Foodie flashback: Eating my way around Lisbon

For my Christmas present, my lovely other half gifted me with a weekend away for the two of us to Lisbon. I was excited about the break and exploring a new European city, but I wasn’t expecting it to be a place I would fall head-over-heels in love with. I was so wrong.

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Photograph by Paddy McGrath

On a sunny February Friday, we arrived just in time for lunch, where we ate alfresco (a real novelty at that time of year!). The food was nothing to write home about but we had pizza which was satisfying and enough to refuel for a day of exploring.
After this break, we were ready to take on the city’s sights, one hilly street at a time, leisurely wandering around taking pictures and as the weekend went on, we enjoyed some really lovely food.

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Dinner on night one was at this lovely little restaurant called Bonjardim. We had read about this place online so we Google mapped it and ended up at this unassuming building tucked away in a small side street. It doesn’t look like much from the outside but we soon learned that there’s no need for fancy decor here, the food speaks for itself.
The spit-fired chicken was served with a small pot of piri piri sauce and this brushed over the meat added a nice kick to the taste. If you’re looking for simple, but absolutely delicious food in the heart of Lisbon, Bonjardim is worth a visit.

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Another really cool spot we checked out was the Time Out market. This place is a huge food court set in an old traditional market space. Truth be told, the first thing I did there was take some photos for Instagram. The place was buzzing with people, all enjoying different foods from the variety of kiosks which are all branded really nicely in the same smart black and white signage. It’s easy to let a few hours go by here, eating and drinking your way around.

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Being in Lisbon and keen to try something traditional, I wanted to visit Pastéis de Belém for their world famous custard tarts, or ‘Pastéis de Nata’. This bakery has been making them since 1837 and apparently only a handful of people know the special recipe that has made this place a real tourist trap.

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If I’m being honest, Pastéis de Nata are not for me, I’m not a big custard fan, but I’m glad I tried them, and at around 70c each, it would have been foolish not to.
All in all, it was a lovely weekend and needless to say, my Slimming world weigh-in the following Wednesday was not a triumphant one, but it was so worth it!

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