Saturday, 21 October 2017

Best Things to do in Lisbon | Free Wine Tastings

I'm sure that all you wine lovers out there love a wine tasting. Visiting a cellar or a wine bar, to hear about a wine and its history and to have the pleasure of enjoying it in a good company is always a great experience. If you can have all of this for free, it's even better! If you are near Lisbon, this week there are 2 amazing free wine tastings taking place on the 25th and the 28th, respectively in Lisbon and in Sintra. Visit the gorgeous Adega do Palácio - Wine Bar, and taste 5 wines from the Beiras region. Saturday, you can go to Sintra to know a little more about the Wine Route of Bucelas, Carcavelos and Colares and, of course, to taste its wines. Make your reservation right now!

Tenho certeza de que todos os amantes de vinho gostam de uma degustação de vinhos. Visitar uma adega ou um wine bar, ouvir falar acerca de um vinho e da sua história e ter o prazer de apreciá-lo em uma boa companhia é sempre uma ótima experiência. Se pudermos ter tudo isto de graça, é ainda melhor! Se estiver perto de Lisboa, esta semana há 2 provas de vinhos gratuitas que terão lugar nos dias 25 e 28, respectivamente, em Lisboa e em Sintra. Visite a belíssima Adega do Palácio - Wine Bar e experimente 5 vinhos da região das Beiras. No Sábado, pode ir a Sintra para saber um pouco mais sobre a Rota do Vinho de Bucelas, Carcavelos e Colares e, claro, para provar os seus vinhos. Faça a sua reserva agora!

Especially for all of the wine lovers, the Adega do Palácio - Wine Bar presents, on October 25th at 6:30 pm, the 4th edition of "Conversas na Adega" (Talks at the Cellar). With free admission, this edition of "Conversas na Adega" is offered with a wine talk and wine and sparkling wine tasting from the Lapa dos Reis family, a producer from the Beiras region, in Portugal. The wine talks and tastings happen monthly at the Adega do Palácio, so you better stay tuned for the next editions.

Especialmente para todos os amantes do vinho, a Adega do Palácio - Wine Bar apresenta, no dia 25 de Outubro, às 6:30 da tarde, a 4ª edição de "Conversas na Adega". Com entrada gratuita, esta edição de "Conversas na Adega" é brindada com um wine talk e prova de vinhos e espumantes da família Lapa dos Reis, um produtor vinícola da região das Beiras. Estas conversas e provas de vinhos têm lugar mensalmente na Adega do Palácio. Por isso, fique também atento às próximas edições.

Registration and Information:

Adega do Palácio - Wine Bar
Hotel Real Palácio
Rua S. Sebastião da Pedreira nº 234-C,
1050-210 Lisboa
Phone: 213 199 500

The Casa do Eléctrico de Sintra will host a commented wine tasting, entirely dedicated to the wines of Colares and the Wine Route of Bucelas, Carcavelos and Colares. The final edition of 2017's "A Glass with History" will be held on October 28 at 4:00 pm. These conversations and wine tastings will be conducted by winemakers and producers of the region. The admission is free, and subject to prior registration until the Wednesday before the session date.

A Casa do Eléctrico de Sintra acolherá uma degustação de vinhos comentada, inteiramente dedicada aos vinhos de Colares e à Rota dos Vinhos de Bucelas, Carcavelos e Colares. A edição final de "Um Copo Com História" de 2017 será realizada no dia 28 de Outubro às 4:00 da tarde. Esta conversa e prova de vinhos será conduzida por enólogos e produtores da região. A admissão é gratuita e está sujeita a registro prévio até quarta-feira antes da data da sessão.

Registration and information:

Casa do Eléctrico de Sintra
Rua General Alves Roçadas, 2
Phone: 219 238 771/767

Friday, 13 October 2017

Best Things to do in Lisbon | Route of "Petiscos" and Wines of Alentejo

Starting on 15th and ending on 29th October,  the Route of Petiscos and Wines of Alentejo will take you to  10 Lisbon's restaurants, offering  10 delicious "Petiscos" paired with and 10 amazing wines from Alentejo.  If you think this is good news, wait until you know the price... 3,50 € for the pair!

Now that I have your attention, let me give you all the information you need to start this incredible route dedicated to all the foodies in town. This initiative from the Alentejo Regional Winegrowing Commission (CVRA) aims to bring the outstanding wines from Alentejo to a larger public and to highlight their versatility and quality.

