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More Good Eats In Porto!

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  1. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Although it’s not hard to find good eateries in Porto, Culinary Backstreets seems to find a few off the beaten path that might otherwise be missed. Check out this spot located in the historical downtown district and described as “like walking into grandma’s kitchen.”

    https://culinarybackstreets.com/cities-category/porto/2018/a-cozinha-do-manel/

    Hindsy, you just must plan a trip to Portugal next. Bom Proveito!
     
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    Well....ok Wily, you twisted my arm....planning the CP!!!
     
  3. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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  4. Crepes4Suzette

    Crepes4Suzette Well-Known Member

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    Wily, you don't like the food in Porto or anything, do you?:0)). Now I want to go back there....right now. Go, Hindsy!
     
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  5. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey C4S - I have to admit that I really feel in love with Portugal. The landscape, the food, the people! If it weren’t that I want to walk a number of other Caminos, I’d head back there in a heartbeat. In fact, walking the coastal route is on my list.

    I think it was you who mentioned the francesinha in a post some time ago. Here’s an article that you should enjoy.

    https://culinarybackstreets.com/cities-category/porto/2017/francesinha/

    Bom Caminho!
     
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    Canadian Wander When in doubt, rack out...

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    that Wily, always stirring the food pot and getting Hinds ready to walk out the door!
    I too loved the food there, and some of these links remind me so much of why I had such a great time. Now, that being said, my wife wasn't too keen on me going wild on the francesinha , but one only gets one life to live!
     
  7. Crepes4Suzette

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    Arghhhh, Wily. That article was torture (but torture of the best kind!). I'm planning to start the Via de la Plata from Seville right after Santa Semana and might have to fly TAP Portugal via Lisbon for a Francesinha on the way! Good inspiration!
     
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    Hi Crepesy....first, what a beautiful picture of you! Yes, planning on going to the CP in May. To eat.....Ha, I mean, need to walk some more!!! And eating, to....you know, keep up the strength. :D The Coastal Route looks good to me!
     
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    CW.....sheesh! I think Wily does that on purpose! (drool, drool) :D
     
  10. James Orrock

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    There was me thinking that the Pilgrim's Way was all about physical hardships and spiritual struggle towards higher truths. But really it's all about the Francesinha!
     
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    You're so much fun, Hindsy! Yep, keeping up strength! I wish we could meet up somewhere. I'll be walking roughly parallel to you. I might stop in Salamanca, go pick up my niece in Madrid, go see Segovia and train on to Astorga to finish on the Frances. Can't wait to hear how the Coastal Route is for you! Where are you starting?
     
  12. Crepes4Suzette

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    James, you've got it! I've tried to make no-alcohol versions at home, but they don't compare. To me, the towns really made the Portuguese Route. What are your plans for upcoming walks?
     
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    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Hindsy - Although we only spent one day on the coast, Porto to Vila do Conde, it was quite grand! We were lucky enough to have perfect weather walking north that first day out of Porto. If you do decide on the Coastal Route, you might also look into incuding the Variante Espiritual thay one catches just outside Pontevedra. I believe it was Raymond who posted about this worthwhile detour on this Forum some time ago. I know it’s on my list the next time we go that way. Bom Caminho!
     
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    Crepesy, I feel like an imposter as I have yet to take one step on The Way and you folks are all seasoned Camineros. However, I mean to rectify that scenario next year in Southern Hemisphere Autumn (i.e. Fall) in April / May or Spring in September / October. I can't wait to begin at SJPP and try to climb up and over the mighty Pyrenees to Roncesvalles.
     
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    Thanks Wily......The Variante is enticing to me as well! Is it true that some say the Coastal Route is almost always a wet walk? :D Seems like it would be beautiful!
     
