An Ode To Pastel De Natas (Aka The Best Thing I’ve Ever Eaten)

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Egg yolks have been my sworn enemy since 2003. 12-year-old me came home from Camp Mataponi 15-pounds heavier (blame it on the Chipwiches) and decided it would be fun to try the new “healthy eating plan” that my mom had become obsessed with over the summer (aka The South Beach Diet). I was swifty introduced to the egg white omelet, and 14 years later I’ve never looked back. Ordering my omelets and scrambles sans-yolk was always just a mindless part of life (or at least, brunch), but I had no idea what I’d been missing until I got to Lisbon and met The Pastel De Nata. “Those sound disgusting” I told James when he read the description of the egg-yolk, custard pastries off of Time Out’s list of “Things To Do In Lisbon.” Everything from the texture to the color to the fact that they probably tasted like egg yolks seriously grossed me out. “Who would want that?” Fast forward a week, when he dragged me out of bed on a Sunday morning to go on a run to Pastel de Belem, the home of the best...