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3 Days Cooking Holiday in Portugal

3 Days Cooking Holiday in Portugal

  • Visiting Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon Culinary Vacation

Learn the traditional culinary culture of Portugal through its food and flavours, choosing vegetables at the markets and sharing stories over a bubbling pot. This holiday in Lisbon gives you the opportunity to discover the secrets of Portuguese food like never before, under the guidance of your friendly Portuguese neighbor. If you are interested in this special cultural immersion experience, then it is right about time for you to be on your way and join this delicious culinary vacation.

Highlights

  • Sample delicious Portuguese cuisine
  • Visit local gourmet market for cooking ingredients
  • Learn to cook with Portuguese cheeses, olives, and wines
  • Opportunity to create appetizers, main dishes, and desserts
  • Understand the ingredients purchased
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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All the accommodations are cozy, beautifully restored 19th-century town homes that will be your family's home away from home, while you are in Lisbon. Today, this sleepy village is just 8 minutes walk from the Rossio, which is Lisbon's fabulous main square with 24-hour taxi stand, world class restaurants, theatres, museums, shopping, metros, and the lovely Sintra train station. Whether you are sipping wine on the rooftop terrace while looking out over the roofs of Lisbon or curled up on the sofa, this is the place for all to relax.

Casa Joaquina

This accommodation has an open floor plan, with a large living / dining room, which allows your family and friends to be together, while still having separate spaces to enjoy the extensive lending library of novels set in Portugal, guidebooks, board games, and Portuguese music CDs. Other features include the Plasma Smart TV, X-box with Kinect (also functions as a DVD player), loaner laptop, and free Wi-Fi. Kitchen is equipped for the private in-home cooking classes and stocked with staples such as, olive oil, vinegar, spices, etc.

Casa Joaquina has two bedrooms on the main floor, one queen bed, one double bed, and two twin beds in the downstairs hangout room. All their beds have custom orthopaedic mattresses and foam pillow-toppers. These beds will help provide the perfect night's sleep. As for their luxury linens, they were thrilled when the notoriously difficult-to-please Sawday's Special Places to Stay inspector declared them immaculate. There is also a rooftop garden terrace, which has gas BBQ and outdoor dining area. The upstairs bathroom has a tub and shower, while the small downstairs bathroom is shower-only.

Casa Pátria

Casa Pátria's three-storey, tiered floor plan is flooded with Lisbon's famous sunlight. It is perfect for those who will value the dramatic use of open spaces throughout the house. The heart of Casa Pátria is its spacious eat-in kitchen, glowing in Lisbon's lovely sunlight. The kitchen is fully-equipped for the private in-home cooking classes and stocked with staples such as, spices, oils, vinegars, paper products, etc. The relaxing living room has plenty of tourist brochures for you to plan your next day outings. There is also an internet workspace for emailing friends.

Casa Pátria's garden terrace has a gas BBQ and outdoor dining area for enjoying your morning breakfast pastries from the corner café or a cold glass of vinho verde on a lazy Lisbon afternoon. There is even a peek-a-boo view of the castle, which is lovely at night! Casa Pátria has two bedrooms. One with double bed and one with a queen-sized bed. With advance notice, they can also prepare the living room sofa bed. Their custom-made orthopaedic mattresses have foam pillow-toppers, which they believe will help provide the perfect night's sleep. As for their luxury linens, they were thrilled when the notoriously difficult-to-please Sawday's Special Places to Stay inspector declared them immaculate.

Casa Santana

Offering a sweeping view from the São Jorge castle, across the shining Tejo River and over the Rossio, this sunny one-bedroom holiday apartment welcomes you to Lisbon. Tucked out of sight of modern Lisbon, Casa Santana is a three-minute walk from the Rossio, Lisbon's liveliest plaza. You are just minutes from some of Lisbon's most famous sites and restaurants, and yet delightfully hidden away on a quiet residential lane. Located on the second floor of a recently restored 19th century building, which also houses Casa Travessa, this Lisbon holiday apartment sleeps a maximum of four people. Every room has views over Lisbon's tiled roofs.

