In Portugal even in the most densely populated area (aka the suburbs) one can find a small neighborhood that is easily identifiable with a province region. Almada on the south bank of Tagus river just in front of Lisbon - the capital - is where I live for a couple of years.
Here there is a core of Alentejo and Algarve natives that moved in the 1950's and 1960's searching for a better life.
That wave of immigration for the Portuguese late blooming industry - at the time in boat construction and associated manufacturing - spawned the construction of new neighorhoods and businesses some of them that managed to thrive to our days.
Saturday early morning is a good time to get out of bed and go into the senior citizen filled streets, hit the markets and the delicatessens.
And... the Alentejo region is quite imprinted in these neighborhoods in the form of dedicated delicatessens.
In these shops you can find the best in the Alentejo region gastronomy and I'm lucky to have two of these shops at a 5 minute walking distance from my doorstep.
These two shops are a great source of wine and other goodies coming from this slow-paced region that is Alentejo. The next blogs reviews are going to address the multitude of wines that you can find there.
Stay tuned, folks!