24 Reasons why I easily fell in love with Porto

I can start my lunch overlooking the Douro River and finish my dessert by the sea. Walking through the steep cobbled streets makes me feel that I deserve all the 2000 calories of my Francesinha. The numerous quintessential shops offer the possibility to admire traditional Portuguese designs while tasting the local products. Where else can I have coffee in an old art decó café that … Continue reading 24 Reasons why I easily fell in love with Porto

Shameless Bias – Madeira Island the best New Year’s Eve destination

After the cod fish on Christmas Eve, turkey on Christmas day and the Sao Silvestre race on December 26th is now time for the New Year’s Eve celebrations, and for us Madeirans this means ‘big fireworks displays’. Since the XVIII century, due to English influence Madeirans celebrate their entrance in the New Year with a big pyrotechnic display.  Eight to ten minutes of fireworks that … Continue reading Shameless Bias – Madeira Island the best New Year’s Eve destination

Christmas Market Night & Pork meat in wine and garlic sandwich – Noite do Mercado & Carne Vinha d’alhos

It’s Christmas Market Night in Madeira. Madeira is the small Portuguese island with a size inversely proportional to the number of traditions and festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year. The land of Madeira wine and “espetada” embraces Christmas traditions always in good spirits with plenty of food, traditional drinks and joyful people. On the 23 of December, the city of Funchal lit by the … Continue reading Christmas Market Night & Pork meat in wine and garlic sandwich – Noite do Mercado & Carne Vinha d’alhos

Nikita – Madeira island number 1 cocktail

Sweet refreshing and moreish, this is how I would describe Nikita – the Madeirans beloved cocktail. A kind of milkshake cocktail that was firstly created in 1985, the same year of Elton John’s song ‘Nikita’, hence the name; it is typical from Câmara de Lobos a small piscatorial village in the south-central coast of the Madeira Island, but it is sold all through the Island … Continue reading Nikita – Madeira island number 1 cocktail

Just another Saturday in London

At London’s heart Lord Nelson looks down on a vibrant sea of people hustling and bustling around Trafalgar Square. Today at the National Gallery doorstep, other kind of exhibition unveils – the Matsuri festival 2015. Strolling around the square we adventure into a not so unfamiliar culture, invited by stalls strategically placed along the path. Stopping in the crowded stands we are able to see: … Continue reading Just another Saturday in London

Sweets and Cocktails – Madeira style

Do Madeirans have a sweet tooth? Nooooooo….. We don’t even eat many sweets! Our diet is a healthy Mediterranean diet, with fruit, vegetables, grilled meat/ fish and olive oil to drizzle our salads. Sometimes we do enjoy our queijada, nikita, poncha, pudim de maracujá , licorzinho de morango ou ginginha. But who doesn’t?!  Who doesn’t?! – My nanna would say, while shaking the ‘occasional’ Bola de … Continue reading Sweets and Cocktails – Madeira style

Madeira cuisine – A paradox of lush simplicity and magnificent flavour!

The colour, texture and culinary simplicity of Madeira’s gastronomy can be an overwhelming experience for the island first-timer. A palette of unforgettable dishes and tastes allows you to experience the island as a Madeiran does. As a Madeiran you will love the island not only for its flowers, wine and landscapes but also for the bolo do caco (traditional bread – shard cake), espetada (meat … Continue reading Madeira cuisine – A paradox of lush simplicity and magnificent flavour!

Farófias – Portuguese poached meringues

Farófias are one of the most popular and delicious traditional sweets of Portugal.   The easy preparation and small number of ingredients, makes it an ideal dessert that can be served warm or cold throughout the year. One of my all-time favourites! So scrumptious, that I could not wait to share it with you all. I hope you really enjoy it!    Ingredients 1L Milk … Continue reading Farófias – Portuguese poached meringues

Portuguese Tabernas

Growing up in Portugal, the concept of taberna tavern is engrossed in you since tender age. Everywhere you go, for sure you will find a small shop, resembling more to a hole in the wall than a restaurant selling the famous ‘house wine’ in a copo de três, a ginjinha (Morello cherry liquer) and petiscos snacks.   Nowadays, you can still find tabernas though the majority of them are a modern conception of … Continue reading Portuguese Tabernas