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Tag Archives: Portugal

Simplesmente Vinho: Celebrating natural wine in Portugal

Last year, Catavino attended the premiere of Simplesmente Vinho and had a fantastic time. We were surprised by the off-the-cuff tasting that resulted in a group of “wine geeks” joining together in a cave, literally, on the Cais de Ribeira for a small producer tasting. Thankfully, it was a huge success and has returned for round two! As for us, we’ve decided to bring in a natural wine aficionado, Simon Woolf of The MorningClaret, Tim Atkin and Decanter, who has passionately taken on the challenge to dive into the lesser known side of Portuguese wines. In preparation, we’ve put together a short interview with cofounder, João Roseira. Enjoy and if you are near Porto please come on down! It promises […]

Friday Featured Photo: Port Ganache and Chocolate

Photographer: Eddie Correia Capture Date: February 14, 2008 Location: Algarve, Portugal About: Dark chocolate and port is pairing of temptation. Each brings a unique profile of rich, sultry notes that pull you under a spell of warm mysterious deliciousness. These are flavours requiring time and patience. Time to warm and melt across the palate. Patience to breathe in and feel their textures and flavors expand and rise into the senses. They provide gateway to precious moments of sensory pleasure. Here the weather is warm, time passes slowly to allow moments and flavours to be enjoyed deeply and passionately, and when in good company, more so. Here enticement is woven into the fabric of our flavours, there is no plan to change, but […]

Taberna do Largo: A Personal Tribute to Courageous Women

Taberna do Largo is an unassuming little wine bar nestled in the historic district of Porto; which approximately a year ago, I ducked in when taking refuge from the freezing rain. Music gently played over the speakers, the candles flickered on the tables in the back and a sweet young woman with a soft Portuguese accent whispered across the bar, “If you need help choosing something to drink or eat, just ask.” I didn’t realize it at the time, but I had just met Teresa, one of the three lovely muses that owned Taberna do Largo. Blowing a thick lock of hair out of her face, she smiled and pointed to a table in the back. “Feel free to sit […]

Catavino’s Storytelling Night: February 19, 2014!

Not a few weeks ago, Catavino celebrated its very first Storytelling night, live at Taberna do Largo in Porto. The evening was an enormous success! So much so that we’re back with a 2nd edition on February 19th based on the theme “A Moment of Pride: Personal successes told from the trenches”. Our theme explores that one moment in time when you felt on top of the world, proud of you who are and of what you’ve accomplished. This is a moment to cast away your inhibitions and fears and simply dive into your ego. Maybe you saved a puppy from drowning? Sharpened your pencils? Carried a man out of burning house? Flossed for a week straight? Ran a marathon? […]

Lisbon is for Lovers: The Perfect Romantic Getaway!

There are several European cities known for their Old-World romance, sprinkled in fairy dust and history. Take a leisurely walk past ancient architecture, beautiful promenades and cozy little cafés humming with live music and you’ll feel transported back in time. And there is no better place to experience this romance than Lisbon! Lisbon is unique for star-crossed lovers because it’s just a short train-ride away from the stunningly beautiful, hilltop city of Sintra. This UNESCO World Heritage site paints the perfect fairytale romance filled with castles, palaces, decadent manor houses with flowery landscaped gardens, and winding cobblestone streets and alleyways that make this city charming. Both Sintra and Lisbon have their fill of beautiful views, delicious sweets and pretty gardens so either […]

Friday Featured Photo: The Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 6, 2013 Location: Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal About: With a slight chill in the air, we made our way along the River Lima near Soajo in Peneda-Gerês National Park to encounter a landscape worthy of a few photos. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase: Please contact us directly if you’re keen to purchase any of Catavino Friday Photo images. Note that the images are not to be reposted on any web site or blog without the express permission of the photographer.

Taberna da Esquina: A collision of quaint and cozy cuisine

The day was cold and windy as I waddled down the Leça da Palmeira coast deep in conversation with friend over the intense difference in weather between Barcelona and Porto. Seven and half months pregnant, my dress barely draped below my belly as the wind whipped my skirt high in the air bastardizing everything Marilene Monroe stood for. Cold and annoyed that my attire failed to adequately cover me even in the lightest of breezes , I whimpered my desire to find a cozy nook to bury my maladjusted state. “I know a fabulous little spot just near here! You’ll love it! Super cozy and cute, you’ll fall in love!” she bubbled. Tripping over cobblestone for the umpteenth time, incapable of […]

Friday Featured Photo: The Waters of Setúbal, Portugal

Photographer: Gabriella Opaz Capture Date: May 2, 2013 Location: Setubal, Portugal About: With the summer’s light slowly waning into a peaceful calm, I sat along the water and drank in the colors. A slight breeze brushed across my shins as I wrapped my ever so tight jacket across my then heaving pregnant belly. Butterflies occasionally fluttered past my shoulder, a wee fish raised a silent splash just below my feet, the flowers behind me waved a sweet hello as they danced back and forth in the wind. Setúbal…a stunning region in Portugal, famous for its vibrant fishing industry, dolphin colony, golden white beaches and lush natural parks, and of course, its fortified Moscatel wine. A worthy visit if you’ve never […]

Chestnut Season in Portugal

The sound of chestnuts (castanhas) crashing down through branches is one that I always associate with autumn in Minho. Throughout the baking summer, we watched the thick green prickly clusters growing on large majestic trees scattered about the surrounding hill slopes wondering if they would ever ripen. By the middle of October, the clusters turned brown, some splitting open and ejecting their chestnuts, while others fell whole creating a spiny carpet on the ground below. A change in the weather in late October found us bent double against the wind and rain, baskets in hand as we set about gathering chestnuts. Rubbing the soles of our boots over the surface of the shell to split them open we reveled at […]

Feliz Natal: Traditional Portuguese Holiday Cuisine

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 supermarket to find a host of these one-of-kind desserts. The list of sweets is extensive, but each has their own texture and flavor that is worthy of your attention. To begin with, there are two kinds of Christmas cakes: Bolo Rei (King Cake) and Bola Raina (Queen Cake). King Cake, not to be confused with the Mardi-Gras version, dates back to the time of the […]