BY SUSANA LOURENÇO . PORTUGAL . EUROPE
Imagine that you go to Lisbon and that you want to try money for value traditional Portuguese food. I must say that in order for you to do that you must enter some sombre and dull small restaurants, with tables dressed in white squared paper cloths and loud voices screaming the orders over the counter.
Say you wish to try “bitoque”, a thinly cut beef, fried with garlic in a pan, served with plain rice and potato fries and usually topped whit a fried egg. You order that and on the side you ask for salad. What do you get? A hand ripped lettuce, slices of tomato and onion, with an olive or two assigned for the décor, all served in a stainless steel platter. Every time. It doesn’t matter if you ask for grilled sea bass with boiled potatoes, chicken piri-piri or Portuguese style diced pork meat. Every portion served in Lisbon comes with this fresh boring treat. I guess it’s because people from this city are known for always being lettuce lovers. In fact, they’re called “alfacinhas”, little lettuces. I wonder…