Part 1: touring Portugal for food & drink

Touring Portugal with Aptece in the name of food meant that I visited cities & towns that I probably wouldn’t go to on my own, spoke with food & wine producers I wouldn’t otherwise meet and discovered my vast appetite for the various specialties of the country.  In this and the next few posts, I’ll be sharing with you my experiences & impressions of Portuguese cuisine, highlighting the many wonderful eateries/restaurants we had the pleasure of dining in.  Read along to learn about what to eat in Portugal and where – starting with Porto.

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Portugal: meet the small producers

A 16 day food tour through Portugal, that’s what I won with this post I submitted for the Aptece competition a few months ago.  I hardly had time to process my good fortune when I found myself in a van with four other bloggers, from different parts of the world, ready to embark on a whirlwind tour that introduced us to Portuguese specialties, comfort foods & the people that produce them.  In the next few posts brace yourself for stories from my favorite food encounters, land & cityscapes and the interesting lodgings we stayed in.  Today, I’d like to introduce you to the small producers we met on the road. Continue reading

Sunset at Portugal's highest point, almost 2000 meters in altitude.

Preview: Portugal Food stories

Bom dia from the Algarve! It has only been a week since I’ve been formally introduced to Portugal and it’s already shaping up to be an unforgettable trip.   I plan on reporting tales from the #PortugalFoodStories trip with plenty of travel & food photos from the Canon upon my return to London next week.  In the meantime here are some highlights and a few snaps from my iPhone:

Porto is simply stunning.  I also love the uniformity of the terra cotta red roofs in Portugal whether it be in the big cities or small villages in the mountains.

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In flight on British Airways: Korean islands from the sky

Taken to the sky: in flight views

Annyung haseyo! Konichiwa! Bom dia! Two weeks in Korea & Japan have come & gone ( and my vocab is still no more impressive than hello and thank you :/) and now I’m in the home of port & Potugal’s 2nd largest city: Porto.  I hope to check in on the blog from time to time while I’m on location feasting through Portugal with Aptece and fellow food & travel bloggers.  For regular updates you can find me on Instagram: @candidsbyJo. Continue reading


Island Creek Oyster Bar: my seafood fix in Boston

It seemed I couldn’t scroll through my Facebook or Instagram feed without feeling a pang of seafood envy as friends from New England relentlessly posted photos of meaty scallops, giant buttery steamers and the ever gorgeous sunburnt Maine lobster throughout the summer.  During my two week stay in Boston, loading up on seafood was a high priority.

ICOB assorted east coast oysters

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