Portugal: Food and Drinks you have to try

Food is one of the greatest pleasures in life and it’s an important part of a country’s culture, so I decided to tell you everything you gotta eat when visiting Portugal. Because here’s a fact: We have amazing food.

For those who don’t know, Portuguese cuisine is knowned for being so delicious and affordable (at least the majority of it) , so here are a few tips of what to eat when visiting Portugal:

Pastel de Nata

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Well, this one was pretty obvious. Pastel de Nata or egg custard tarts if you will, is the most famous sweet in Portugal. The best ones are “Pastéis de Belém”, located in an old caffe in Belem. It goes perfectly with an expresso, believe me.

Bacalhau

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There’s a billion ways you can eat codfish (aka bacalhau): Bacalhau à Brás, Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá, Bacalhau no forno, Bacalhau com natas, Bacalhau à Lagareiro… you get the idea, right? If you want to go Portuguese all the way,  I strongly advise you to try Bacalhau à Lagareiro, it is cooked on the oven and filled with olive oil and garlic. It’s just YUMMI.

Francesinha

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If you like meat, you will love this dish. It is a steak topped with a few types of sausages, bread, cheese, a fried egg and a delicious sauce on top! This dish is typical from Oporto, but you can find it in other places as well.

Cozido à Portuguesa

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Our famous meat stew. This is the dish that we eat when we get our families together on Sunday. It combines differente types of meat, such as: pork, veal and sometime chicken which are all boilled together. It is eaten with various types of portuguese sausages and boiled vegetables.

Arroz de Marisco

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Because Portugal is just by the sea, we have some fresh and great seafood. There’s a lot of dishes, but I would say this one is pretty known and delicious as well 🙂 It means seafood rice, not bad right?

Arroz de Pato

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This dish is very tradicional as well, it is duck rice that goes to the oven to get crunchy on top with chorizo and if you like fruit with your meal, it goes perfectly with orange on the side. Might sound weird, but it’s delicious.

Polvo à Lagareiro

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There it goes, seafood again… This dish is octupus (for those who are thinking that it is disgusting, please taste it, it’s the best thing you’ll eat) on the oven with potatoes with garlic and olive oil. It is to die for.

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Ameijoas à Bulhão Pato

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There it goes, seafood again… It’s fresh and delicious – These are clams with garlic, olive oil, butter and some herbs. It is the best snack. And I dare you not to mix the sauce with bread, it’s impossible not to clean the dish.

Cheese (goat cheese e queijo da serra)

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Well, we have a lot of great cheeses. The ones I advise are: goat cheese, queijo da ilha and queijo da serra. Specially queijo da serra, which is kind of butterish and liquid so you spread it on bread and it’s just heave. Cheese and wine is life, am I right?

Wine

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Let me tell you a thing: We have incredibly affordable wine that is really good. (Although we have some expensive ones too). There is a big slection of wine to choose from: Red, white, Rosé, verde and sparkling. The flavour and aromas difur throughout the region. All worthwild trying. My advice is to take a tour and visit the visit the vinyards and the wineries.

Port

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The taste of love in alcohol form? Yap – Port wine. You probably tried it before, but there’s nothing like going to a tradicional adega and have a tasting session. You will find Porto cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto) and  you can book a tour and get to know why Port wine is so unique.

Ginja

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This drink is liquor of sour cherries, as it turns incredibly sweet. The best one is Ginja de Obidos, which is served in a chocolat cup, so yeah you drink it and then eat the chocolat. Is that anything better? Despite it is original from Obidos, you can find it in Lisbon as well.

So, now if you are now wondering the best places to eat all this food, stay tunned, because I will make another post with several suggestions of where to eat in Lisbon 🙂

Lots of Love,

Catarina

 

Lisbon Travel Guide: the basics

Hello!

As Lisbon has so many things you can see and do, I’ve decided to start this post series: Lisbon Travel Guide!

So, as first a piece, these are the Lisbon basic touristic spots, the “must-see” for every first time visitor.

Baixa-Chiado The whole downtown area is essential to see, if you’re coming to Lisbon. You can start in Rossio and walk through Rua Augusta until Praça do Comércio. If you go up on the Rua Augusta’s arch, you’ll get a stunning view of the square and the river. You should also go to Chiado, and check the St. Justa elevator..

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Electrico 28  This tram is super famous around the world. Even by its own, it’s really nice for a capture, but if you take a ride on, you’ll see Lisbon most incredible sights and buildings.

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Belém  The whole Belém area is impressive: in here you will find a few of our most remarcable monuments. Starting with the biggest, Jeronimos monastary was built in the XVI century and it is enourmosly beautiful. By crossing to the other side of the road, next to the Tagus river is located the Monument to the Discoveries (in portuguese Padrão dos Descobrimentos) build in honor of Henry the Navigator and all the Portuguese dicoveries, not only it is amazing from the outside but you can go up and see the amazing view. If you walk along the river, you will get to the Belem Tower

You’ve probably heard about our famous custard tarts, right? Here is where you can have it, they are called pastéis de belém. You also have the Jeronimos Monastary which enourmously beautiful.

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Alfama This is probably the oldest, most famous and most enchanting neighbourhood in Lisbon. It has incredible views and a charm of its own. This place is also known for Fado music houses, since it comes from here.

