Author Archives: Flavors and Senses

Ammar

“Amar e Mar” (Love and Sea) is the motto giving the name to one of the restaurants in the renewed city of Leça da Palmeira, open since 2016 by young Matilde Silva, whom after a good experience at Nova Tendinha decided to embrace a bigger and bolder project. For that she challenged Pedro Silva, one […]

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Metropole Genève

This past winter we discovered the elegant Switzerland, and along with it, its wonderful hotels and flawless services. After Lucerne and Lausanne, we adventured into Geneva, and here found one of the most emblematic hotels in the country, the Hotel Metropole Genève. This historic building is more than a century and a half old and its […]

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Mugasa

There’s no denying that we’re living exciting days concerning the new Portuguese gastronomy, new chefs with new techniques and audacity, stimulating restaurants, and specialized producers. However, every time I get excited and challenged by the boldness and creativity of these chefs, I also seek to balance that side with a simpler cuisine, authentic, and above […]

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Prado

Prado was the most awaited opening in Lisbon’s gastronomy scene for a while. Since opening, in the end of 2017, it has been a case of success, where from the most gastronomic conservative to the most cosmopolite traveler, everyone surrendered to António Galapito’s cuisine. I remember meeting Galapito between the kitchen and the grill at […]

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Almeja

These past few years, with the tourism development, Porto has been through an ocean of changes, for better or worse. From the real estate bustle, new hotels, new roads, and of course, many new restaurants. Good restaurants, young and talented cooks, nice decorations and even some bold projects that we hardly imagined would work; And, […]

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Restaurant Brasão – Felgueiras

We often hear that tradition is not what it used to be, that this or that place has changed, or about the good old days. Unfortunately, this is true most of the times, but every now and then, some places change for the better, recreating themselves, and simply continue to satisfy and surprise us. A […]

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Lausanne Palace

An imposing Belle Epoque palace, the singularity of a privileged view, and the art of welcoming, make of this Lausanne Palace one of the best hotels in Switzerland. Located in the heart of Lausanne, with the stamp of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Lausanne Palace was one of the best experiences I ever had […]

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Lucerne

Located in central Switzerland, the geographic and historic center of the country, Lucerne is one of those cities taken straight out of a fairy tale. It’s the biggest of central Switzerland, situated in the margins of Lake Lucerne. Started as a fishing village, but from 1220 it had an important role in economy and commerce with the […]

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Hotel des Balances

Located in the enchanted city of Lucerne in Switzerland, the Hotel des Balances is a four-star Boutique hotel, that could easily be a five! Being a part of the old town, the sensation is of being in another era, initially medieval but quickly we can identify very bohemian and cosmopolite features, being its restaurant one of the most trendy and elegant […]

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Chryseia 2015 and the cuisine of Vítor Matos

In a time when the launch of the 2016 edition of Chryseia is for sure being prepared, it’s impossible not to say a few words about one of Douro’s greatest wines, even more about such a peculiar year as 2015. The presentation started very well, in a sunny day, at the elegant terrace of Antiqvvm, […]

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