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No Passport Required: Boston


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Marcus Samuelsson goes to the greater Boston area to learn more about Portuguese, Brazilian, and Cape Verdean food traditions. Marcus eats Portuguese chowder with halibut on a fishing boat, visits a Portuguese marketplace where he tries plenty of bacalhau, and 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.



Faces of Boston

Maria de Fatima LangaMaria de Fatima Langa

Known as Fafá, Maria de Fatima Langa was born in Espírito Santo, southeast coast of Brazil. Ever since she was a little girl she was always fascinated by cooking and preparing dishes; spending most of her childhood in the kitchen helping her mom prepare meals. Later, she moved to the U.S and worked as a tour guide around New York City and Canada. Eventually her passion for cooking guided her and her husband to open up Muqueca at Inman Square, which at the time was a rather small restaurant. Business picked up and the couple moved to a bigger space one block away.

Shauna BarbosaShauna Barbosa

Shauna Barbosa is the author of the poetry collection Cape Verdean Blues (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, AGNI, The Southeast Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Boulevard, Poetry Society of America, PBS Newshour, Lit Hub, Lenny Letter, and others. She was nominated for PEN America’s 2019 Open Book Award and was a 2018 Disquiet International Luso-American fellow. Shauna received her MFA from Bennington College in Vermont and currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she teaches Creative Writing in the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension.

Candida RoseCandida Rose

Born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, vocal artist “Candida Rose” captivates her audiences with the golden aura of her radiant presence and stirs them with a uniquely compelling voice that combines the overtones and undertones of jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel with just the right touch of international spice. Candida Rose’s 10-song debut CD entitled “KabuMerikana: The Sum of Me,” combines her Cape Verdean musical roots with her American influences to bring a fresh new take on world/jazz music which she calls “KabuJazz”. Candida Rose is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth where she graduated “Summa Cum Laude” with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Music (African-American/World music) and a minor in African and African/American Studies.


Where Marcus Visited in Boston

  • Portugalia MarketplacePortugalia Marketplace
    489 Bedford St
    Fall River, MA 02720
  • Izzy's RestaurantIzzy’s Restaurant
    72 Spring St.
    New Bedford, MA 02740
  • CesariaCesaria
    266 Bowdoin St
    Boston, MA 02122
  • MuquecaMuqueca
    1008 Cambridge St
    Cambridge, MA 02141
  • Pastelaria Vitoria BroadwayPastelaria Vitoria Broadway
    192 Broadway
    Somerville, MA 02145
  • Oliveira's Steak HouseOliveira’s Steak House
    120 Washington St
    Somerville, MA 02143
  • Zing BowlZing Bowl
    100 Cambridgeside Pl
    Cambridge, MA 02141


Meet Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus SamuelssonMarcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, Marcus at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in Bermuda, Norda Bar & Grill in Gothenburg, Sweden, and in 2017, Red Rooster Shoreditch in London and Marcus B&P in Newark. He has thrilled the food scene with a blend of culture and artistic excellence, first catching the attention of the culinary world at Aquavit. During his tenure as executive chef there, he received an impressive three-star rating from The New York Times, the youngest person ever to receive such an accolade. Continue Reading


Season 2 Episodes

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  • No Passport Required: Los Angeles Los Angeles Marcus Samuelsson arrives in sunny Los Angeles to meet with Armenians influencing the city’s food scene.
  • No Passport Required: Houston Houston Marcus Samuelsson visits Houston to learn more about food and community in the Nigerian and greater West African diaspora.
  • No Passport Required: Philadelphia Philadelphia Marcus Samuelsson heads to Philadelphia, where he meets new friends and old and learns more about the city’s Italian food scene.
  • No Passport Required: Las Vegas Las Vegas Marcus Samuelsson visits Las Vegas to learn more about the city’s long-standing Chinese community and their food traditions.
  • No Passport Required: Boston Boston Marcus Samuelsson goes to the greater Boston area to learn more about Portuguese, Brazilian, and Cape Verdean food traditions.


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