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Bolo Rei and Bolo Rainha: Portugal’s Royal Christmas Treat

From the beginning of November to the end of January, it’s impossible to pass a pastelaria (pastry shop) without being bombarded by the ubiquitous Bolo Rei (King Cake). This is one of, if not the most, popular Christmas desserts throughout Portugal, consisting of a sweet, brioche-like bread dough packed with eggs and filled with various nuts, raisins and crystallized fruit. Essentially, a […]

Recipe: Portuguese Carob Cake

In recent years, both the Algarve region and Lisbon have seen an increase in awareness of the benefits of alfarroba. Portuguese chefs have also been playing around more with alfarroba in savory recipes, such as the trendy pão de alfarroba /bolo de caco de alfarroba– alfarroba bread, including the variation of bolo […]

Alfarroba: Southern Portugal’s Guilt-Free Dessert

I’m a chocolate lover. I’m also a fig lover. Then I took a trip to the Algarve and discovered that chocolate and fig had a love child, and its name is Alfarroba. Vacationing in the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, has its benefits; and it’s not just for the […]

How to Picnic Portuguese Style

Picnic season has arrived! Throughout the cold and rainy winter in Portugal, few people are keen to even venture outside their front door. However, once the weather turns sunny and warm, or more like blazing hot, the Portuguese head straight to greener pastures as wicker baskets overflow with fresh, local ingredients! There […]

Lisbon is for Lovers: The Perfect Romantic Getaway!

There are several European cities known for their Old-World romance, sprinkled in fairy dust and history. Take a leisurely walk past ancient architecture, beautiful promenades and cozy little cafés humming with live music and you’ll feel transported back in time. And there is no better place to experience this romance […]

Feliz Natal: Traditional Portuguese Holiday Cuisine

Boas Festas!  Happy Holidays from Portugal!  The Christmas season is upon us, and here in Lisbon, we’re celebrating the only way we know how, with delicious homemade food. All major Portuguese holidays have their own unique dishes and sweets, but Christmas is by far the most plentiful among them. From […]

Alheira: The King of Portuguese Sausage

Alheira is a smoked Portuguese sausage, (pronounced “Al – iyai -rah”), that derives its name from the Portuguese word alho, meaning “garlic”. Different from its pork-dominated counterparts, Alheira is not only filled with poultry (chicken and turkey), but also game meat (duck, rabbit, venison, partridge, pheasant): creating a mouthwatering smokey, garlicky and earthy aroma. Now here […]