Patron symbol of Lisbon, St. Anthony brings in the lap the Child Jesus and bless marriages. Offers to the city a traditional party without rival, in which joy is adorned with sweet basil and the greatest figure is His Highness Dona Sardinha.
The sardine, with its silvery blue and black hues, darker on the back and lighter on the sides and belly, is found in the northeast Atlantic and the
Mediterranean Sea, where it dwells on coastal areas, between 25 and 100 meters deep.
It undertakes migrations in large shoals that protect fish
from predators during the day, in deeper waters, and move at night-time to shallower waters
to feed on algae and small crustaceans.
It reproduces from October to April, a time when sardines
are leaner and not so tasty.
The sardine is the most popular fish in summer festivals and fairs in Portugal, as well as the main species used in the
Portuguese canning industry.
Zé Povinho is now a superhero. After having courageously faced the austerity
policies, the interference of Troika and the corruption scandals, behold our
Zé is still standing. Standing tall, he shows courage and perseverance and is
ready to face all tempests with a sole purpose: to succeed. Super Zé, who is
alive inside each one of us, resists, persists and never gives up.
Portugal receives the sardine directly from the sea. In many parts of the world we’ve known them by opening the can and finding, as a graphite pencil box, an ordered queue of sardines… I had always the feeling that if I opened a sardine, I would find something else inside.
The Tenório Sardine is a true portent of the Portuguese guitar. Known in the
most exclusive world of Fado for being a bon vivant, irresistibly seductive
and a confessed lover of the nightlife and “escabeche” (pickle), Tenório
oozes charm through all of his scales. And no gilt-head bream, mullet or ray
can resist his charms.
Originating from the best grape varieties, the Red Wine sardine, Bordallo Pinheiro harvest, goes well with any dish in Portuguese cuisine. With a peculiar aroma, an exquisite flavor, distinctive textures and color, it should be served at room temperature.
Tóni is a Sardine prone to gallantry, born as a tribute to the Lisbon hustler.
A raunchy pushy sort, with a loud mouth and fire in his belly, Tón i makes a
living out of odd jobs. Up one street, down an alleyway, he walks nimble,
with a watchful thirsty eye, while distributing flirts to the girls that pass by –
“Eh carapau” “hey mackerel!”
Iwashi-Nobori is a sardine inspired by the Japanese Koinoboshi. Koinoboshi
is the Children’s Day, and the carp is the symbol of strength, persistence,
bravery and success. This Portuguese sardine, painted Ukiyoe-style, wishes
strength, persistence, bravery and success to Portuguese children
Comedian Rui Unas lives in the South Bank, across the river from Lisbon. Rumor says he experiences vertigo when approaching the bridge, and that you would have to carry him on a bier to make him set foot in the ferry to Lisbon. But he found a solution to the problem afflicting him. The statue of Christ the King gave him superpowers! Now he can use a Bordallo sardine and swim to Lisbon, or grow wings and fly there. Discover the video here:
Venice, masked and ready for the carnaval in the city of mystery, romance, music and drama. Inspired by renaissance frescos of the churches, Venetian textiles and lace, the canal streets and the mix of bold graphic signs this sardine glides though the water quicker than a gondola.
The Green sardine is a field animal. Her massive bearing and haughty gestures impose the law of the strongest. She has a winner’s drive and always faces a fight full of self-confidence. She has a lion inside of her.
The Red sardine is a glorious one. Unique among many, it has an instinct for victory and always plays to win. She is the queen of the skies and flies like a eagle fueled by a mystique that never fades.