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Behold Porto's flagship cheese-smothered sandwich, The Francesinha
Don't let Porto's beauty and the fact that it's well known for its wine mislead you: It's a blue-collar town at heart. Its infrastructure peels with character, and lax local laws allow the city streets to double as beer gardens.
Neighborhood restaurants and "snack bars" sport the stay-awhile casual vibe of a roadside New Jersey diner, and the cuisine encourages you to dig in, push back your chair, and extend your legs. Steaks are typically smothered in something, fish is served split open and whole, and the sides are generous servings of potatoes, bread, and cheese.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Porto's most famous sandwich, the Francesinha (pronounced fran-seh-zheen-ya), is a food coma waiting to happen. It packs such a punch, in fact, that a food writer from a town famous for its meaty sandwiches - Philly - had to say uncle and walk away from the plate. It flexes its muscles the minute it's put in front of you, its protective layer of cheese shining brighter than a knight's armor.
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You know you're getting close to some of the best seafood in Porto when you come upon the traffic circle and see the huge net waving in the wind, the ripples moving and shifting the shape of the sculpture like a jellyfish in the current. Known as She Changes, the larger-than-life artwork is the gateway into the city of Matosinhos, a "beachtown suburb" adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.
It's also the home of the Leixões Sea Port and a major fishing community, the main reasons why the area is so well known for its seafood restaurants. Today, you can head to the Old Quarters in Matosinhos or north of the harbor to Leça da Palmeira to see what the buzz is all about. You can find a wide range of opportunities, from beach-side grills to fine-dining restaurants.
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That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).
An excellent cream tea relies on several factors. Is the jam fresh and are the scones (pronounced like 'scawns') served warm? Is the clotted cream Cornish-style, with a golden butterfat crust? Is the ramekin heaped with it? That fact that it's called Cornish clotted cream is the first indicator of quality; it's under a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), meaning it must be made in Cornwall to use the term, much like the rules for French champagne.
As you can probably tell, I can be pretty demanding when it comes to this simple mid-day snack, and it's mostly due to my experience at an unassuming National Trust cafe tucked into a small stone cottage, next to the visitor parking lot along the cliffs at Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, near Newquay in Cornwall.
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Perhaps it's the imminent arrival of winter or maybe just the fact that Florida is fun, but we've had a good time rounding out what we're calling Florida Week. But all of this sun, sand and surf got us a little tired, so we popped into a Starbucks for a pick-me-up in between our gondola ride and some beach time in Fort Lauderdale.
While most Starbucks locations around the US are in full pumpkin scone mode, select shops in Florida are offering a menu with a little Latin flare. Nestled in the chilled case, next to yogurt parfaits and sandwiches, sat a sign that read 'Sabores Tradicionales' ("traditional flavors"). In South Florida, where the community is well over the 20% Hispanic makeup of the whole state, it makes perfect sense to offer a menu of Latin-American favorites.
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October 25 is the day for this year’s rendition of the Barbecue Festival in uptown Lexington, North Carolina, and organizers are expecting over 100,000 attendees for the 31st annual event. The Parade of Pigs kicks off just before 9am, and then the food tents and fun opens up just around 10am. The festival is consistently on best-of lists and other must-do rundowns when it comes to food festivals, so this one is certainly one to cross off from your barbecue bucket list.
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Can you hear it now?
“I’ll take the chicken burger, fries, a vibrator, two cock rings, and the 50 Shades of Grey whip set.” Yes, officially licensed 50 Shades of Grey sex gear is on the menu.
Sounds outrageous but a restaurant in Copenhagen recently added sex toys to its late-night, “After Dark” menu. According to Hot Buns restaurant owner Mathias Kær, he told The Local.dk, “On Friday and Saturday nights there are only two things most people want: sex and food. We’re combining them both.” Logical enough, because, when I’m stumbling home after a night out, the first thing I think to purchase isn’t a slice of pizza, but rather a $15 burger and four new cock rings.
