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Tomato & Onion Soup of Madeira – My mother’s recipe

“It’s sunday afternoon and the weekend is pretty much over. There’s a ton of work waiting for you the following week and you don’t want monday to arrive”- Sounds familiar? For years I’ve came up with strategies to overcome the sunday blues. Going to the movies, hiking, going to the beach, meeting friends, reading, watching sunsets or playing card games the whole afternoon ( just to name a few). Nowadays, on Sundays evenings, nothing excites me more than the secret I’m about to reveal to you. It’s soul conforting and brings back the sweetest memories…My childhood, me and my brothers sitting at a round table in the kitchen. Friends coming home for lunch. My Aunt Maria as a cook. Me crying the first time I chopped an onion. My boys smiles at the table. My parents happyness looking at them. No, it’s not super exciting or even adventurous. But it’s something that tastes better when you’re surrounded by the people you love. It’s a tradition in my home and we do it, “religiously”, every sunday evening. So …

Fine Dining Experiences in Madeira

Fine Dining Experiences in Madeira If your list of things to do on Madeira Island includes having dinner in a restaurant, worthy of Michelin stars, this article was written for you. Madeira has two Michelin-starred restaurants in Funchal: The Il Gallo d’Ouro Restaurant (with 2 Michelin stars) and the William Restaurant (with 1 Michelin star). Moreover, once a year, around the month of March, the chefs leave the starry sky of their kitchens, to walk a route, the “Stars Route”one of the most prestigious gastronomic events in Portugal. It all started in 2010, when António Trindade, President of the PortoBay group invited his team, namely Benoît Sinthon (Head Chef of Il Gallo d’Oro 2 Michelin-starred restaurant at The Cliff Bay Hotel) to develop an event in the fine dining cuisine. It began in Madeira and toured the country, in several points of reference in the stardom of local and international cuisine. It already has eight editions and brings together dozens of invited chefs and hosts from various countries, namely Portugal, Spain and France, whose restaurants are …

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Route of Ponchas – Part 2

Route of Ponchas – Part 2 Venda do Sócio – Tendeira – Caniço For over 50 years, this grocery store has belonged to Mrs Amara’s family. She tell us that this is a family business, which attracts lovers of bikes, sports and good ponchas. It is decorated with sports props, mainly national and international scarves and even regional clubs, like the Canicense. They offer the dish of the day and barbecues of entrecosto, chicken and beef. The tapas “dentinhos” vary:  wine and garlic pork, pasta and beans “feijoada”. The regional poncha and the fisherman’s poncha are the most popular. Snack Bar Vermelho- Nogueira – Camacha This snack bar used to belong to Mr. João Vermelho, hence the name. It was about 3 months ago that Márcia and Dionísio Teixeira acquired this establishment. They serve poncha and regional tapas. Chicken wings, stewed stews and pork ears are some of the specialties. Here you can alço attend fado performances, on one of the last Saturdays of each month. O Girinho – Caboucos – Camacha Two and a …

Where to find live music & festivals in Funchal

Where to find live music & festivals in Funchal Although Funchal is not the typical cosmopolitan city where you can easily find a music gig happening every night, I have compiled a list of my favourite live music bars and Summer Festivals. Whenever I go travelling I enjoy discovering hidden bars and local bands. It allows me to experience the city as a local while sharing an authentic experience. There’s something about a good live music performance that makes me feel very happy and living in the present. All my darkest memories vanish. I’m just there healing through rhythms… One of the highlights of my summer in Madeira was attending the Music Festival Nos Summer Opening in Funchal.   Plus I got the chance to meet and listen to the amazing voice of Skye Edwards! Morcheeba songs accompanied me since my days in the University in Lisbon so whenever I listen to those warm psychedelic tunes I feel those good vibes coming back. I love the mellow sounds and the wise lyrics accompanied by the most …

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A route of ‘ponchas’ in Madeira

I accepted the challenge proposed by a group of friends, to write this article on the blog – A route of the best ponchas in Madeira. (Due to practical issues, the route was divided into 2 parts, this is the route 1, to be coming soon is route 2) Some of the oldest grocery stores of Madeira are called ‘ Vendas or mercearias’ . These are the symbol of our grandparents lifestyle, when life had a quiet pace; other times. At those times, the products were sold by weight, without pre-packaging or pallets. The ‘Vendas’ sold pretty much everything. Since creams, potatoes, brooms and shovels, chewing gum, candies and even string. Right beside the groceries selling area, there was always a bar, selling wine with fizzy orange juice ‘ laranjada’ and local rum drink, Poncha. It was with joy and pleasure that through this route, I was able to relive the old days, where all the bills were registered in a “list” and paid at the end of the month. We were able to glance …

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10 Vegetarian-friendly Restaurants in Madeira

