Adventure Package: Portugal
Taste the Adventure with exclusively imported gourmet selections
Not only does Portugal's wine regions have extraordinary wines, this small European country also has a lot to offer with truly unique and mouthwatering dishes! Notable culinary traditions vary between regions but a typical menu includes an array of grilled seafoods, meats, hearty casseroles and stews. These are cooked with a wide variety of spices and will most likely be served with three staple side dishes: rice, salad and potatoes.
Due to the country’s location on the Atlantic Ocean, a majority of Portuguese recipes are fish-based. As a result, the country is ranked #1 in fish consumption per capita in Europe. The national, and most famous, dish is called bacalhau, or salted cod, and it’s said the meal can be cooked 365 different ways! An assortment of seafoods such as lobster, oysters, shrimp, and clams are popular on the coast, while chicken, beef and other meats are more prevalent inland.
Breakfast in Portugal consists of fresh bread with butter, ham and cheese or pastries; usually enjoyed with coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Lunch is around noon and dinner is served around 8 o’clock; both meals often lasting over an hour. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy the typical three course meal which includes an appetizer, main dish and dessert. Favored desserts are arroz doc (rice pudding), cheeses, and pastel de nada - a small custard tart.
Try your hand at the Portuguese recipes to the right! Most Portuguese meals begin with some type of antipasto or charcuterie board. Use some of your fig jam and/or dried figs to make it stand out, especially paired with the Rosé. Next, try this Portuguese Seafood Pasta using the spiced sardines and other seafood or meats, paired with the Red Blend. Lastly, a Bolo de Bolacha recipe for those with a sweet tooth! This cake is a traditional biscuit cake with rich coffee and buttercream flavors...perfect for the Touriga Nacional.
Featured Portuguese Wineries:
Herdade de São Miguel
Quinta do Vallado
The International Gourmet Adventure Package from Portugal includes the following items:
• Camões Portuguese Olive Oil - Camões
• Strawberry Chocolate Bar - Delícia Chocolateria
• Passion Fruit Chocolate Bar - Delícia Chocolateria
• Doce de Figo (Fig Jam) - Quintal dos Açores
• Figo Seco Preto (Dried Black Figs) - A Taste of Portugal
• Spiced Sardines in Tomato Sauce - Pinhais & Cia
See more about the artisans and each product below.
International wine sold separately.
Pinhais & Cia
Asserting its position in history, Pinhais & Cia has been dedicated to its long-standing tradition of bringing the best, fresh fish to eager consumers since the 1920’s. Their unique and eye-catching packaging pays homage to the Portuguese fishermen’s relation to the ocean while assuring freshness of ingredients in their homemade (and secret!) recipes.
Featured Product: Spiced Sardines in Tomato Sauce
Located in Matosinhos, Portugal.
Luís Vaz de Camões is considered the national poet of Portugal. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare. He wrote lyric poems in both Portuguese and Spanish, but is best remembered for his Os Lusíadas, an epic about the voyages of Vasco de Gama. It’s easy to see why they gave their high-quality Olive Oil the namesake!
Featured Product: Camões Portuguese Olive Oil
Located in Lisbon, Portugal.
Founded in 2007, this small chocolate shop is the result of a distant dream that became a reality. The husband and wife team have carved out a perfect niche for themselves by making old fashioned chocolates that bring back “sweet memories from our childhood”. You can even visit their glass-walled kitchen to watch the chocolate-making process!
Featured Products: Strawberry Chocolate Bar + Passion Fruit Chocolate Bar
Located in Viseu, Portugal.
Quintal dos Açores
This company is located on the Azores Islands and is nestled in the midst of São Miguel’s dramatic landscape. Being the largest island in the island chain, São Miguel is an ideal place to grow, harvest and produce their delicious and exotic flavors of jam. All of their products are made with fresh, natural fruit and without any preservatives.
Featured Product: Doce de Figo (Fig Jam)
Located in São Miguel Island, Portugal.
A Taste of Portugal
This trademarked company is a combination of a variety of high-end producers in Portugal who have come together under one brand name to share their unique products and food specialties with the rest of the world. The company has a wide selection of gourmet products from dried fruits, jams, and cheeses, to olive oils, vinegars and mustards to name a few.
Featured Product: Figo Seco Preto (Dried Black Figs)
Located in Various Regions of Portugal.