LET’S COOK IT: Crazy good summer pea pesto risotto with shiitake

What after all of these years of cooking still fascinates me the most is the ephemeral nature of summer ingredients: peaches, apricots, peas, snow peas, broad beans, sprouting broccoli, cherries, the best, most plump and fleshy tomatoes… It’s summer in Portugal and all of a sudden the markets and vegetable shops are brimming with it…

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PACHAMAMA: A real biohazard

As regular followers of our blog will know, we have had a hard time in finding restaurants with good vegetarian food. Or even decent. So we are always excited and happy whenever we find a place like “Pachamama” that cooks mostly vegetarian food, always includes a vegan and/or raw food option and every day has…

CORALLO: Coffee and chocolate, here it never gets old

“Bettina & Niccolò Corallo” (earlier known as Claudio Corallo) is probably the place, which we have one of the longest relationships with. I still remember going there to buy artisanal chocolate way back when they still had their store in one of the side streets of Rua Escola Politécnica. It wasn’t however until they moved to…

CONVICTUS: a golden unicorn?

Truth be told, finding a vegetarian restaurant in Lisbon is almost as hard as finding a Portuguese restaurant without bacalhau. To make matters worse, the few that we know, are rather, well… disappointing. Too much tofu or seitan, not enough vegetables, too many things going on the same plate. The flame of hope lit up…