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Minho “heart and soul” in Ponte de Lima, Portugal

The Lima valley, in Portugal's northern Minho region, with its ancient towns and Romanesque churches, takes a traveler on a meandering route from the...
old vines with a southern/western exposure

The way of Port: a passion for the vine in Portugal’s Alto Douro

"Wine is not about grapes!" exclaimed Alvaro. Our host was oblivious to threatening rain on this steeply pitched hillside above Portugal's Douro River. I...
Artichoke thistles

Portugal’s “thistle cheeses”

Before we traveled to Portugal, I had not tried Portuguese cheese. Once in the country, however, it did not take more than one trip...
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The delights of Portugal

From Anita: One of our favorite parts of traveling is meeting the locals--and for us, that includes expats--who have plenty to share about their...
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Two foodies in Portugal

Portugal's food scene is as sunny as its skies, and can be every bit as classy as the fabulous tiles adorning so many buildings...
Alentejo, Portugal

A food lover’s guide to Alentejo, Portugal

The food of Portugal’s largest province is fresh, local and hearty. Alentejo is blessed with lots of pasture land and a long seacoast, which...
Alentejo flavors

In Alentejo, Portugal, the meal starts here

  Meals in Alentejo, Portugal begin with small servings of a variety of dishes to pique the appetite. These range from sliced meats and cheeses...

Banh xeo… Let them eat pancake!

Vietnam’s crepe-like pancake, banh xeo (bánh xèo) is a delightful, messy, savory culinary experience. From Saigon pancake in the south to the smaller rounds served...

Surprising Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao surprised me, repeatedly and to my great delight. Sure, I expected Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao Museum architecture to dazzle. I expected to find delicious...
Porto cityscape over red rooftops

Another year close to home

For just about everyone everywhere, 2021 was 2020 on repeat. For Tom and me, the year ended as it began, circling back to lockdown...
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