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Culinary Backstreets: Lisbon Eats Essentials – Lisbon, Portugal

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Blessed with some of the world’s best fish and seafood off the coast and the bounty of rich farmland inland, the Portuguese are spoilt for choice of great culinary resources. The cuisine of Lisbon, which draws from a diverse range of influences hinting at Portugal’s glorious trading past, is always based on the simple principal of supreme ingredients and a simple preparation that allows those ingredients to shine. On this half-day tour, we set out to find some of the best examples of local cuisine that Lisbon has to offer.

Our walk will begin at Lisbon’s greatest market, the Mercado da Ribeira, with a crash course in the building blocks of Portuguese cuisine. Visiting some of the market’s old-time fishmongers, produce sellers and butchers, we will explore the roots of Portuguese cuisine and then, in the market’s bustling central hall, sample some of the “fruits” of these ingredients, tasting rustic cheeses, top quality cured ham made from acorn-fed black hoofed pigs unique to the Iberian Peninsula, artisanal breads and local olive oils.

We’ll then set out to visit some of the time-honored establishments in the neighborhoods around the market. We’ll go for traditional savory pastries on the rooftop canteen of a nunnery. We’ll stop into an old, family-run grocery to try some top shelf tinned sardines – unlike any canned seafood you may have had before, this is superb – accompanied by a glass of vinho verde, the unique effervescent white wine from Northern Portugal.

At our next stop, the reincarnation of an old neighborhood institution that Lisboetas – as Lisbon’s residents are known – have been flocking to for generations, we’ll try the restaurant’s locally renowned cod fritters along with other meaty house specialties, paired with the distinct red wine from Alentejo. From there we will end the day on a sweet note, stopping in a local pastelaria for traditional pastries, before finishing with a few sips of ginjinha, a sour cherry liqueur beloved by locals and whose sweet flavor is yet another essential element that defines Lisbon’s culinary identity.

In addition to your Culinary Backstreets guide, all food consumed on the walk – more than half a dozen different edible specialties – are included in the price.  A limited selection of alcohol is served on the walks and is included in the price.

  • Price: $95 US/person; $110 US/person on weekends. Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 10:30am-2:00pm; 5:00pm-8:30pm Sundays
  • Duration: about 3.5 hours

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Culinary Backstreets offers additional tours in Lisbon, as well as tours in many other cities around the world.

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Round Table Tours: Vegan Montreal, The Luxury of Well-being – Montreal, Canada

From the fake-meater, to Montreal’s Meat-a-tarian classics without the meat to the raw and living, meet the different sides of the Montreal vegan both casual and chic.  From cultivation to transformation to plate experience different stages of your food. This tour straddles  the abundance in simplicity and the brave new world of innovation informed by ethics. Visit responsible restaurants and connected production sites hearing the stories of the chefs and entrepreneurs. This tour will draw you back into your five senses and this moment of sharing with one another.

The tour includes an appetizer, meal and dessert as well as two innovative drinks, the visit of a production site and a cooking course is available most days of the week. A gastronomic guide will walk you through the food experience and the stories of the chefs, entrepreneurs and businesses. A basic taxi service is included, but customized transportation is recommended like bicycles or electric scooters, for example. Base prices per participant are between $185 and $205 depending on the day of the week and group sizes. Additional drinks, celebration cakes, customized transportation, team-building activities or an end party in a bar are all possible for an additional cost.

Times: Varies depending on the tour

Distance: Always within one or two adjoining neighbourhoods

Age limit: No

Language: French and English

Price: Base prices per participant range between $185 and $205 depending on group sizes. Additional drinks, celebration cakes, customized transportation, team-building activities or an end party in a bar are all possible for an additional cost.   Tours must be reserved and paid 48 hours in advance for individuals and 7 days in advance for groups. No refund in the event of a cancellation.

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Round Table Tours: Iberian Montreal Circuit of Tapas – Montreal, Canada

Discover the delicious manifestations of the Iberian Peninsula in Montreal’s Plateau neighbourhood that have grown out of its Latin roots. Come “tapear”, go from place to place eating Spanish tapas, Portuguese petiscos and Basque pintxos with friends. This tour brings you to three restaurants for tapas paired with carefully chosen wines, a specialized grocery store and a food production site. Meet the chefs and entrepreneurs that bring you the traditional, re-visited or Iberian-inspired delights. Stories and explanation of the food and evolution of the businesses that culminated to bring you the experience will be told. Experience each establishment intimately, with privilege and an insider perspective- like being inside a TV show!

The tour lasts four hours and includes: three tapas, three well-paired wines (or  non-alcoholic drinks of choice), dessert, coffee, and surprise tastings at a specialty grocery store and food production site as well as surprise gifts. A simple taxi service is provided during winter months, but when the weather is nice, the distances of a few blocks will be done on foot. A gastronomic guide will lead you through this rich experience for the taste buds.

Times: Varies depending on the tour

Distance: Always within one or two adjoining neighbourhoods

Age limit: No

Language: French and English

Price: Base prices per participant range between $165 and $185 depending on group sizes. Additional drinks, celebration cakes, customized transportation, team-building activities or an end party in a bar are all possible for an additional cost.   Tours must be reserved and paid 48 hours in advance for individuals and 7 days in advance for groups. No refund in the event of a cancellation.

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