pastéis de nata

A Cheat’s Recipe for Pastéis de Nata

  Everyone who visits Portugal inevitably tries a pastel de nata, Portugal’s most famous treat. Its crunchy shell and sweet, creamy filling steals the heart of many a tourist (and…


100 Years Ago: The Miracle of Fátima

  Regardless of your religious beliefs, tomorrow is a special day in Portugal. It will be the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima. Pope Francis…

Queijadas de leite Maria Lawton

Meeting The Famous Azorean Green Bean

  You know how, in movies, there’s always a character who seems to make banquets appear out of thin air for people? One minute, unexpected guests arrive in the middle…

Porto Santo beach

Is Porto Santo Island Worth Visiting?

  “Is Porto Santo worth going to?” I recently got this question from a friend who’s honeymooning in Madeira (just like I did!) and wanted to know whether this little…

Facing Palácio Nacional de Mafra

The Mafra National Palace in Numbers

  If you’re like me, you love learning new facts and sharing them with others (although maybe not to the point where you have to create a whole blog around…