This post is an entry to the Aptece Food Tour of Portugal competition: “How is food your main reason for traveling and what are your expectations for the food tour?”
My curious belly holds a lot of sway when it comes time to decide on a new travel destination. Research into the country in question typically starts with what the local specialties are and how it is emblematic of its native land. Truth be told, I’m not sure what one can’t learn about a country from its food. You can glean a bit about the history, culture, traditions and its people from one bite – though I always recommend taking many more, just to be sure 🙂
From the food tour of Portugal, I expect an introduction to authentic, traditional dishes that incorporates native finds from the sea and its land such as bacalhau & caldo verde. In addition to all that is edible, a foodie trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the vineyards and learn about the distinct qualities of each region and taste what the characteristics of the wines are . I’d also love to meet the makers/producers, whether it be the fisherman, farmers or winemakers and wouldn’t mind getting my hands dirty and take part cooking our meal. Last but not least, I would like to have a hand in making one of my favorite custard treats, pasteis de nata and discover what other sweets Portugal has to offer.
As a food & travel photographer, this would be a great opportunity for me to capture the sights, people and food of Portugal and give other wanderlusters a glimpse of what the country has to offer.
I’ll leave you with photos from my last food-focused travel: Cambodia