‘Hi, I’m vegetarian and I would like to know which is the best Vegetarian Restaurant in Madeira?’ This is a question I get frequently asked and to be honest I don’t think Madeira is the easiest place to find exclusive Vegetarian Restaurants, however I do think Madeira has amazing vegetables and fruits which grow easily in the Island due to our fertile soil and climate, so I’m sure we can also offer delicious dishes with the help of our chefs. What’s the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan? Neither vegans nor vegetarians eat meat. However, while vegetarians may consume dairy products and eggs, a vegan excludes all animal products from their diet. Good to Know… Although one of the most typical dishes in the Island is made with beef ‘espetada’ you’ll also find in a typical Madeiran Restaurant, fried corn cubes, sweet potatoes/potatoes, rice, mixed vegetables, tomato and onion soup (my favorite), salads (we always have tomato, lettuce, cucumber and onion salads as a side dish), bolo do caco (typical bread of Madeira that …

Sonhos Receita

‘Sonhos’ – My mother’s Recipe

‘Sonhos’ are one of Madeira’s Carnival typical sweets, which means dreams in Portuguese ;). Here I share the recipe with you. Ingredients: 1 cup flour (125 gr) 1 cup of milk (250 ml) 1 tablespoon salt coffee 1 tablespoon sugar coffee 2 lemon peels 1 cinnamon stick 1 tablespoon of butter 3 eggs 1 teaspoon baking tea (powder Royal) Preparation mode: In a saucepan pour the milk, salt, sugar, lemon peels, cinnamon and bring to a boil. At the end add the butter. Then add in the flour (sifted) with the baking powder, mix well and set aside. Once it cools down, beat the dough adding the eggs one at a time. Baking mode: In a pan pour oil making up to a height of 6-8 cm. Heat it and once it’s hot add a spoonful of dough. Once it begins to come to surface, you can add one by one the other spoonfuls of dough. Try to keep the oil temperature to avoid overheating. The portions of dough, bake, grow and turn on each …

10 Coffee Shops with free wifi in Funchal

10 COFFEE WITH FREE WIFI IN FUNCHAL You can not leave home without your phone? You love to read online news, Facebook updates, post photos on Instagram and check the mail on your phone? This list is for you. We tested 10 free Wi-Fi coffee shops in Funchal. There is also an application called Mandic Magic indicating which are the cafes in the surrounding areas of your location with WiFi. If you know other cool spots or want to make a suggestion, you can leave your comment below the post. 10 COFFEE SHOPS WITH FREE WIFI IN FUNCHAL 1) Barreirinha Bar Cafe An alternative place, very close to the Old town. The music is great and the view is unforgettable. Live DJs at night. A super brunch on Sundays. Largo do Socorro 1 Open Mon-Sun 7-24h 2) Snack Bar Garden Santa Luzia A garden, a park, a lake and na ice-cream. Take your dog for a walk and share his photos on instagram. It also has a beautiful playground. Rua 31 de Janeiro Open Mon-Sun …

Delicious food you can buy in Madeiran supermarkets

It may sound weird, but one of the things I like to visit when I go on holiday is the local Supermarket. Madeira Cake is just one of the products you can buy on the Supermarket. In this post I share my recipe for Madeira Cake and tell you about other of my favourite Madeiran goods. It always fascinates me the differences between lifestyles. Not only the prices of food but also the variety. I remembered when I lived in Paris it was all about the cheese and wine, or in London where I saw the first Shushi meals takeaway and all the Cadbury’s delicious chocolates. So, I’ve decided to look for which Madeiran goods you can find in a Supermarket. Some Madeiran products are easily identified by a sticker with Madeira brand. Here are a few: 1. Lupins Have you heard about these yelow beans before? We eat them anywhere, everywhere, especially with beer. 2. Bread “Bolo do Caco” Unless you are on a gluten-free diet, this bread is a must try in Madeira. …

Zion – 12 postcards in Ponta do Sol

I have discovered a wonderland in Ponta do Sol, Madeira, last week. It is called Zion Project. Zion by definition:  is synonymous of “promised land” or get to the place you’ve always wanted. It is also the land of freedom that Bob Marley speaks in his songs. It’s a dream come true, and it was this dream that Filipa and Laura dreamed … Born in Ponta do Sol, they lived and grew up by the beach. Fate decided they would  study architecture and medicine abroad, but once they returned to Madeira, they started looking for their dream of having a bar on the beach. That was how they discovered Praia dos Anjos (Angel’s Beach). The sunset, the surrounding nature, the sea, it was perfect and still is. It has been three years that the Zion Project opened in Angel’s Beach  (the name could not be more appropriate). When I asked Filipa what is the best this bar has to offer, she answered me without hesitation: – “The people. The greatest joy of Zion is to see the happiness of others who come here. …