Quiche Lorraine

The Quiche is a savoury sort of cake, which can be filled with all kinds of vegetables, fish, meat, cheeses and what ever you like, and one of my favourites is a french classic: the Quiche Lorraine. For some strange reason I find myself cooking this more around Christmas and in the colder months. So…

Weekend in Lisbon – Day 2

If your Day 1 didn’t end in the early morning hours (which is likely given Portuguese night life) then get ready for another full day of hiking around Lisbon’s steep roads! Day 2: In the morning head to Rua Augusta for a breakfast at Pastelaria Brasileira Horaris – they have beautiful pastel de nata with almonds,…

Weekend in Lisbon – Day 1

In the last few months I haven’t had much time to travel, given that I’ve been working also during weekends. I did manage to escape for 2 days to visit a city I had never been to: Lisbon. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, and I have to admit I didn’t know what to expect…

Pastel de Nata

The Pastel de Nata is a traditional portuguese egg tart that you can find everywhere around Lisbon. The original recipe was created by the Jerònimos Monastery, in Santa Maria de Belem in 1837, and sold as a way to make the monastery survive after the liberal revolution. Today you can still taste the original, unchanged, secret recipe…

Kamakura

I hadn’t heard much about Kamakura, other than about the large Buddha that rests here, and I was pleasantly surprised. The city is actually extremely important in Japanese history as here is where the Shogunate and the Regency seat was located from 1192, when the first shogun established himself,  to 1333: the Kamakura Period. The…

Pumpkin Pie

Another all American recipe is of course one of this season’s favourites: the pumpkin pie. It is such a delicious and simple recipe to make, and it’s also quite healthy (or that is what I like to tell myself)! To think that a few years ago I didn’t like pumpkin… so many years of pumpkin pies…

Brownies

Lately I don’t get much time to bake and cook, but brownies aren’t a particularly hard recipe to make, and there are many variations you can make to the traditional brownie recipe. I’ve tried a few myself, such as no butter, or vegan, with fruit, with chocolate chips, … anyway I love chocolate and a…

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

If you go to Kyoto you’ll definitely want to visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. It’s a picture worthy spot and it’s also an extremely beautiful experience. It’s hard to describe losing yourself while you walk through the forest. It’s kind of like finding yourself in a scene from a Miyazaki movie, where you’ll never know what…

Temple Hopping in Kyoto

As always I have to talk about Kyoto from my personal experience. Unfortunately I only had a day in Kyoto, which meant we had to cram all the visits into this day, and temples/shrines all close at sunset. Anyway I did get the chance to have a feel about the city and its strong historical background. The…

Kyoto – Gion Matsuri

The Gion Matsuri festival is the biggest annual celebration in Kyoto, which takes place for a couple of days. I have to admit I had no idea what was happening when I found myself there. We accidentally booked our weekend in Kyoto exactly in the days of the Gion Matsuri Festival! It was nice since…

Nara

Nara is probably one of the most peculiar places I’ve ever seen. 660 acres of park that are home to more than 1000 dear. Yes dears walk freely surrounded by people, who feed them costantly to get a picture with them! Nara has been recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, given the numerous temples and beautiful park…

Asakusa

Asakusa was one of the first places I visited when I got to Tokyo, as it is where the Asakusa Senso-ji Buddhist Temple is located. It is one of the “oldest” districts in Tokyo, considering that the city was destroyed with the bombings in World War II. It is located in the north-east of Tokyo, not much…