Porto

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So now I have been to Portugal twice in my life and have decided that its a magical place. The people are so kind, the food is great and it’s romantic. After my first trip to Lisbon I came back to Madrid with an urge to learn Portuguese and move back there one day. While in Porto a few weeks ago I said to Josemi a few times “estoy muy feliz aquí”. Now I can’t wait to plan a trip to Portugal’s southern coast.

So, Porto. A small port city north of Lisbon placed alongside the river Douro. Home of Port Wine. All we did was eat and drink and walk around this beautiful place.

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One afternoon we crossed the river to the Port Wineries and checked out Kopke “the oldest port wine house”. They did a wine and chocolate pairing with five wines for under twenty euros. We at a table near the window overlooking the Douro while sipping our wine. Our favorite was the Colheita 1999 Port. We tried to buy a bottle but remembered we were traveling only with carry on bags so it wouldn’t be possible. Currently searching for that bottle in Madrid.

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The second day we went on a hunt for the best Francesinha. Several friends told me that it was the thing to eat in Portugal so of course I was intrigued. We finally found a place with amazing reviews and stopped by for lunch. It was good but I’m not sure why people seem so obsessed with it. Walking around Porto almost every restaurant advertised their Francesinha. It’s a meaty sandwich filled with steak, sausage and ham and covered with cheese and a thick tomato sauce served with french fries. Sure it’s good, but that’s about it. Josemi thinks it’s the same idea as the Spanish Cachopo, breaded steak with cheese and ham inside.

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One night we decided to try a tapas style restaurant across the plaza from our apartment, Taberna do Largo. This place is a modest bar/store with a quiet candle lit atmosphere. You might miss it walking by but it’s the place with the red doors. We sat at a small wooden table in the back and ordered a few dishes to share and more than a few glasses of port wine. If you know Josemi and I you know that at almost every new place we go, if they offer a cheese or charcuterie plate on the menu we try it. We were not disappointed. Our favorites from this one were the smokey chorizo and the soft goat cheese were to die for. We asked about the cheese and learned that it was from small supplier in Alcains, located inland, not to far from Spain. On our way out we bought a wheel of cheese to take home.

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Taberna do Largo

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On our last day in Porto we took a day trip to the ocean. We just hopped on a bus that took us along the river and it was beautiful. Note: the buses run much less frequently than in Madrid.

Shout out to Josemi who was a rockstar speaking portuguese while I could barely call for a taxi.

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