AN EARLY MODERN MYSTERY
The OWNW team went sailing on the Tagus river to recreate Cardim's departure from the Port of Lisbon destined for Coastal Brazil.
Nigel, a British ex-pat (who's equally talented at the helm and in the kitchen), hosted us on his 45-foot sailing yacht, as we left the Port of Lisbon and headed toward the mouth of the Atlantic.
Visit Nigel at www.SailingWithNigel.com
After a couple of wrong turns up and down the confusing streets of Alfama, we followed our ears toward this musician, who sat in the shade of a giant tree, surrounded by ancient ruins of residential Lisbon.
The musician, from Cape Verde, was proof that finding what you're looking for is only half the fun.
Though they specialize in contemporary Portuguese cuisine, the husband-and-wife owners of Taska Fina created an authentic sixteenth-century-themed meal for the Old World/New World crew.
Reaching back into their culinary training, the owners of Taska Fina created an authentic (and tasty!)
meal that spoke to the region's gastronomic history.
Alentejo, widely considered the culinary center of Portugal, was one stop on the OWNW journey, in search of insight into how Fernao Cardim would've eaten more than 500 years ago.
One of the most near-magical nights of our trip, we visited Dragão de Alfama (The Dragon of Alfama) for dinner and classic Portuguese music, Fado (pronounced "Fah-Doo").
After a great meal and a few glasses of vinho verde, it was a short trip to saudade.