You can find the restaurants part of this route in different parts of the city, making it a good excuse to walk around Lisbon before you try a Petisco and a good wine from Alentejo.  In the images below you can find relevant information on the time, food and wine available at each restaurant.  I have a few ideas about the ones I want to try!

Com início no dia 15 e terminando a 29 de outubro, a Rota dos Petiscos e Vinhos do Alentejo, irá leva-lo a 10 restaurantes de Lisboa, que estão a oferecer 10 deliciosos "Petiscos" emparelhados com 10 surpreendentes vinhos do Alentejo. Se acha que esta é uma boa notícia, espere até saber o preço ... 3,50 € para o par!

Agora que já tenho a sua atenção, deixe-me dar-lhe todas as informações de que precisa para iniciar esta incrível rota. Esta iniciativa da Comissão Vitivinícola Regional Alentejano (CVRA) visa dar a conhecer os excepcionais vinhos e gastronomia do Alentejo a um público mais alargado, destacando a sua versatilidade e qualidade.

Pode encontrar os restaurantes que fazem parte desta rota em diferentes pontos da cidade, tornando-se uma boa desculpa para caminhar em Lisboa antes de experimentar um Petisco e um bom vinho do Alentejo. Nas imagens acima, pode encontrar informações relevantes sobre os horários, comida e vinho disponíveis em cada restaurante. Eu cá já estou com umas ideias sobre os vinhos que quero experimentar!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Chronicles from Andalusia | My 5 Must Go Places in Granada

Nestled between the mountains, Granada irradiates the kind of magic that places with a special history cast over the ones who visit them. Moorish from the 8th century to the final decade of the 15th century, Granada was for long a reputed international cultural center, where artists, merchants, scholars, and scientists make the city flourish in all sorts of ways. Under the Catholic Kings rule, the city grows and after a decline períod over the 19th century, Granada is seeing some of its former glories reborn. The care a visitor can see in many historical buildings and all the atmosphere of this small city is an invitation to return once again. I surely will!


Standing on the top of the hill, there is such grace and pure beauty in this complex of palaces and fortresses that is difficult to stop staring at it or living it after your visit. The luxurious gardens, the magnificence of the artwork that embellishes most of the places, the ages of history held in each stone are unforgettable. Make sure you book your visit to the Nasrin Palaces ahead (you can do it online), as the number of people visiting the palaces is restricted.


The Generalife was the "country house" of the Nasrid kings, where they could enjoy all its tranquility, far from the court and its intrigues. Generalife (Yannat al Arif) stands for Garden of Paradise, and indeed its gardens, patios, and parks are quite magical. The breathtaking views you can grasp from its balconies, the pure, iced water running down the hill, and the fresh and colorful gardens make it my favorite part of the visit.


On the hill facing Alhambra, you find the neighborhood of the Albaicín, where the Moorish past is still quite visible. Walking during the day you can find the layers of history enclosed on the streets and buildings and, at night, the Albaicín bustles with activity, with stores, restaurants, and tea rooms that remind you of Morocco and bring you back to its Moorish days.


After a walk on the Albaicín, keep walking up the hill to the Mirador de San Nicolás. This high point of the city, standing in front of the Alhambra, is the perfect viewpoint to enjoy the view of the palaces at sunset. As the sun declines behind the city, the palace's walls change their colors and reflect the golden light in a perfect spectacle. The square is always full of people and there is a good chance of finding some musicians playing there.


A long time ago, the gypsies lived in caves on the hill of Sacromonte. The caves (Cuevas) are fresh in the Summer and able to keep the heat inside during the cold Winter. The neighborhood is gorgeous with its whitewashed walls facing the street, frequently decorated with colorful elements. You can visit some of the caves in a local museum and, at night, can go to Sacromonte for a Flamenco show, as this part of Granada has been traditionally the place for flamenco artists and bohemians.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Best Things to do in Lisbon | Wines of Alentejo Tastings in Lisbon

(Versão Portuguesa abaixo)

As some of you may know, I'm from Alentejo and absolutely passionate about this region on the South of Portugal. Passionate for its landscape, its culture, its people, its gastronomy and its wine! And, passionate as I am, could not miss the opportunity to invite you all to visited Vinhos do Alentejo em Lisboa that will take place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), in Lisbon on the 13th and 14th October. So, if you are a local or happen to be visiting Lisbon, save the date for a visit to this amazing event.

