October 2018 saw the 30th year of the Ludz and, to mark this most special of occasions, I’d arranged a secret lil adventure – Island hopping around Cape Verde.
On the way, however, shit got real Anthony Bourdain as we stopped in Lisbon for The Layover. Seriously, I’d LOVE to create a vegan version of that show… Travel Channel, CALL ME PLS! 🙋
PISTOLA Y CORAZON TAQUERIA
📍Rua da Boavista 16, 1200-275 Lisboa, Portugal
Whenever possible, we love to fit in a Mexican restaurant because Mezcal.
Pistola Y Corazon Taqueria was right around the corner from our apartment which was useful as our in-flight bevs had left us craving a snackette. It’s omni but the guys were super helpful when recommending vegan bits.
We were served a bowl of welcome nachos with various sauces; chilli pots ranging in heat intensity – from ‘tingly’ to ‘take me to the hospital.’
First off, we decided to get creative with the ‘Construct Your Own’ Guac Nachos.
Tadddaaahhhh! Sorry art collectors, this rare exhibit is NOT for sale.
Next up, Quesadillas Con Frijol – Corn Tortillas filled with Refried Beans, looks kinda basic but I did enjoy ’em, a little bit of green might have been good.
Taqueria has a ‘no judgement’ policy and encourages you to get stuck right in using your hands, feet, elbows, whatever eating method you fancy really (this possibly doesn’t extend to allow public nudity).
Oh, and, did I mention they have a hangover menu?
📍Rua de S. Paulo 99, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal.
If you like your breakfast with a side of ‘good for the gram’ this place is for you. The menu featured a good few vegan and veganisable options.
I grabbed the Bica Breakfast Burrito – Smoked Tempeh, Refried Beans, Avocado, Roast Sweet Potato, Spinach, Corn Puree, Served with a Tomatillo Salsa which acted as fuel for a day of intense exploration.
We walked far and wide. Ended up trotting alongside the Tagus river and encountered a random fish moshpit – seriously there were more fishes circling in the river than I’ve ever seen in my life! What’s up with that?
We settled with a view of a nice red bridge and a big fruity cocktail.
PRINCESA DO CASTELO
📍Rua do Salvador 64A, 1100-466 Lisboa. Portugal.
Damn! Walking up the hill to this place with two big cases after a day of walking was not our best idea.
This dinner was EARNED.
The menu isn’t huge – usually a few starters and maybe two mains – so if tons of choice is what you need then Princesa Do Castelo probably isn’t the place for you.
If you’re not fussy and like a slightly health, flavoursome, hearty meal, however, it totally is!
We both had Chickpea ‘Meatballs’ in Red Pepper Miso Sauce, Brown Rice, Roasted Carrots with Tahini and Steamed Greens with Sweet Mustard Sauce and a glass of wine as a reward for scaling Mount Lisbon.
We noticed the Pastel de Nata on the menu and HAD to try. They were crazy tasty.
If this was an episode of The Layover, the ‘obnoxious clock’ would be tick, tick, ticking to signify the end of our stay and a cue to head to the airport for a pre-flight pint.
In 5 hours time we’d be attempting to Vegan in Cape Verde which undoubtedly will be our biggest challenge yet…
📍Find all this, and more dirrrrrrrty eats on the DV interactive A to V Map