Episode 1 - "Rhode Island"
In this first episode, Maria introduces herself to viewers, and talks about her journey from Sao Miguel, Azores, to the United States. She looks at origins of the Portuguese experience in America, and takes a trip to Rhode Island College to speak with the director of Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone Studies, Marie Fraley.
Maria then meets chef/ owner Levi Medina of Portu-Galo, the first food truck in the United States. Together, they cook and sample bifana sandwiches.
On Aquidneck Island, Maria visits the Portuguese Discovery Monument and the enduring connection between the state of RI and our Portuguese ancestry.
Maria and crew then head to Tugas restaurant in Pawtucket, where she and owner Sandy cook a delicious braised beef stew called Carne Estufada.
Finally, Maria makes a delicious family recipe she has enjoyed since childhood: bolos levedos. This recipe is more than 100 years old, and originated in Sao Miguel.
Episode 2 - "Furnas"
In this episode, Maria travels 4 1/2 hours from Boston to the island of Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal. First location is the historic Terra Nostra Garden and Hotel in the heart of Furnas. Furnas is inside an ancient volcanic crater with geothermal pools and springs.
Maria cooks with the Hotel's Chef Luis and they make the house specialty, Cozido, or boiled dinner. But this is not your usual boiled dinner - it's a very special meal cooked underground with volcanic heat and steam in the earth's own pressure cooker.
While the food cooks for 8 hours, Maria and Chef Luis make his special dessert, Galician Lemon Mousse. Maria then tours the 30 acre botanical garden surrounding the hotel with the grounds keeper's daughter. The episode ends with Maria and Chef Luis enjoying their dinner and dessert.
Episode 3 "Maia/ Vila Franca"
Maria visits Sao Miguel's first and oldest tea plantation in all of Europe, Cha Gorreanna. Since 1883, one family operated this plantation of organic tea. Now in the hands of 7th generation owner, Madalena Motta and Maria enjoy a strong cup of tea together.
Maria visits the second tea plantation on the island, Cha Porto Formoso. This quaint plantation sits on the hills above the village of Porto Formoso. Then it's off to a local kitchen to bake homemade traditional butter biscuits.
After sightseeing at the mountain top Chapel of Our Lady of Peace, Maria heads to Queijadas da Vila Franca Do Campo, Do Morgado, a family-owned bakery that makes the best queijadas on the Island.
Episode 4 "The Farm/Lagoa"
This episode is all about freshness: fresh mile, fresh cheese, and fresh seafood. Maria heads to the countryside of Nordeste, where she spends the day on a family farm with husband and wife Joao and Gena, and hangs out with some happy cows. Maria takes the fresh milk to a village called Rabo Peixe and meets with husband and wife Joao and Rimi, owners of Quinta Minuvida Orchard Lodge, where they cook and together make fresh cheese.
Then, Maria visits her hometown of Rosario da Lagoa, where she and her cousin Joao roast octopus dinner for family and friends.
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