March 8, 2015

Lisbon. October, 2009

I was interested to learn that this traditional Portuguese standard, Carne de Porco à Alentejana, was developed during the Inquisition to identify Jews. Those who refused (avoiding the forbidden trayf) to eat either pork or clams, much less both, were marked for persecution. A true story? Who knows? What I do know is that this Bairro Alto restaurant’s fancy “deconstructed” version of the dish was a little too precious for my tastes. Give me a funkier, closer to home-style take on it any day.

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