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“The flavors are familiar to any American who’s had Italian, Spanish, or Mediterranean food, with their abundant use of olive oil, onions, garlic, and herbs, but there’s a distinct soulfulness to Portuguese cooking.” Chef George Mendes, Chef-Owner Aldea/Co-Author My Portugal: Recipes and Stories

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal - 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal – 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal - 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal – 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal - 4 of the 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal – 4 of the 8 carefully curated specialties

Portugal is famous for its simple, rustic dishes made with fresh vegetables and seafood. Just in time for spring, we bring you the best of Portuguese cuisine so you can experience this country’s incredible culinary specialties from the comfort of your home. Try The World

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal Welcome to another month of exquisite, delectable cuisine curated for Try The World – Portugal Box. This month’s best of Portugal is brought to us through the keen eyes and palate of Chef George Mendes who is chef-owner of Aldea and Lupolo in NYC, co-author with Genevieve Ko, of the cookbook My Portugal: Recipes and Stories, and winner of a 2012 Michelin star. If you’ve ever been to Portugal which is on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe and is the westernmost country of mainland Europe with borders by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east, you’d know that bacalhau/salted codfish is the most popular ingredient in Portuguese cuisine. Portuguese food has a lot of Mediterranean influences and is known for its use of a wide range of fresh seafood, herbs, and spices, a fiery pepper called piri piri, olive oil, garlic, meat/poultry, and grains; all that hearty cooking is washed down with the ever popular Port and Madeira wines.

The global influences of Portuguese food range from Portuguese bread rolls, Piri-Piri sauce, to”Portuguese-style” chicken and even to the introduction of refined sugar to Japan and corn to the African continent. So a trip to Lisboa, Porto, Braga, or any big city or small town in that beautiful country will expose you to many of the simple, rustic dishes made with fresh produce and local seafood. In addition to the many influences it has had on global cuisine, Portugal has also given us its share of famous chefs and top-rated restaurants; you may know some of the chefs: Emeril Lagasse, Chef José Avillez, Chef Luisa Fernandes, Henrique Sá Pessoa, Chef Rui Correia, George Mendes and many others who share their skills and passion for Portuguese cuisine.  So, join me as we explore the selections from this month’s box.

“Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food.” Craig Claiborne

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal - 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal – 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal - 4 of the 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal – 4 of the 8 carefully curated specialties

My inspiration was my mom. She’s a great cook, and she still cooks, and we still banter back and forth about cooking. Growing up in a mostly Portuguese community, food was important and the family table was extremely important. At a very young age I understood that. Emeril Lagasse

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal: What is in the Portugal Box My box arrived packed, choc-a-bloc with eight (8) carefully curated specialties that are must-have items in any Portuguese kitchen. It contained 1. Caramelized Onions with Port wine from Casa da Prisca; This culinary spread is made with, onions, Portugal’s iconic port wine, and a balsamic reduction that enhances the flavor.  2. Sea Salt and Lemon from Hands on Earth; This finishing salt adds a dash of lemon zest to any dish and is from a company that specializes in producing organic herbs and seasonings and products made free of pesticides and chemicals.    3.  Lemon Cookies by Casa Lucena; These popular crisp and buttery traditional treats are made from an old Portuguese recipe.  4. Codfish in Olive oil by Briosa Gourmet; Bacalhau or, in this case,  canned codfish by Briosa Gourmet gives us a taste of a national favorite. The can is wrapped in beautiful, bright yellow packaging reminiscent of old hydraulic tiles.

5. Crunchy Apple rings by Frutaformas; Carefully selected sweet apples are cut and dehydrated using an ancient technique that preserves their vitamin-rich nutrients.  6. RARE Pumpkin and Hazelnut jam by Quinta de Jugais; This is a very popular premium spread crafted by artisans in Serra da Estrela using traditional Portuguese recipes. The Pumpkin jam is one of the most popular fruit preserves in Portugal  7. Piri Piri Hot Sauce by Paladin; This spicy kicker of a hot sauce comes in several flavors and is described on the website as “a quintessentially Portuguese condiment.” Piri piri hot sauce arrived in Europe in the 15th century when Christopher Columbus brought back some piri piri peppers from some far-off land. To this day, the sauce can be found in almost every kitchen in the country.  And last but not least, 8. Extra Virgin Olive oil by Olivais do Sul; This bitter, slightly spicy, and versatile olive oil is perfect for a variety of dishes. The olives are grown in central Portugal and cold-pressed to preserve their complex aroma and distinct flavor. I must say that the taste is heavenly.

