City break in Lisbon, making the most of 48h

  The oldest city of the Western world, Portugal’s capital is well known for its sun kissed seven hills, culture bursting streets, lively nightlife and delicious food. Lisbon is the ideal city break destination, with the Tagus river at the locals’ doorstep, this city is romantic as it can be, offering sanctuary to the foodie within, the party goer and the culture seeking adventurer. A … Continue reading City break in Lisbon, making the most of 48h

Portuguese & Cod Fish – Pastéis de Bacalhau

Is no secret that Portuguese love cod fish. We eat it boiled, fried, with cream or as ceviche.  Pastéis de Bacalhau (cod fish pasties) are however one of Portugal’s favourite snacks and a good way to use Christmas Eve leftovers. Ingredients for 28 pasties: 600g of salted cod pre-soaked (to remove excess of salt) 800g of potatoes 4 eggs 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves … Continue reading Portuguese & Cod Fish – Pastéis de Bacalhau

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

Lisbon Oceanarium – A thumbs up experience

Is scuba diving on your bucket list? Have you always been fascinated by the underwater world? Or do you just love Nemo? Imagine a dry deep-sea diving experience without any of the hazards! Where you can be up close and personal with ocean sunfishes, stingrays and sharks from different heights of observation sites, or even be amused by the cutest otters you will ever see. … Continue reading Lisbon Oceanarium – A thumbs up experience

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