A past-time for generations on the island of Sao Miguel is the fascinating way they produced their “Cozidho” which is cooked underground in a small wooden barrel that is filled with all the meats, potatoes, sausage, vegetables, cabbage, and spices, etc. Once it is all packed up and sealed tight with the wooden lid it is put in a large potato type bag with a rope tied around the top to take it out of the ground when it is done. This is an amazing experience and the food tastes just as good as it sounds. Located in the quaint old noble town of Furnas where the natural volcanic heat is underground bubbles and boils around the cooking holes where you drop your food in to cook. Most people will go early in the morning and pack their barrels and put them in the ground, coming back 5-6 hours later to pull out your barrel and enjoy your regional delicacy. There are many restaurants in the area that charge a nominal fee for you to bring in your barrel and they will cut and prepare all your cooked foods and lay them out on a platter for you and your guests. You just have to buy the wine and bread and enjoy. You can also take it with you wherever you are going whether it is a picnic on the coast or a family celebration. This is typical Azorean cuisine and is a must for anyone who wants to experience the local culture and gastronomy of the island. It has been a tradition for generations with many tourists taking advantage of the unique volcanic activity on the island to cook their locally produced foods.