Douro Valley, Portugal

At the Porto airport, a Sixt rental agent was trying to upsell us a Mercedes-Benz. It’s only 42€/day she claimed – 18€ more than the Smart car we booked off Expedia – and it would come in handy when you drive those mountain roads. She almost had us, that is, until we reviewed the total amount and realized that, contrary to our understanding, the daily rate had now jumped to 66€ (almost tripled the amount we had initially signed up for) and we were going to be driving for 9 days. We politely declined her offer and kept our Smart.

40096952_1693091377486508_805858155333419008_o.jpg

Continue reading “Douro Valley, Portugal”

Advertisements

Recipe: Portuguese Walnut Tart

36690339_1607934012668912_4482518712405983232_n.jpg

We had this tart for breakfast at Hotel Albergaria do Calvário in Évora, Portugal. It had a good nutty flavor and was not overly sweet as the other pastries we’d had in Portugal. I loved it! The hotel kindly shared their recipe with me. So here it is how to make it!

Continue reading “Recipe: Portuguese Walnut Tart”

Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands

My days in Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands went like a dream. It wasn’t so much of a “dream” come true – because, honestly speaking, both destinations weren’t particularly high on my list – I only went because I was awarded a trip of my choice by my company with additional vacation days to spare so I wanted to do something different. What I ended up having was an amazing jaunt brimming with new discoveries and cherishable memories.

From the magnificent sunset in Nyhavn

37914571_1645534918908821_1792430938001506304_n

Continue reading “Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands”

A Day Trip and More to Eat in Porto, Portugal

It’d been almost an hour since we’d been waiting for bus no.2 by the Braga train station. “C’est compliqué en Dimanche” – said the Portuguese woman to a French couple nearby before she jumped on her bus and took off, leaving us clueless tourists behind.

36776602_1614391792023134_8467342653275504640_n.jpg

We decided to grab a taxi, which conveniently delivered us to the hilltop of the religious sanctuary named Bom Jesus do Monte, that boasts a beautiful church

Continue reading “A Day Trip and More to Eat in Porto, Portugal”

Recipe: Watercress Soup

36679882_1611156439013336_3334147588210294784_n.jpg

Watercress is one of my favorite vegetables of all timesThis soup is a cross between Caldo Verde (Portuguese green soup named after the intense color of the couve galegaand Sopa de Agriões (Portuguese watercress soup). You can add Portuguese chouriço or Spanish chorizo to spicy it up.

Continue reading “Recipe: Watercress Soup”

Antiqvvm Restaurant, Porto, Portugal

It was of pure luck that I picked Antiqvvm – a Michelin one-star restaurant helmed by chef Vitor Matos – for dinner on our second day in Porto.

The restaurant sits on top of a hill overlooking the Douro river

31958768_1537473113048336_1912191827558006784_n.jpg

Continue reading “Antiqvvm Restaurant, Porto, Portugal”

What to See (and Eat) in Porto, Portugal – Part 3

Ponte Dom Luis I

The iconic Dom Luis I bridge that links Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia was built in 1886 by Théophile Seyrig, a disciple of Gustav Eiffel.

33647245_1559178434211137_5443556789217918976_o.jpg

Continue reading “What to See (and Eat) in Porto, Portugal – Part 3”

What to See (and Eat) in Porto, Portugal – Part 2

Palácio da Bolsa

The Stock Exchange Palace was built in the 19th century by the Commercial Association of Porto in Neoclassical style. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a spectacularly decorated interior.

Continue reading “What to See (and Eat) in Porto, Portugal – Part 2”