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  • Portuguese Croissants: Oh là là!
    The croissant is considered a classic French pasty: crescent-shaped (croissant means crescent in French), flaky crust, and, if you buy it from the right patisserie, baked to a light golden brown, but not burnt on the ends.  Croissants originally came to France by way of Austria, and are believed to ... Read more
  • Doces Fálicos (Phallic Sweets)
    If you’re in the market for a day trip from Porto, about 50 minutes northeast of Porto lies the medieval village of Amarante, nestled in the Tâmega river valley. Before you start wondering about what to see in Amarante, let me sum it up for you: its principal tourist attractions ... Read more
  • Bolo Rei (King’s Cake)
    When the holiday season rolls around, the Portuguese bolo-rei cake starts making an appearance, and different variations on the theme pop up throughout Europe as well. (In New Orleans, too, for Mardi Gras.) These “king’s cakes” as they’re called in English are generally spiced, come in a ring shape, and contain ... Read more
  • Eggs in Portuguese Desserts
    When you first walk into a traditional Portuguese café or confeitaria (pasty shop or bakery), you will usually see a large display case full of desserts and other delectables.  The dominant color is yellow, which comes from the truly astounding number of egg yolks that form the basis of many ... Read more

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