About seven in the evening I got into a chaise on shore, and was driven through the nastiest city in the world, though at the same time one of the most populous, to a kind of coffee-house, which is very pleasantly situated on the brow of a hill about a mile from the city and hath a very fine prospect of the river Tajo from Lisbon to the sea. Here we regaled ourselves sith a good supper.
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Soup in Portugal
First off, they're wonderful--mostly hearty, country dishes that can easily serve as a full meal with country-style bread (called Pão, in Portugal) and, ideally, a Portuguese wine.
Of all its cuisine, it's perhaps in the soups that Portugal's past history is most evident--its occupation by the Romans, then the Moors, and its fabulous exploits in seafaring and trade beginning in the early 15th century. Imagine those magnificent caravels carving new routes around Africa, to India, to Asia, and to the New World, bringing back curry, cinnamon, cloves, chiles, rice, tea, broad beans, peanuts, tomatoes, and potatoes. And yet, it's mostly in the soups that these influences show up--and in all their types:
À vossa saúde!