Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Pastéis de Nata de Belém

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As a little kid in Portugal i went to school at the Colégio do Bom Sucesso in Belém a parish of Lisbon. The school was located in an old convent called Bom Sucesso whose doors had opened in 1639 and it was the first female convent of Irish Domicians nuns in the world. In 1955 it became a private school and when i went there in the late seventies our teachers were all still Irish nuns and i dressed like this.(sorry all my pictures are at my parents house in florida or else i would share!)

After school when my brother and i would get picked up we would sometimes go 'lanchar' (a light afternoon snack) and play in the neighborhood park. Even today, Belém is a great place to take an afternoon stroll and one of my favorite portuguese desserts "Pastéis de Nata" are served warm sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar (they sell something like 30,000 per day my avo says) at the original place were they were invented and produced for the monasteries (1837) (picture on the left with the Jerónimos Monastery in the background). It is place i always make sure i go to (one or two or three times!) when i am in town.

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Anonymous said...

Ahh...Pastéis de Nata.
Ahh...Lisboa antigua.