The Salt Marsches-The salt marsches where Baesuris sea salt and flower of salt is harvested from are located within the boundaries of a natural reserve, the Reserva Natural do Sapal de Castro Marim, a natural reserve that by it0s natural values is considered as a Special Protection Area, Natura 2000Network and international Importance Wetlands (Ramsar Convention).
Sea Salt- Baesuris sea salt is free of addictives and anti baking products and keeps the great majority of minerals and trace elements present in sea water. It is especially rich in magnesium, an element of almost importance for the enzymatic reactions in our metabolism.
Flower of Salt-Flower of salt is a very thin layer of crystals of sea salt formed at the surface of the salt ponds, collected manually with the aid of a special tool. It is a product of natural purity, cracking and with a subtle taste, considered by the connoisseurs as the cream of the sea salt, the best seasoning for grilled fish or meat, boiled vegetables or salads. Read more .
The four thousand square metres of the upper floor have been transformed in an authentic gallery of regional knowledge. The building, built on the banks of the river Tagus in 1882 is a rare example of iron architecture. And as you would expect, the original lines of the structure have been retained. The only work done on the façade has been to restore the metalwork and substitute the glass windows. The space which has now been re-born is used to show off popular culture. Fish are sold but clay is also worked and dishes are cooked. This mixture of sounds and flavours brings new life to Mercado da Ribeira. We invite you to have a look here, but, believe us, there is nothing to beat actually visiting Mercado da Ribeira in person. website .
Fried steak is one of the most popular and sought-after quickly prepared lunches in Portugal, be it in restaurants or in the home (especially so in urban areas). The price factor may have curbed the demand somewhat, but steak used to be almost the staple diet of some people - or at least for Sunday lunches, much as the British have their joint.
Steak is called bife in Portugal, pronounced the same as ‘beef’, which clearly indicates its original inspiration. It derives from the British influence and, amusingly, bife is the name given colloquially to the Englishman. Portuguese acqaintances, in the course of conversation, sometimes say: ‘So you are married to a bife?’ This is not intentionally pejorative - it is just a mild slang, if you like, and it is used much less nowadays than was the case years ago. Portuguese people love to give nicknames and fond diminutives to almost everything that lends itself to it - or even if it doesn’t. Referring to steak, for instance, they may say: ‘Vai um bifinho?’ (’Will you have a “little” steak?’) - not meaning a small steak but a lovely one, inferring that it would be a good choice.