Come back soon for a recipe to whet your appetite and have you dreaming of a trip to Portugal.  Looking for some easy-to-make Portuguese food recipes? Take a look at both Chef Mende’s cookbook,  My Portugal: Recipes and Stories, and Taste Portugal | 101 Easy Portuguese Recipes by Maria Dias and Lisa Dias. You won’t be disappointed. Plus, this month, you can enjoy shopping online by taking 20% off all Portuguese Food items using the code: PORTUGAL20

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal - 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal – 8 carefully curated specialties

Sign up today for your first journey into Try The World’s gourmet items to enjoy. As an Ambassador for this extraordinary brand, I’d like to remind everyone about our special deep discount. SPECIAL OFFER: Try The World has made a special offer of a 30% discount off the first subscription box to all my readers. As a reader of this blog, you can use the 30% discount code on purchasing your first $39/box subscription option. Use the coupon code MIRTHANDMOTIVATIONTRAVELS during your checkout to get your awesome discount.

What about pricing?  Subscriptions now start at $33/Box.
A bi-monthly subscription is $39/box charged every two months
A 6 monthly tour subscription is $35/box charged every six months
A year tour subscription is $33/box charged every year
People have the option to order a gift single box and/or gift tours.

If the Portugal Box calls you, sign up today, save 30% on your first box and a new box will be shipped, every other month, when it becomes available.

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“A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.” Thomas Keller

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal - 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal – 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal - 8 carefully curated specialties

Try The World: A Taste Of Portugal – 8 carefully curated specialties

FOOD: Buy it with thought 2. Cook it with care 3. Use less wheat and meat 4. Buy local foods 5. Serve just enough 6. Use what is left. Don’t waste it. Cooper, Fred G for US Food Admin

The gourmet food experts at Try The World (TTW), would love to hear from people like you who enjoy great cuisine from around the world. To encourage us to explore other cultures through food, from time to time, they offer wonderful opportunities to win free boxes of food. This month in the online shop,  take 20% off your purchase with the code: PORTUGAL20. Don’t forget to get your first subscription box at 30% off, share your dishes and photos by using the hashtag #TryTheWorld and following @TryTheWorld on Instagram, and be on board for a chance to win your next box for free!  Visit their Website for more information and also connect with TTW on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

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Positive Motivation Tip: You don’t have to be a foodie to love good food, just take a chance and watch your palate improve. Go for it. Tudo o que conseguir comer !

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received product for review, but all opinions are mine. I have not received any other compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: Are from my Personal Collection and/or via TTW – Try The World

Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
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100 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz Mays permalink
    09/03/2016 6:07 pm

    I didn’t know much about Portugal before this post. Trying some of those ingredients would be a blast.

  2. Michelle Gwynn Jones permalink
    09/03/2016 8:14 pm

    I haven’t tried recipes from PORTUGAL. I am going to go look at the recipes, I love trying something new.

  3. top5life permalink
    09/03/2016 11:28 pm

    I have also heard about the Portuguese food being very tasty and delectable. But, haven’t tried preparing it anytime.

  4. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    09/03/2016 11:26 pm

    My parents are from Madeira a Portuguese island so it is nice to see some traditions being observed!

  5. Claire Algarme permalink
    09/03/2016 11:26 pm

    I want to try the caramelized onions! I must admit that I am familiar with Italian and Spanish food but not much of the Portuguese cuisine and food products. I’m glad to read about it here.

  6. Girl, Unspotted permalink
    10/03/2016 2:33 am

    Hmmm somehow the sea salt and lemon sounds like the perfect condiment. Most of them do actually! Ready to eat caramelized onion? Yes please!

  7. 10/03/2016 5:19 am

    What I loved most in Portugal was the custard tarts 😊

  8. Kiwi permalink
    10/03/2016 3:23 am

    What a great concept! I literally am trying to Try the World by traveling more but definitely cant reach each country so glad there are ways to explore a country through food without having to visit there yet.

  9. Fred Erick (FredExperience) permalink
    10/03/2016 5:41 am

    Those look good. I am wondering if we can order those here in the Philippines.

  10. Fred Hawson (@3xhcch) permalink
    10/03/2016 5:58 am

    I have been to Portugal a few years back and loved the place. I would not mind this package to remind us of the great food we had there.

