Hosted by Maria Lawton, the Azorean Greenbean, and Angela Simoes, a community leader in California, this podcast is meant to bring awareness and discussion about Portuguese food, culture and what it means to be Portuguese no matter where you live. Published every other Monday, the Our Portuguese Table podcast will feature interviews with Portuguese chefs, restaurant owners and other community leaders to raise awareness of everything from how to cook delicious Portuguese foods to what its like to be Portuguese to the success of so many of our fellow Portuguese.


  • Catching up with The Portuguese Kids

    Catching up with The Portuguese Kids

    16/06/2020 Duração: 57min

    Maria and Angela catch up with Derrick and Brian from the Portuguese Kids to talk about how we've all handled the shelter in place, new business ventures and just how much we all love each other. What's your favorite Portuguese Kid video?

  • Angela and Maria Bitch About Quarantine

    Angela and Maria Bitch About Quarantine

    31/05/2020 Duração: 45min

    In this episode, Maria and Angela just spend time catching up and bitch about dealing with the COVID-19 quarantine. Join in on the laughs and let us know what you think!

  • Worrying is a Portuguese national past time

    Worrying is a Portuguese national past time

    26/05/2020 Duração: 57min

    This is a unique episode in that our guest is Dr. Darlene Sousa and we talk about some of the more "taboo" topics in our community such as some of the anxiety and worry that plagues so many in our community, but we never talk about it. This is the first of many episodes where we talk about some of the social and relationship challenges we face. If you'd like to reach out to Dr. Sousa, you can reach her at: [email protected]

  • Lets Get Started Again

    Let's Get Started Again

    04/05/2020 Duração: 01h11s

    Maria and Angela are back in action recording new episodes.

  • Its all about the cake!

    It's all about the cake!

    29/10/2019 Duração: 57min

    NOTE: This episode was recorded in early 2018 ************************** It’s our 50th episode! And to think that we met doing a webinar and now it’s been 2 years! Maria and Angela discuss what they’ve been up to – from holiday gatherings to cooking classes with Jeremiah. If you haven’t listened to Jeremiah’s podcast, listen here: We also chat about some of the experimenting we’ve been doing with food – Alheira meatballs and Portuguese mac n’cheese. Maria’s Portuguese Table has been doing well – Maria’s been receiving calls from PBS all over the U.S., including Hawaii! Contact your local PBS station to request them to air Maria’s Portuguese Table!

  • Art from the Heart

    Art from the Heart

    08/10/2019 Duração: 01h03min

    NOTE: This episode was recorded in early 2018 ****************************** Today, we chat with Helia Sousa, an artist from San Jose, California. Angela & Helia are good friends and met during their time organizing the Day of Portugal festival at Kelley Park. For more info, visit: Helia discusses her family’s creative roots in Terceira, Azores, where she was born – her dad was a barber and mom was a seamstress. She began painting after taking an art class in high school and hasn’t stopped since. Helia’s favorite subjects are rural scenes of life in the Azores, especially in Terceira and São Miguel—where she still has family—although she has expanded her portfolio since. Angela mentions that she thought she was in one of Helia’s paintings after visiting the Azores – Helia captured the magic so perfectly on a canvas it transports you to the real-life scene. “Never stop learning” is one of Helia’s mottos! A self-taught artist, she jumped into a new artist career after reti

  • It was meant to be, with Achadinha Cheese Company

    It was meant to be, with Achadinha Cheese Company

    23/09/2019 Duração: 49min

    NOTE: This episode was recorded in early 2018 ********************************** In today’s episode of Our Portuguese Table, we chat with Donna Pacheco of Achadinha Cheese Company in Petaluma, California. The company’s name comes from the family’s roots in Achadinha, Nordeste, São Miguel. Donna tells us about the importance of feeding your animals well and how it impacts the final product. In 2002, one of Achadinha’s cheese received the American Cheese Society Best in Show. Maria tells us about a serendipitous connection between Achadinha and Petaluma. Visit their website to learn more about their tours, cheese-making classes and more.To learn about Achadinha:, Facebook: Instagram: Até a próxima!

