All kinds of fish

It is nothing new that we eat a lot of fish here.  These next few meals out show some of the various choices we have.

The first meal was eaten at a nearby restaurant on the night before Thanksgiving.  As always, we started off with bread and cheese.  I bet you are getting tired of seeing bread and cheese, but I am certainly not tired of eating it.
This is abrotea.  In English this is known as forkbeard.  The common preparation of this white fish is to bread it and fry it.  This is then served with boiled potatoes and salad, which is the traditional way to serve dishes around here.
Ryan actually had a steak on this night, not fish.  Steaks are usually served with fried potatoes, rice and salad.  Many times it comes with a fried egg too, but not at this place.
As usually, that was a great meal.

Somehow, over Thanksgiving break, we managed to wander in to our favorite bakery, O Forno.  As soon as I spotted the gingerbread man, I HAD to have one.  It was so good, and not hard or stale.  Ryan also enjoyed a sweet treat.  Since it is now officially the holiday season, the store display showcased tins of little cookies.  Who could resist that?  Yes, we HAD to buy some and bring them home for later.
After some more shopping around, we stopped in Bom Garfo for some dinner.  Dinner, meaning more fish, as well as bread and cheese.
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Ryan had the house cod fish, which was served with garlic, onions and chick peas, plus some boiled potatoes.
I had the boca negra, again, the fish that I had to work for to eat.  I am glad I am able to do this because this is always a tasty meal.  I still remember the first time I was served this and I almost cried, followed by a small panic attack, and then Ryan had to deal with my fish for me.  Oh how things have changed!
Haha, speaking of fish, look at this…
In my bag of regular sized Swedish fish, I found a baby.

QUESTIONS:  What is your favorite fish?  What are your favorite side dishes for fish?


Mari said...

whenever I come to your website, I always get so jealous of how fresh the food looks at all the restaurants you go to...

and I always leave, craving cheese ha!

Simply Life said...

fish and cookies- looks like the perfect combination! :)

Emily said...

definitely not tired of seeing bread and cheese because I love both! :) I also love seeing the variety of food in the Azores; it makes me feel more cultural.:) I am not a huge seafood fan, but I think I might like it more if it were fresh?!

Beth said...

those cookies look fantastic!

art is in the kitchen said...

I have always dreamed of visiting Madeira but only gone as far as Portugal. The nicest thing living in the islands is the fish! Love fish severed in restaurants because they are usually fresh. Nice photo of the island, it's so green. Cheers!

Quay Po Cooks said...

This looks like a balanced meal and I am sure the cod taste good with garlic and chick peas!

Gina; The Candid RD said...

My favorite fish has to be grouper from Lake Erie. IT's amazing, obviously best when fresh. I also have recently been into salmon. If it's cooked medium rare, I LOVE IT!

Sook said...

I haven't had any fish in so long! It's time to get back to it. :)

Sea Cuisine said...

Its interesting to see what different cultures choose as their traditional side dishes for fish. There's fish and chips, sauteed spinach, grilled asparagus, etc. We will have to give the boiled potatoes a try some time!

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