Friday, June 27, 2008

Mommy, where do corks come from?

I had the pleasure to travel to Portugal last week to visit the cork forests and manufacturing operations. What a fantastic trip, the weather was perfect and I learned a ton about cork production. It is amazing the work that goes into making that little stopper.

In the evenings I sampled the typical foods and drink of the region. Most menus had at least two versions of the famous salted Cod known as bacalhau . All preparations, in my opinion, are disgusting. Otherwise the food was fresh, tasty and usually spicy. The drink of the region is the Super Bock, a beer that seems to be the mandatory beverage of anyone older than 12. A great country indeed.

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