Fish Rice!

We ventured to Póvoa do Varzim for lunch today and as you can see above they thankfully were back from their holiday!

We are such creatures of habit that we asked for the same starter-the delicious smoked beef we were given during our first visit along with a half bottle of the same white wine. Since we ordered the sausage and were paying, this time it came with cheese.

We also has a salad (Lois you would have liked the onions) and then the big pot of fish rice was delivered. They had monk fish today (which is what everyone on Trip Advisor raves about) so we had it. We were offered corbina and tuna also. It was as tasty as we remembered. We ended up not stuffing ourselves so we have enough of the rice and soup left for a bowl each for dinner tonight or tomorrow.

For new followers, this dish of rice with seafood is a traditional Portuguese dish that we had not heard about before coming here. We highly recommend that you have it as often as it is offered. We’ve had it in a village between here and Lisbon and a couple of places in and around Porto. It has always been delicious. It isn’t thick like risotto-instead it’s like a soup with rice and whatever seafood is added. We’ve had it with clams, mussels and shrimp as well as with just fish. I will say I find it hard to believe that such a delicious dish can come from such an ugly fish.

I saw baked apples on the way in and really wanted one. It was yummy-Mike who said he just wanted a bite ended up eating half. Not sure why I don’t think about making them more often. Easy and delicious.

We thought about walking back to the apartment as we had done last week, but the temperature has dropped significantly, the high today was 57 (14c) and really windy so we took the train both ways.

Turns out it didn’t cut our exercise that short, we walked 3 miles versus the 3.4 we did by walking back. I guess the metro station is further from the apartment and the restaurant than I realized!

Off to do the last load of wash here so we can pack up tomorrow. We head to Milano on Monday at noon.

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6 thoughts on “Fish Rice!

  1. I looked up recipe for fish and rice and Portuguese paprika was mentioned??? Also, most mentioned white rice but not specific kind. I think I am going to try to make this. Might have to start a clay and mike inspired cookbook!

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    • I haven’t noticed (but haven’t been looking either) for Portuguese paprika. The dish is all about the broth…the first place we had it, it was very much a fish broth. This place it’s less so, I think some saffron. But I can’t tell what else just really really good.

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  2. I had my first monkfish in Paris in a private home and really enjoyed it. ‘Am watching the Clemson/Florida State football game and thinking of you.. Score 0/0 in first quarter.

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  3. Wonderful pictures of a great meal. I miss the cheese/meat platters in Portugal and Spain
    I had my first monkfish dinner in Barcelona. It was grilled and perfectly paired with a glass of Cava.

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