Portuguese Dining at Portugalia!
There seems to be only one restaurant in Houston, that serves Portugese food.
Patio Dining on Westheimer!
This is the last street in Houston you want to dine next too. Noisy! Not NYC traffic jam, car honking style. But, "I've got a super loud car and I love drag racing" kind of noisy! However, there's a water fall, rustling palms and even some Portuguese music trying to drown it out!
We wondered about the sign on the rocks. "6 Feet" As if they were tempting us to dive. Our server claimed children get playful at Sunday brunches and parents need to be warned how deep they will sink! 4 bonus points for patio with waterfall and pool!
( I won't subtract a bonus point for each mosquito bite I acquired!)
We were in time for Happy Hour prices! Portuguese wine for $4.00 a glass!
4 bonus points!
Free bread and pate! ! (2 bonus) The meat and cheese plate had a nice variety of pickled veggies, flavorful smoked sausage, prosciutto and cheeses.
Sigi is showing a bowl of Caldo Verde. This soup is a National favorite. The pureed potato and kale soup, looks watery, but the flavor is very nice with a touch of garlic and smoke from the Chourico. (smoked sausage brought in from Portugal)
That would be smoke cod. Seafood is not my thing and especially one that is strong in flavor and odor. But this is a Portuguese staple and it shows up on the menu in many forms. After my last agonizing food encounter with Mutton Stew, I took the easy route and ordered potato and cod cakes! Mmm! Not bad! Kind of like plump tater tots with some spice and chewy morsels of fish. 3+ points for our Portuguese sampling!
Sadly the chef had a day off. (He has trained his kitchen well) He is from Portugal so 2 bonus points there! Our server, Christina is not from Portugal, but she was a charming, talkative young woman from the Ukraine. She laughed about difficulties in communicating with the chef, since he speaks no English and she speaks no Portuguese or Spanish!
Note the formal dining room. We'll have to try this another time, when we're not in patio clothes!
3+ bonus points for Christina who liked being behind the camera lens better than in front! Good sport!
TOTAL OF 19 POINTS FOR PORTUGALIA!
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This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.