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Watch: Marcus Samuelsson Learns About Portuguese, Brazilian, and Cape Verdean Food Traditions in Boston

From acai bowls to salt cod and fishing boats to a churrascaria, the chef takes in Lusophonic food culture in the greater Boston area

On the last episode of No Passport Required Season 2, host Marcus Samuelsson goes to the greater Boston area to learn more about Portuguese, Brazilian, and Cape Verdean food traditions. These three countries in the Portuguese-speaking — aka Lusophone — world have many cultural similarities, and in this episode, Marcus dives into the Lusophonic communities in the Massachusetts cities of Boston, New Bedford, and Fall River. He eats Portuguese chowder with halibut on a fishing boat and visits a Portuguese marketplace where he tries plenty of bacalhau, the popular dried salt cod that is one of the defining foods of the cuisine. Later, in a home kitchen, he makes a bacalhau gratin with cheese and potatoes. He also learns the history of Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira over açaí bowls and Brazilian baked goods, listens to a Cape Verdean singer and tries Cape Verdean specialties like cachupa and jagacida, and, of course, heads to a churrascaria for lots and lots of meat.


Additional episodes: Each hour-long episode focuses on a different immigrant community in a new city: In addition to Boston, the series travels to Seattle, where Marcus cooks with a Filipino community eager to preserve its food traditions while using key ingredients like ube and vinegar to create new ones; Los Angeles, home to the largest Armenian community outside of Armenia; and Houston, home to one of the highest numbers of West African expatriates of any U.S. city. Other episodes focus on the Italian-American community in Philadelphia, which has thrived for generations, and Las Vegas, where the Chinese-American community has grown tremendously over the last 20 years. The episodes air weekly on PBS, and all are now available for streaming.

Missed Season 1? Stream full episodes from the entire first season now, or check out recaps and more intel on No Passport Required here.

Online and on social: Tag @eater, @pbs, and #NoPassRequiredPBS if you share clips, pictures, or quotes from the show. Check back on Eater Boston tomorrow to see a map of the restaurants featured in the episode, and head to PBS to learn more about the show, find character bios, and get recipes to cook at home.


No Passport Required is produced for PBS by Eater and Vox Media Studios, part of Vox Media. Stream full episodes on Eater and PBS, or check local listings. Get more information on the show at pbs.org/nopassrequired.

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