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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

4 Must Eat Sandwiches of Porto!

For me, the sandwich is the pinnacle of the food pyramid. Sure I love fine dining, a good seafood feast, or a perfectly prepared piece of roasted meat; but in the end, I will always long for the great sandwich. When you have 2 slices of the perfect rustic bread […]

5 Must Visit Wine Shops in Lisbon

Several years ago, I would frequently visit a delightful independent wine shop, sandwiched between a bakery and a cheese store, during my evening commute from university. Unable to differentiate between a Chardonnay and a Champagne, it made for a fabulous break from my law studies, as well as a kickstart to […]

Top 10 neighborhoods to visit while in Barcelona

Barcelona may seem large and daunting at first approach, with its maze of windy cobbled alleyways; but after awhile, it suddenly feels like home. Streets untangle into a patterned network and neighborhoods (barrios) that once seemed remote are just a short walk away. From the Medieval and Roman history of the Ciutat Vella, […]

Barry Hatton: 5 Historical events to understand the Portuguese

Editor’s Note: Several months ago, we stumbled upon Barry Hatton’s book, “The Portuguese: A Modern History,” and found ourselves captivated. Very few books cover Portuguese culture and history in English, and of those that do, even fewer bring to the light the incredible successes and struggles that plague the nation. As an […]

Wines of Portugal Annual Tasting in London – Lindley Hall

Living in Portugal, it’s a challenge to come up with a solid reason to fly to London for a Portuguese wine tasting, unless I’m already there! As a result of my article “On Wine. A Tragedy.“, I was asked to give a speech that coincided with this years Wines of Portugal Annual Tasting. […]

Michelin Chef Elevates Valencian Cuisine to New Heights

What would any food lover in Valencia enjoy more than a visit to the city’s Central Market – an 8,160 km2 art nouveau-styled space of gastro-commerce that houses 400 independent food vendors selling everything from the regionally grown chufas (tiger nuts), employed to make the delicious horchata drink, to baskets […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Secret Waterways of Galicia

Photographer: José Antonio Cartelle Capture Date: April 2, 2014 Location: Neda, Galicia, Spain About: Galicia is known as the land of the thousand rivers, many of which flow down from the mountain ranges of Os Ancares, O Courel and Pena Trevinca. As for the River Miño, it crosses Galicia from the northeast to the southwest […]