Category Archives: Portugal

2014 highlights

As this year is ending, many of us are looking forward to what 2015 brings.  I’ve been busy using my new nifty Day Designer to plan out goals and intentions for the new year.  But it is a little bittersweet for me to say goodbye to one of the best years I’ve ever had.  

Behind the scenes: Portugal food tour

Over the last few posts I shared some of my thoughts on Portugal’s food, people and culture.  For the last of the Portugal Food Stories series, I thought it’s time to introduce you to the people who experienced the trip with me and some behind the scenes fun.

Photo essay: Paço de Calheiros

A night’s stay in a 12th century manor on the hills overlooking Ponte de Lima was a great introduction to Portugal and its history.  I’ve mentioned Paço de Calheiros in this previous post about the small producers of Portugal.  On Count Calheiros’ property, he produces vinho verde wine, marmalade and olive oil; he also opens up his home…

Convento do Espinheiro – a restful night in a former convent

We drove through the vast and varying landscapes of Alentejo, the south-central region of Portugal, to reach Convento do Espinheiro, our hotel for the evening.  Originally a convent built by monks in the 15th century & frequently visited by Portuguese monarchs in its heyday, the Convento do Espinheiro was later renovated into a luxury hotel that caters to…

Part 2: touring Portugal for food & drink

A two week food tour through Portugal has left me with quite the longing for its cuisine now that I’m back in London and not marathon eating on a daily basis.  My addiction to pasteis de nata has been easy enough to feed since the delightfully eggy tart can be found in most London cafes but…

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…

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…

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