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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 […]

Portuguese Alheira: A Garlicky Bread and Game Sausage

“If this was my avó making sausage, she’d string it up in the cellar. I don’t know if she smoked it first, or if it was just dried that way, but her sausage was always amazing!” said my Portuguese husband after a morning of homemade alheira production, which was a first […]

Recipe: Portuguese Pasteis de Bacalhau

It’s said that the Portuguese have enough bacalhau (dried salted cod) recipes to create a different dish for every day of the year! Though possibly a touch farfetched, it has heaps of tasty culinary applications. In Portugal, fresh cod is tough to come by, but bacalhau is ubiquitous! That said, it must be prepared in […]

How I became a Knight of the Port Wine Brotherhood

Recently, I was enthroned into the Confraria do Vinho do Porto (Port Wine Brotherhood) as a Cavaleiro (Knight) in “recognition for my dedication and service to Port Wine.” Understandably, I was incredibly honored, but my invitation also came with several questions as to what exactly occurred. For this reason, I wanted to share a […]

How Adventurous of a Spanish Foodie are You? Take the Quiz!

When daydreaming of white sandy beaches, of sultry Flamenco dancers and rolling Spanish vineyards, do you also conjure up images of braised cow’s tongue or hairy pig’s ear when visiting Spain? No? Maybe you should, because if there’s one thing that Spain does unprecedentedly well it’s to use the entire, and we do mean […]

10 years on, a look back at my time in Iberia

Last week was pretty special around here, at least for me personally. Ten years ago, I boarded a plane from Minneapolis to Madrid for 1 week, or at least that’s what my plane ticket said. Gabriella had already landed just over a month earlier and was patiently waiting for my arrival […]

#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 […]

Catavino’s Port Wine Lodges Map

BUY CATAVINO’S PORT LODGE MAP! Over a decade ago, Ryan and I travelled to Portugal with a passionate desire to explore its culture and its wines. Having started in Lisbon, lapping up an “exotic” new perspective, we headed north to one of the most picturesque cities in the the world, Porto. With its multifaceted […]