Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chestnuts with Love

You know autumn has set in Lisbon when the chestnut trolleys roll out onto the streets, serving up the steaming, fresh-roasted snacks to ward off the chill and satiate hungry bellies throughout the colder months. Chestnuts have been a staple food of southern Europe for millennia. The healthy nuts are gluten-free, low in fat and high in vitamin C. But above all, they’re just GOOD. You’ll find them on street corners all over the city, particularly in the more central, bustling areas. 
Castanhas assadas Lisbon (by Andreia Tavares) Senhor Eduardo (pictured) is proud to have been at it for 50 years, this gentle soul with bright blue eyes tells that four couples have approached him over the years to thank him for bringing them together. As it turns out, Sr. Eduardo became an unwitting matchmaker when they struck up a conversation while waiting in line for his chestnuts, and the rest is history. 

So, yes, you may have to be patient while the production tries to keep up with demand, but the chestnuts are worth the wait. And, who knows, you might even come away with more than the dozen you’ve paid for! At 2 euro for a dozen for this hot treat it must be the best healthy bargain in Lisbon this Autumn.

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