  • Meet Ana, the Winemaker

    Meet Ana, the Winemaker

    01/09/2019 Duração: 01h04min

    NOTE: This episode was recorded in early 2018 ************************** In today’s episode, we chat with Ana Diogo-Draper, of Artesa Winery, based in Napa, California. Growing up in Portugal, Ana often spent time in the Alentejo, where her dad’s family is from, although her family was not in the wine business. It wasn’t until Ana took a course at the University of Évora, with famed Portuguese wine-maker Paulo Laureano, that she decided wine was going to be her career. His and Ana’s biggest piece of advice about breaking into the wine industry is working a harvest to figure out if it really is a passion. Ana interned in Napa before taking a full-time position and moving to the U.S. to make wine. Opportunities for women in this male-dominated industry were more limited in Portugal. Things are slowly changing… Ana currently experiments with Iberian varietals, to which she brings a European twist. She often travels to Portugal and we chat about the current boom in Portuguese wines. She often attends and hos

  • Losing Alexandre

    Losing Alexandre

    02/08/2019 Duração: 51min

    Maria and Angela talk about the passing of Angela's son Alexandre.

  • Digging Into Our Roots

    Digging Into Our Roots

    22/01/2019 Duração: 01h04min

    In today’s episode of Our Portuguese Table, we chat Doug da Rocha Holmes, one of the Portuguese community’s premiere genealogists. One of today’s big trends is genealogy testing and learning more about our roots. Doug first began studying genealogy in the 80’s when he wanted to learn about his mom’s family tree. He began to research more about his dad’s side and the rest is history. ;) Doug has done a lot of research in the Azores, especially on the islands of Terceira and Pico. His program has a list of about 300,000 names thus far. He’s your go-to guy! Doug has connected with others through social media to and is currently conducting additional testing, as well. We also discuss Angela and Maria’s possible connections to William the Conquer and other nobility. For more information about Doug’s services or to begin your ancestral journey, visit his website: or send him a message at: [email protected]

  • New Baby, New TV Show and Dreams of Retirement in Portugal

    New Baby, New TV Show and Dreams of Retirement in Portugal

    08/01/2019 Duração: 01h18min

    Note: This episode was recorded before December 2018, so some of the info may sound out of date. But it's still a great "catch up" episode! Enjoy! In today’s episode, we spend some time catching up. It’s been a while since we’ve told you what’s going on. Angela tells us about how things are going with baby Alexandre and re-adjusting to working full-time. Maria also talks about the launch of her cooking show, Maria’s Portuguese Table, that began airing on PBS Rhode Island on Friday, January 4th. Visit Maria’s website to learn more. We are already planning Season 2!! Follow the progress of Maria's Portuguese Table show on Facebook! Maria also tells us about an exciting summer – the first time she brought her kids to São Miguel as adults – now, when’s the next trip?! Maria and her family took a walking tour with minuvida ( and loved it. Lastly, we discuss our dreams of retiring to Portugal and spending time cooking and traveling – who wouldn’t want that? Who should we interview next? Send

  • Saudade Toronto - You HAVE to go

    Saudade Toronto - You HAVE to go

    04/12/2018 Duração: 56min

    In today’s episode of ‘Our Portuguese Table’, we chat with Nancy Fernandes of Saudade Toronto in Toronto, Canada. Nancy, who has admired design from a young age (thanks in part to traveling around Portugal), suggested an idea to a couple friends about opening a local shop that celebrates design and selling artisanal goods made in Portugal. (Nancy’s roots are in the Minho and Baixo Alentejo.) They found a space in Little Portugal and it’s been a hit since the shop opened in 2015! The shop features items for all budgets and styles from well-known brands like Vista Alegre and Bordallo Pinheiro to B.Joy to one-of-a-kind pieces from local artisans. She visits Portugal 2-3 times a year to connect with artisans. One of Nancy’s goals was to stock pieces from all over Portugal, Açores, and Madeira – showcasing different Portuguese design and products, and especially those with a modern spin. The shop’s inventory is constantly changing – contact Saudade if you’re looking for a particular item. To shop, visit: www.

