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
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
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
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!
Seizing the day, being extraordinary, is it not the ‘holy grail’ that we are all looking for? Life is too precious and ephemeral not to do it. But how many times, have we looked around and realized that we were surrounded by extraordinary people? Or that we were the descendants of those that were already seizing the day on a daily basis? Well, on a … Continue reading That’s how we roll
Have you ever visited a country and found yourself saying: “I could see myself living here”? There were occasions that I found myself discussing that possibility with my husband, yet I always follow to say: “Don’t forget that we are seeing this country from a tourist perspective and not through the views of a local”. Today I’ll give you a general outlook of the Madeira … Continue reading Why visit the Madeira Island?