This installment introduces octopus risotto – a classic Portuguese dish filled with fresh seafood from the Atlantic.
Administração e Gestão de Sistemas de Salubridade, S.A. (AGS) is one of the largest private water service companies in Portugal, with 16 subsidiaries in Portugal and three in Brazil. In 2014, Marubeni, in collaboration with Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), acquired AGS. This was the first entry of a Japanese company into both the Portuguese and Brazilian water markets. It has been almost a year since I was assigned to the capital city of Lisbon. Prices are lower, the area is very green and natural, and the people of Portugal seem to have a high quality of life. There are surprisingly few Japanese expatriates; only about 500. It is rare to meet Japanese people in town.
A recommended place to visit in Lisbon is the Jerónimos Monastery. It is a beautiful building that symbolizes the prosperity of the Portuguese Age of Discovery. In downtown Lisbon there is also the quaint and picturesque Alfama district. If you can travel outside Lisbon, consider exploring the medieval town of Obidos, still surrounded by castle walls. You will want to select your footwear carefully for a walking tour here. Many of the streets are paved in cobblestones, so leave the high heels at home.
Be sure to enjoy the seafood when you have a meal. The fish in Portugal is very fresh, and prepared in ways that will please the palate.
(about 2 tentacles)
|Green pepper||1 small|
|Red bell pepper||1/2|
|Tomato sauce (pre-prepared)||100g|
|Cooked, cold rice||300g|
(about 2 cups)
|Salt, Pepper||To taste|
|Extra Virgin Olive Oil||To drizzle on top|
2-3-22 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
*There are also Manuel group restaurants in Shibuya, Yotsuya, and Marunouchi
Original article published in our shareholders’ guide “Marubeni” (No.118, Summer 2015)