My husband and I will be in Lisbon this spring. A friend visited in the fall and said she took a food tour with someone that they found through Rick Steves. The person picked them up at their hotel, took them food shopping, and then took them back to their home where they cooked a meal for them. My friend can't find the info now on the name or contact info of the person. I looked in Rick Steves' Portugal book, and can't find anything. Anyone know of this?
The tours companies and private guides recommended on p. 38 probably all offer more options than what the book describes, so I'd poke around all of their web sites. This one could be a start: http://www.insidelisbon.com/dinner-food-experiences.
We did "Back -roads Lisbon" in September and it was great. Starts at the market and stops at stands, restaurants, specialty stores and top pastry cafes. Began at 10 and ended around 2-2:30. Pretty sure they also have one in the evening.
At the market we started in the food court with a selection of small Tapas from the different stands, on to sampling "Jinga" outside the market, on to unbelievable sardines and fish near the market, up the hill to a hidden student cafeteria to a full assortment of main dishes along with wine and finishing at a pastry shop. Can't recall the price but the value and the experience more than out weighed the cost.
Since then, we have decided that a food tour should be the first thing we do when we visit a city if one is available.
My wife booked us on a wine and food tour in Lisbon thru Viator but it actually was thru Inside Lisbon. The guide, Pedro was fantastic - local who you could tell loved his culture, food, drinks and wanted to share it with the world. We liked it so much we signed up for another dinner & Fado tour with Pedro a few nights later. The tours were highlights (of many) of our trip to Lisbon.