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Alentejo: dining in Portugal’s land of tradition

The Alentejo is one of the world’s great unsung culinary destinations. Home to scenic vineyards, olive groves and fertile farmlands, the Alentejo is in many ways the gastronomic soul of Portugal. The region produces half the nation’s wine and cooks up some of its most famous dishes. It also holds some of the most authentic…

Lisbon’s exploding craft beer scene

A cold beer in Portugal has traditionally meant one of two things: Sagres or Super Bock. These two everyman lagers, created during military dictatorships, have dominated the country’s beer landscape for decades. But a hop-heavy suds revolution is brewing in Lisbon and beyond. Europe’s oldest independent capital city is finally embracing the craft beer booze-fest….

Portugal – tips for travellers

Ornate, colourful, marinated in tradition – a taste of Portugal can be very filling. Here are some digestible insider tips: Couvert: there’s one essential commandment regarding Portuguese dining etiquette: whatever you eat you must pay for, whether or not you ordered it. Waiters bring bread, olives and other goodies to your table the moment you sit down. This…

Cravos, Let’s Cultivate Freedom?

Everyone knows, or at least should known, where the cravos that went to the rifle in the April Revolution came from. The cravo became a symbol of Portugal for the world, the most striking emblem of our country in the twentieth century, joining the fascist regime and revolutionary liberation. However, few know that the cravo is…

Food “Super” That Are Not Super …

With this title it is quite possible that you might be thinking about super-foods like: goji berries, acai, spirulina, coconut oil, cocoa, pollen, chia seeds, and even green smoothies. All these have one thing in common, are rich in micronutrients and bioactive compounds (that’s what laboratory tests say) and for this simple reason are associated with…

All that you need to know about the nutritional value and health benefits of mushrooms

The disease-fighting characteristics of mushrooms have been known for centuries now. In the East, mushrooms have been used for its medicinal properties for long now. The West has been a tad bit slow in realizing the health benefits offered by mushrooms though. It is only recently that science has explored the nutritional worth of this…

How to Eat Around the World as a Vegan

Being a vegan can be incredibly rewarding, but it also presents a unique challenge when traveling. With some preparation, it’s easier than ever to eat vegan around the world without much stress. It’s natural to feel anxious about navigating the world as a vegan, but it’s easier now than ever before. No matter where you’re…

Agrihoods: the urban communities built around their own farms

Could “agrihoods” be the key to a happier life? Along the banks of North Carolina’s French Broad River, seven miles outside of Asheville, the very first neighbors in a housing development called Olivette have shuffled their furniture and boxes out of moving trucks and into their brand-new homes. These buyers weren’t drawn by the golf course or community…