Food tours and cultural experiences run by locals.
What do we all have in common? Our endless love for food, people, traveling, culture, and contemporary Portugal plus a constant will to explore and desire to share it!
Founder, food host, clinical psychologist and anthropologist
I was born in Alfama, the oldest district in Lisbon where I spent my childhood and adolescence. I started to live abroad at the age of 24 and I never stopped traveling again. But no matter where I traveled, I always returned to Lisbon. I lived in France, Morocco, and Turkey either doing voluntary work or clinical and anthropological research.
My love for food, namely Portuguese food, got stronger after my first year abroad and it evolved until I became a foodie. I am a cook without cultural limits and have been a food host since 2016, in Lisbon, where I designed all these experiences for you, in order to share my main passions of people, traveling, and connecting the treasures of Portugal’s food, culture, and people.
I graduated in Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis, but then I felt the need to explore some clinical questions and to expand from the psychiatric/psychological model, so I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to do a Ph.D. in Anthropology. Presently, as a complementary activity to the food tours, my clinical research is mainly dedicated to migrants and refugees, but I have also research interests in food culture, esthetics, and the Arabic culture/language.
Photography is also another passion of mine that has accompanied me since my adolescence. I am also a co-founder of EBANO Collective an art association combining street arts, anthropologists aiming to do street art interventions with a social and ethnographica base.
What my team and I love about Lisbon is the fact of being a European capital city and yet in some moments, places and experiences, it doesn’t look like one. It’s a human-size city. You are always a walkable distance from several districts and Lisbon has European elements, but also North African and Mediterranean influences, either in the culture, the architecture but also in the people.
The food scene is so diverse and has evolved so much during the last 15 years. It’s cosmopolitan yet has an eclectic natural personality. It’s safe to be everywhere, literally, everywhere and you are close to dozens of different beaches and landscapes.
My favorite travellers (also writers): Ryszaed Kapuskinsky (1932-2007), Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-1942), Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904), Ella Maillart (1902-1997), Alexandra David-Néel (1868-1869).
My favorite movies about Lisbon: In the White City, Lisbon Story.
Food host and beer expert.
Born in Brazil with Portuguese roots, Thais has been coming to Lisbon every summer since she was 6 years old. Raised between multiple cities in both Brazil and the USA, Thais was sure of only one thing. That was, no matter what city she found herself in, her summers would be spent in amazing Lisbon.
Lisbon has been her longest love affair and 5 years ago she made it official by moving over and totally embracing the Lisboeta life.
Her love for the local food and passion for discovering new restaurants made her understand how powerful sharing a table with someone can be.
For her a table is a sacred place and that the only thing bigger than her love for food is her love for sharing it with others.
So after, she settled roots in Lisbon, she founded a new passion: to be a Food Host at Oh! My Cod Food Tours!
For Thais, local food & people are the best way to experience Portugal, its history, and its life. She is also the host of a Beer Tasting Experience since 2018 and she is the founder of Petisca where she composes the most delicious and beautiful food boards in Lisbon.
Thais’ favorite thing to do in Lisbon is to wake up on a Saturday morning go for a walk around the Graca neighborhood and go to Feira da Ladra, her favorite flea market. After intentionally ‘getting lost’ in Alfama, she chooses a tiny restaurant that sells nice grilled sardines or any fresh local fish. After that, she gets the tram to Belém and checks the modern Berardo Museum.
Out of Lisbon, she loves to explore Sintra. Even though Sintra is home to the most beautiful castles and gardens that she has seen, what she mostly likes about the place is the natural landscapes and the diversity. You can find a beautiful beach, a dense forest, or a hidden waterfall within less than 30 mins from each other by car. For her, this is a bit of heaven on earth.
Apart from being a host at Oh! My Cod Tours, Thais created her own small business, named Pestica, during pandemic times, in 2020, to diminish the distance between people, local producers, and small shops, while coping with the quarantine measures.
She prepares and delivers in Lisbon, beautiful and amazing cheese, ham, and vegan boards all made with local products from small producers.
Thais speaks Portuguese and English. You can follow her on Instagram.
Food host and natural wine expert.
Darida Rodrigues is a Brazilian/Portuguese film art director & multimedia artist, born and raised in vibrant São Paulo, passionate about multiculturalism, food, wine, coffee, and music. She decided to set roots in Lisbon four years ago.
During her creations and art studies in Lisbon, she found a new passion: to be a Food Host! She is very engaged in the gastronomic and cultural scene of the city, especially those related to natural food and drink.
She also leads an experience dedicated to Coffee and Music.
Not far from Lisbon, on the other side of the river Tejo, she recommends Casa da Cerca, in Almada, a cultural center, that is located next to a Botanical Garden and has one of the best sunset views of Lisbon.
For her, local food & people are the best way to experience Portugal, its history, and its life.
Darida speaks English and Portuguese. You can follow her on Instagram.
Food host, skipper and fisherwoman.
Natacha is a Portuguese certified local skipper, who was born one hour from Lisbon in Sesimbra a small fishing village in front of the sea.
