Body food dinner in Lisbon tomorrow?

Body food dinner in Lisbon tomorrow?

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A little appetizer in Maria’s belly button, the main course just under Ana’s right breast and what about dessert? Should we have it on Bruno’s left thigh? This could just be the sexiest most delicious dinner in the whole of Lisbon tomorrow, 22 September. Organized by events company Grand’Ideia, this is the third installment of the very successful Body Food experience inspired by the ambiance of the movie Eyes Wide Shut. Dinner will be served under candlelights, on the naked bodies of both male and female models.

If you’re interested there are still some places left and all you have to do is either book your table on this page or talk to the event organizers on Facebook. The dinner will cost €45 euros per person and it’s only for ages above 18. Upon booking, you will get a password which will lead you to this world of sexy and tasty delights.
Time: 22 September, 9pm

Duration: 90 minutes

Address: Casa do Chef, Avenida de Berlim, 35 A, Lisboa, 1800-033 Lisboa

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Best New Sushi Restaurants in Lisbon

Best New Sushi Restaurants in Lisbon

I love sushi and lucky for me and many of you sushi lovers out there, Lisbon is the perfect place to find this delicious cuisine. Find out the brand new sushi restaurants in Lisbon.

  1. Aron Sushi

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Fresh, delicious sushi in this new cosy restaurant. Can’t think of a better place for a more intimate dinner. The sushi men, Aron Vargas, came from Brazil 16 years ago and immediately started working with one of the most renowned sushi chef’s in Portugal, Takashi Yoshitake. Today he has two sushi restaurants, this new one is right above a fishmonger so you can rest assured, the sushi will be very fresh. There are 9 lunch menus, sushi and sashimi combos (€35 for 30 pieces or €18 for 15 pieces) and you can also try the a la carte menu with names like o-toro, chutoro and akami.

Address: Mercado 31 de Janeiro, R. Engenheiro Vieira da Silva, Lisboa

Average dinner price for two*: €50

Book your table here. 

2. Kitanori Sushi Lounge

I’m always suspicious when the sushi price is low but in this case, the low sushi prices are inversely proportional to the fish quality. It’s fresh and it’s delicious. At this new restaurant, you can take a seat at the counter or you sit in one of the tables. 8 pieces of tempura go for €9,90, a meal for two can go up to €30 if you’re very hungry.

Address: Rua Barao de Sabrosa 315A, Lisbon 1900-091, Portugal

Average dinner price for two: €30

Book your table here.

3. Chiyome Sushi, Lisboa

The Chiyome Sushi is located in Belém, more specifically, inside the Associação Naval de Lisboa and has the best view of the Tagus river, as you can sit in the margins of the river while enjoying your dish. Prices for a sushi combo start at €17 for a plate with 15 pieces and go up to €57 for the chefs special with 50 different pieces. Every day there are different specials.

Average dinner price for two: €30

Address: Av. Brasília, Doca de Belém, Pavilhão ANL, Belém

Book your table here.

4. Nómada

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Crunchy cones stuffed with marinated tuna and Port infused caramelised onion, covered in sesame seeds and wasabi peas are one of the client’s favourites, but there’s more.  Prawn tempura with tartare mayo, white fish ceviche with tigers milk, chips and sweet potato pure… Should I say some more?

Average dinner price for two: €60

Address: Av. Visconde Valmor, 40A, Lisboa

Book your table here.

5. Miss Jappa

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Chirashi sushi

It’s right in the centre of Lisbon, in Bairro Alto more precisely. At the helm of the restaurant is the only Portuguese certified by the All Japan Sushi chef Anna Lins. At this restaurant, you can try a mix of the old and new sushi cuisine. The chirashi at the moment is highly recommended.

Average dinner price for two: €40

Address: Praça Príncipe Real 5 A, Lisbon 1250-184

Book your table here.

6. Japonês-ritz at the Ritz

This restaurant is what happens when you get the freshest of fish combined with the skills of some of the countries’ best sushi chefs. The new restaurant at the Ritz has only 18 seats available so book in advance. The menu is mouthwatering, with options ranging from the most traditional dishes to fusion or Nikkei.

You can try the tasting menu for €69 a person, lobster with spinach and yuzu and truffle vinagrete is included in the menu or if you prefer to go for the weekday lunch where you can have the executive lunch for €39 per person, the price includes a saké negi or saké maki temaki, 18 pieces of sushi and sashimi, a dessert and a drink.

Average dinner price for two: €100

Address: Ritz Four Seasons Hotel Lisboa, Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 88

To make a reservation: 213811400


*average prices for two include: 2 appetisers + 2 mains + 2 beverages + 1 dessert

Hope you enjoy all or at least, some of my suggestions. Are there any other restaurants I should know about? I’m all ears. Let me know in the comment section!

