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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...

Our Expat Holiday in Portugal!

written by Gabriella Opaz | 24th December 2015

As an immigrant living on the other side of the world, the Holidays conjure up nostalgia, a desire to be close to the people you love. It’s a feeling of longing, of saudades, imagining my Dad’s tight loving embrace, the gentle sound of Beethoven floating across the living room, and the rich, intoxicating aroma of roast beef. I LIVE for...
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Porto Walking Food Tour

This delicious food tour is more than a culinary experience, it’s a love letter to Porto highlighting the city’s history, architecture and...

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Port Wine Tour with Ryan Opaz

Eager to taste a wide range of spectacular Port wine with a Knight of the Port Wine Brotherhood? Are you...

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Bolo Rei and Bolo Rainha: Portugal’s Royal Christmas Treat

written by Andrea Smith | 10th December 2014

From the beginning of November to the end of January, it’s impossible to pass a pastelaria (pastry shop) without being bombarded by the ubiquitous Bolo Rei (King Cake). This is one of, if not the most, popular Christmas desserts throughout Portugal, consisting of a sweet, brioche-like bread dough packed with eggs and filled with various nuts, raisins and crystallized fruit. Essentially, a much tastier version of a fruitcake; and thus its...

Happy Holidays from Catavino!

written by Gabriella Opaz | 25th December 2013

Happy Holidays from Minnesota!! Here in the frigid tundra, the Opaz clan is gathered around the fireplace enjoying a warm and intimate holiday among family. Freshly made maple twist coffee cake, steaming hot coffee and Port wine are savored among a heap of presents as snow delicately makes its way to the frozen ground. It’s one of the few...

Christmas in Spain: How the Natives Dive into the Holiday Season

written by Carla Bigio | 24th December 2013

Christmas in Spain begins the weekend of December 8th on the day of the “Inmaculada” Saint. As Christmas is predominantly a religious holiday in Spain, despite the recent adoption of more western traditions, the days building up to the birth of Jesus and the gift of the Magi are still a time for veneration. If you’re ever in Madrid...

Feliz Natal: Traditional Portuguese Holiday Cuisine

written by Andrea Smith | 13th December 2013

Boas Festas!  Happy Holidays from Portugal!  The Christmas season is upon us, and here in Lisbon, we’re celebrating the only way we know how, with delicious homemade food. All major Portuguese holidays have their own unique dishes and sweets, but Christmas is by far the most plentiful among them. From mid November onward, you can peruse any bakery or...
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