Her life is all about fishing, growing vegetables in her father’s vegetable-garden, cooking, and selecting the best products to share with friends and her guests. She is a fisherwoman and local skipper, but also passionate about Portuguese wines which she explores informally.
Her love and knowledge for wine started already during her childhood when, during harvest time, she headed up to Porto, to her mother’s family house to pick the grapes and produce wine and Aguardente (firewater).
Even if she was not allowed to drink (yet!) all those experiences built the basis for her current pleasure in tasting and exploring Portuguese wines.
She is also a great cook! Besides cooking with fresh fish, she is an expert on all the ‘conventual’ desserts – Abade de Priscos, Farófias, Pastel de Nata, and much more – creating magic with amazing free range eggs from her father’s small farm!
For all these reasons, she became the perfect Oh! My Cod Tours host in diner and sailing experiences!
Natacha speaks English, and Portuguese. You can follow her on Instagram.
Food host and urban sustainability expert.
Samuel, is a biologist/social scientist, born in Mexico, who lived in São Paulo (Brazil) and came to Lisbon, where he specialized in social environment and urban sustainability.
This opportunity got him close to Portuguese local producers, namely with the wonders of Portuguese food, wine, and culture. Adding this to his old passion for history he quickly became an enthusiastic gastronomic and cultural host at Oh! My Cod Tours.
In Mexico, he opened a small business of alternative and sustainable food and drinks in Queretaro, where his aim was to get people close to the local products and contribute to the local economy through social interactions.
Now food experiences are to Samuel a wonderful way to keep in touch with all his passions. To connect people to the place they are in, by sharing it with locals, living the traditions, and learning from different lifestyles.
Addicted to being a ‘Lisboeta’, he will share with you all the city dynamics and its latest news and traditions!
Samuel speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese. You can follow him on Instagram.
Food host, marine biologist and artist.
Tiana is a French artist and massage therapist living in Lisbon since 2017.
Traveling, cooking, and sharing good times with people dear to her heart are some of her favorite things in life. So joining the team as a Food Host came very naturally to her mind.
She is also a dance teacher, a wire sculptress, and an ocean lover or her first great love as she used to be a marine biologist.
Her guidelines: contemplate, listen, nurture, create, and share.
Her long-term purpose: going step by step back to land and natural rhythms, recovering the ability to be an Earthling, and share this new experience in Galicia!
Tiana speaks French, Portuguese, English, and Spanish.
Intern French Master student in Tourism
Elise is French and has two passions in life; food and Lisbon. After studying tourism at university, she joined Oh! My Cod as an intern, finding a way to combine her two passions and to share it with people and travellers of the world!
Born in France, she grew up in the traditional land of Bretagne on the west coast of France.
As a child, she used to travel by car with her family to the Mediterranean countries to spend the summer. She soon developed a passion for its cultures and landscapes but most of all she developed a passion for travels. When she was able to travel on her own she went to live in Australia, Portugal, Spain and the Canary islands; her guideline always was the sun and the ocean.
Her love story with Lisbon started in 2018 when she came for her studies. She fell in love with the city and its urban and cosmopolitan culture. When she came back home, she promised herself to come back to live in the city of the 7th hills. And what she especially loves about Lisbon is its colours and lights, its flavours and fish products and its cosmopolitan and eclectic atmosphere. She loves to wander in the narrow streets of Alfama and Graça looking for hidden street arts, odd specificities and small pastelerias.
Elise is passionate about arts in general – history of art, cinema, painting – but food and culinary art is her favourite above all. She defines herself as a very curious minded foodie; she loves to eat, cook and discover new typical recipes. Everywhere she goes, she loves to connect to the cultures by learning about the local food specialities. And if she is not travelling, she shares convivial meals with her family and friends and prepares dishes of her childhood taught by her grandmother. She always says that if he was not a food tour guide, she would be a cook!
Elise speaks French, English, Spanish and soon will be fluent in Portuguese!
Food host and cultural mediator.
Sandra was born in Brazil and is fluent in Japanese because of her ancestry. She also has a background in business management and, during her life, she lived in Japan and Spain before she moved indefinitely to Lisbon.
Sandra is passionate about Portuguese cuisine, one of the reasons why she decided to set her roots in Portugal. Besides that, she adapted well to the Portuguese locals with whom she found herself at ‘home’ with.
To be a host at Oh! My Cod Tours is a way for her to connect all of her passions and to bridge several cultures and people together. Something she has been doing all of her life.
Her favorite area in Lisbon is Mouraria, the most eclectic district in the capital, where more than 50 different nationalities share the same space, producing many kinds of food experiences, esthetics, and sounds.
Sandra speaks Japanese and Portuguese.
If you wish to explore the northern beaches and the center of Portugal, like Nazare, the peculiar and beautiful Almorol Castle and other hidden treasures, you must contact Amylee! She plans amazing road trips and she guides in the best way.
TWIN PEAKS DIVING CENTER |PICO
These guys rock ! An established SDI 5 Star Dive Centre, SSI, TDI and BSAC Dive Centre with a full range of diving courses, lessons and daily dive trips to the best diving sites around the central group of the Azores. And the name…Twin Peaks (a ‘joke’ with Pico Island and montain). How can we resist?