After four days in Lisbon we took the train to Porto. We did have a little miscommunication with our cab driver, who thought we wanted to go to the aeroPORTO. When we realized that we were almost to said airport, we told him that we wanted to take the train, trem, trem! To Porto, muito obrigada. (Thank you very much.)
This was one of my first blunders with the language. Train, as in train station, is estação de comboio. Trem, is another word for a train. Little did I know.
No biggie, only about 15 minutes lost there. We stopped for um café (a coffee. Must have coffee in the AM!) and made our way to the gate for the train to Porto. It is about a three-hour trip on the express train which is very pleasant and comfortable. Plenty of time for a good read, some study or, a snooze. They serve coffee on the train, we soon found out, and it was quite good and a screaming deal for one Euro.
By the time we arrived in Porto, we were hungry. So, after we checked into our Airbnb, we took off to tour the town on foot. Our hostess gave us a map with a list of the best places to eat, and we were off to seek delicious internal nourishment.
Porto is quite hilly and reminded me a lot of San Francisco. Oh, and beautiful, beautiful, wish I was still there. I had done a little research myself (Thank you, Rick Steves.) and, we set off to find Casa Guedes, famous for its pork sliders. It was a bit of a hike, but we found it, and of course, there was a line out the door. We were tired and hungry and almost blew it off to go elsewhere, but there were only four or five others ahead of us, so I insisted, we’ve gotta suck it up and try these. After about ten minutes, we reached the counter to order.
The place is TINY, and when you get to the register, you had better know what you want. This is what you want: pork slider with cheese and a glass or bottle of the house sparkling rose, which was not on the menu, as near as I could tell.
We sat at the three-seat bar and waited for our food. Behind the bar was a man with a giant side of pork swimming in roast pork juicy deliciousness. We were getting high on the fumes. This was going to be good.
Holy mother of the best pork sandwich you have ever had! And the rose wine with it, heaven. There were only about three or four small tables inside. Most of the seating was outside on the patio. It was a little chilly, but we sat outside and enjoyed our gastronomic bliss. Joe had a Super Bock beer, which was good with the world’s best roast pork sandwiches that melted in our mouths, but the sparkling rose really was the perfect pairing. This was one of the best meals that we had on our entire trip. A simple, taste treat sensation and all for about 17 Euros for the two of us. This is what I’m talking about. Welcome to Porto! When do we move in?