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A Masterclass on Portuguese Fish

When most people order a meal at a restaurant, they’re satisfied with simply eating it. Not me. I have an overwhelming necessity to understand and intimately discuss the food in front of me. I long to linger around the restaurant, waiting for closing time so I can sneak into the […]

Recipe: Portuguese Spinach Mousse

If you’re craving a bit more earthiness in your Easter side dishes, the richness of a dish like creamed spinach may not fit the bill. Perhaps, Portugal’s “Esparregado de Espinafres” (spinach mousse) is the key with a balance of velvety textures and earthy notes. The dish offers up layers of […]

Street Food is Picking Up Speed in Portugal

From fried snakes on a stick to dirty water hot dogs, there hadn’t been anything novel to buzz about in the street food scene for years. That is, until five years ago when the gourmet food truck craze exploded in Los Angeles. Professional chefs jumped behind the wheel and turned […]

Fried Foods of Portugal! You know you want it!

Though there’s every reason to tout the Mediterranean traits of the Portuguese diet, let’s be real, there’s also plenty of fried and fatty goodness to gorge on. On my latest trip to Portugal, I checked off a few savory and sweet items that had been on my long list of […]

Portugal is for Lovers: Make It Your Romantic Getaway

Have you heard of Prince Pedro and Inês de Castro? I’m assuming no…but you should! They’re Portugal’s real life star-crossed lovers. The two lived a forbidden affair that ended in tragedy. The backdrop to this story was the royal palace of Quinta das Lagrimas, today a luxury hotel. A stone’s throw […]

Cleansing the Body Portuguese Style with Pork!

Each New Year starts with well-intentioned resolutions, many of which involve cleansing your body of all the goodies you gorged on during the holidays. But resolutions are as quickly broken as they are promised—especially if there isn’t a solid plan in place. For foodies, the biggest challenge has to be […]

#douro14: Portugal is a Small Package with Big Surprises

As I was nearing 16, I told my parents I didn’t want a big birthday party. I opted instead for a trip to Portugal—the best sweet sixteen gift I could ever receive. In college, I went so far as to turn down a trip to Cancun for a chance to explore […]

3 Must Try Portuguese Winter Soup Recipes!

On my second morning in Portugal, my Tia (aunt) Lucinda asked if I wanted rabbit for lunch. I shook off the jetlag and tried to think straight before answering. Rabbit is one of my favorite meals, so it would be hard to pass up! But I would be leaving close […]