Aldea's George Mendes Devours Portugal, Finds Cookbook Inspiration

Food & Wine: Restaurante Vila Joya in Albufeira
Restaurante Vila Joya in Albufeira © George Mendes
By Alex Vallis Posted October 30, 2013

To research his forthcoming cookbook, My Portugal: Recipes and Stories (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, fall 2014), F&W Best New Chef 2011 George Mendes of New York's Aldea went on an enviable food tour of his family's native country. Here, he and co-author Genevieve Ko share their top ten plates to try in Portugal, from gooseneck barnacles and egg custard tarts in Lisbon to nontraditional razor clams with lemongrass and curry at Restaurante Vila Joya in Albufeira. Chef Dream Trips: Portugal.

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