CAA Manitoba Spring 2019 - Page 40

i L S B O N Bite By Bite How to eat and drink like a local in the Portuguese capital “Sip or swig—either way,” instructs bartender José Paiva after pouring me a shot of ruby-coloured liquid. He offers a parting saúde (cheers) and hurries me through his growing queue of thirsty patrons at A Ginjinha Espinheira, a cupboard-size bar in central Lisbon. I gulp the glass of sweet Ginja, a Portuguese liqueur infused with local cherries. My once-in- a-lifetime treat is actually a daily ritual for many Lisboetas. In Lisbon, traditions like Ginja run as deep as the nearby Tagus River. During my first visit to the sun-drenched capital, I imbibed some of the 40 spring 2019 CAA Manitoba world’s best wines, inhaled the city’s iconic custard tarts and dined to the sounds of soulful music— while uncovering the deep connections between Portuguese food, history and culture. After Athens , Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital; it even predates Rome by several cen- turies. The 3,200-year-old city, famous for its seven hills, has seen empires topple, explorers discover far-off lands and foreign invaders move in. Today, more than a quarter of Portugal’s 10.3 » By Kellie Davenport