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I don’t seem to be a very loyal traveler as I’m constantly falling in love with places I visit. People always ask me my ‘ top’ destinations and it’s always such a hard pick because in all honesty the world is beautiful and as clichéd as it might sound, it is just terrible to compare. However there will always be a few places that I seem to love a tad bit more than the others and Portugal as a country is one of them. I spent nearly 3 weeks travelling all over exploring their food and wine and just felt…

After travelling all through the country on my Portugal Food Stories  adventure, I ended my trip in the capital city of Lisbon. While the rest of my group departed and went their separate ways, I decided to stay on and discover the city on my own. I stayed in Lisbon for 6 nights and had the time of my life discovering this gorgeous city and somewhere along the way, I fell in love. My first real Lisboa experience was when I stayed at the beautiful Bairro Alto Hotel in the heart of Lisbon and I honestly feel it is one of…

These photographs are taken in Portugal’s famous Douro Valley, which is the heart of Port Wine. After a beautiful drive and more stunning landscapes I visited a very well known winery in the region, got a quick tour of how they produce the wines and then was treated to a superb meal over looking the valley.  Then onto a small town called Trancoso which is famous of it’s castle ruins and their small but thriving Jewish population. I managed to do an interesting walk through the old Jewish quarters. The next day I visited a small farm which to me…

Every year I like to hit rewind and pick out some of my favourite dishes of the year. They’re in no particular order and most of the time are the oddest choices. I enjoy doing it and it’s a great way to wrap up the year. This year however, I felt a bit underwhelmed by everything. I made a conscious choice to not eat out or talk about things unless I felt they were delicious. I wanted to avoid anything mediocre ( my version of average though someone else might love or hate it ) and focus on the WOW…

When you have the privilege of spending nearly a month travelling all over a country, exploring and discovering all it has to offer, it’s exceedingly difficult to edit your photos. While it’s exciting to write about my experiences I find it hard to not include as many photographs as I’d like. After visiting more than 20 destinations I decided for the very first time on the blog, I’d post a photo diary. These are the first set of pictures in this five part series, I hope you enjoy them and more than anything, I hope they inspire you to jump…

Lisbon is a beautiful city filled with beautiful things and I fell in love with all of them.One of Lisbon’s most exclusive hotels is The Olissippo Lapa Hotel. Located in Lapa, what I believe is the posh neighbourhood of Lisbon, this hotel really feels like a palace. The property is beautiful, the pool looks inviting and the rooms are gorgeous and I could have sworn I was visiting an Emperor. A lesser known fact is that it’s considered one of the best hotels in the city and is even a part of the prestigious Leading Hotels Of The World group. While…

When someone thinks of visiting Portugal, the first thing they map out is their visit to Lisbon. The capitol city is beautiful and a must see but there is plenty more to discover and one of Portugal’s gems is the city of Porto. Lisbon and Porto seem to have this subtle sibling rivalry much like Mumbai and Delhi do but having been to both I can see how gorgeous each one is. Lisbon is a city people make the time to visit but I think if you miss Porto, you’re missing a lot. These are my top reasons why you…

I had spent more than two weeks travelling all over Portugal on my food tour and was now relaxing in Lisbon. I decided to extend my stay and ended up doing another 5 nights in Lisbon by myself. I think this is possibly the best decision I made because the time I spent on my own, eating, exploring and discovering is something I will treasure more than anything else. The main agenda for my time in Lisbon was to just see things at my own pace and eat at some great restaurants. Of course I furiously googled and read various…

There are times when I think ‘ someone pinch me I must be dreaming’ and on this recent Portuguese adventure, I must have thought this at least a hundred times. Everything about this country is beautiful, from their stunning beaches, quaint towns, bustling cities to wonderfully warm people. However I think the real treasure is their food. I went into this trip with a really open mind, I refused to read up too much about the cuisine because I find sometimes I make up my mind or have some sort of pre-conceived ideas about it so this time I decided…

This is my first time in Portugal and if visiting a new place isn’t exciting enough the sole purpose of this trip is to discover Portuguese food and cuisine. Sometimes I have to pinch my self and remember how lucky and fortunate I am and sometimes I think people think I’m joking when I tell them what I do. ” You write about food ? You’ve come here just to eat ?? Seriously ?? That’s so cool! ” this is the first thing I hear when I reach Lisbon by the immigration officer about to stamp my passport. He’s so…