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The Jesuíta – You Sassy Portuguese Pastry You!

written by Gabriella Opaz | 28th March 2017

A few years ago, I was dining sozinho (alone) in a small neighborhood cafe in Porto when I caught sight of this gorgeous pastry in the display case. With crispy folds of puff pastry piled high under a hard, sugary crust of perfection, I thought “damn girl, you need that!” But what looked like a small dainty pastry wasn’t...

Your Ultimate Guide to Camellias in Porto

written by Gabriella Opaz | 20th January 2017

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 or lavender bush did; they’re home to eastern and...
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Private: Andalucia Gourmet Walking Tour

Tour introduction One of our most popular gourmet tours in Andalusia, this 5-day walking holiday along Mr Henderson’s Railway...

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Barcelona Luxury Gourmet Tour

TOUR INTRODUCTION Barcelona is known for inventive modern cuisine, creative chefs and avant-garde design. Discover the roots of this...

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Barcelona Gastronomic Tour

TOUR INTRODUCTION It’s no wonder that Barcelona has become a gourmet food hub when considering its strategic position as...

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Staff Picks: 5 New Experiences to Enjoy in Portugal this Year!

written by Gabriella Opaz | 5th January 2017

Happy New Year from the Catavino Team! With the year just kicking off, welcoming heaps of new opportunities, a trip to Portugal should be at the top of your list! Brimming with soulful foods, diverse wines and stunning natural wonders, it’s no wonder that Portugal has been rated as one of the top tourism destinations in Europe. But what...

Create your own Delicious Portuguese Jam this Holiday

written by Gabriella Opaz | 12th December 2016

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 de Gila, made from the gila gourd — a...

Highlights: Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal

written by Gabriella Opaz | 28th November 2016

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 grandmother food stories we found in this charismatic open-air...

We Wrote a Book!!

written by Gabriella Opaz | 24th November 2016

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 of a journey that took us deep into the...
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