Joy and Ali explore Portugal’s rich culinary tapestry. Joy starts with a trip to the Churrascão Market Grille where Chicken Piri Piri and slow-cooked braised goat called Chanfana are top-sellers among the regulars. Port wine and grilled pineapple cap her heady meal.
Ali gets both a sweet and savoury treat when he visits Patricia Brandao at the Golden Wheat Bakery. On the sweet side, he devours golden Pastéis de Nata custard tarts. For his savoury, Ali munches on Patricia’s Pastéis de Bacalhau codfish cakes and wishes he could’ve grown up eating those instead of frozen fish sticks. And no Portuguese bakery is complete without crusty loaves of Brao corn bread.
Joy goes shopping and gets a lesson in how to choose a good piece of Bacalhau dried codfish at Salsicharia Pavao. She also samples chouriço sausages, St. George cheese, and deli favourite Fat Cheese.
Joy and Ali stop by Bairrada to enjoy a traditional Portuguese barbeque. On the menu is roasted suckling pig. This classic appetizer is sliced and served with garlic and Piri Piri sauce. The Chouriço à bombeiro flaming sausage and succulent jumbo shrimp covered in butter, garlic and beer round out the apps. For the main course, Joy and Ali sample codfish prepared two different ways: oven-baked and grilled. After their enormous feast, the hosts get their digestive juices going by sipping on Portguese Aguardente. Saude!
Churrascão Market Grille, 605 Rogers Road Unit D1, Toronto, 416-651-0344
Golden Wheat Bakery, 652 College Street, Toronto, 416-534-1107
Salsicharia Pavao, 1435 Dundas Street, Toronto, 416-533-7667
Bairrada Churrasqueira, 1000 College Street, Toronto, (416) 539-8239