"Made here"

Local ingredients and products, traditional or newly minted: wines, cheeses and unique dishes often best sampled in “locavore” mode

Preamar Supper Club

Fine dining in Porto’s newest supper club

There is a new supper club in town! Guilherme Valinhas and Caroline Kerber, both professionally trained chefs, met as colleagues in the kitchen of...
cuscos

Making and tasting cuscos in Bragança, Portugal

“Keep rolling the dough!” Guilhermina exclaimed. “Faster, in a circle like this,“ she said, leaning over the wooden trough to demonstrate. She paused, wiped...
GranMonte Winery

“New Latitude” wine in Asoke Valley, Thailand

“Wow!” exclaimed the sommelier as he popped the cork on the bottle of sparkling wine we were about to share with our table mates....
Lisbon wine region

Quinta do Gradil celebrates the grape harvest season

A couple of weeks ago, Tom and I took a break from all the Port Wine Day goings-on in Porto and the Douro and...

Olive oil on the gourmet table in Vila Real, Portugal

Three bottles of extra virgin olive oil graced each table at the University of Trás-os-Montes’ Panoramic Restaurant in Vila Real, Portugal. The occasion—dinner themed...
Ramadan treats, Fez, Morocco

Breaking the fast–around the Ramadan table

  “Can you please come into the kitchen for a minute?” our friend asked, smiling. “My wife and daughter need a taster.” Ah, that’s cool,...

Scorpion House—what’s that?

Just after sunset, lights twinkle on in houses across the way, as the sun sets behind the ruins of Volubilis in the distance. The corridor...

Wild honey of Fez, Morocco

One of my requisite stops upon returning to Fez is “the honey souk”, Fondouk Kaat Smen, set back behind a display of carpets on...
Ipoh

Ten must-try foods of Ipoh, Malaysia

If we made a mistake in trip planning while in Malaysia, it was to visit Penang, "an eater's paradise", then Ipoh, back to back,...
Quinta da Plansel

Exemplary vines, first-class wines in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal

Tom and I met winemaker Dorina Lindemann at Essência do Vinho, at the Portugal Wine Connection in the Palacio de Bolsa’s magnificent Salon Arab....
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