National dishes are distinguished by the obligatory presence of tomatoes and an abundance of olive oil.
Tomatoes are stewed with rice, fish, and seafood and they are also used for cooking soups. Olive oil is an even more popular product. Not only is this ingredient present in salads and most meat and fish dishes — any dish literally is drowned in it.
Street food in Lisbon is true art — in autumn, the city is filled with the smell of roasted chestnuts. One Portuguese man wrote the following in his blog, “One time a Canadian man asked me when seeing chestnuts, ’Do you eat those?’ and I immediately replied, ’Of course!’ He said chestnuts in Canada are for ornamental purposes only. I was horrified! What a waste!”