The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon by Richard Zimler Essentially a murder mystery story that takes place in 1506, this seething drama is set against a backdrop of Christian against Jew. As Christianity sweeps Portugal, the Jews continue to practice their faith in secret whilst atrocities occur all around them. The narrator of the novel is … Continue reading Reading tips: Novels set in Lisbon
Learn about the portuguese chestnuts!
Every year is (almost) always the same. Come the first days of November, autumn is suspended, summer returns. We've all become used to these weather daydreams and actually not even care much about them. It is pleasant to feel those sunbeams that was already fading. It is the summer of Saint Martin, the warm period in the middle of November, that comes … Continue reading The legend of São Martinho and the return of summer in Portugal
People ask us all the time if the bridge 25 de Abril is the same as the Golden Bridge in San Francisco. And because in Lisbon there is a monument, Cristo-Rei, that is similar to Cristo Redentor of Rio de Janeiro, we don´t feel that those questions are nonsense. Can you guess which one is … Continue reading Is the bridge in Lisbon a copy of the Golden Bridge?
The chouriço or chouriça are the traditional portuguese sausages made of pork, fat and otras cositas mas. The spices that made the taste soo good varies by region and producer of this traditional portuguese food. When the sausages are filled up, they are then hung in the smokehouse individually, when they get ready they have the shape of a horseshoe. The casings can be natural or synthetic, made of natural source materials. Alexandre Dumas, in his book, Grand dictionnaire de cuisine from 1850, says: "the chouriço pork has, in any case, all the bad qualities of that animal, and the way is prepared makes it even more indigestible."(lol). We highly disagree with this genius writer. Actually we recommend you to try. The best is to grill in ceramic pots. History … Continue reading Portuguese chouriço..nhamy!
The earthquake of 1755 was a terrible tragedy that changed the people and the history of Portugal forever. This is a fact. But because the earthquake, a city underneath the city was found. The reminiscence of the romans in Lisbon This Roman structure, discovered in the basement of downtown Lisbon, in 1771, following the 1755 earthquake and subsequent rebuilding of the city, has been, … Continue reading Lisbon is definitely underground
The Estufa Fria is one of those attractions in Lisbon that might find itself a little bit in the shadow of the classical tram 28 and the monastery of Jeronimos, but truly worth a visit. Since we did not visit it before we had already been living in the city for quite some time, we … Continue reading Estufa Fria