  11. Rachel Mouton permalink
    10/03/2016 6:15 am

    This looks amazing! Your photos are always fabulous 🙂

  12. jmanandmillerbug permalink
    10/03/2016 6:18 am

    I love trying foods from all over the world. I would love to see what Portugal has to offer. I have been many places and tried a ton of different things and nothing has yet to disappoint me!

  13. thehamiltoninc permalink
    10/03/2016 4:18 am

    I love Portugese food. I miss the Apple Rings. There was a place in Newark, NJ that made the best Apple Rings. That woke up my interest in Portugese food. I love trying new things!

  14. Carlee permalink
    10/03/2016 4:30 am

    What a great collection! I love the idea of getting to try the flavors of different cultures!

  15. Travel Blogger permalink
    10/03/2016 6:57 am

    This sounds like a really cool subscription box! I traveled to Portugal once, and the food was incredible. I would love to have a taste again!

  16. Anosa permalink
    10/03/2016 5:13 am

    I must say I have not tried many Portuguese recipes but we do have a local restaurant that just opened might check it out.

  17. Fashionable Librarian permalink
    10/03/2016 7:26 am

    This is a fabulous ideas. These boxes give us a taste of so many different cultures in small doses. That way you can decide if you want more or not

    • 10/03/2016 11:58 am

      Exactly! Plus, the culture guide in each box offers a ton of great information about the featured country. <3

      • Fashionable Librarian permalink
        10/03/2016 12:24 pm


  18. Lexie Lane permalink
    10/03/2016 5:53 am

    Love the foods! Great steps and tips. I will save this!

  19. 10/03/2016 8:33 am

    Some of the items sound so good. I am always interested in trying different foods.

  20. momknowsbest15 permalink
    10/03/2016 10:08 am

    The onion sauce is making me drool. Such great products to sample.

  21. Melissa Bernardo permalink
    10/03/2016 10:18 am

    I would love to try all of these products. Including the salt!

  22. Shaylee Field permalink
    10/03/2016 10:41 am

    I really want to try this box! My fiance is a chef and I think he would love getting a new country’s ingredients every month!

  23. Nicole Haas Etolen permalink
    10/03/2016 11:23 am

    I’d like to try their Jam, it looks tempting and tasty at the same time.

  24. Michelle Mink (@lovemichelle89) permalink
    10/03/2016 11:43 am

    the crunchy apple rings sound right up my alley!

  25. Amy permalink
    10/03/2016 12:32 pm

    I’ve never been to Portugal! I must say I’m pretty ignorant to these items but want to know more!

  26. Nova permalink
    10/03/2016 12:39 pm

    Another taste from another country, this is truly a great idea.

  27. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    10/03/2016 1:07 pm

    Wow this products from Portugal really awesome. I am so tempted to try the Codfish in Olive Oil and also Pumpkin with Hazelnut Jam.

  28. parentingpatch permalink
    10/03/2016 12:12 pm

    I have never tried food for Portugal before. I cannot decide which one looks and sounds tastier!

  29. beckysbestbites permalink
    10/03/2016 2:54 pm

    It is always super fun to try foods from other countries!! I always love to experience new flavor combinations!!

  30. Rosey permalink
    10/03/2016 3:16 pm

    I almost did go to Portugal (Lisbon) but we ended up going to a different destination. It’s still on my ‘want to visit’ list.

  31. MapleMouseMama permalink
    10/03/2016 3:32 pm

    I love subscription boxes but have not heard of Try the World – what a great idea! This is a wonderful way for people like me who are somewhat afraid to try new foods, LOL. The smaller amounts give you the opportunity to check them out without too much commitment. Sweet!

  32. Liz Mays permalink
    10/03/2016 3:35 pm

    Another wonderful culinary trip around the world! This looks incredibly tasty to me!

  33. hautebeautyguide permalink
    10/03/2016 4:29 pm

    Yum! I can’t wait to get my box. I am just finishing up all the Thai goodies from last box.

  34. Emma White (@TheRealSupermum) permalink
    10/03/2016 2:33 pm

    oh wow I shall have to try some I love new things

  35. Anamika Ojha permalink
    10/03/2016 2:53 pm

    Wow these products sounds amazing. I have tried Portuguese bread rolls and Piri-piri sauce at one of Portuguese restaurant near my place and it was amazing!

  36. inmyprime50 permalink
    10/03/2016 6:02 pm

    I love the sound of this box!

