Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bio Babe Lisbon Brio

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Brio Happy 1st Birthday

Another Birthday on the foodie scene here in Lisbon. I trooped along to our local organic supermarket here in Campo Ourique to get my slice of cake and glass of bubbly. Check it out here- Brio where you will find lots more organic (or bio as the call it in this part of the woods) goodies!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy 225 Gourmet Birthday

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Tavares Rico Restaurant, Lisbon
Lisbon’s (and Portugal’s) oldest restaurant is Tavares Rico, opened in September of 1784 in the city’s Chiado district. It’s also one of the world’s oldest and although its name has been shortened to just “Tavares,” most people still know it by its original name. It has maintained all the refinement from over two centuries ago despite a recent renovation, and the kitchen was taken over by one of Portugal’s most promising young chefs. Although the restaurant remains one of Lisbon’s best choices for the most sophistiated Portuguese dishes, the menu has also been given some contemporary international flavors served in a dining area that is a true Lisbon landmark. It’s a palatial space with an opulently gilded interior that is classified by the Portuguese Architectural Heritage Institute, but the outstanding service is much more relaxed that you’d expect at such a fancy place.
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Makes your Mouth Water don't you think!

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The Catralvos Moscatel
Setúbal, 2003
is a gorgeous Moscatel fortified with Armagnac Brandy. It has
25% Armagnac and 75% Moscatel juice – the alcoholic fermentation is stopped
after 1-2 days by addition of the
Armagnac which leaves the wine at a high sugar
level and about 17.5% alcohol at finish. This wine spent five years in barrel
(to be Setúbal it must have a minimum of two years in barrel) and it was
released in August of this year. The aromas are honey, tea leaves and caramel
apricots, its rich complex and sweet with good acidity and a lovely Armagnac
linger. Great with strong cheeses with marmelada (quince paste) or the local
sweet jelly rolled sponge cake desserts.
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Three of My Favorite Portuguese Cheeses Here

This Marmelada or quince jelly is the reason us Brits enjoy our Marmalade on toast courtesy of Charles the Second's Portuguese Queen Catherine of Braganza
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#2: “Not Too Soft, Not Too Hard And Not Too Stinky”
(Évora; Nisa; Serpa; Pico)

Andrea Smith: Queijo de Pico with a slice of marmelada and any dry white made with Moscatel from the Terras do Sado region.
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And for another Cheesy Treat from the Portuguese Azores Islands

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DOP Pico (Azores): Traditionally made exclusively from raw cow’s milk of the grass-fed cows on the island of Pico in the Azores, but some are supposedly now made from a mix of cow and goat’s milk. The cheese is cured and aged for a minimum of 20 days and produced in semi-large rounds of between 650 and 800 grams. The flavor of Pico is very distinct but very smooth and palatable.  It almost reminds me a bit of a slightly smoked, smooth Cheddar or Gouda and is one of my favorite cheeses in Portugal!

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Grab this Bottle

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Barca Velha, one of the best wines in Portugal
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Don't Forget the Wine

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Luis Amaral: “I would go for a nice and spicy Queijo da Ilha (S. Jorge) with a good bottle of Barca Velha :-)
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Raw Milk Cheese from the Azores

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DOP São Jorge  or “Queijo da Ilha” (Azores Islands) - The “Island Cheese” of Saint Jorge Island is the largest of the Portuguese cheeses, and the only one made exclusively from whole and raw cow’s milk. Cured and aged for 3 months then formed into large rounds of 8-12 kilos, this cheese requires a minimum of 45% milk fat; whereby, making it very rich.  It’s sold in the rounds or wedges with its look being very similar to Pecorino Romano but the aroma being a lot stinkier…..a mix of stinky and nutty!  But like most stinky cheeses, once you get past the smell, the cheese is quite flavorful, sharp, nutty, buttery, most Azoreans like it for breakfast slapped on a piece of fresh baked bread. São Jorge is commonly produced in a picante style of varying degrees, which is very popular. But be careful, as people have been known to gain a stomach ache or break out in a rash if they consume too much!

Cheese Plate
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Cheese Sao Jorge Azores

This wonderful cheese comes to us from the volcanic island of the same name in Portugal's Azores archipelago. Littered with giant craters, the island is also home to vast, lush, natural green pastures. When colonized by the Flemish in the 15th Century, cheese production was introduced to the island, with cows brought over from the mainland. Still made in the traditional farmhouse way, this cheddary cheese is made from unpasteurized cow's milk and aged for over 120 days. Its hard, inedible, natural rind gives way to a lighter colored interior with tiny, irregular holes. Sao Jorge is incredibly versatile, lending its tangy, slightly peppery undertones well to sauces and being equally delicious served cubed into a salad or chunked and eaten with a crusty baguette.
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Cheese, Portugal
  • Made from unpasteurized cow's milk.
  • Photo depicts whole 20 lb. form of cheese.
  • We cut and wrap this item by the 1/2 pound.
  • Please contact us if you would like to purchase the whole form.
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    Taste of the Azores

    If you have just noticed my last twitter post about the last minute deal to the Azores but just can't make it try a taste of the Islands from anywhere with a bit of wine and cheese! Enjoy your weekend.

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    Who is the Terrorist Here Then?

    Big Business or What?
    Keep yourself healthy!

    Monday, August 24, 2009

    Put don't Take - A new spin on things in London could it ever reach Lisbon?

    We could do with this sort of initiative in Lisbon please start on the number 15 tram and put a smile on the tourist's face.
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    "Putpockets" give a little extra cash

    Anything from 5 pounds ($8) to 20 pound notes is being surreptitiously deposited in unguarded pockets or open handbags in Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and other busy spots.

