Near the Tagus River is Time Out Mercado da Ribeira, a former 13th-century fish market that now houses an almanac of Lisbon’s artisanal food purveyors. Multigenerational vendors serve such Portuguese specialties as conserved Atlantic octopus and ginjinha (a popular local wild-cherry liqueur).
This appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.
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The Best Chocolate Cake in the World
This scrumptious dessert invented and trade-marked by Lisbon chef Carlos Lopes Bras is a must-try when in Portugal. Made without flour or baking powder, this is ecstasy on a plate!
Three layers of meringue are joined by a sinful chocolate mousse, and the whole thing is topped with a deep chocolate glaze. The crisp meringue provides a toothsome crunch that enhances the smooth chocolate goodness, rather than dominating.
I first tasted O Melhor Bolo de Chocolate do Mundo, as it is known in Portuguese, in Lisbon's Ribeira Market food court, but it is widely available in shops and restaurants across Portugal. The Best Chocolate Cake in the World is also sold in shops in Brazil, Madrid and New York City.