Thanksgiving this year was spent in Portugal. I missed spending Thanksgiving with my family in the states, but I was determined to celebrate here in Lisbon with a classic Thanksgiving feast. The holiday isn’t celebrated here but I’m going to try to make it popular. If I can start selling some of these pies to local cafes maybe it will. Above is my first attempt at baking since I burned the Zucchini bread I made one day for my aunt and uncle. Thankfully, at Thanksgiving, this one turned out just right.
The pumpkin pie was served a la mode with some vanilla ice cream. It seems the Portuguese call everything from heavy whipping cream, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, and cream custard “nata”.
The other items on the Thanksgiving menu were roasted turkey drumsticks, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, and a salad. Instead of taking lots of pictures of the food while it gets cold, we just dove right in. We accompanied the meal with some Portuguese wine from the Douro and Lisboa region.
Later on that weekend I went up to Portas do Sol and Graça to the amazing cafe there next to the white marble Igreja da Graça. The great thing about these places is that from my home in Estrela I can take the Tram 28 there and back. It is much faster and easier than any other form of transport to go the same route. There is a special spot on the trams that lets you have the best view. That spot is right next to the driver.
I took a video of a section of the trip from Graça to Estrela. My camera ran out of battery halfway through the trip but I was able to catch about 8 minutes. Enjoy!