 

Street Food Festival In Estoril This Weekend

Street Food Festival In Estoril This Weekend

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The Street Food Festival in Estoril starts today and goes until the 1st of May. From 12 pm to 18 pm in the Casino do Estoril garden discover world cuisine such as Colombian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, English and much more in the different food trucks that will be parked here for the event. There will be also show cooking classes and tastings, music and there’s even a special space dedicated to children.

If you want to know more, you can check their Facebook page, unfortunately, it’s only in Portuguese.

Best Family Easter Brunches In Lisbon

Best Family Easter Brunches In Lisbon

Easter is a time of celebration, a time of renewal and also a time for eggs and delicious meals with your family. If you happen to be visiting Lisbon around Easter here is the list of the best Easter brunches on offer at the moment. I’ve carefully selected the ones free activities and meals for children up to a certain age.

  1. Family Brunch at the Hotel Real Palácio in Lisbon

Every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday, from 12.30 pm to 4 pm the five-star hotel Hotel Real Palácio, serves a delicious brunch made up of scones, brioche, cake miniatures, regional bread, cereal, fruit, homemade compote, scrambled eggs, pancakes, appetizers as well as pasta, delicious desserts, juices and all kinds of drinks. And if you thought this was the best part, here’s more, there’s a babysitting service at the hotel for children between 4 and 12 years old. There’s a drawing corner, a reading area, cooking classes and, every week, different activities for the little ones, it’s all free. Easter weekend, on the 16th April, instead of brunch, the hotel is serving a special easter lunch buffet.

Every Sunday from 12.30 pm to 4 pm

Price: €30 per person. Children from 0-4: free. From 5 to 11: €15

Address: Hotel Real Palácio, Rua Tomás Ribeiro, 115, Lisboa

To make a reservation – Telephone: (+351) 213 199 50 Email: eventos@realpalacio.com

2. Brunch Pestana Palace in Lisbon

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Everything about this hotel’s brunch experience is regal. First, the brunch is set in what used to be the ballroom of a 19th-century palace. Everywhere you look there are details evoking palatial Versailles. The worked ceilings, the frescos, the Louis XV furniture, it’s all there. And then there’s the food, cold and warm dishes, sushi, meat, cheese, eggs cooked in different ways, salads, pancakes, desserts of all kinds and ice cream.

Brunch at the Pestana Palace hotel is served every Sunday, from 12.30 pm to 4 pm and it’s €35 per person (children go for free or pay less). The price includes access to the outdoors and indoors swimming pools and, the gardens, which are actually considered a national monument.

Every Sunday from 12.30 pm to 4 pm

Price: €35 per person. €17.50 for children from 8 to 14. Children up to 7 go for free.

Address: R. Jau 54, 1300 Lisboa

To make a reservation – Email: reception.cph@pestana.com – Telephone: 21 361 5600

3. Epic Sana Lisboa

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Epic, it says it in the name and that’s what you can expect of the Epic Sana Easter Brunch. There’s a sushi bar, cold and hot dishes, loads of desserts and even live music. And if you have kids, there’s the EPIC KIDS Lounge, a special space offering free food workshops, face painting stations, a Nintendo Wii with different games and, as if these weren’t enough, there’s also a chocolate fountain with fruit and marshmallows, and special meals for the little ones at the buffet.

Every Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. 

Price: €35 per adult, 50% discount for children aged 7 to 12, free for children up to 6.

Address: Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco 15, 1070-100 Lisboa

To make a reservation: +351 211 597 300| flordelis@epic.sanahotels.com

4. Pão de Canela

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This option is the most affordable but doesn’t mean it’s less exciting. Brunch is Pão de Canela’s cafe speciality and it doesn’t disappoint.  There are vegan and gluten-free options and the food is really yummy, serving hot and cold dishes, different kinds of cakes, all from 10 am to 5 pm on weekends and bank holidays. There’s also a kids corner called Canelinha where, under babysitter supervision, children can make collages, paint, listen to storytelling and even knitting.

Price: €18 Free for children up to 3 years old. From 4 to 7 kids pay €7 only.

Address: Praça das Flores, 27, Príncipe Real, Lisboa

Bookings – Facebook page: facebook.com/canelapt  Telephone: +351213972220

5. Intercontinental Lisboa

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The brunch menu includes treats like goat cheese with grilled strawberry and raspberry, mint, coriander, cucumber, melon, cantaloupe and dragon fruit or even swordfish tataki, wakame, sweet potato and sesame and these are just a sample of the what you get with the starter menu. The price is a bit high compared to the other suggestions but it does include drinks like wine and even coffee. For the little ones, this easter there’s a kid’s corner with activities like egg hunting, holiday collage making, egg painting and there’s even a surprise visit, shhhh, from the Easter Bunny.

Every Sunday from 12 pm to 3.30 pm

Price: €55 per person, 50% off for children from 6 to 12 years old.

Address: Akla, Restaurant, Rua Castilho 149, 1070-051.

Reservations – Email: akla.restaurante@ihg.com Telephone: +351 213 818 700

 

 

One Day In Guimarães

One Day In Guimarães

Following my stay in Guimarães, I had a few days to discover the city and see why it’s so special. Here are my suggestions of places to visit, eat and hang out.