The Alentejo has become one of the most creative and even avant-garde wine producing region in the country, presenting wines produced from a remarkable diversity of grape varieties and landscapes, which result in a multiplicity of styles where the common denominator is quality. In this wine show you'll find many of the wineries from Alentejo, and will have the opportunity to receive advice and practical tips from experts on Alentejo's wines.

Vinhos do Alentejo will include commented wine tastings, talks and a showcase of DOP products from Alentejo to promote and give proof to the region. Some of the best wines and PDO Alentejo products will travel to the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in Lisbon, to give a taste of the region over two days.  Because Portuguese love to pair a good wine with great food, there will be plenty of regional products from Alentejo - bread, olive oil and traditional confectionery - to harmonize with your favorite wines.

Como alguns já devem ter percebido, sou do Alentejo e absolutamente apaixonada por essa região do sul de Portugal. Apaixonada pela sua paisagem, pela sua cultura, pelo seu povo, pela sua gastronomia e pelo seu vinho! E, apaixonada como sou, não posso perder a oportunidade de convidá-los a visitar a mostra Vinhos do Alentejo em Lisboa que terá lugar no Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), em Lisboa, nos dias 13 e 14 de outubro. Seja um Lisboeta ou ou um visitante da cidade, salve a data para uma visita a este evento incrível.

O Alentejo tornou-se uma das regiões produtoras de vinho mais criativas e até vanguardistas do país, apresentando vinhos produzidos em diferentes tipos de paisagens, a partir de uma notável diversidade de variedades de uva, o que resulta em uma multiplicidade de estilos onde o denominador comum tem sido a qualidade. Nesta mostra de vinhos, encontrará muitos produtores vinícolas desta região, e terá a oportunidade de receber conselhos e dicas práticas de especialistas em vinhos do Alentejo.

O Vinhos do Alentejo incluirá provas comentadas, palestras e uma vitrine de produtos DOP do Alentejo para promover e dar a provar o que de melhor se produz nesta região.  Porque os portugueses adoram acompanhar um bom vinho com ótima comida, haverá muitos produtos regionais do Alentejo - pão, azeite e doçaria tradicional - para harmonizar com seus vinhos favoritos.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Curated Lisbon Hotels | Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Often people ask for my advice on choosing a hotel to stay in Lisbon. Although, usually, I don't need to check in at a hotel at my hometown,  I know some fine hotels in the city that I've visited for some reason. During the next months, I'll bring you some of my favorite Lisbon hotels, on this Curated Lisbon Hotels series, highlighting all the information you need to make a sound decision in the moment you need to book your stay in this lovely city.

I'll start with a place that is very dear to me and where I've always had positive experiences to count for. The Corinthia Hotel Lisbon includes all I value in a hotel: location, comfort and a top-level service. Is truth that while visiting a city, one does not plan to stay a long time at the hotel, especially in a place like Lisbon where there is so much to see. But at the Corinthia you can find so much to hold you back at the hotel, that becomes difficult to leave in the morning. A lovely garden and terraces to enjoy the Portuguese sun and good weather, a great swimming pool to relax, the most outstanding SPA, nice restaurants and an unmissable bar are some of the things that will be expecting you when you check in.

This 5-star hotel is located in the city center and not far from the airport. There are several attractions in short walking distance (like Gulbenkian's Museum and Gardens, and the Zoo), and even if you are not very keen on walking, most of the city is very easy to reach, either by taxi or by subway. With Sete Rios Metro station only a 2 minutes walkway, you can be Downtown in ten minutes.

The Corinthia has excellent facilities and well appointed social areas, that always look impeccably clean, tidy and welcoming. The rooms are large, modern and comfortable. Clean and well equipped, present large sized bathrooms and an ample space to work with working internet connection. I've stayed at the hotel a few years ago and have visited it since on several occasions and on different events. One thing never changes, the constant effort to keep their guests satisfied even with the smallest details. This culture is present at all levels in the organization and you can be sure that at Corinthia you will find the most friendly and helpful staff that will make their best to make your stay nothing less than memorable.

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon
Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, nº 105
Lisbon 1099-031
Phone: +351 217 236 305

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