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Barry Hatton: 5 Historical events to understand the Portuguese

written by Gabriella Opaz | 14th April 2016

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 AP reporter, and someone married to a Portuguese woman,...

The Disruptive Diva of Portuguese Jewelry

written by Gabriella Opaz | 11th April 2016

Editor’s Note: Meet Sofia Henriques, the stunning jewelry maker behind the limited edition pieces of SHAMA. After stalking her on various social sites, mesmerized by her work – including her Disruptive Diva necklace – I eventually sweet-talked her into lunch at Chef Kiko’s A Cevicheria in downtown Lisbon where we spent the better part of an afternoon bantering over design, dreams and her future in Portuguese...
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Port Wine Tour with Ryan Opaz

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Lisbon Culinary Experience

Meet the passionate people crafting old-school Portuguese food deep inside Lisbon’s traditional neighborhoods. Visit the traditional hole-in-the-wall bakeries famed for their...

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Barcelona Market Tour & Cooking Class

On this four hour Barcelona Cooking Class and Market Tour, you’ll have the rare opportunity to ease your way into...

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Friday Feature Photo: The Card Sharks of Madrid

written by Gabriella Opaz | 11th March 2016

Photographer: Adam Jason Moore Capture Date: June 12, 2013 Location: Madrid, Spain About: Despite their slow methodical approach, and deep-inset wrinkles, you won’t find more sly or wily players on this side of the Peninsula. Card games have long been enjoyed as a Spanish past time, and will often consist of: Loba, Botifarra, Chinchon, and the ever-so-popular, Mus. If you’ve never played, simply gift...

Friday Feature Photo: The Prolific Portuguese Poet

written by Gabriella Opaz | 4th March 2016

Photographer: Pedro Ribeiro Simões Capture Date: March 30, 2015 Location: Lisbon, Portugal About: The famed Portuguese poet and writer, Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) , was respected not only for the quality and breadth of his work, but for the work of his 75 alter egos. Rather than call them pseudonyms, because he didn’t feel it captured their true independent intellectual life, he called them heteronyms. These imaginary...

Portuguese Chocolate Rivals Belgium’s Finest

written by Rochelle Ramos | 6th January 2016

Smooth bittersweet chocolate on the tongue is one of the more indulgent treats to enjoy. It has a richness that the lighter, milkier counterpart just can’t seem to compare to. Luckily for me and all the other dark chocolate lovers out there, Portugal has a similar love for this sort of dark velvety confection, often with a flair for...

Alghero: Where Catalan and Sardinian Cuisine Merge

written by Guest Blogger | 1st December 2015

Imagine a social event in Italy or Spain and you are likely to conjure up images of long lunches over copious glasses of wine, children running amok among 1,001 family members, a powerful mother figure who unequivocally has the final word, and ridiculous amounts of food. While these two countries share linguistic ties, a rich and textured history, heaps...
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