We stood in line in front of the bankomat when the man behind us started to chat.
"Are you English?"
"No, we are Norwegians"
"Oh, Norway. I don´t think the Norwegians have discovered Portugal yet"
We agreed, we said what a pity, it is such a wonderful place for vacations, we love the food, we love the people, we love.......
"Yes, our food. I am glad you like it. You said you were Norwegians? Well, you have the bacalao, though we know how to cook it!"
Yes, the man is so right, the Portugese know how to cook the bacalao, that´s for sure.
I have had bacalao, or cod fish as they translate it in English on the menues, almost every day during our two weeks here. Bacalao, in Norway a special dish, dried codfish prepared in a special caserole. Here bacalao simply means dried, salted cod, and most of the cod comes from Norway or New Foundland.
We are spending the last couple of our days in Portugal in Nazaré, the fishing village on the western coast, and after some hours on the beach today we had lunch in one of the small, local restaurants, Resturante O Veleiro.
The main kitchen was inside, but outside, just around the corner from where we sat, a grill was set up, and two old men were busy grilling fish.
O Veleiro served the best bacalao I´ve had in Portugal. Of course I told the waiter, and when he heard that we are Norwegian he said: "From Norway, the land of the cod fish. May I give you one of our plates to bring back to Norway as a souvenir?"