Portugal: Algarve Food Recap

Algarve explodes with flavors and variety of dishes and seafood clearly dominates the score – it reflects the coastal location of the region as well as its deep Portuguese and Arabic historical influences. As always we tried to seek out truly authentic local dishes (none of the fancy Michelin stuff but where the locals go for the freshest seafood). Freshly grilled sardines were absolutely fabulous, and another traditional Algarve dish – cataplana aka seafood stew made in a copper shell – was to die for. Oysters from Rio Formosa wetlands were delicious as were the linguireo or razor clams.