“Pasteis” or “Wind pasties” as the bad ones are called are a sort of pastry envelope with some sort of filling (and air) inside. Love them or hate them they are a local favourite and believe it or not there are serious competitions as to who does them best.
I had heard for a while now that Pastel da Maria on Fradique Coutinho has the best pasteis in town and in the official competitions Maria always seems to make the finals. Here’s her with her certificates in case you don’t believe me:
And here she is with one of her "pasteis":
Anyway, today seemed like a good day to try them…
..And they were good. But the real surprise was the tooth pick on the table. At first it seemed like a normal toothpick. Here it is:
|Apparently normal tooth pick|
But then! Then I discovered that it had special powers:
|Special tooth pick|
The green tip is a mint coated spike so that your mouth feels fresh (after picking out stubborn bits of “pasteis”) and as far as I’m concerned that’s the first ever high-tech dual-function tooth pick I’ve seen. For that alone Maria Pasteis is the one for me..