Portuguese wine tastings at theLAB in Porto!


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Catavino’s new space in the heart of Porto called, theLAB, will now be hosting wine tastings! Today, we’re launching two fabulous tastings worthy of checking out: Introduction to Portuguese Wine Tasting and Portuguese: Organic and Natural Wine Tasting. The first tasting is an introduction to Portuguese wine, top to tail! If you’re coming to Porto, this is a great opportunity to…

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The Ultimate Port Wine Infographic


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Since our very first visit to Portugal in 2003, we’ve had a deep and lasting love for Port wine. It’s almost impossible not to when seated cozily next to a fire with an rich and satisfying glass of Vintage port, or even beach side with a White port and tonic. Yet grasping its depth, diversity and complexity has been a challenge at best. Having an understanding of the different ports…

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Catavino’s new space! Welcome to theLAB


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After 15 years of living in Iberia, we can look back with pride at a very long and satisfying list of adventures, experiences, and travels. We’ve soared all over Europe to taste homemade foods in the comfort of people’s homes, old wines in even older cellars, swanky bars in the limelight of the cities, and everything in between. It’s been amazing, but the time had come to settle…

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The Ultimate Guide to Recording Grandmother Recipes


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Wrangling recipes from grandmas isn’t a pursuit for the thin-skinned. Ask for exact quantities, measurements, times… Basically everything you need for a recipe to work, and chances are, you’ll get a touch of this, a sprinkle of that, and a whole lot of furrowed brows, back talk, pity, groans, moans—all of the ingredients that’ll make you want to abort your mission. In a way, we sort of did. Rather…

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Porto’s Historic Fresh Food Market: Bolhão


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Why doesn’t the Lovers Handkerchief embroidery get old in Portugal? What’s so magical about these folkloric motifs, slapped on everything imaginable and sold in every airport, souvenir shop and roadside rest stop? It stirs the soul… Traditionally they were embroidered by the unabashed women of Minho as a declaration of their love to a desired fiancé, part of the charm is the colloquial language on…

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Photographing Portugal: Where to capture fantastic photos in Northern Portugal


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Portugal is renowned for its stunning coastal landscapes and kind, engaging people; which is much of the reason why Portugal continuously ranks as one of the top tourism destinations in Europe. That said, what many people haven’t experienced is the rustic interior of Portugal, where villages are hidden among the folds of terraced mountains, and where cultural traditions have remained intact…

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Discover Jewish Heritage throughout Portugal and Spain


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Orange trees scent a patio in Lisbon’s ancient Alfama neighborhood. Cilantro is used to season a seafood stew, made just like this for over a thousand years. Sausage made with bread stuffing hangs in a smokehouse and its true origin is hidden. A cook fries tiny fish in olive oil, unaware of the stories that belie this humble dish. Almond blossoms bloom and announce the eventual nut harvest which…

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Beija-Flor: Beautiful Handmade Portuguese Crafts in Porto


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There’s a reason why Porto has become a shopping haven for those seeking out talented Portuguese artists and designers, they’re phenomenal at what they do. The Portuguese are not only passionate about their terra, but they use it to inspire their work in an organic, relaxed and charming Latin aesthetic, drawing from the rich visual vocabulary and broad palette of inspirational…

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Beija-Flor: Beautiful Handmade Portuguese Crafts in Porto


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There’s a reason why Porto has become a shopping haven for those seeking out talented Portuguese artists and designers, they’re phenomenal at what they do. The Portuguese are not only passionate about their terra, but they use it to inspire their work in an organic, relaxed and charming Latin aesthetic, drawing from the rich visual vocabulary and broad palette of inspirational…

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Chef José Pizarro’s Top Foodie Tips for Spain


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With a focus on simple, authentic Spanish cuisine, Chef José Pizarro has been at the forefront of bringing both traditional and innovative tapas to London. With three successful restaurants across the city, author of several Spanish cookbooks, and a regular on morning television shows, his career has taken him a long way from his farming background in Extremadura. Today, we’re honored to…

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Top Tips to Eating Incredible Seafood in Porto