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    James....you are a seasoned planner, and before you know it you will be on your Way! Relish it all! I can hardly believe that my first Camino has come and gone already. And the mighty Pyrenees await.....you will feel AWESOME after that challenge! And, an imposter you are NOT! You are already part of the Camino family! Buen Camino
     
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    Crepesy....Maybe we CAN meet up somewhere. I am flexible and would stop, take a train, bus, or don my cape and meet for a necessary body strengthening meal.....:D keep in touch please! That would be a blast! I am planning on starting in Porto, but first I am going to volunteer with Diverbo just outside of Madrid for one week, then to Porto. I am still waiting to hear from Diverbo to confirm the dates, so my start date is tentative.
     
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    Hinds...don't forget to try the Portuguese tart!
    I believe Wily is part of a secret society bent on world wandering, food and wine consumption. Because of that belief, I will have to investigate each and every one of these 'special' eating locations, and see if the food is actually....ah, who am I kidding? I just love the travel, and Wily is an enabler!
     
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  19. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    CW - Your words are most kind and encourage me on my mission to find and enjoy even more ‘special’ eating locations. On this point, I head back to Boston on Tuesday where I have reservations at the Barcelona Wine Bar. So, although it won’t actually be Spain, I’m told that both the food and the wine are well worth the visit. Just to taunt Hindsy a bit more than I already have, here’s a look at their menu.

    https://www.barcelonawinebar.com/media/BrooklineDinnerOctober2018.pdf

    Buen Provecho!
     
  20. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey James - I’m sure your won’t be disappointed. Once you do take that first step out of SJPP, the magic begins! Nonetheless, all your time thinking and preparing for your Camino will only enhance the experience itself. Don’t sell yourself short, you already possess the pilgrim spirit. Buen Camino Peregrino!
     
  21. Crepes4Suzette

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    James, you're hardly an imposter! You've been contributing here for quite awhile! The Australians are everywhere on these routes - you're going to love it when you finally get there!
     
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    Oh how cool, Hindsy! Based on your input in an email, I told a student here who wants to go to Spain about Diverbo. Let me know how it is for you so others can be told about it. OK, we'll stay in touch about plans. I have a tentative schedule worked out that I can email once I know whether some people I've invited from here say whether they can actually go and if the dates are OK. I'm excited for you and am jealous that you'll get to be in Porto! Check out the Blue Sock Hostel if you want a really nice one to stay in down by the "Riviera" in Porto. I know others have some good recommendations for lodging in Porto also, but we couldn't get reservations at any of them 5 weeks ahead last year.
     
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    Ha!!!!!!!!! You nailed it!!!
     
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    Ha Wily..........what would our taste buds do without you!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy the Barcelona Wine Bar!!!
     
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    Oh thanks Crepesy.....I will check out the Blue Sock Hostel. I would like to find out the story why they named it that! Great, keep in touch. Oh, a friend of mine (who frequents this forum) just came back from Diverbo, she said it was the most fun she has ever had!! Maybe she will pipe in on our conversation and give more insight.
     
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    Hey Hindsy - Let me follow up on C4S’s post with a hostel recommendation in Madrid. Check out The Hat. It’s just off the Plaza Major and from the reviews look to be an excellent “cheap sleep” in Madrid. Buen Camino!

    http://thehatmadrid.com/
    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187514-d6385697-Reviews-The_Hat-Madrid.html
     
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    Thanks again Wily......I was just looking for a place!! O Kaaaaay......Blue Sock Hostel, The Hat.....socks and hat, that is all that is needed on the Camino......:D
     
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    um, if all you are wearing is socks and a hat, please use lots of sunscreen.
    We saw the Blue Sock hostel as we explored the city, and though it looked pretty cool, we would try it if we returned.
     
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    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa.......oh yeah. Maybe if I did that, the crowds on the Camino would start to DECREASE !!! :D :D :D
     
  30. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hindsy - And if you then head on over to Durham, England, you can round out your outfit with The Shoes B&B. But, you’ll still pretty much need that ample application of sunscreen that CW mentioned!
     
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