I was born in the Alentejo, Portugal, and it is my roots that inspire me in the search for the flavors, perfumes and textures for the recipes that I have developed for many gastronomic magazines and books. I am a publisher, food developer and editor of several publications and food developer, cook and manager of a different catering service at In Love with Food and Maria's Table. I am also coordinator of food workshops and showcooking held for various parish councils and municipal councils in the country. I am the author and co-author of several books on food and nutrition.
Chocolate... and Portuguese conventual desserts have my heart.
What to expect at Antónia's place
Fantastic experience. Maria and Luis were wonderful hosts for this experience! To start, we went to the local market with Maria to pick out the food we'd be cooking - it was very nice to pick out the main fish/meat ourselves, and she was very good at making sure we were choosing food we were going to enjoy preparing/eating. When back at the house, we prepared the meal as a team (as we had hoped). We learned a few new tricks, but most of all how few ingredients you need to make a great meal if everything is fresh. While we were preparing the meal, Luis, a talented photographer, took photos of us (looking forward to seeing how they turned out). Finally, we sat down and enjoyed the fruits of our labour over a glass of wine and enjoyed each other's company. Maria and Luis were great to speak with about Lisbon, their family, food/Portuguese cuisine and of course football (not American football). We could not have asked for a better experience, and would like to thank Maria and Luis very much! Obrigado!
Wow it was great! Maria Antonia is very intelligent, warm hearted and well prepared cook. We enjoyed discovering a real Portugese market and cooking together! During the meal we discussed a lot of things about Portugal, culture, customs, life and of course learned how to cook a real Portugese meal. Maria's place is wonderful and her husband is an intelligent and beautyful host. Thaks for the great adveture. I definitely suggest everyone to choose Maria!
It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with, cook, drink and eat with Maria Antonia and her husband Luis! I highly recommend this experience! The food we cooked was so delicious. They put on an amazing experience for us, going above and beyond expectations. Many thanks to you again!