I always try got get my guests at Surfmoments House to have the best experience ever here in Peniche, Portugal.
So, lets start with sweets! You have to eat a pasteis de nata (custard tart/pie) you will find then in almost any cafe, bakery. Bolo de bolacha (cookie cake) in some restaurants but its not always good, can’t be very dry.
Sardines with corn bread, Robalo (sea bass), Dourada (sea bream), Sargo (twig) Bacalhau (cod fish, my favorite is a Lagareiro with lots of olive oil and garlic). If you can manage t have a Portuguese help you eating a sardine for the first time it will be great.
For example, here at Surfmoments house eating in or going to eat sardines in a restaurant close by, i will always show you how we eat them on top of a peace of bread and we have to bite softly in some parts so that the bones don’t come out into your mouth. Not easy to explain, better to show you how to eat them.
You should also try a nice seafood rice and out shell fish is amazing (ameijoa a bulhao pato, sapateira, buzios, camarao frito, snails, etc…)
Eating seafood in Portugal is very fresh and cheap compared to most European countries, but off course lobster is not cheap here.
Pao com Chourico! (bread with chourico), warm with mustard is so good!
Frango no churrasco (roasted chicken), spare ribs, bitoque (cheap and filling meal, steak with egg on top rice and fries), etc…
Don’t forget to drink a Galao, if you like coffee and milk; its really good for breakfast with a nice cake or tosta mista (bread with cheese and ham toasted).
I guess this is more then 10 things to eat while in Portugal! If you come and stay with us at Surfmoments house and school, probably we will tell you more.