  • Portuguese Crypto Queen - Mariah Vitoria

    Portuguese Crypto Queen - Mariah Vitoria

    13/11/2018 Duração: 01h05min

    In today’s episode of Our Portuguese Table, Angela and Maria chat with Mariah Vitoria, who is a cryptocurrency enthusiast. Mariah was a student when she began dabbling in online sweepstakes. She sold many of the cars and prizes she won.  In 2013, she purchased a donut fryer online before making the jump to food trucks. During the off-season, Mariah began learning about cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin, and hasn’t looked back. She eventually sold her food truck, and began investing almost exclusively in Bitcoin. She suggests looking on YouTube to learn more about Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrency. Mariah is currently based in Puerto Rico, where she trades cryptocurrency as well as advises and educates others about it. She also volunteers at orphanages during her free time. Mariah has traveled around the world, educating others about cryptocurrency. She enjoys visiting Hawaii and stopping at Leonard’s for malassadas. Mariah also tells us about the time she booked a trip to Terceira and left later that da

  • From San Jose to Terceira - Luis Lourenco Follows His Heart

    From San Jose to Terceira - Luis Lourenco Follows His Heart

    29/10/2018 Duração: 01h13min

    In today’s episode of ‘Our Portuguese Table’, we chat with Luis Lourenço, formerly of Bacalhau Grill & Trade Rite Market in San Jose, California. Luis worked for the original owners of Bacalhau Grill as a teenager before working at Safeway and then eventually taking over the market. Luis began serving bacalhau tacos (inspired by Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá) which became well-known across the Bay Area, in California. He had the opportunity to spend more time in Terceira and jumped at it. He currently operates Louie’s Place in São Bartolomeu, Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira: Stop by when you’re in the neighborhood and tell him Angela & Maria sent you! If you have ideas for podcasts or questions, send them to [email protected] Ate a próxima!

  • Broa Café - Doing it Old School

    Broa Café - Doing it Old School

    12/09/2018 Duração: 01h12min

    In today’s episode, of Our Portuguese Table, we chat with Michael Casalinho of Broa Café in Jersey City, NJ. The episode was recorded just before one of the last winter storms of the year. With roots in the district of Leiria, Michael dabbled in many careers before devoting himself to the culinary world. Michael grew up in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark and has had the opportunity to dine around the world. At Broa, he is working within his so-called “grandma boundaries” to provide guests with the most authentic and traditional dining experience. He wants to transport you to being in a tasca in Portugal, where the day’s menu is dictated by what’s fresh and in season. Michael even designed and decorated the restaurant to include personal family photos and heirlooms. He also discusses the emphasis he places on educating his guests about the origins behind their dishes. For example, did you know that the Portuguese brought curry to India during the Age of Exploration? He also spoke about the importance of

  • David Silveira Garcia - Palco da Vida

    David Silveira Garcia - Palco da Vida

    13/08/2018 Duração: 53min

    In today’s episode, we chat with fadista David Silveira Garcia of San José, California! David is our first fadista on the show! He shares the history of his recent career and influences. David has had the opportunity to sing for greats like Celeste Rodrigues (Amália’s sister) in Lisbon. He released his second album, Palco da Vida, earlier this year. Performances this year include stops in Lisbon and the Açores—including Terceira, Faial, and São Miguel—and an upcoming trip to Hawaii. Visit his website for the latest updates and more information: Listen to David’s music on Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. ​ David shares his favorite food memories, including snacking on crackers and São Jorge cheese and dinner party ideas. He also underscores the important of finding new and creative ways to get youth involved in the community—Portuguese-American or not. Instagram: Facebook:

