Portugal (& back through Spain): Fall-Winter 2002 (5)index | previous | TI home | next
1. Lisbon (cont'd)From the garlic soup at a restaurant near their hotel to the fabulous shrimp soup and deluxe cod (cod is to Portugese cooking what rice is to Japanese cuisine) at Gambrinus Restaurant, the Ishikawas ate splendidly in Lisbon. Fumiyo was delighted with the Tempura (a Portugese food the Japanese have adopted) and the grilled salmon which tasted just like what she was used to in Japan.
The restaurant with the Japanese-style salmon also introduced the Ishikawas to Licor Beirao, which flashed Cat back to eating honeysuckles growing against the fence of his elementary school in 1957 Los Angeles. One dissappointment with Portugal was the absence of Tapas places the Ishikawas had gotten used to in Spain. They did fine a cod croquette, but most "tapas" kind of things in bars were sweet pastrys. The Ishikawas did enjoy the cinnamon pastries of Belem when they ventured to that part of Lisbon to see its famous monastery.