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If you snake along the river to the bustling seaside town of Matosinhos, you’ll encounter one of our favorite places on the planet, O Gaveto. Run by Joao Carlos Silva and his family, this restaurant is not only part of the cultural fabric of Porto, but sells some of the best fish and seafood in the North of Portugal. If you’re in the vicinity, be sure to order their seafood sampler. …

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The Undiscovered Sights, Sounds and Flavors of Portugal


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Gail Aguiar is by far, one of the most prolific travel bloggers in Portugal, which is why we’re so keen to feature her! Canadian by birth, Gail has spent most of her life traveling, working and exploring the world; hence her insight comes from a place of deep wisdom and experience. Today, she joins us from Porto, where she’s offering up a series of fabulous food, culture and travel…

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The Hidden Culinary Escapes of Barcelona


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Sam Zucker is far from a Spanish native, but his passion and dedication to Spain has been profound. For years, he’s written on Catavino, not only infusing his writing with his love of food and wine, but for discovering the undiscovered nooks and crannies of Spain.  Sam Zucker’s Top Tips for Spain 1. You’ve been in Spain for a considerable amount of time, so what makes it such a…

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Portuguese Wine Week Minnesota – Interview with Jason Kallsen


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Jason Kallsen is a force of nature in the Twin Cities wine scene with his wine education company Twin Cities Wine Education. Our relationship with Jason goes back many, many years to when he sold wine to Ryan as the Manager of a wine shop in Minnetonka, Minnesota. And despite an overseas move, and a decade in passing, their friendship continued to blossom until 2014 when Ryan brought Jason to the…

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The Jesuíta – You Sassy Portuguese Pastry You!


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A few years ago, I was dining sozinho (alone) in a small neighborhood cafe in Porto when I caught sight of this gorgeous pastry in the display case. With crispy folds of puff pastry piled high under a hard, sugary crust of perfection, I thought “damn girl, you need that!” But what looked like a small dainty pastry wasn’t decorous in the least! Even if I wanted to lift my pinkie…

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The Jesuíta – You Sassy Portuguese Pastry You!


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A few years ago, I was dining sozinho (alone) in a small neighborhood cafe in Porto when I caught sight of this gorgeous pastry in the display case. With crispy folds of puff pastry piled high under a hard, sugary crust of perfection, I thought “damn girl, you need that!” But what looked like a small dainty pastry wasn’t decorous in the least! Even if I wanted to lift my pinkie…

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The Jesuíta – You Sassy Portuguese Pastry You!


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Jesuita - Portuguese PastryA few years ago, I was dining sozinho (alone) in a small neighborhood cafe in Porto when I caught sight of this gorgeous pastry in the display case. With crispy folds of puff pastry piled high under a hard, sugary crust of perfection, I thought “damn girl, you need that!”

But what looked like a small dainty pastry wasn’t decorous in the least! Even if I wanted to lift my pinkie to flaunt my European residence, I couldn’t as the sheer size of this buttery beast was massive. Not only that, as you take that first bite, an avalanche of filo flakes cascade across your chest creating a toasted brown mosaic that’s virtually impossible to brush away. Romantic rendezvous’ beware!

That said, the flavor warrants a cafe catastrophe, because when paired with a Tawny Port wine, or better yet, a dipped into a steaming hot meia de leite (coffee with …

Your Ultimate Guide to Camellias in Porto


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In the North of Portugal, parks radiate green under rain filled winter skies. Moss gently spreads along ancient stone walls, vines creep up porcelain tiles as Camellia trees burst in red, pinks and whites. It’s mesmerizing, beautiful and absolutely worth seeing for yourself! Camellias, however, didn’t originate in Portugal, like the cork oak or lavender bush did; they’re home to…

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Your Ultimate Guide to Camellias in Porto


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In the North of Portugal, parks radiate green under rain filled winter skies. Moss gently spreads along ancient stone walls, vines creep up porcelain tiles as Camellia trees burst in red, pinks and whites. It’s mesmerizing, beautiful and absolutely worth seeing for yourself! Camellias, however, didn’t originate in Portugal, like the cork oak or lavender bush did; they’re home to…

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