3.14 Pie Recipes to Honor Pi Day

Pi (or π) is that magic mathematical constant 3.14159... used to calculate a circle's circumference from its diameter. That might not mean much to most, but it is one of the most widely-known constants both inside and outside the scientific community. Attempts to memorize its value have led brainiacs and trivia-hounds alike to be able recall over 70,000 digits. Instead of plopping down…

Mouraria: A Filthy Bastion of Hope

Mouraria may be one of the last bastions of hope in what seems to be quickly becoming Brooklyn, Portugal. Mouraria's filth, character, colorfulness, and diversity are the exact opposite of the carefully crafted simulacrum of these urban elements at, say, LX Factory. As an eight-month resident of the neighborhood, I have had the privilege of exploring its…

Best of Lisboa 2016

They say Lisboa has the best food, people, weather, and light, but who, where, and what are the best of the best? After extensive polling and tireless testing, Atlas has completed our 2016 list to help you through what we imagine will be quite an interesting next 365 days. Keep your head up, make and…

Portuguese Traditions: An Overall Look at Gastronomy, Legends, Festivals, and Cat Burning

Portugal's cultural heritage is manifest in gastronomy, wine, music, handcrafts, legends and tales, fairs, and popular festivals: priceless gems that make the Portuguese, well, special. Gastronomy Portuguese traditions are revealed in rich cuisine with nods to Mediterranean and Atlantic flavors and ingredients. Influenced by the Age of Discovery, the use of spices, sugar, and other…