Lisbon: Snails, Sardines & Barnacles

Andrew Zimmern travels to Lisbon, Portugal, to brave crashing waves and to harvest barnacles from the rocky shore. Andrew also feasts on mollusks at a huge snail festival and more.

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Snail risotto
Snail risotto

Snail risotto

Snail risotto is made even better with shrimp and squid-ink fat at the Snail Festival in Loures, Portugal. 960 1280

  

steamed snails on a plate

steamed snails on a plate

Traditionally prepared steamed snails with turmeric, ham and herbs at the Snail Festival. 960 1280

  

Steaming octopus

Steaming octopus

Freshly cooked octopus ready for slicing at the Blue Dolphin in São Lourenco. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern with Mario Araujo

Andrew Zimmern with Mario Araujo

Ramirez Cannery quality controller Mario Araujo tries to tell me that 6 filets fit into that itty-bitty can. 960 1280

  

Stellar steamed whelks at Ramiro Restaurant

Stellar steamed whelks at Ramiro Restaurant

Stellar steamed whelks (spiny dye-murex) are one of the highlights at Ramiro Restaurant in Lisbon. 960 1280

  

Witches lobsters (aka sea locusts) at Ramiro Restaurant

Witches lobsters (aka sea locusts) at Ramiro Restaurant

Witches lobsters (aka sea locusts) are also superbly steamed at Ramiro Restaurant. 960 1280

  

langoustine (prawn) at Ramiro restaurant

langoustine (prawn) at Ramiro restaurant

Fresh langoustine at Ramiro Restaurant in Lisbon. 960 1280

  

Andrea Smith and Andrew Zimmern in Lisbon

Andrea Smith and Andrew Zimmern in Lisbon

Andrea Smith and I sample Portuguese cured ham at a "secret" market in Lisbon. Half the price of Spanish iberico and just as good. 960 1280

  

chicken stewed in its own blood with rice at Tasca do João restaurant

chicken stewed in its own blood with rice at Tasca do João restaurant

Cabidela de frango — chicken stewed in its own blood with rice — is a specialty at Tasca do João in Lisbon. 960 1280

  

Andrea Smith and Andrew Zimmern

Andrea Smith and Andrew Zimmern

Andrea Smith and I take a brief respite while dining at Tasca do João. 960 1280

  

Bijou sandwiches at Mercado da Ribeira

Bijou sandwiches at Mercado da Ribeira

Bijou sandwiches of bacalhau and escabeche at Vitor Claro in a market called Mercado da Ribeira. 960 1280

  

Rodrigo Meneses and Andrew Zimmern at Mercado da Ribeira

Rodrigo Meneses and Andrew Zimmern at Mercado da Ribeira

Rodrigo Meneses and I at Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon. 960 1280

  

Rodrigo Menesis and Andrew Zimmern explore Lisbon

Rodrigo Menesis and Andrew Zimmern explore Lisbon

Rodrigo Menesis and I explore the Lisbon food scene. 960 1280

  

Rodrigo Menesis and Andrew Zimmern at Snail Festival in Lisbon

Rodrigo Menesis and Andrew Zimmern at Snail Festival in Lisbon

Rodrigo Menesis and I at the Snail Festival in Loures, Portugal. 960 1280

  

Toza Almeida and Andrew Zimmern along the Portuguese coast

Toza Almeida and Andrew Zimmern along the Portuguese coast

Toza Almeida and I harvest percebes (gooseneck barnacles) along the Portuguese coast. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern holding percebes in São Lourenco

Andrew Zimmern holding percebes in São Lourenco

I get really excited harvesting percebes in São Lourenco. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern holds a European conger fish

Andrew Zimmern holds a European conger fish

This fish is called a safio in Portugal; it’s also known as the European conger. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern dining by the sea near Lisbon

Andrew Zimmern dining by the sea near Lisbon

Mena Almeida and I dine at her home by the sea in São Lourenco, near Lisbon. 960 1280

  

snails in Portugal

snails in Portugal

A decent day's snail haul at a farm in Loures, Portugal. 960 1280

  

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