Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are
Brillat-Savarin

We ate Porto up. Devouring every corner of the city, savouring every story we encountered. Four days into our discoveries, the summer school gathered around a celebration of food. Based on the notion that cooking and eating can be one of the most profound and intimate experiences you can have with a place, we tucked into Porto.

The vocabulary of eating and exploring and intertwined: when we’re curious, we say we’re hungry to know more; if we’re keen, we say we have an appetite for knowledge. Interesting ideas emerge from mixing the two worlds and to discover this city we borrowed from both: Can you taste a landscape? Can you savour the identity of a place?

“People love to eat context,”said Bruno, who together with Ana, helped us to create a feast. He turned mere grocery shopping into a grand tour of the city’s food shops, markets and its character. As we crossed each ingredient off our list, a new tale was exchanged. What follows are notes captured from these conversations: a dinner deconstructed to digest the identity of Oporto.