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Showing posts with label Portugal. Show all posts

Olá Lisboa! Eating in Lisbon.


Topshop shorts / Givenchy bag / vintage sunglasses / H&M slider sandals

When shopping for a city break which itinerary reads something like 'Eat. Sleep. Eat. Repeat' it is recommended that one buys clothing at least two sizes up. Belt and knot tightly when needed ie. when taking outfit photos such as above, and let out after one decadent meal too many.

I've already covered touristy must-dos in Lisbonan off the beaten track-journey south to nudist beach Praia do Meco, and a couple of restaurants; John Malkovich's sleek three floor riverside warehouse behemoth Bica do Sapato and the colourfully cozy hidden gem that is Casa de Pasto. So as far as Lisbon restaurants reviews go I've presented two very different places rather on opposite ends of the gastronomical spectrum. But what about everything in between? Here, I offer all of Lisbon's edible delights that Henry and I got to sample during our three (four?) day stay. Our diet consisted mostly of seafood---I read somewhere that the key to the Portuguese's contentment is hot evenings whiled away with friends and huge pans of clams swimming in garlic white wine sauce---and of pudding, blitzing our way through tarts and ice-cream.
August 29, 2014

Olá Lisboa! Eating in Lisbon.

Topshop shorts / Givenchy bag / vintage sunglasses / H&M slider sandals When shopping for a city break which itinerary reads s...

Até mais Lisboa, Olá Meco!


By our third day in Lisbon Henry and I could no longer bear the stuffiness of the city. Tired of wilting in the heat like the dregs of a London flower market at the end of a summer's Sunday, we cancelled all our plans for the day and escaped 40 kilometres south of Lisbon to the seaside town of Meco. What transpired was an epic journey; first an hour bus ride through the city of Lisbon including an elevated, breathtaking view of the city's aqueducts, then rumbling over the Tagus river on a bridge as we crossed into southern town of Sesimbra. At Sesimbra we waited for another bus to take us to the picturesque mountain town of Santana where we got lost and spent a very pleasant hour wandering through the Portuguese countryside enjoying the fresh mountain air, walking downhill and following the unmistakable scent of the sea breeze as it carried itself to us from Praia do Meco (Meco beach).
August 08, 2014

Até mais Lisboa, Olá Meco!

By our third day in Lisbon Henry and I could no longer bear the stuffiness of the city. Tired of wilting in the heat like the dregs of...

Olá Lisboa! Casa de Pasto

Back to the very protracted affair that is my Lisbon blog posts. While I did spend some of my Lisbon city break doing things of a touristy nature, most of the trip was devoted to the pursuit of gastronomical delights. What else could we do, really, the languid heat of summer makes one want to only eat, sleep, and go to the beach. And go to the beach we did, but that's a blog post for another day.  In the meanwhile Henry and I sought out Lisbon's best restaurants, from the fashionable Bica do Sapato to family-run seafood and beer taverns to two-hundred year old pastry shops. One of my favourite discoveries, and also the most creative and most visually stimulating is Casa de Pasto.  

August 06, 2014

Olá Lisboa! Casa de Pasto

Back to the very protracted affair that is my Lisbon blog posts . While I did spend some of my Lisbon city break doing things of a tourist...

Olá Lisboa! Being a tourist in Lisbon

It's no secret that my Lisbon city break didn't exactly go the way I planned no thanks to me forgetting about one little but extremely important detail: the hot weather. It was far too hot in the day to walk around the city as we did in Rome, and no this had nothing to do with temperature it was about lack of mental preparation (I did fine in Cuba, didn't I?). Henry and I are by no means unacquainted to the sun and heat; he's travelled through African desert and I grew up in tropical Malaysia but you know the saying 'When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.' Perhaps 'fail' is a bit harsh in this instance, we may have missed out on visiting the Castle of St. George, Aqueduto das Águas Livres, a couple of museums and quite a few cafés, riding the iconic no.28 tram, but we did see some (and ate most) of Lisbon. Anyway, here are some of the more touristy things to do when in Lisbon, not including where to eat, that I'm saving for a different post but in the meanwhile there's my blog post about John Malkovich's fashionable riverside restaurant Bica Do Sapato.

When in Lisbon:


Walk around the city and admire the architecture, especially the balconies and the azulejo---Portugese painted tiles---adorning seemingly every building.
July 31, 2014

Olá Lisboa! Being a tourist in Lisbon

It's no secret that my Lisbon city break didn't exactly go the way I planned no thanks to me forgetting about one little but ext...

Olá Lisboa! Eating John Malkovich* at Bica do Sapato

*or rather 'Eating at John's Malkovich's'. You'll see.


Finally, my long-awaited blog posts on Lisbon! But first, the prologue...
July 30, 2014

Olá Lisboa! Eating John Malkovich* at Bica do Sapato

*or rather 'Eating at John's Malkovich's'. You'll see. Finally, my long-awaited blog posts on Lisbon! But firs...