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A Travel Guide to Setúbal’s Oysters and Wine

written by Catherine Fisher | 11th May 2015

Ernest Hemingway writes of Paris in his A Moveable Feast, but the oysters he mentions could have been from Setúbal. “As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from...

Semana Santa: The Tourist’s Guide of Food, Wine and Festivities

written by Melissa Leighty | 17th March 2015

What is Holy Week? Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is a is a popular time to visit Spain, especially the south, where Holy Week is celebrated more visibly than in other areas of the country. This annual commemoration of the Passion of Jesus Christ is celebrated by religious brotherhoods who perform penance processions in the Spanish streets. Like Easter,...
Private Algarve

Food,Beach

Algarve: Oyster Lover’s Tour

Eating seafood in Portugal is not merely a meal, it’s an experience! From the bustling cities to the tiniest...

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Private Faro

Food,Wine

Algarve Market Tour & Cooking Class

Although this southernmost region of Portugal has developed a reputation for its warm climate, beaches, golf, surfing and welcoming...

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Private Lisbon

Food

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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Madeira: The Multifunctional Dessert Wine

written by Sonia Nolasco | 30th April 2014

I’m a huge fan of just about anything that’s multifunctional. Collapsible dining tables – you complete me. Storage stools – you steal my heart. Ovenproof skillets – I have the hots for you. Sarongs you can wear as a skirt, a dress, a shawl – oh, I can hardly contain myself! When it comes to cooking with wine, Madeira,...

Spotlight on Douro Wine Producer: Quinta do Portal

written by Andrea Smith | 23rd November 2012

There really is nothing in the world quite like heading to the Douro Valley and visiting the vast array of Douro and Port wine producers nestled across the steep terraced vineyards. Yet, it surprises me how so many of these producers won’t open their doors to the public, despite the increasing number of consumers eager to taste their wines before purchasing. For...

Cooking up a Farewell Feast with Moscatel

written by Sonia Nolasco | 21st November 2011

Parting is such sweet sorrow. That Bard really knew what he was talking about, didn’t he? It’s this way with Gabriella and Ryan’s announcement that Catavino is saying goodbye. My emotions were mixed at hearing the news. Initially, I was disappointed that I wouldn’t have my monthly outpouring of a favorite Portuguese dish, wine or region that I’m used...

Tawny versus Moscatel: Which Pairs Best with a Classic American Pie?

written by Sonia Nolasco | 8th December 2010

When Warre’s, one of the great Port wine companies, put its Otima 10 bottle on the market, it was targeting a younger crowd with its cleaner and more modern packaging. It apparently worked for this 30-year-old wine drinker, who normally has a soft spot for the ornate, but in this case couldn’t resist how the minimally ornamented bottle allowed...
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