  37. BluKatDesign permalink
    10/03/2016 4:19 pm

    The crunch apple rings sound tasty! 🙂

  38. Amer Phils permalink
    10/03/2016 4:23 pm

    Definitely trying all the cookies. I love Portugal, the food is fresh, spicy and lots of flavor.

  39. Kristina permalink
    10/03/2016 5:31 pm

    Yum! I love trying different foods! Especially when I lived in England and had the chance to visit France and Germany. I love food too!! I will have to find a way to try it!

  40. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    10/03/2016 5:47 pm

    I’ve sampled a few authentic cuisines, however, I have not tried something uniquely Portuguese. Try the World definitely gives us a culinary experience without having to board a plane and spend much. I would so love to try those crunchy apple rings!

  41. Jonathan W Key permalink
    10/03/2016 6:02 pm

    I loved visiting with my Dad. They have amazing food for sure in Portugal. The jam and wine there is amazing!

  42. Fully Housewifed! (@fullyhousewifed) permalink
    10/03/2016 6:39 pm

    Sounds like a really good deal. And I’m interested because you say it’s curated by a chef. I’d love to try the world. I’ll go check out their IG.

  43. travel blogger permalink
    10/03/2016 8:30 pm

    The lemon cookies and crunchy apple rings sound so delicious. I would love a subscription to this.

  44. tumandok permalink
    10/03/2016 9:12 pm

    This is what I usually do every time I see foods on the table, foods in the restos, fods in a party, foods everywhere. I let my taste buds work for me. Once it gives me the perfect “go signal” I go for it, eating with gusto and keep on craving more and more. – Gil Camporazo

  45. Melanie Smith permalink
    10/03/2016 9:16 pm

    I love tasting foods from all around the world.. I think the food is one of the most important things that a culture can offer you. I would like to try this out!

  46. Karlyn Flores permalink
    11/03/2016 12:40 am

    I love trying food from another country and It’s really good

  47. Euge Nia permalink
    11/03/2016 1:26 am

    I’ve never tried Portuguese food, but I am always open to finding new foods to enjoy! The Portugal Box seems like a great idea!

  48. franckxethee permalink
    11/03/2016 1:28 am

    I’ve tried some Portuguese dishes and they are really rich in taste. They can really give you a savory meal experience.

  49. Miss Millennia Mag (@MissMillMag) permalink
    11/03/2016 1:33 am

    Sounds like a really cool subscription box! I would love to try all products!!

  50. phyliciamarie permalink
    11/03/2016 1:36 am

    RARE Pumpkin and Hazelnut jam by Quinta de Jugais – this one sounds really interesting, and precious. i’ve never tried pumpkin as a spread, but i love hazelnut, so this must be good?

  51. Laurie permalink
    11/03/2016 4:10 am

    I want to try the sea salt and lemon I saw in your pictures. I bet it’d be great on fish

  52. Fashion Travels (@tauyanm) permalink
    11/03/2016 4:04 am

    mmm! would love to try and have everything! that crunchy apple rings looks yummy! and ofcourse all in the list are good =)

  53. Idaintyit permalink
    11/03/2016 4:50 am

    I love the look of sea salt and lemon. They all look like lovely flavours to try

  54. Julie Syl Kalungi permalink
    11/03/2016 5:17 am

    I truly would love one of them boxes all to myself…well a would share a lil with others lol. I specially love the sound of that Onion spread and Tarts did I hear…yummm! Sounds tasty!

  55. Julie permalink
    11/03/2016 5:41 am

    Portugal was originally one of our stop when traveling to Europe (since my fave soccer player is from there) but had to axe it because we were so short on time! It would have been nice to experience Portuguese cuisine while there! All the products look tasty!

  56. Shalama Jackson (@shalamajackson) permalink
    11/03/2016 5:48 am

    i love trying a variety of things. I don’t remember what I ate when I was in Portugal years ago but these looks tasty.

  57. Bhushavali permalink
    11/03/2016 6:06 am

    I’ve never tried Portuguese cuisine, but this sounds interesting. Hazelnut & pumpkin jam, crunchy apple rings sound very appetizing…

  58. Cynthia Nicoletti permalink
    11/03/2016 6:14 am

    Looks delicious. Enjoying all the different types of foods from different cultures

  59. Jojo Vito permalink
    11/03/2016 7:25 am

    I just received some packed food from a blogger Friend who just arrived from Portugal 🙂

  60. Pooja Kawatra Gupta permalink
    11/03/2016 7:40 am

    I am sure crunchy apple will be my favourite but this is a great idea to experience a totally new flavour.

