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Monday, September 9, 2019

Delightful Conversation with Nelson, Certified Sweets of Aveiro

Aloha Everyone,

Tok’ a Lavar offers clean, reliable self-service laundry. Nelson, the owner of the business popped in to offer assistance when he noted that we were encountering difficulties starting one of the washers.

Young, sociable and outgoing, Nelson is an American of Portuguese ancestry from Connecticut. The three of us enjoyed our conversation covering various topics from the time J.J. and I started our wash until our clothes dried. Nelson and I exchanged phone and email addresses and we promised to keep in touch. Meeting people is one of the great joys of traveling.

Aveiro boasts having “certified sweets”. Before we left the city, I had to try Ovos Moles de Aveiro and Tripas. Translates literally as soft eggs from Aveiro, the sweet is made of egg yolks & sugar. The mixture is often placed inside of rice paper in shells or other nautical shapes. Small and sweet, you bite into it and the egg yolk mixture oozes out of the rice paper and fills your mouth. Delicious? It is an acquired taste. 

There were long lines of customers waiting to purchase Tripas. The cooking process appears similar to a crepe. Vanilla and cinnamon aromas were always present. People were asking for chocolate, Nutella or even Kit Kat fillings. J.J. and I asked for one plain Tripa, translates as tripe or intestine :-/.

You eat it hot holding it in the palm of your hand. We tasted egg yolk in the plain textured Tripa. J.J., after his first bite, exclaimed, “This taste like sweet Japanese sticky rice cake!” Tripa was far better than Moles de Aveiro.

Aloha -- Cathi