"To cook is not a service, it is a way to love the others" (Mia Couto, Mozambican writer)
I love to eat, and I love to cook! I live in the very center of Lisboa with my beautiful Brazilian/Italian girlfriend Priscilla, and we host at our own home, our kitchen, our garden full of spices and vegetables, in the living room where we either eat by ourselves or with big groups of friends and family.
For dinners and cooking classes we may also welcome friends and family to share our meals and friendships.
I developed my love for food while growing up in a typical Portuguese family. The passion for cooking comes mainly from the passion for eating, and this latter comes a lot from the joy of the social interaction around the table. :) I cook typical dishes the traditional way, and also often blend ingredients and techniques from other cultures and latitudes.
Thiw as a foodtour and not any cooked meal from Ze. Ze showed us around in Lisbon centre, telling anecdotes regarding different things. Telling, showing and providing different snacks, drinks and even an Olive Oil testing which we really appreciated. Ze was very good in english, wanted to know our expectations and me, being a pescatarian, had as much joy in this experience as my husband who eats all kind of food. Thank you Ze, you made our day :-)
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8 lug 2019
My friend Pat and I spent 5 nights in Lisbon after a glorious 7 nights in Provence. We loved Lisbon and the highlight was our dinner with Ze. We were joined by Zoe and Grant from Australia who added a lot of fun to the evening. I can't say enough about Ze! The food he prepared was wonderful. We enjoyed everything he served us. And we learned a lot about Portugal. It was so special to be in someone's home. We loved that he sat and ate with us and shared so many stories. We laughed and ate and drank great wines. I chose the specific night because it was my birthday. I thought that an EatWith experience would far surpass a restaurant. And I was right! At the end of the night, I experienced something that I will never forget. Ze had me open the bottle of Champagne using the Sabrage method! That's when you forcefully swipe up the neck of the bottle with a knife and if all goes well, the bottle sheers off just below the lip and the cork goes flying. I'd seen it done in the movies or maybe on TV before, but now I can say that I've done it! Although it did take several tries.... We met many wonderful people in Lisbon but Ze topped the list. My birthday at Ze's home will be remembered as one of the nicest I've ever experienced. Ze - thank you again!
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22 giu 2019
Had an amazing evening learning about Portugal and trying new things!
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11 giu 2019
This was my fourth Eat With experience and the best one yet! Zé was the perfect host and given that we stayed almost five hours was a testament to how good the evening was. The food Zé prepared was so delicious that we asked for several recipes to take home, and so traditional that we recognised a number of the items Zé prepared on a menu the next Zé – Zé’s cooking was far nicer! I highly recommend this experience if you want to leave with a new friend in Lisbon.