Lisbon Fish & Flavours 2015

Peixe em Lisboa 2015 - Lisbon Fish & Flavours 2015
the food hall around noon, by 1pm is already very difficult to find a seat.

Every year in April Lisbon welcomes “Peixe em Lisboa” for 11 days, and every year I promise myself to go and enjoy as much as I can which seems to never being enough.

This year I was able to go on a Thursday and on a Friday, first with a group of friends and later on my own. And fear not to go alone because when food is the subject you end up asking your dear neighbour to secure your seat while you grab another dish, chitchat about what you are eating, your favourites and so on.

The food hall has 11 restaurants with an extensive menu dedicated to fish and seafood ending with some amazing desserts (very important if you are Portuguese).
Please enjoy the photos and start planning to go next year as Lisbon Fish & Flavours 2016 will be from 7th to 17th April.

Scallops wrapped in bacon - Taberna Rua das Flores
Scallops wrapped in bacon
Taberna Rua das Flores
Spider Crab Soup - Nobre (Chef Justa Nobre)
Spider Crab Soup
Nobre (Chef Justa Nobre)
Caldito cantiñeroLas Ficheras
Caldito cantiñero con albóndigas camarón y pulpo
Las Ficheras
Cockle carolino in a "Bulhão Pato" stock with meagre chipsFlores do Bairro (Chef Vasco Lello)
Cockle carolino in a “Bulhão Pato” stock with meagre chips
Flores do Bairro (Chef Vasco Lello)
Maguro & KimchiTaberna Rua das Flores
Maguro & Kimchi
Taberna Rua das Flores
Dogfish "prego"Taberna da Rua das Flores
Dogfish “prego”
Taberna da Rua das Flores
Mussels & ChipsArola by Penha Longa
Mussels & Chips
Arola by Penha Longa
Taco tartareKiKo - O Talho/Cevicheria
Taco tartare
KiKo – O Talho/Cevicheria
Algarve prawns in cevicheMini Bar (Chef Avillez)
Algarve prawns in ceviche
Mini Bar (Chef Avillez)
Hazelnut3 & Chocolate3Chef Avillez
Hazelnut3 & Chocolate3
Chef Avillez
Guava parfait with flanKiKo - O Talho/Cevicheria
Guava parfait with flan
KiKo – O Talho/Cevicheria

Portugal Wine Ladies in Lisbon

Portugal Wine Ladies in Lisbon

Twelve ladies got together to show off their wines and wineries, a small event held at the lovely Altis Belem Hotel in Lisbon. What a brilliant idea!

Do you feel intimidated by wine events where all the wineries tell their story on a very professional wording, adding a lot of jargon and addressing us as they were standing in front of sommeliers?
Well, you are not the only one. Most of the times I would prefer to listen to a wine story in plain english, with people that enjoy drinking wine – like me – in mind. But that isn’t a reason to keep you away from wine events, you just need to go more often, at least that’s my plan to learn.

While I have studied Portuguese wines at college I am not near a wine professional, sure I am familiar with the Portuguese terroirs, grape varieties and how wines are made. But I can resume it to: I enjoy tasting and drink wines full stop.

The Portugal Wine Ladies event had a first day for professionals and a second day open to the public. I went on Saturday afternoon – the second day – however I’m afraid that most of the Wine Ladies used more jargon than was really needed, what made me for sometimes to just nod. Even on a non-professional day I could easily spot several well-trained wine connoisseurs.

Greeted by a Wine Box display
Greeted by a Wine Box display
The event room - photo courtesy of Altis Belém Hotel
The event room – photo courtesy of Altis Belém Hotel

Each winery had between 4 to 6 wines to offer, there was a total of 60 wines to taste, as you can imagine much beyond my capacity. I know I could just smell, check the colour, taste and spit like a pro, but I was on a “enjoy the moment of sipping a little wine” mood.

So a small selection of what was offered made me happy, I tried to select wines from different regions and more reds than whites. I started with the whites and this one made my afternoon – Mirabilis – a Douro valley Grande Reserva – sweet, citrus, strong – an amazing delicious wine from Quinta Nova. Actually the name says it all: Marvellous!
That’s the kind of white wine that I can perfectly see myself drinking during winter, I’m only been kept of doing it on a daily basis due to the price tag (around € 30,00 per bottle).

From the reds, Quinta de Chocapalha winery conquered my heart even before I tasted the wine, Alice the “wine lady” got it right from the beginning, and we could hear her passion while she described the wines and terroir. She introduced me to her new wine “Mar de Lisboa” – which means, Lisbon’s sea. It’s a red fruity wine and a very light one from the Lisbon Region. It’s a much more affordable bottle, around € 5,00, which I plan to add to my personal “cellar” as my everyday red wine.

Mar de Lisboa (Lisbon's Sea)
Mar de Lisboa (Lisbon’s Sea)

A final note to Joana Pinhão, which introduced me to the Van Zellers wines, red wines from Douro valley region. On top of my list for future purchases.

I hope that this was the first of many events for the Portugal Wine Ladies. I left the event with a long list of Portuguese wines I want to try.

If you are in Lisbon next weekend (1st to 3rd of November), there will be a Wine Market at Campo Pequeno.

No visit to Altis Belem Hotel has ended without a visit to the 38º41' bar, and it's opens views to the river.
No visit to Altis Belem Hotel has ended without passing by 38º41′ bar, and enjoying it’s open views to the river.