    The initiative, which runs until the end of August in London before being rolled out countrywide, is being funded by a broadbrand provider, which says it wants to brighten up people's lives in unusual ways.

    "Every time I put money back in someone's pocket, I feel less guilty about the fact I spent many years taking it out."

    London's police have been briefed about the plan, which will see at least 100,000 pounds given away.

    Aware that people are suffering in the economic crisis, 20 former pickpockets have turned over a new leaf and are now trawling London's tourist sites slipping money back into unsuspecting pockets.

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    Wednesday, August 19, 2009

    Vasconcelos Alive & Well in Google Cyberspace

    If you didn't get to see it while it was up on this building at the end of R. do Alecrim Lisbon, Google Street View gives you a great idea of how it was. Totally love it! Well done Google and Let's see more of Joana's work too, give us another one in Lisbon, girl - I feel saudade coming on over this one - missing you and your work already in Lisbon

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    Gone but not Forgotten Joana Vasconcelos

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    The great piece of soft sculpture whimsy has been taken down now but was great while it lasted. I love her work, more to be seen on her web site you've got to take a look!

    3 cheers for Google Street View Lisbon

    Google Street View has arrived in LISBON! Enjoy yourselves with it, get exploring my city now and come soon in person and visit with us! Now you can see just what you are missing. Sunny day from downtown Lisbon below.

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    Sunday, August 16, 2009

    Tagus Treat - Lisbon Loves You

    Post Script to my tour with Daniel's family - nice to see you will all be cooling down nicely on board after that hot day with me when Lisbon topped 90 plus degrees F
    Celebrity Equinox - Lisbon Loves You come Back Soon!

    Celebrity Equinox, the most environmentally friendly cruise ship

    Celebrity Equinox, the most environmentally friendly cruise ship
    Celebrity Equinox incorporates highly specialist systems ensuring the luxury
    cruise ship leaves only a green wake on the oceans of the world.

    The glazing still allows natural light to enter the ship, but filters out 99.9 per cent of UV rays and protects the vessel’s interiors and furnishings.

    More than 200 solar panels are situated throughout the ship providing power, enough to operate more than 7,000 LED lights, which in turn boost the ship’s electricity grid.

    Celebrity Equinox’s acres of glass are specifically manufactured to reduce heat transfer from outside into cabins and public rooms, which in turn cuts the amount of air conditioning.

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    Saturday, August 15, 2009

    Wild Pissing Problem

    You've got one up on Lisbon then Amsterdam we've only got one up at the castle, maybe there is less of Portuguese Peezers Problem!

    Amsterdam’s Public Pissoirs

    While they may have no running water and smell bad, the public pissoirs are a part of everyday life in Amsterdam. Public pissoirs have been added on the streets in an effort to curb the “wild pissing” problem which is considered to be one of Amsterdam’s top annoyances. There are two types; the original green metal public pissoirs and the newer plastic quad versions. The originals are fairly private, relatively speaking, and it’s very common to see people using them. The newer plastic public pissoirs, however, are much more open. Four men can use them at once and, with the exception of the part of you facing the center column, you are really out there taking a leak in public.
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    Friday, August 14, 2009

    Bright Sparks in Lisbon

    Or just have fun using this little round gadget – no it doesn’t hurt honest!

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    Family Mug Shots at Lisbon Electric Museum

    Don't forget to immortalize the family with a photo opportunity at the Lisbon Electricity Museum. Good one to send home as a post card of your trip to Lisbon!

    Brick and Sky in Lisbon

    Find the Lisbon Electricity Museum just across from the Belem train station, well worth the visit.

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    Fun & Electricity

    Just visited the Lisbon Electricity Museum with a family from San Diego yesterday, pop in and meet up with Margarida & Co who will love to show you round all for FREE.
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    New Google Doodle to mark Danish physicist Hans Christian Ørsted anniversary

    New Google Doodle to mark Danish physicist Hans Christian Ørsted anniversary

    The image shows a cord connected with a battery in the shape of the Google

    Ørsted, born on August 14 1777, is best known for his 1820 discovery that
    electric currents create magnetic fields.

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    Les Paul George Harrison & Lucy

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    Legendary Guitar: George Harrison’s Well-Traveled Crimson Les Paul

    But in August of 1968, Eric Clapton gifted Harrison with a 1957 Les Paul Standard, now factory refinished to cherry red, that already had an impressive rock history — and would soon reach even greater heights. Harrison immediately dubbed his new crimson Les Paul ‘Lucy’ in honor of red-headed comedy icon Lucille Ball, then quickly put it to work recording the White Album outtake, “Not Guilty.” Within weeks George also appeared playing it in the Beatles promotional film for the single “Revolution,” which initially aired on David Frost’s U.K. TV show, and later on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour stateside.

    As the legend goes, ‘Lucy’ was originally a late-’50s Les Paul Goldtop that had made its way to the Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian, and then McCoys’ mainstay Rick Derringer, who’d sent it off to Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory for refinishing.

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    Les Paul - one of the Reasons for Rock'n' Roll

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    Revered guitar player-inventor Les Paul dead at 94

    NEW YORK — Musicians worldwide are paying tribute to Les Paul, the music icon whose solid-body electric guitar paved the way for rock 'n' roll. He died this week at age 94.

    In 2005, he released the Grammy-winning "Les Paul & Friends: American Made, World Played," his first album of new material since those 1970s recordings and his first official rock CD. Among those playing with him: Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Richie Sambora.

    "They're not only my friends, but they're great players," Paul told The Associated Press. "I never stop being amazed by all the different ways of playing the guitar and making it deliver a message."

    it was his inventive streak that made him universally revered by guitar gods as their original ancestor and earned his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the most important forces in popular music.
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