Portugal - First Evening in Lisbon

We went for an evening walk through the cobbled streets of Mouraria (our new 'neighborhood') to get our bearings where we first arrived in Lisbon.
We noticed a series of photos posted along the narrow and winding Beco das Farinhas.
The plaque says:

A Tribute by Camilla Watson
The photographs on these walls are a tribute to the elderly who live here.  They walk this beco daily and their spirit makes this corner of Mouraria special.


I thought that was simply a lovely sentiment.

The neighborhood is pretty hilly with all sorts of winding staircases and nooks and crannies.  As always, I love the tile work on the buildings.

Someone had a cactus garden on display in the neighborhood.
We wandered down to the main road and caught a glimpse of Lisbon's tram.  The city was already starting to remind me of San Francisco.  I kept thinking back to the F-Market street car rattling around town.
We stopped for dinner at a restaurant in our neighborhood run by a family from São Tomé and Príncipe in Africa.
The place was really small and homey feeling and was actually pretty crowded for a weeknight so we had a feeling this would be a good meal.  We started with some bread and cheese.  In Portugal, most restaurants serve couvert which they bring automatically and charge you for it if you don't send it back.  In general, we found the prices were pretty reasonable and had some tasty treats we wouldn't have ordered otherwise.
They brought us a second couvert -- a type of seafood turnover; delicious!
We also ordered a small pitcher of sangria.
We ordered a typical stew and a lamb dish.  The best part of the meal though were the plantain fries.  They look like french fries but those are actually plantains which we simply love.
For dessert, our waitress talked us into trying a specialty from Africa.  I'm still not exactly sure what it was.  She brought out a picture of a giant tree and then cut up an apple to show us the seeds to give us a sense of what it was.  I think it's a pudding made from seeds from the fruit of that tree.  It was starchy and tasty.  If anyone knows what this is called, let me know.  I couldn't even find it on Google.
Here's an idea of the quick walk we took upon our arrival.  There is much more to come!
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