One Day In Guimarães

The historic centre

In The Morning – Start your day with a visit to the historical center, classified by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Lose yourself in the narrow cobbled streets and you’ll feel like you’re back in medieval times. While walking around the center I ended up at a leather tannery from the XIX century. There were no tourists and no English explanation of what it was but it was great to make guesses of what it could be while walking around and taking pictures of the area.

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In the meantime, I made a little research and it was interesting to find out that all the tanks belonged to a factory called Mirandas, Ferreira & Carvalho, Lda that stopped working in the XX century. It started with a small conglomerate of small industries which got together and formed the company. They would also rent the space to individuals who wanted to treat their own animal skins and produce leather. If you want to know more about the process used to transform animal skin into leather you can go here but let’s just say it involved having the animals’ skin dipped in urine and then soaking it in animal feces, in particular dog and pigeon feces, also called dung.

In the afternoon – Right, after this lovely description and if you are still up for lunch head up to O Histórico, it’s one of the most known restaurants in the city. Here you’ll be able to sample some of the flavors of Minho.

Tradicional cuisine

After a big meal which I am sure they will serve you, it’s time for a sesta, portuguese for nap, at least that’s what I would do. But if you still have some strength to keep going, I would suggest you head to the palace of the Dukes of Bragança. At the front desk, you will be able to buy a ticket for the three of the attractions in the area. For 8 euros you will get an entry to this palace, the Castle and the Alberto Sampaio Museum (they offer discounts for children). Starting at the Palace of the Dukes de Bragança, here you will see Decorative Arts from the 17th and 18th centuries, armors and weapons, tapestry and porcelain from the Portuguese East India Company. What struck me about this palace was the fact that it was built around 1420. The palace was also used as a military building during Napoleon Invasions and it was the official residence of the Portuguese dictator Salazar. And this is just a brief glimpse of what you can discover inside.

After the palace, head up to the Guimarães Castle. Built in the 10th century, it was intended to protect a monastery from the Moors and Norsemen (scandinavian vikings) and eventually was the birthplace of Portugal’s first king Afonso I.

Very close by, is the Alberto Sampaio Museum. This museum features classical religious art and inside you can find a beautiful garden.

If you’re anything like me, at this time you will be tired of so much history. If you want to take a break, and experience history in a different way, visit the Pastelaria Clarinha. Nothing beats the quintessential Portuguese experience of stopping at a bakery and enjoying an expresso or a meia de leite (half a cup of coffee and milk) with a delicious cake. You can stop by at any bakery, most of the ones I tried were great, but this one was highly recommended by everyone.

Nighttime – I know I’ve just mentioned stopping to get some food but here we go again. I would start the night with dinner at the Real Plazza, which is a no-frills restaurant with endless choices of francesinhas.

Northern cuisine at it’s best

The francesinha, which in English means “the frenchie”, is a sandwich made with bread, cured ham, chorizo, roast meat, fresh sausage, melted cheese and covered in hot tomato and beer sauce, which is usually a secret, served with french fries. It’s a dish originally from Porto but if you try it here you won’t be disappointed.

Guimaraes by night

End the night at the Largo do Toural, trying some drinks in some of the bars in this area. I did kind of a pub crawl around here and I had a lot of fun.


What to Put on your phone GPS

The Tanneries

Rua de Couros or Largo da Cidade for the Leather Tannery (Zona dos Couros in Portuguese)

For Lunch

Restaurant O Histórico

R. de Valdonas 4, Guimarães

Palace of the Dukes of Braganza – R. Conde Dom Henrique, 4810-245 Guimarães

Alberto Sampaio Museum – Rua de Alfredo Guimarães, 4800-407 Guimarães

For a snack

Pastelaria Clarinha (The Bakery) – Largo do Toural 86-88, Guimarães 4810-427, Portugal

For Dinner

Real Plazza  Rua Fernando Pessoa 101, Guimaraes 4800-176

Night out 

Tour the several bars in the square – Largo do Toural

 

 

I am now a food critic

I am now a food critic
Food Critic
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Not officially but I have decided I will start giving a quick, no frills review to the restaurants I usually go to and be of some help to everyone who comes to Portugal on holidays. I will start with Sushi. One of my favorite topics when it comes to food. I love it and I have been having it since 2004, when Japanese restaurants first started to become a bit of a trend in

Portugal. I’ve tried all kinds of sushi: supermarket sushi, conveyor belt sushi, all you can eat a la cart sushi, all you can eat buffet sushi, ‘well established restaurant sushi’ and in London: Chinatown sushi, Pop Up Sushi. You name it. So I guess it’s fair to say I am kind of a connoisseur and I know how to very quickly and easily distinguish good from bad sushi. I think it would be fair to say, even the smell of the restaurant will tell me the quality I will be faced with. So hold on and get ready for a much needed, unpaid and unafraid review of some of the restaurants I have tried in Cascais and around.