You can’t spit without hitting a historic landmark in Lisbon (so please don’t). Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, and many more have left their stamp here.
The Carnation Revolution: Five Dead Men
April 24, 2019
The Carnation Revolution was relatively bloodless, but there were, in fact, several people killed and many more wounded. But who were they? How did it happen? And why does it seem that these deaths have slipped through the cracks of history?
Fish Tales: The Story Behind our Favorite Conservas
April 4, 2019
Everyone’s seen them, most have eaten them, and every tourist buys at least one to take home as a souvenir, but what do we really know about Portugal’s famous canned fish? Aside from the contents of each can, the packaging of the various brands have stories to tell of saudade, life on the water, and […]
Flour, Water, and Salt: the Best Sourdough Bread in Lisbon
March 1, 2019
Italians like to tell an anecdote about a baker’s helper who, apparently suffering from a drinking problem, arrived to work with a bottle of beer and accidentally poured a drop of alcohol into the dough. The consequences couldn’t go unnoticed: loaves came out wonderfully big and plump. Since the chief baker wanted to know what […]
Living Large: A Walk Through Portugal dos Pequenitos
February 25, 2019
If you’ve ever wondered how Gulliver felt in Lilliput, or you want a crash course in portuguese architecture, Portugal dos Pequenitos is for you.
Carnival Portuguese Style: the Caretos
February 20, 2019
Dating back to the Celts, the caretos are perhaps the oldest tradition alive today in Portugal though for many years the practice became nearly extinct.
Defeated by Life: José Maria Eça de Quieróz
February 20, 2019
By 1863, Eça had become a member of a local Boheme and, influenced by new friendships, discovered the pleasures of exotic food and sophisticated clothing, started wearing a monocle, ceased to believe in God, and declared himself a romantic.
Palácio do Marquês de Pombal in Oeiras
February 11, 2019
The title Marquês de Pombal is more or less the same as Prime Minister, so it’s no wonder that this guy needed a snazzy palace to call his own whilst in office.