Category Archives: Travel

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…

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…

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…

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