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Your Ultimate Guide to Camellias in Porto

In the North of Portugal, parks radiate green under rain filled winter skies. Moss gently spreads along ancient stone walls, vines creep up porcelain tiles as Camellia trees burst in red, pinks and whites. It’s mesmerizing, beautiful and absolutely worth seeing for yourself! Camellias, however, didn’t originate in Portugal, like the cork oak […]

Create your own Delicious Portuguese Jam this Holiday

Fragrant, seasonal fruits and vegetables aren’t all that you’ll find at Bolhão Market. Many of the produce vendors transform their sappy melons, juicy tomatoes and gigantic gourds into tantalizing doces (jams), geleias (jelly), compotas (preserves) and marmelada (quince paste). Tomato jam is especially common in Portuguese homes as is Doce […]

Highlights: Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal

With nine new Michelin stars added to last year’s 17, it’s an exciting time to indulge in The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal. Our newly-released book shares with the world the exclusive, never before told life and food stories forgotten for 100 years inside Porto’s iconic Bolhão Market. The […]

We Wrote a Book!!

It has been a long hard road, full of ups and downs, but today we are incredibly excited to announce that Catavino’s first book, The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal, is finished. Sonia, Ryan and I are a bit tired, but we’re extremely thrilled that we have finally reached the end […]

How are Women Uniting Portugal through Wine?

If I say fire fighter, what gender pops into your head? Doctor? Nurse? Taxi driver? Construction worker? Beautician? Historically, many of these professions were predominately occupied by one gender, but not both. In today’s world, there are very few professions that are solely occupied by either men or women. Unfortunately […]

Why is Porto Overtaking Paris for Shopping and Design

Chadner Navarro recently published a fantastic article in Bloomberg highlighting why Porto is surpassing Paris as “the” shopping capital of Europe. There’s a good reason for it. Porto isn’t just an architectural wonder, with its technicolored tiles and vaulting domes, it’s a hotbed of creativity! Just hang out at a party […]

The Undiscovered Sweetness of Portuguese Honey

When people think of Portugal, rarely do they think of its rich honey culture. Perfectly grilled fish, sumptuous breads and diverse wines are commonly touted as “must try Portuguese foods“, but honey never gets any play. It should, because Portuguese honey is not only delectable but is used in heaps of […]

Celebrate Port Wine Day in Porto!

Now that autumn is upon us, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be cracking open a Port wine to celebrate the season. It warms the body when the winter chill seeps in. It’s versatile and perfectly suited for any conversation ranging from deforestation to the proliferation of sloths as […]

Portuguese Dessert Recipe: Pão-de-Ló

There are several ways to learn about a country and its people. While some choose to expand their knowledge through books, others decide to visit in person. I was zealous and did both before and since moving to Portugal, but I believe the base of this country rests in its […]