Yesterday Michael and I continued our tour of Portugal's capital city by walking from our hotel through the Alfama district, an area home to the Medieval castle of Saint (king?) George I. Knowing we would be out all day and not returning before dinner, I chose this simple and lightweight navy maxi dress from Michael Kors as my ensemble du jour.
Next on our walkabout was the Baixa district, an area rebuilt almost entirely after a massive earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent fire ravaged Lisbon in 1755. The Baixa has gorgeous views of the Rio Tejo and lovely, uncrowded streets thanks to the urban grid plan (unlike the winding streets of our own Bairro Alto neighborhood - charming in its own right).
From there we headed north up the Avenida da Liberdade, eventually finding our way to the Cooking Lisbon class we booked prior to the trip. The class was small with just 6 students, our chef Andre, and our perpetual wine refiller (and co-owner) Luis. Over the course of the next 5 hours we made and ate everything from Caldo Verde soup and codfish cake (way better than it sounds) to Portuguese style pork and a deliciously cloud-like custard meringue dessert. Along the way we met some awesome people too!
If you're ever in Lisbon I highly recommend you spend an evening with Cooking Lisbon. Andre and Luis were wonderful hosts and I loved learning more about Portuguese culture through my favorite medium - food!
For more information visit: cookinglisbon.com
You can find chef Andre Lopes in action here as well: http://youtu.be/mVoCJsZfKKc