Singing the Portuguese Blues

Singing the Portuguese Blues

It’s dusk in Lisbon.  Darkness is setting over narrow streets and mournful melodies flow out of every pub, café, and restaurant.  It’s the sound of traditional Portuguese lament, produced by a twelve-string guitar, a viola, and a heartbroken woman (or sometimes a man). This is 

Portugal:  And This Is Why We Don’t Drink

Portugal: And This Is Why We Don’t Drink

We almost never drink alcohol.  Julia claims that she is too much fun as-is and alcohol would be wasted on her.  I simply like to keep my head clear and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  When we are in U.S., we don’t drink at all.  But 

Sardines and Egg Custard Tarts – The Overlooked Cuisine of Portugal

Sardines and Egg Custard Tarts – The Overlooked Cuisine of Portugal

We are standing in a giant store where every wall is covered with floor-to-ceiling shelves, displaying thousands of cans of sardines. “Is this… a sardines store?” Julia asks no one in particular. Her pointless question echoes off the endlessly stacked sardine cans and down the