun’s belly) were much known. These are just two of the 200 different types of Portuguese desserts and sweets recipes, you can find in Portugal.
For each region, you can find a unique and delicious Portuguese sweet. The “ovos-moles” (egg paste) from Aveiro; the “Abade de Priscos” crème caramel typical of Braga; the “Pão-de-ló” (sponge bread) from Ovar or the “Tortas de Azeitão” (egg tartes) from Azeitão, a specific area of Setúbal. In Portugal, we challenge ourselves and all your visitors to choose and taste only one Portuguese dessert. Give up, you can’t resist to Portuguese sweets! Lisbon has in each corner a coffee shop or a pastry (“pastelaria”) full of Portuguese traditional sweets in their windows. Portugal’s pastries are very diverse, you can find more than 20 portuguese sweets in just one Portuguese pastry shop and all the Portuguese sweets will be excellent and most of them home-made.
In the morning, the smells of Portuguese sweets fell in the streets of Portugal. There are many Portuguese stories about the appearance or the recipe of each Portuguese typical sweet. The most famous are about the Belém pastries, whose recipe remains a closely guarded secret and the ‘Abade de Priscos Pudim’ (egg pudding), from the 14th century.
Portuguese Sweets and Portuguese Desserts are too many to list them all, but there are a few you can’t miss during your visit or stay in Lisbon, Portugal:
“Pastel de Nata” (Custard Tart), Lisbon, Portugal - Undoubtedly the most popular Portuguese sweet. You will find it in every Portuguese pastry shop. Nowadays, you can also find it in any Portuguese Community or even in China. It's an egg custard tart in filo dough that is best served warm, sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar, and to drink a Portuguese coffee.
“Pastéis de Belém”, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal – It is not the same as the “Pastel de Nata”. They can have identical shapes but the flavor and the recipe are very different. These egg custard tarts are the desserts that all tourists look for during their stay in Lisbon, Portugal. The most famous place to get “Pastéis de Belém” is in Antiga Confeitaria de Belém bakery in Belém. You will not miss it, there are always queues on the front door of the Bakery. But don’t worry, the line moves fast, the service is friendly and the sweets are delicious! Pastel de Belém has been elected one of the “7 Wonders of Portuguese Gastronomy”.
“Queijadas de Sintra”, Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal – Only in Sintra, Portugal you can taste the real “Queijadas de Sintra”. They are little Portuguese egg pastries made with fresh cheese (queijo fresco) and they have a thin and crumbly crust, and the filling is a mixture of flour, sugar, egg yolk, fresh cheese (unsalted) and cinnamon. In Sintra you can try one or buy a package in the famous pastry shop called Periquita in Sintra, Portugal.
In Portugal, Portuguese Coffee is quick, inexpensive and available in every coffee/pastry shop around the country. But what makes the Portuguese coffee so good is his flavor. Portuguese Coffee is tasty! When you make a trip to Portugal, you have to enjoy the true Portuguese Coffee – the most popular Portuguese coffee drinks is the espresso, in Lisbon it's called a "Bica", in Porto "Cimbalinho" and in others just "Café".
Do not ask an American Coffee, do as the Portuguese do! Taste the strong coffee flavor of the Portuguese Coffee. It will give you the caffeine boost you need to get through any time of the day or night.
In Portugal, Portuguese Coffee is in average drank 5 times a day: breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, after work, dinner. But, if you aren’t used to a strong espresso just try one or two with some of our delicious Portuguese Sweets. Be bold! Drink a “Bica” and eat a “Pastel de Nata”, it will be a real Portuguese experience, that all Portuguese have every day. And if you don’t want to eat a Portuguese Sweet you can try Portuguese finger food known as “Petiscos” or “Salgadinhos” (salted pastries).
However if you don’t appreciate a strong Portuguese coffee, Coffee shops (Cafés) are located just about anywhere and they serve different coffee drinks, without a strong flavor:
“Café” / “Bica” – strong expresso served in small coffee cup. Most popular portuguese coffee in Portugal
“Café cheio” – an expresso but the coffee cup is full. The flavor will not be so strong.
“Café Pingado” - an espresso with a drop of milk.
“Garoto” – small coffee cup with milk and a drop of coffee.
“Galão” – a big coffee cup, where hot milk and coffee (50/50) are mixed.
If you not get the change to visit Portugal, nowadays, we can find a Portuguese coffee and pastry shop in Portuguese neighborhoods in the US, in China and other Portuguese communities, here you can try the famous Portuguese Coffee.