Food 2020 – Recipes (Traditional Portuguese Duck Rice)

June 2020 – Recipes (Traditional Portuguese Duck Rice) I have long had a fascination with duck rice, having first eaten it in Macau many years ago. Since then I have been trying very hard to recreate it. It’s taken forever to find a recipe that looked even vaguely plausible, with the ones I’ve tried in…

Travel 2019 – Porto, Street Art

Thursday, 11th July/Monday, 15th July 2019 – Porto, Street Art Street art seems to be very much a thing of the moment, and I’d heard rumours that Porto had quite a lot. It may well do, but we really didn’t find much on this trip. Perhaps we were looking in the wrong places, perhaps it’s…

Food 2019 – Barão Fladgate, Vila Nova de Gaia

Monday, 15th July 2019 – Barão Fladgate, Vila Nova de Gaia Knowing we’d be flying home late we’d planned to have a good lunch somewhere, possibly with a spot more port thrown in for good measure. When I booked a table at Barão Fladgate, I don’t think I’d anticipated just how good a lunch it…

Travel 2019 – Porto, Day 5

Monday, 15th July 2019 – Porto, Day 5 Monday was our final day in Porto, but between a late checkout (at 4pm) and an even later flight (9pm) we had a whole day to enjoy further. We were slightly restricted as to where we could go by the fact that quite a lot of touristy…

Food 2019 – The Yeatman, Vila Nova de Gaia

Sunday, 14th July 2019 – The Yeatman, Vila Nova de Gaia Sunday night was the blow out meal of the weekend, a 2 Michelin-starred tasting menu in what might be the best hotel in the area, the Yeatman. First, however, we stopped off for a drink in Porto before getting a taxi across to Vila…

Travel 2019 – Porto, Day 4

Sunday, 14th July 2019 – Porto, Day 4 I went running again to start the day, this time heading downhill from the hotel and running along the river. When I’d finished I cheated by taking the funicular back up to the top level of the bridge because it was far too humid to use my…

Food 2019 – UVA by Cálem, The Blini, Vila Nova de Gaia

Saturday,  13th July 2019 – UVA by Cálem, The Blini, Vila Nova de Gaia After a day of port tasting we emerged from the fado and port session blinking in the sunlight and wondering where to go for a pre-dinner drink. We didn’t have time to go back across to Porto and the Terrace Lounge…

Food 2019 – DOP, Porto

Friday, 12th July 2019 – DOP, Porto After a day of food, we were still ready for dinner! Friday night we headed out down the street towards the river, finding the pedestrianised streets full of street musicians, strolling people and cafe tables spilling out onto the pavements. We were headed for DOP Restaurante, a rather…

Travel 2019 – Porto, Day 2

Friday, 12th July 2019 – Porto, Day 2 Friday morning saw Lynne creak into action rather late, but in good time for our first activity of the day. I’d already been out to try and purchase some yogurt for her because she insists it’s needed to kick start her digestion. I’d found a lot of…