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My Favorite Things – From New York to Portugal via Subway

Believe it or not, you just might feel transported overseas if you happen to be dining at Pão in the Village!  Serving up a truly authentic Portuguese menu, this small, but elegant restaurant really hit the spot for my birthday dinner this past week.  My husband and I ordered appetizers to start:

Pastéis de bacalhau (salt cod fritters) for me…

Pasteis de Bacalhau cod fish cakes

And Caldo Verde soup (potato-based broth with shredded kale and linguiça medallions) for him.  

Caldo Verde

Together with the delicious bread (served in a cute flower-pot bread basket) and a bottle of Alvarinho Vinho Verde (“green” or young wine), these dishes alone were flavorful enough to almost be a meal in themselves.  But we had our eyes and stomachs set on having entrees as well.

I had the Porco à Alentejana (pork with clams)…

pork with clams

While my husband had the Bacalhau à Bráz (sautéed cod with egg, onion & straw potatoes).

Bacalhau a braz

Both entrees were absolutely delicious (and my leftovers tasted just as good the next day.)  Having grown up eating Portuguese home-cooked food, I felt like I was back home.  Of course, an added bonus was that our charming waiter was happy to converse in Portuguese with me!

While the dessert menu included many of my favorite Portuguese desserts, there was birthday cake at home;  so we opted instead to share a glass of white port wine…an elegant conclusion to a memorable meal!

This post is dedicated to my parents who brought me up with love 

and a lot of salt cod.



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My Favorite Things – A Date with My Husband at City Sandwich, NYC

There’s nothing like having a Friday afternoon free to go on a date with your husband.  Do it in New York City and you’ll have no end of things to do, places to go and food to eat.  Ever since I heard about City Sandwich from both a colleague and one of my Portuguese relatives, I’ve been wanting to try it out.

In the busy Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, this tiny restaurant is unassuming but cheery from the outside.

City Sandwich in Hell's Kitchen, NYC; photo taken by Joana Miranda

Step inside, and you’re likely to find choosing just one sandwich off the board very difficult.  Coming from an Italian-born, New York-raised chef who fell in love with and worked in Portugal, the menu is a reflection of the best of these cuisines.  

Sandwich menu at City Sandwich, NYC; photo taken by Joana Miranda

(For a menu complete with pictures, take a look here.)

The servers at City Sandwich were very friendly and helpful; when I told them that I wanted one of the Portuguese sandwiches but had never tasted morcela, Chef Michael Guerrieri himself brought out a plate with two bite-sized sandwich samples for my husband and me to try.

The sample was delicious, and Chef Guerrieri and I were very happy to talk to each other in Portuguese, too!

Photo of City Sandwich Chef Guerrieri and Joana, photo taken by Andy

My husband and I ordered one “Nuno” sandwich (Portuguese Morcela, Broccoli Rabe, Tomato, Collard Greens, Melted Mozzarella, Garlic and Olive Oil) and the “Chef” sandwich (Soaked Codfish, Tomato, Seasonal Lettuce, Sauteed Onions, Capers, Black Olive Pesto, and Olive Oil). 

Photo of of the Nuno and the Chef sandwich at City Sandwich, NYC; taken by Joana Miranda

As we dug into our lunch, we asked Chef Guerrieri about his ties to Portugal.  He told us about his restaurant Mezzaluna in Lisbon, and graciously allowed us to peruse his cookbook.

Photo of Mezzaluna em Lisboa cookbook by Michael Guerrieri, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Elegant photos of the dishes are juxtaposed with the architecture and Portuguese scenery that inspired them.  (The photographer is Jean Marie del Moral.)

Two beautiful photos from Mezzaluna em Lisboa cookbook

And, how were the sandwiches?  Flavorful, totally fresh, surprisingly light and good to the last crumb.

Photo of sandwich crumbs, taken by Joana Miranda

We’ll be back!


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