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A Portuguese Affair - The Only Kind to Have

In today’s episode of “Our Portuguese Table,” we chat with a fellow Portugal lover – Catarina Araújo of the blog, A Portuguese Affair. She started the blog about a year and a half ago to channel her love of Portugal for her friends & family in the U.S. and the U.K.

Catarina recently visited Maria and they cooked together in Maria’s kitchen (lucky girl, right), and they also took a trip to Portugalia Marketplace in Fall River, MA. We bonded over our love of all things Portuguese, and especially food and drink including the LARGE gin & tonic glasses in Portugal and visiting the Licor Beirão factory in Lousã last Christmas. Catarina’s favorite way to drink Beirão is with ice and an orange peel. Did you know that the ribbons on the bottles are still tied by hand and fresh mountain water is used to produce the liqueur?

The next big trend in drinks in Portgual? Craft beers and microbreweries, which have been big here in the U.S. for a number of years. Some of Catarina’s favorite foods are canja de galinha (Portuguese-style chicken soup); a lulas (squid) stew and her avó’s mocha and Bolacha Maria cake. Question: do you put egg in your canja or not? Share in the comments, please!

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