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Friday Feature Photo: Picos de Europa, Spain

Photographer: Slawek Staszczuk Capture Date:  October 2012 Location: Posada De Valdeon, Castille y Leon, Spain About: The morning after the challenging climb from Cordiñanes to Collado Jermoso. Definitely better viewed in the lightbox (“L”). Panorama stitched from 5 horizontal frames at 37mm with some hard-edged ND grad (probably 0.6). Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply […]

Friday Feature Photo: Christmas in Cabo do Roca

Photographer: Ana Arpa Capture Date:  December 10, 2006 Location: Cabo do Roca, Portugal About: This photo was taken over the holidays near Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. It also happens to serve up some of the most delicious grilled fish in Portugal! Not a bad way to feast over Christmas! Desktop […]

Recipe: Bolo Rainha

If you’ve ever visited the Midwest during the Holidays, you’ve most likely tried Fruitcake – also known as: door stop, bookend, ubiquitous item for all Ikea hacks, or simply, disgusting. We can safely say that this is not only the most dense and undesirable cake ever to grace a Holiday […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Whitewashed Walls of Arcos, Andalucia

Photographer: Zu Sanchez Capture Date:  September 2010 Location: Arcos, Andalusia, Spain About: One of Andalucia’s most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages), it’s precariously positioned on top of a rocky limestone ridge; its whitewashed houses and majestic stone castle walls halting abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the lush valley of the river Guadalete […]

Friday Feature Photo: Gripping Tannins

Photographer: Albertina Torres Capture Date: October 12, 2013 Location: Caudete de las Fuentes, DO Utiel-Requena (Valencia-Spain) About: Albeit the odd “duck” of the grape family, the flesh and juice as well as the skin of Alicante Bouchet is dark red, teetering on black. These Teinturier variety grapes also include the Georgian grape, Saperavi - a […]

Portuguese Recipe: Caldo Verde Soup

Ever notice how eating green cuisine automatically makes you feel healthy? There’s something psychologically and emotionally satisfying about it, where your body convinces itself that you’ve done the equivalent to fasting for a week, while abstaining from all stimulants and depressants. Mind you, we’re not talking the medicinal version of green, also known […]

Friday Feature Photo: Sunset over Serra da Estrela, Portugal

Photographer: Nuno Lemos Capture Date: December 21, 2013 Location: Serra da Estrela, Portugal About: Located in central Portugal, this gorgeous unspoiled area is a protected National Park filled with rushing rivers, deep ravines and enough wildlife to keep your binoculars at the ready. That said, if you’re a cheese lover, consider packing up […]

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy the Autumn Rain

I’ll admit, there are times I desperately wish to transport myself back to Barcelona, to the autumn sun, to the calm beaches, to the lazy outdoor terraces. And it’s not because Barcelona is any better or worse than Porto, it’s because it’s simply…dry. Come autumn, Porto turns into a wicked stepchild, […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Fairytale Forests of the Canary Islands, Spain

Photographer: Marcos Bolaños Capture Date: January 2014 Location: Canary Islands About: Despite its small size, the Canary Island Volcanic Archipelago is one of the most beautifully diverse places on earth supporting rare endemic species of animals and plants sequestered in the thick laurisilva forests. Hence, the islands aren’t just for sandy beaches and subtle white […]