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Panino at ‘Ino – Firenze

Panino is the Italian word for sandwich.  Whenever I go to Tuscany I can’t help myself to crave a good one. Tuscany is full of good things to feast on, but if I haven’t got the time for a complete and relaxed meal, then it’s the panino that I go for. I also tend to have this tinsy issue, being that I don’t settle for just for the regular panino you get at any train station, ohh… I have to get a good one. This previous week I went to Firenze for some PhD classes, I didn’t have that much spare time and it was screaming hot outside, but that didn’t get in the way of me getting that great panino. ‘Ino was founded by chef Alessandro Frassica which is a recognized panino passionate and a reference in the Italian street food scene. He is also the author of two great panino books, Il Pan’ino and Panini Gourmet, the last one released this year. I had been hearing about this place for a long time, as one of the best places in Italy …

Pharmacia- Portuguese Tapas Restaurant with a View to Targus River

Pharmacia opened it’s doors to the public in 2011 inside the old National Pharmacy Association building by the hand of Chef Susana Felicidade and Tânia Martins. The two were already responsible for two successlful projects in Lisbon restauration scene, Taberna Ideal and Pestiscaria Ideal, both specialized in serving mostly Portuguese tapas or petiscos, as we call them in Portugal. This lovely restaurant is located relatively close to Elevador da Bica, more precisely in front of the beautiful viewpoint of Santa Catarina, also known by locals as Adamastor, with one of the greatest views of the Targus river and 25 de Abril bridge. The concept of the restaurant and it’s decoration is originally taking you back to an old pharmacy environment, with cupboards full of old botles, medicine containers and other interesting decorating elements. The water here is served in flasks and some cold soups in test tubes, some might think this is pushing the decoration concept a bit to the limit, meaning that it might be a bit strange for some people…Me personally I still find it fun and original. The food …

The perfect weekend in Lucca

For those who don’t know yet, Lucca is a charming city of Tuscany that is located between Pisa and Firenze, but slightly more up north. My friend and colleague Stefano is from there and he made an invitation for the weekend, so me and other friends couldn’t say no to his kind offer. Actually I had been wanting to visit Lucca for a while, back since I started hearing him speak so proudly about his city (more like bragging to be precise) and also because I had already read some interesting articles about the city famous wall and towers. Indeed, Lucca is a beautiful city, it is charming, yet less chaotic in terms of tourism than some of its Tuscan counterparts, even if you will always find some tourists wandering the streets (but it is Italy, so you already expect it). Lucca reminds itself, it is old, with a lot of history, yet with a young vibe and I loved that mix of old fashioned buildings and establishments in the center, with some hipster stores and …

The Best Gelato in Rome (2014)

One can go through so many articles just to find the best gelaterias in Rome and every one of those articles has got it’s own particular favourite list. They are all very useful, but you have to get out, eat and decide for yourself, because the bottom line is, each person will always have it’s own preference, no doubt about it. You have so many gelaterias in Rome, that it can be a challenge to rank them. You know that some flavours are better in a particular gelateria, but that same gelateria is missing a thing that another gelateria has got. Then to help in all this, you have the location, each neighbourhood has it’s own best gelaterias. But I’ve been living for 1 year in this city and also eating a considerable amount of gelato, so now I consider myself in a good position of making a decent list (even though I haven’t tried all the places that I wanted yet..!). I will carry on with my gelato research…because you can’t never eat too much gelato …

Gourmet Panini in Florence – Semel

In Florence, panini are kings of street food, usually sold in small vending places that don’t have much more than a counter. Each place uses it’s own kind of bread and has its own special combinations of ingredients that give them their identity, the panini are traditionally accompanied by a small glass of wine. Semel is a small panini selling place located just across Sant’Ambrogio market that is only open during lunch times. These are very particular in terms of combinations, you can find panini made with wild rabbit, donkey, pork, deer, wild boar,duck, anchovies,octopus, tuna, or even codfish, all of these paired with particular and amazingly flatering combinations of sauces and vegetables. I have to say that donkey I refuse to include in my diet, they are such gentle animals (not that the others are not) and also, nowadays, in Portugal we tend to promote their protection instead. I ended up chosing a tuna panino with artichokes and mustard salsa that was heavenly. You really can understand the craft that they put in these, when you taste the perfectly balanced ingredients and …

A real Coffee Cake

  In my hometown, Lagos, in Portugal, there is a very special pastry shop called Gombá. This year the pastry shop is celebrating 50 years of existence and I had celebrate with them here in the blog. Since the year it opened its doors, 1964, this house has been making not only, but specially, the best birthday cakes in town. There are at least 2 generations that grew up with cakes coming from this place. It is amazing to remember how all the birthday parties that I attended growing up were not complete without Gombá’s coffee cake. Yes… the coffee cake is the king of all cakes in this place. It consists in a simple sponge, with a middle layer and cover of coffee cream, finished with the nicest shaves of chocolate. It seems simple but it is a pretty unique cake, and aren’t simple things usually the best? Simple as it might seem, the secret of the coffee cream you will never be able to find. If you are visiting Gombá for the first …

Urbana 47 (Roma, Monti)

Rome is a very particular city in terms of restoration, the fact that it is a big touristic capital in a country like Italy could lead you to think that you can find a great place to eat at any street corner. This is not the case here…Rome restoration can be a big tourist trap that can also affect some newbies in town. I know what I’m talking about, since I had some food disapointments around town (but that’s a story for another day), so for that reason I was really happy to find this place. Really, I was missing this concept of cosy and sofisticated decoration in restaurants serving real honest, home-made like food, that my dear city of Lisbon had habituated me so. When I went to this restaurant with some friends (one of them was already a fan of the place) I could see right away that this one stood out from the tipical Roman trattoria. This place is part of the Km 0 movement, which means that their using locally produced …