Late October my friend and I made a short trip to Valencia. We took advantage of the budget airlines from Portugal – i.e. Ryanair and Easyjet – and grabbed a return ticket for €60 each.Continue reading “Valencia, Spain – Arrival”
On my way back from the Alps, I spent a day in Geneva. With no real agenda in mind – except lunch and dinner – I simply roamed around the city.Continue reading “A Day in Geneva”
I have friends from the States visiting soon. I thought I would put together a list of restaurants in Lisbon I’ve tried and liked over the past year.Continue reading “Best Restaurants in Lisbon – 2022”
I have finally found the best sushi in Lisbon!
The restaurant is usually booked weeks ahead. On a rare occasion (and partially due to Covid), I was able to nab a seat for lunch a day ahead midweek. Although Omakase is not offered at lunch time, the chef was kind to accommodate.Continue reading “Kanazawa -Best Sushi in Lisbon”
My third day in Salzburg. After days of hearty Bavarian/Salzburger food, I decided that it’s time to check out haute cuisine of the region.
The restaurant I picked was the Michelin one star Esszimmer, by chef Andreas Kaiblinger. It was a stellar experience start to finish!Continue reading “Lunch at Esszimmer*, Salzburg”
So…my friend and I were supposed to be at Lyle’s in London last week to celebrate our birthdays together.
Then…Omicron happened and London was out of the picture.
It so happened that several days ago MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal announced, in the auditorium of the beautiful Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, the 2022 Michelin restaurants in the Iberian Pennisula. Among the five newly awarded one-star restaurants in Portugal, there’s one in Lisbon. Its name is Cura, helmed by the 30 year old Pedro Pena Bastos, whose resume includes some of the best restaurants in the world, such as Geranium, Copenhagen; The Ledbury, London; and Belcanto, Lisbon.
I made a reservation and below was my experience.Continue reading “Dinner at Cura*, Lisbon”
A Taberna do Mar is not your typical Portuguese seafood restaurant.
Chef Filipe Rodrigues learned how to cook from his grandparents growing up in the Algarve region, he then went on to work for several Japanese restaurants in Lisbon (helped opening a few) and broadened his techniques along the way. While the ingredients are locally sourced from the nearby Atlantic Ocean, the cooking is a combination of Portuguese and Japanese.
The restaurant offers both an à la carte and a 25 Euro tasting menu.Continue reading “A Taberna do Mar, Lisbon”
Yesterday I found out that I had a new appointment date at the SEF for my residence card in Portugal. Due to the lockdowns, all the appointments since the beginning of the year were postponed up until Monday April 19th, when the office reopened. To celebrate this – because nowadays any good news warrants a celebration – I booked a lunch at Alma, a Michelin two-star restaurant in Lisbon, three years in a row.Continue reading “Lunch at Alma**, Lisbon”
My dear friends and fellow bloggers, I am back.
During the 11 months of my absence, I was offered a job in Dublin and successfully relocated to the Irish capital.
As it turned out, starting a new life, leaving everything behind, wasn’t all that easy. Continue reading “Hello Dublin”