I am very excited to announce that this week I will be co-hosting my first Twitter chat in collaboration with Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest collection of independent luxury hotels. Twitter chats are a way to virtually get together for one hour with people from all over the world and talk about topics we are all passionate about. My favourite topics are travel and food, of course, so it’s very fitting that this week’s chat theme is Taste in Travel.
During the Twitter chat I will ask ten questions to lead our conversation on food and travel. It will be a chance to talk about our favourite foodie destinations and share tips on how to eat like a local when we travel. There is also a chance to win an amazing prize courtesy of Preferred Hotels: one lucky participant will win a $100 iPrefer Reward Certificate to use towards a stay at one of their hotels.
So set your reminders and don’t forget to join us on Twitter on Thursday 27th October at 4pm GMT (11am EST) using the hashtag #PreferredChat. I will be tweeting the questions live so make sure to follow me @mulia!
Taste in Travel
Taste in travel is something I am very passionate about. I believe that learning about gastronomy is a way to learn about the local culture. I enjoy every aspect of travelling, but my favourite part is always getting to know about local recipes and ingredients. So of course my travel planning starts with searching for the most authentic dishes in every destination I visit. There is nothing more satisfying than finding an amazing meal.
That’s why I always try to join a food tour and let the local guides lead me to the discovery of their own cuisine.
Lisbon Food Tour
This month I travelled to Lisbon for a long weekend with my husband and on the first day we joined a tour to get a glimpse of the fascinating historical and ancient Lisbon. The Mouraria Food and Culture Tour with Taste of Lisboa is a great way to get off the beaten track, get to know the city and local gastronomy.
We met our guide Miguel in downtown Lisbon and for our first stop we walked to a traditional Portuguese deli (manteigaria) to learn about Portugal’s obsession with codfish and about local charcuterie and wine.
The next stop was at a bar (cantinho) to taste green wine (Vinho Verde is a young wine, usually consumed soon after bottling) and the best codfish cakes ever: flavourful on the inside, crunchy on the inside.
We couldn’t miss the bifana – a sandwich with thinly sliced slow-cooked pork meat and Portugal’s most popular fast food.
Miguel led us into the Mouraria, one of the few neighborhoods that were not destroyed in the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, and the cradle of fado music.
As beautiful as nearby Alfama but less touristy, Mouraria still retains an authentic atmosphere.
My favourite stop of the tour was Jasmin, a tiny bar in the heart of Mouraria, where we tasted sardines and ginja, a portuguese liqueur with infused sour cherries.
We also stopped at a Mozambique restaurant to try samosas. Mozambique used to be a Portuguese overseas territory and many Goans moved there from India after Goa gained independence from Portugal.
This was an unusual and interesting stop, and I really enjoyed tasting the delicious Mozambique samosas with red chilli sauce.
After a tasting of Port wines in one of Lisbon’s best stocked wine shops…
…the tour ended at Confeitaria Nacional, the oldest confectionary in the city open since 1829. We ordered espresso and pastéis de nata, the famous Portuguese custard egg tarts. Every tourist goes to Belem to try the original ones (and rightly so), but definitely try these if you are looking for a quick tart fix while exploring in the city centre.
The food and culture walking tour lasted around 4 hours and it was the perfect introduction to the city, food and lifestyle of Lisbon.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Taste of Lisboa. All opinions are my own.
Join me at the “Taste in Travel” Twitter chat on Thursday 27th October at 4pm GMT (11am EST). I will co-host the chat with Farmhouse Inn, Chateau Elan, Condado Vanderbilt, The Last Word, Il Salviatino and Gary Berry – The Foodaholic. Don’t forget to follow @PreferredHotels and use the hashtag #PreferredChat.