A Portugues Saucy World Traveller, Piripiri.

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Mary H Goudie‘s insight:
Piri Piri the Portuguese influenced well travelled hot hot hot sauce. Time to light up your mouth with flavour.

The Piri Piri chili pepper is an integral part of Portuguese gastronomy. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite places to enjoy it in its various forms.

The small, spicy Piri Piri, or African bird’s eye chili, is one of Portuguese cuisine’s most unexpected ingredients, one that has travelled thousands of miles across many continents to find its place there. When the Portuguese began navigating around the globe as early as the 15th century, spices like black pepper and cinnamon became some of the most important and expensive goods on the market. Piripiri didn’t reach quite the same renown, but they have influenced many cuisines in their travels East. Initially, they were taken from Brazil to Africa, where they thrived. After Vasco da Gama established the maritime route to India, the Portuguese introduced the peppers to Asia, namely India, Thailand and Malaysia. For over a century, Lisbon remained the most important Western capital in the spice trade.

Nuno Mendes

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Can’t wait till home boy Nuno Mendes does his show cooking at the big Lisbon fish fest event Peixe em Lisboa 7 -17 April 2016. Now what will he bring in a ‘coals to Newcastle’ display in front of a bevy of Portuguese Chefs and the Lisbon foodies on the 14 April.

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One of the most acclaimed Portuguese Chefs with an impressively successful international career, Nuno Mendes has worked with some of the top chefs in the world – from elBulli’s Ferran Adrià to Wolfgang Puck – and, since he moved to London 10 years ago, that his restaurants Bacchus, the Loft and o Viajante have been among the most sought after in the city. Right now, although he spends most of his time at his Taberna do Mercado, in Old Spitafields Market, he is also the head Chef at Chiltern Firehouse, one of London’s hottest venues where it’s almost impossible to get a table and has some of the biggest names in music, film and fashion among its client list.

Definitely one of the the most Famous Portuguese Abroad, we spoke to Nuno to ask him a little bit about his views on Lisbon. Here’s what he said:

– Secret location?

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Lisbon, Portugal

The seven hilled red-roofed city that has been my home now for over 30 years is the perfect place to stroll when not trundling along on one of the two antique trams. Both the 28 and the 25 come up to see me high on the hill here in Campo de Ourique, the gourmet snack insiders area of the city, buy using both these mode of transport you are able to give yourself a lovely old world idea of the city and it seven hill. Enjoy Lisbon and let the tram take the strain on the ups & downs!

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The laid back vibe of Lisbon offers a nice change of pace from other, larger European capital cities I have visited. The city is pretty easy to get around in, especially if you don’t mind walking up a lot of hills! I stayed near the Castelo de São Jorge which was a good area from which to visit most of the major sites and neighborhoods.

While completely touristy, I would definitely ride the Lisbon 28 Tram which passes through many of the city’s interesting neighborhoods. Lisbon also has an excellent traditional and eclectic food scene, featuring lots of great seafood. Also, if your into craft arts and street art, this if your kind of town. As you can see there’s some amazing handcraft buildings and some fantastic graffiti art all over the place.

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are you beautiful? I asked 100 men what ‘physical beauty’ is and the results shocked me

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Tina Fey said it best in her book, ‘Bossy Pants’:

 “But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty.
Girls wanted butts now.
Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them.
And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired.
And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful.
Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you.
All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful.

Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose…

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