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Although unassuming, Alicia's Market in Honolulu boasts one hell of a poke bar
When it comes to enjoying sushi and raw fish, there is a sense of elegance that comes along with how refreshing and clean it is in both appearance and taste. Funny, then, that the best poke I found during my swing through the Hawaiian Islands was typically from places where the idea of buying raw fish looks really bad on paper. Like, liquor stores and chain grocery conglomerates, to name a few.
Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised after discovering that the best bread on Molokai was from one of the shadiest bakeries I've ever seen. The lesson here is that while you might be enticed to seek out somewhere fancy for raw fish, the most impressive poke bars are often found in the most unimpressive of places as far as appearances go. Below, we list a few recommendations that we were led to during our travels to illustrate the point. When you go, be sure to ask around town for the best place, and hopefully this teaches you not to roll your eyes if they send you to a grocery store.
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British Airways is on a roll with tweaking entertainment for their flights. First, there was the 7-hour train trip through Norway that occupies some space in the in-flight entertainment channel line-up, which was soon joined by the cute animal-focused Paws & Relax channel.
And who can forget the mood blanket thing? (We kid--it was actually totally forgettable).
This month, the news from BA announces the launch of the "Sound Bite" menu, which pairs audio entertainment with what's on your meal tray:
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There is no such thing as too many options when it comes to in-flight dining, snacking, and drinking. Thankfully JetBlue knows we’re suckers for a good in-flight snack, and that’s why we’re eager to try out their latest offering—even if it’s a little out of the ordinary.
Beginning in 2015, JetBlue will be handing out some unique snack bars featuring cricket as an ingredient. To be specific, they will be protein bars in flavors like blueberry vanilla and peanut butter and jelly, and one of the main components will be cricket flour—we guess that means ground up cricket carcasses.
Pricing and other details haven’t been rolled out as of yet, but we do know it’s part of a collaboration between the folks at JetBlue and AccelFoods' start-up Exo.
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Lineup at Marukame Udon in Waikiki
Between Waikiki and Honolulu, the south shore of Oahu is without question the epicenter of Hawaii's food scene. The problem is that, given the area's tourism draw and expensive real estate, food prices can be quite hefty, making it tough on the budget traveler to dive in. Last week, while investigating some of the Asian-influenced eateries in the area, we discovered a restaurant that we think might be the best-going value in Waikiki: Marukame Udon.
Marukame is a seat-yourself, cafeteria-style restaurant that specializes in udon noodle bowls. The lineup, which can get extremely long during peak hours, takes you through the different stations, starting with the udon. Behind the counter, you can see them making the noodles, and it is here that we found the best value: $5.25 for a noodle bowl. There are a handful of flavoring options, including curry, bukkake, kake, niku, and veggie, among others.
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During the summer Chicago is a paradise of outdoor festivals, concerts, and events, but that doesn't mean the fun must be restricted to warm days. Chicago works with its weather to promote a range of activities throughout the year, well into turtleneck and mitten weather.
Here's our round-up of the best Chicago events during the fall and winter:
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One of the world's shadiest bakeries is found on the island of Molokai, and we don't use that description because you'll find it in the shadow of a palm tree. Kanemitsu's Bakery is a normal bread, pastry, and coffee shop with a front entrance by day, but when the night falls, things get a little creepy, and widely delicious, in the quiet town of Kaunakakai. Follow along with us as we venture through dark alleys and back entrances to sample Molokai's infamous late-night treat, Kanemitsu's Hot Bread:
As we passed by, we noticed the neon sign blazing on an otherwise dark street. But as we approached the front door to the bakery, we found that everything was locked up and the lights were out. Still, the sign said - no, screamed - that it was open. Someone walked out of the small grocery store down the street, and we went over to ask for advice. She pointed us to the right of the building, to an alley. Go that way, she told us.