When in Lisbon…

July 7, 2012



When in Lisbon, trust your senses. Trust and you will find yourself a perfect lunch. Perfectly local and perfectly scrumptious.

Let your nose lead you, sourcing the heady scent of fresh fish cooking on the grill.

Let your ears welcome the sound of laughter between old friends. Tables of energetic elderly men gossiping is absolutely a good sign.

Let your eyes affirm your lunch location, with the vision of these men – sturdy girth and tanned, creased faces, wise with the knowledge of a good grill. Trust them…



…they know where the perfect lunch is.


Heidi xo
  • Lesdad July 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Minha filha pequena história perfeita !

    So few words, so few photos yet it says it all so well! Inspired brilliance (even though I am biased). Glad you both are having the superb honeymoon. xo

  • Michelle Chin July 7, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Are those hashbrowns?

  • leaf (the indolent cook) July 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Great looking location… great looking fish!

  • Jac July 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Looks like your holiday is off to a wonderful start! Can't wait for the next instalment. Especially if it's from Paris 😉

  • The InTolerant Chef July 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Those simply grilled fish look simply delicious!

  • Ashley July 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Gosh Lisbon! Just wonderful, and I love looking out for local hangouts…especially in Europe, it's not hard to tell where the favourites are… 🙂

  • John in Lisbon July 9, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Normally I'd suggest staying away from downtown (Baixa) when looking for a place to eat, as most restaurants are touristy serving mediocre and greasy food, but it is also true that it is in that part of the city and in neighboring Alfama that you find the best-value meals. A good way to find the authentic places is indeed to obey your senses, and if you see plenty of locals as well as a traditional non-pretentious decoration, it's the place to choose, especially for grilled fish.

  • Iron Chef Shellie July 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Loving your instagram updated lovely!
    What a fine looking lunch!

  • Hannah July 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    You keep doing what you're doing, my darling friend. Everything you post about your travels, here and on Twitter, is intoxicating. xo