  61. royaltyinreality permalink
    11/03/2016 7:55 am

    I’ve never had Portuguese food and off the top of my head can’t think any local restaurants. This box would be a cool way to try some!

  62. Kathy Kenny Ngo permalink
    11/03/2016 8:23 am

    You know what they say? If you can’t go to the country, at least try to eat the food of that country and you’d know what the country is like just a little bit.

  63. Loriann Cargill Bustos permalink
    11/03/2016 8:36 am

    There are so many flavors to play with there!

  64. suchi permalink
    11/03/2016 10:33 am

    looks like a delicious culinary trip! Absolutely loved it!

  65. Ana Fernandez permalink
    11/03/2016 10:50 am

    I feel that we can learn a lot about a culture when we try their food! Would love to try this!

  66. amanda permalink
    11/03/2016 3:20 pm

    This looks delicious!

  67. Claudia Krusch permalink
    11/03/2016 3:46 pm

    I love their foods too and the fact that fresh ingredients and seafood is so good! I’m Brazilian, so I grew up eating Portuguese food!

  68. Shubhada permalink
    11/03/2016 5:55 pm

    Every country in the world have its own culinary delights. So nice to know about Portugal’s. The products you have mentioned look so yummy.

  69. forKIDSandMOMS All the Best Mom Bloggers permalink
    11/03/2016 8:28 pm

    Oh I’m so jealous! Or my mouth is actually because these all sound so amazing. I love trying new foods and flavors.

  70. Beauty that walks permalink
    12/03/2016 5:28 am

    It’s never hurts to branch off and try a new meal/recipe every once in a while

  71. Lisa Rios permalink
    12/03/2016 9:57 am

    I am one of those crazy food lovers who try to explore different foods from different countries. Portugal sounds like a wonderful option to step in & I can see that the foods are going to quiet incredible for sure.

  72. shoppingduck permalink
    12/03/2016 2:52 pm

    The products look amazing! I would love to try different boxes.

  73. Jessica Beal Harlow permalink
    12/03/2016 3:49 pm

    This is a great introduction to traditional Portugese fare! I really love the concept of Try The World and the subscription boxes they offer.

  74. Filipinas Rojo permalink
    13/03/2016 12:31 am

    I think I haven’t tried Portuguese food yet! We have to explore this!

  75. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    13/03/2016 3:25 am

    This is a cool subscription box! I am always open to experience food from around the world and this would be a great way to do it without having to buy a plane ticket!

  76. Aziel Morte permalink
    14/03/2016 1:45 am

    I really love receiving goods from another country

  77. Real Life Deals (@RLDeals) permalink
    14/03/2016 9:24 am

    So many different items to try! I love the idea behind these boxes. It is like getting a bit of culture when you can’t travel.

  78. FILIPINAS ROJO permalink
    14/03/2016 12:24 pm

    These products from Portugal indeed seem so foreign to me!

  79. I Love Paars by: Lee permalink
    14/03/2016 5:33 pm

    I haven’t eaten any Portuguese food, but if I’m right, they are good in making pastries like in Hong Kong there is a famous Portuguese bakery.

  80. amayachika permalink
    14/03/2016 5:57 pm

    Hmmmm…sounds new to me. I haven’t tried Portugal Dish/Meal. And love to try it and see the difference of the taste.

  81. Amber permalink
    14/03/2016 8:45 pm

    This sounds delicious. I would love to check out these different foods. Sounds like a great subscription that can open your taste buds.

  82. Jennifer Pilgrim permalink
    15/03/2016 6:25 pm

    Very cool. Have you heard of spice madam? It is a startup a friend of mine started and they send you spices from all over the world each month. You’d love it!

  83. alison permalink
    17/03/2016 7:57 am

    I love to cook and find different foods from all over the world. The sea salt and lemon totally caught my eye and I wonder why I have never tried it before!

  84. Kylee Cooks permalink
    05/04/2016 8:32 am

    I love how you’ve laid this post out. I really appreciate the descriptions and pictures of all the items received in the box. Makes me want my own subscription!

  85. Author Brandi Kennedy permalink
    05/03/2017 5:45 pm

    This looks like a great box! I’d love to see a recipe using some of the items you receive in these boxes – it would be fun to see how you turn them into a themed meal or something like that.

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