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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...

Alfarroba: Southern Portugal’s Guilt-Free Dessert

written by Andrea Smith | 21st October 2014

I’m a chocolate lover. I’m also a fig lover. Then I took a trip to the Algarve and discovered that chocolate and fig had a love child, and its name is Alfarroba.   Vacationing in the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, has its benefits; and it’s not just for the beach and the great weather. The Algarve is...
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Portuguese: Organic and Natural Wine Tasting

For thousands of years, Portugal has not only made wine but has been very natural in its production. It...

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Introduction to Portuguese Wine Tasting

Portugal not only lays claim to founding one of the very first demarcated wine regions in the world, the...

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Portugal’s Arroz Carolino: The Native Rice of Portuguese Gastronomy

written by Andrea Smith | 24th September 2014

When I moved to Portugal, I was dumbfounded by the amount of rice I consumed. Why? Because rice is absolutely everywhere! Not only that, the Portuguese are the largest consumers of rice in Europe, savoring 15 – 16 kilos per capita a year, compared with the 4 – 5 kilo European average. Unbeknown to many, Portugal cultivates two main varieties of rice:...

How to Picnic Portuguese Style

written by Andrea Smith | 29th June 2014

Picnic season has arrived! Throughout the cold and rainy winter in Portugal, few people are keen to even venture outside their front door. However, once the weather turns sunny and warm, or more like blazing hot, the Portuguese head straight to greener pastures as wicker baskets overflow with fresh, local ingredients! There are plenty of natural parks across the country to...

The History of the Egg In Portugal: Why Portugese Cuisine Can’t Live Without It

written by Andrea Smith | 25th March 2014

If you ask the Portuguese, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” I would place my bet on the egg. Ovos are found throughout Portuguese cuisine. They’re poached in soups and açordas; fried on top of steaks, alheiras and francesinhas; boiled with fish and mixed into many of their beloved bacalhau dishes; and beaten with sugar and cinnamon in...

Lisbon is for Lovers: The Perfect Romantic Getaway!

written by Andrea Smith | 11th February 2014

There are several European cities known for their Old-World romance, sprinkled in fairy dust and history, but there is no place quite like Lisbon! Enjoy leisurely strolls past ancient architecture, beautiful promenades and cozy little cafés humming with live music.  Lisbon is unique for star-crossed lovers because it’s just a short train-ride away from the stunningly beautiful, hilltop city...
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