On the way home

May 5, 2022 • 8:00 am

Well, I would have gotten home today at a reasonable time (about 8 pm) until I got an email message from United Airlines that our flight to IAD (where I was supposed to change for Chicago) was delayed for 2.5 hours. (It involved something about giving the crew proper rest time.) This means I’ll miss my scheduled connection and have been rebooked to arrive in Chicago at midnight.  And then I have to decide whether to try making it home at that late hour (it’s a long way) or waiting at the airport till the trains from O’Hare start running at about 5 a.m.

At any rate, I was relieved to pass my covid test (a rapid test) when we left the ship, as I didn’t want to quarantine in Lisbon until I tested negative. (We had was no covid on our small ship, though two prospective passengers tested positive in Tenerife and couldn’t go on the trip.)

So, in honor of Portugal and its thriving sardine canneries, producing a product I can’t abide, here’s a store at the Lisbon airport that sells only duty free sardines. It’s a pity I can’t abide this malodorous fish.

31 thoughts on “On the way home

  1. I had to look up IAD to find out what airport it is. The result was somewhat surprising (to me).

    Edit: and now I’ve looked up the reason for why it is IAD. It’s to stop you from accidentally going to the other airport in DC.

  2. Amazing, for me that would be like visiting heaven; I love sardines packed in olive oil,, skin and bones included, very healthy as well. I have had sardines weekly since my college days in Cambridge. Had to switch to herring the years I lived in Germany. I may have to arrange a trip to Portugal.

  3. Other than as an ingredient in the dressing for a Caesar salad I can not abide them.

  4. … a store at the Lisbon airport that sells only duty free sardines. It’s a pity I can’t abide this malodorous fish.

    I can eat sardines, though they aren’t my favorite. But sardine paste (or, alternatively, smooched up sardines) are an excellent ingredient in some recipes. I make a perciatelli with broccoli with it (from a recipe I got from an old girlfriend who got it from the Italian grandmother of a previous boyfriend) that is stone-cold outta sight.

      1. And anchovy sauce! Thai, Vietnamese or Italian- they’re all different, and they’re all good.
        What about a sardine sauce in that style? Never seen, but I’d try it.

        1. After eating sardines in tomato as a 7 year old I woke up, threw up on the carpet & went to sleep! My sister has never overcome the trauma & the smell never came out of that carpet!


      2. Check the anchovy paste box for a California Prop. 65 warning. I had a King Oliver brand that had it I think.

    1. I quite like tinned sardines, if they’re a decent brand. But really fresh whole sardines, quickly barbecued on a very hot grill, are heavenly.

  5. I remember sending you a Coynezaa “care package” once with a tin of Matiz sardines (a great Spanish brand). And I learned some time after that you hated sardines. I had to laugh, but hopefully you gave them to a foodbank or a neighbor…or maybe you still have them, just in case. 🙂

    1. Sardines in a tin will keep for a while — until Jerry learns to like ’em or hell freezes over, whichever comes first. 🙂

      1. Some (namely Zingerman’s deli, in Ann Arbor but big into mail-order) even claim that sardines tinned in oil improve with aging. They sell 5-year -old cans as ‘vintage’ at a premium.
        And they are really good.

        1. Zingerman’s deli is a treasure and sells the best of many items. But you’ll pay for it$. Sheesh, you’d think there were located in Manhattan.

    2. I’d love to try some of that brand. I like the Brunswick brand but I find the biggish tins (Kersen brand) sold at Costco kinda fishy or ‘tinny’. Sardines mashed up and scrambled with eggs, green onions and lots of black pepper are delicious.

      1. Great to know! I’m glad they were enjoyed…but I’ll certainly refrain from sending you sardines in the future…or candy corn and rhubarb!

  6. I’d love to run across a sardine store. Of course, when I buy sardines, I always check that the can says Wild Caught. I figure they give the farmed sardines antibiotics. 🙂

    1. Athens OH has an Asian food store mostly East Asian but a section with a variety of Arab foodstuffs and they carry olive oil and sardines from Morrocco

  7. Fresh sardinos, bought from the boat and cooked on the beach. That’s the essence of Iberia (and a good example of the Mediterranean diet!) Tinned, not so much, although the big ones in tomato sauce called ‘pilchards’ are good on toast.

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