Eating My Way Through Porto

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 1 August 2013.

When people come to the small city of Porto in Portugal, most expect a unique gastronomic experience. For that matter they are definitely in the right city. Located near the sea, Porto offers a wide range culinary delights that will spoil you rotten. With so many cafes and restaurants, all boasting to bring the best Portuguese food, I sometimes feel overwhelmed and it’s easy to land in an over-priced restaurant with only standard quality meal.

I was of course over the moon when I found out about Taste Porto Food Tours run by a local, André. There is nothing I love more than knowing a city guided by a local who knows the city best. Even better with André is that he knows where all the amazing places to eat that us newcomers wouldn’t know.

In Porto, to find authentic Portuguese food, you will have to go directly to its talented locals. Beyond the beautifully-tiled churches and gorgeous narrow alleys, you will start to smell onions being fried and the aroma of sardines filling your nose, making your mouth water. There are so many different kind of cuisines in Portugal and I find the cuisines to be different than that of other parts of western Europe remembering the different culture influences. More spices are used, more flavours are combined – the Portuguese are ones that are brave with taste and are not afraid to spice up their meal.Read More »

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Sintra, Where Fairytale Comes to Life

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander.

Dek, you’re not going to wear that to Sintra are you?” asked Febbie to me one sunny morning in Lisbon as we were preparing our trip to Sintra. Dek, from adek, is an Indonesian word for little sibling. She looked at my clothes from top to bottom, a simple tank top and short with red trainers. Almost abruptly, she walked towards her bag and took a tube dress with colourful red patterns.

“I bought this in Bali, isn’t it gorgeous? Wear it, it’s the only dress that can compliment that red shoes of yours. You’re going to SINTRA for goodness sake! You’d wanna look like a princess!” convinced Febbie to puzzled me. I surrendered as she ordered for the tube dress to be put on.Read More »