Wine and Cheese Tasting in Arraiolos

Alentejo wine and cheese

Alentejo Wine and Artisan Cheese in Arraiolos: We came to Arraiolos to admire the town’s famous Tapetes Arraiolos (Arraiolos carpet) and as part of the visit, we were treated to wine and cheese tasting in the Praça Lima e Brito, Arraiolos town square. Praça Lima e Brito is quite a peaceful place with the Arraiolos […]

Caldo Verde – A Portuguese Kale Soup

Caldo Verde by Mateus Hidalgo

Caldo Verde is a Traditional and Light Kale Soup: Caldo Verde, or Kale soup, is a traditional Portuguese soup dish with Kale as one of its main ingredients and when travelling around the countryside, you’ll see plenty of this vegetable being grown. In Portugal, it’s common to see Portuguese diners having  Caldo Verde as a […]

Café de Paris – Sintra

Sintra cafe

Café with a Palatial View: Set in the historic centre of Sintra Vila is the iconic Café de Paris which enjoys fine views of the Palácio  Nacional de Sintra (National Palace). At the Café de Paris, you have a choice of dining on the balcony, the terrace or the fine-dining restaurant with its chandeliers and […]

Chez Lapin | Porto Restaurant | Eating Out in Porto

Chez Lapin - Oporto Restaurant

French by Name but Portuguese in Cuisine: Tonight we find ourselves in Chez Lapin, a rustic restaurant on Oporto’s waterfront, close to where we disembarked from our river cruise.  Although this restaurant has a French name, Chez Lapin serves traditional Portuguese and Oporto cuisine. I ask Sergio, the owner’s son, what was behind the French […]

Café Majestic – The Grand Café of Oporto

Cafe Majestic - Oporto

More than a Café …..: Majestic by name and majestic by architecture, this café has become a prerequisite stop by visiting dignitaries, media personalities, artists and everyone who’s anyone visiting Oporto, as well as the humble tourists like us. The Majestic’s guest book lists all the personalities who have stopped to have coffee in this […]

A Cataplana Meal in the Algarve

Fish Cataplana

The Flavours of the Algarve: Portuguese food in the Algarve is more than just grilled sardines and grilled chicken.  To get away from the stereo-type touristy food, and for a taste of the true flavours of the Algarve, have a dinner at a cataplana restaurant. Cataplana – The Utensil The cataplana is a wok-shape hammered […]

Algarve sweets at Faro’s best coffee shop

Marzipan carrot-shaped sweet

Portuguese love their Sweets and Cakes: The Portuguese we are told are sweet-toothed and have a great love of cakes.  This we find out for ourselves to be absolutely true as everywhere we go, there are pastelarias and cafes with counters that are stocked full with all kinds of sweet delights. Our Portuguese tour director, […]

Portuguese Tarts – Desserts

Portuguese Custard Tarts

Oh What a Tart! Like the early explorers before it, the Portuguese tart has circumnavigated the world and today, this delectable dessert can be found in coffee shops and pastry joints around the world. Yes, I’ve devoured many of them in different countries, but strangely so, not in Portugal. So, I’m on a mission this […]