  • Maria  Angela Answer Your Questions

    Maria & Angela Answer Your Questions

    03/07/2018 Duração: 01h13min

    In today’s episode of Our Portuguese Table, Angela and Maria answer your questions! We chat about pantry staples—Portuguese olive oil (azeite), vinegar (wine or cider), dried and/or canned beans, and sea salt (or Kosher) & spices—are a must; and how to make the perfect arroz doce. We also discuss menu ideas for a Portuguese meal for those who may not be familiar with Portuguese cuisine. Another live podcast and book-signing may be in the works, but stay tuned! Lastly, Maria taps into her roots and shares a little family history from where her mom’s side of the family migrated to the Azores from. Keep sending us your questions – another Q&A episode is in the works: [email protected]

  • Cafe Lucia - Hidden Gem in Californias Wine Country

    Cafe Lucia - Hidden Gem in California's Wine Country

    11/06/2018 Duração: 59min

    This episodes was recorded a few months ago, and since then we've received word that Cafe Lucia has closed down. We are so sad to hear this! it was still a great conversation and so we hope you will still enjoy hearing about what Lucia and Jason were able to accomplish. And here's hoping that Cafe Lucia opos up somewhere else! ************************************************* We’re back on the West Coast today! In today’s episode of Our Portuguese Table, we chat with Lucia Azevedo Fincher, owner nd Jason Santos, Director of Administration of Café Lucia in Healdsburg, California, in Wine Country. Maria had the chance to meet them and cook with Lucia and her brother, Chef Maneul Azevedo on her recent trip to California. Stay tuned for the California episode of Maria’s Portuguese Table, coming this spring! Lucia opened the restaurant 5 years ago along with her brother Chef Manuel (who also owns LaSalette and Tasca Tasca in Sonoma, California). Jason started out as the Café Lucia’s Chef de Cuisine when he

  • Lucy Pepper - A British Ex-Pat Who Loves Portugal More than You Do

    Lucy Pepper - A British Ex-Pat Who Loves Portugal More than You Do

    15/05/2018 Duração: 01h05min

    In today’s episode, we chat with Lucy Pepper. No, her name isn’t Portuguese, but guess what, she lives in Portugal and possibly loves Portugal more than some Portuguese people we know! Lucy first visited the Douro Valley as an art student. She tells us of the time she found the note she’d written to herself about moving to Portugal and a few years later it happened! She is an illustrator and artist by trade but has co-written a few books including How Not to Starve in Portugal and Eat Portugal: The Essential Guide to Portuguese Food as well as being a fellow podcaster. She is host of Pie, a podcast about (Portuguese) food ( and co-host of Stories of Saudade / Histórias de Portugal de Saudade e Outras Coisas, an English-Portuguese podcast with partner Marco António ( Angela recently shared her own story of saudade with Lucy and Marco: Angela, Maria & Lucy talk about their favorite Portuguese foods and about t

  • Bringing Natas to the Masses! Joey Bats Sweets in NYC

    Bringing Natas to the Masses! Joey Bats Sweets in NYC

    30/04/2018 Duração: 01h13min

    On today’s episode, we chat with Joey Batista aka Joey Bats of Joey Bats Sweets. Joey grew up in the town of Ludlow, Massachusetts, which is famous for its Our Lady of Fatima Festa, held each Labor Day weekend. We hear the candle-lit procession is a sight to behold! Joey left his job as a tech engineer to pursue his love of Portuguese pastries – pastéis de nata, bolo de bolacha and more – in 2016. Joey hopes to introduce non-Portuguese people to natas by describing it as a crème brûlée wrapped in a croissant shell. It’s all about how you describe it, folks! Sounds much better than a Portuguese egg tart, doesn’t it? He’s sold them at festivals up and down the East Coast – Mineola, NY, Bridgeport, CT, New Bedford, MA, San Gennaro Feast in Manhattan’s Little Italy and is a regular at New York’s Queens Night Market. If it’s not market season, stop by Frankie Portugal in the Meatpacking District for a warm pastel (457 W 17th at 10th). Francis Garcia, one of the shop’s owners, has Portuguese roots too (his grandf

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