I was really looking forward to also discover a new food culture since I had never been to Portugal before. The recommendations that were given to us at our hotel were clearly aimed at tourists and I was not going to have any of it. I do not like the idea of traveling to another country and not try the local cuisine. My idea of a holiday in a South European country is not to end up eating Chinese, Italian, Indian, French or Irish meals.
Thankfully, E. and I were really lucky with our food discoveries.