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Parque Edward XVII  The view on the top of this park awsome!  You see all the way to the river.

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For me, these are the most touristic spots of Lisbon. Of course there’s plenty more I want to share with you, so stay tuned because this beautiful city has a lot for me to tell you!

 

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Lots of Love,

Catarina

9 Reasons to visit Lisbon

Hello there!

As you know, I live in Lisbon and I am absolutely crazy about it. It is a beautiful and charming city, full of life, that never gets boring. There’s always something different to do: there’s a lot to see, a lot to taste and a lot to experience.

When I’m not able to travel to other countries, I love spending time visiting my own country and city.  And as someone who loves to travel, I am telling you: you have to visit this amazing city ASAP.

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So, here are few reasons why you have put Lisbon in first place on your travel bucket list.

  1. Awesome viewpoints: Lisbon is called the “city of the seven hills”, and those hills allow you to have a beautiful view over the city, so you have a lot of viewpoints which you can choose from to take a nice shoot or just chill out.
  2. Delicious food and amazing drinks: Seriously. Portuguese cuisine is brilliant!  All the dishes are delicious, including savories, sweets, as well as our wine and liquors. Let’s just say you’ll eat very well.
  3. Cheap destination: Comparing to the majority of the European capitals, Lisbon will be cheap for you, you can get a lot of great food for a little money coffee, cakes, beer… Good value for money, basically.
  4. Beautiful sunsets: My favorite thing to do in  the evening, especially when it’s warm, is to go to a nice terrace and enjoy a beer as the sun goes down. The sky gets so beautiful, full of color and it’s just so relaxing.
  5. Nice people: People in Portugal are known for being very welcoming, and I believe this description is perfect. We just love to have people over and treat them with the best we have.
  6. Amazing Weather: Oh yeah! The sun is shinning and birds are singing! Even when it’s winter it’s not that cold and the sun appears almost every single day, which is very pleasant. 
  7. Beautiful Architecture: I’m no expert on this matter, but there’s beauty in every building, all of them colorful and majestic, the streets are just perfect to enjoy while you’re walking.
  8. Great nightlife: Portuguese people are fun, so our nightlife is no different. You can find a lot of neighborhoods like Bairro Alto or Cais do Sodré filled with people outside talking and having fun. There’s also some great clubs around. And the best? Our night lasts until the sun rises, which is something beautiful to see.
  9. Lisbon has it all: City, forest and beach. You take your choice however you like. My advice? Visit everything, because it’s really hard to choose.

Lisbon it’s a crowd pleaser and it has a lot to visit. So stay tuned, because this is just the first piece about this incredible city!

 

Lot of Love,

Catarina

Best places to visit in Ireland

Hi there!

I went to Ireland two years ago and it was one of the most amazing countries I’ve ever been to. It is a country filled with music, joy and wonderful people. I strongly recommend anyone to visit it! I stayed in Dublin, but I took a day trip to see other places, so here’s a wrap of what I think it’s worth  visiting.

 

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There are no words that can possibly describe the beauty of these cliffs located in County Clare. It is just a stunning view and despite they’re a bit far from Dublin, paying a visit is totally worth it! Plus you get to enjoy the beautiful landscape on your way there.

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Galway’s city centre is just adorable! It has these beautiful and colourful houses, plus you can really feel the Irish spirit as you walk through the city while listening to the street performers playing some typical music.

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For me, Guinness is one of the first things I think about when I hear the word Ireland (sorry not sorry) so, if you are a fan of beer, it is imperative that you visit the Guinness Storehouse. It’s a super interactive experience:  you find yourself involved in the beer-making process with a perfect ending: a free pint on the rooftop which has an amazing view.

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Temple bar was initially one of pub, but it got so famous that the whole area started being called that. It is an area filled with pubs and bars, which is a great place to grab a beer at the end of the afternoon or to go out and dance. You just feel the awesome and happy Irish vibes, and there’s also a lot of Irish music – super cool!

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One of the oldest colleges in the world. It’s a beautiful campus and the library it’s totally worth the look.

 

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This cathedral is just huge and it has a beautiful garden around it, totally worth a look.

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This is a museum that allows you to “experience viking and medieval Dublin” and  learn everything about it! You will love it, specially If you’re a nerd for history like me!

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This old prison turned into a museum has a lot of history to tell: you get to see the whole building and learn about the people who once were there. Cheers to the staff, the tour is brilliantly done.

 

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PS- I know this isn’t  a place, but have some fish and chips with a nice beer!

 

                                                                                                  Lots of Love,

Catarina

My Travel History

Hi there!

As my life goal is to travel the world, I though it might be important to tell you the places I’ve been to, so here it goes:

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Portugal – I was born here so… I’ve been pretty much everywhere;

Ireland – Dublin with a trip that included Galway and the Cliffs of Moher;

England – London, Peterborough, Cambridge , Stanford;

Spain– Madrid, Lloret del Mar, Roquetas del Mar, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Badajoz (and some other cities I don’t remember because I was too small so it doesn’t count);

France– Paris, Strarsbourg;

Germany – Munich , Baden-Baden

Austria – Vienna, Krems, Salzbourg;

The Netherlands– Amsterdam;

Belgium – Brussels, Bruges;

Czech Republic – Prague;

Italy– Rome, Verona, Venice, Vaticane;

Hungary – Budapest.