From the moment you are awake, you are surrounded by the charms of Lisbon. Enjoy your morning coffee gazing over Lisbon's main square and the sparkling Tejo River. At night, the lights of romantic Lisbon stretch out before you. The kitchen is fully-equipped and stocked with staples such as, spices, oils, vinegars, cookbooks, paper products, etc. They also provide Portuguese music CDs, guidebooks, and a wide-array of tourist information. The bedroom has a cozy reading nook and a double bed, with a custom-made orthopaedic (firm) mattress and pillow-topper. The living room sofa converts to two single beds, with the same quality orthopaedic mattresses.

Casa Villa Serra

Curl up in the cozy living room with its glowing Portuguese marble floors and enjoy their extensive lending library of novels set in Portugal, guidebooks, board games, and Portuguese music CDs. Other amenities include plasma TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, loaner laptop and free Wi-Fi, mini bar, and laundry room. Upstairs, the kitchen and eating areas merge with the terrace for easy Lisbon living. The kitchen is fully-equipped for the private in-home cooking classes and stocked with staples such as, spices, oils, vinegars, paper products, etc. It has a garden terrace, which has gas BBQ and outdoor dining area. Savor the spectacular views of the River Tejo, Rossio, and Bairro Alto.

Casa Villa Serra has three bedrooms. One with a queen bed and one with two double beds. Although occupancy is capped at six people, with advance notice, they can prepare the sofa bed, if a fourth bed is required for singles traveling together. Every bedroom set is hand-made and represents a different Portuguese century. Combined with their custom-made orthopaedic mattresses and foam pillow-toppers, they believe that these beds will help provide the perfect night's sleep. As for their luxury linens, they were thrilled when the notoriously difficult-to-please Sawday's Special Places to Stay inspector declared them immaculate.

During this holiday, you will enjoy a morning visit to Lisbon's bustling Mercado da Ribeira for the day's freshest offerings of fish, meat, and fruit. You will be able to learn about the ingredients you are purchasing and the reason behind selecting them. Later, you will head for the local gourmet market to select your wines, cheeses, breads, and desserts. Later that afternoon, work with your neighbor, tutor, and chef to prepare your chosen menu.

You will be learning how to cook with Portuguese cheeses, olives, and wines. You will have the opportunity to create one or two appetizers, a main dish, and desserts of fresh fruits or purchased Portuguese pastries. After your class is over, you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

  • Visit Lisbon's bustling Mercado da Ribeira
  • Visit local gourmet market

This holiday will take place in the heart of Lisbon, Portugal. The city of Lisbon offers something for everyone. No matter what your interests are, whether it is history, art, science, sports, or pure relaxation, you will find an activity that suits your taste.

For this culinary holiday, you will have the chance to work with your neighbor, tutor, or chef to prepare your own personalized chosen menu. You will be cooking with Portuguese cheeses, olives, and wines. From the array of choices, choose 1-2 appetizers and 1 main dish to cook. To wrap up the class, you will enjoy desserts of fresh fruits or the purchased delicious Portuguese pastries.

Sample menu for appetizers - Choose 1 or 2

  • Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato - clams
  • Camarões à Guilho - fried shrimp
  • Cogumelos com Espargos Salteados - mushrooms and asparagus
  • Couve Mineira - Portuguese cabbage with chouriço / pork sausage
  • Morcela de Arroz Assada - pork with baked rice
  • Ovos de Codorniz com Alheira - quail eggs with rice and non-pork sausage
  • Percebes - barnacles, which is very Portuguese
  • Sapateira à Portuguesa - king crab, Portuguese style

Sample menu for main dish - Choose 1

  • Açorda de Tomate com Jaquinzinhos Fritos - bread soup with tomato and little fried fishes
  • Arroz de Lingueirão com Ovas Fritas - rice with razor clams and fried roe
  • Bacalhau - salted codfish; 1000+ recipes
  • Borrego com Pão Frito - lamb with fried bread
  • Favas à Portuguesa - fava beans with ribs
  • Massada de Cherne - turbot / fish pasta
  • Migas de Amêijoas com Lombo de Porco Preto - bread soup with clams, accompanying Iberian black pork
  • Sopa Rica de Peixe - fish stew
  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 visit to local gourmet market
  • 1 visit to Mercado da Ribeira
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Cooking ingredients
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).