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Bola de Berlim

Portugal’s famous donut got its start in Germany. Ich bin ein Berliner There’s an oft-repeated story that President John F. Kennedy, when giving a speech in Berlin in 1963, said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which translates to “I am a Berliner,” showing his solidarity with the people Germany in general and Berlin specifically during the…

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Delicious local pastries in Beja, Portugal (and recycled art!)

Brent is in Beja, Portugal to try the local Bambina, Azevias, and Tosquiados treats! Plus, he visit a Roman museum and stumbles upon some street art with an important message. Support Destination Eat Drink… Casa de Chá Maltesinhas… Bordalo II Luiz da Rocha About the Author Brent Petersen is the…

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Coffee Milk

Some states’ official state beverage seem exotic, like ‘Awa in Hawaii. Others couldn’t be more plain. Water in Indiana? Really? Water? Little Rhode Island has what I think is one of the most unusual and interesting state drinks. Coffee Milk. Sampling Coffee Milk in Providence, RI (photo: Brent Petersen) Coffee Milk origin story You might…

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In defense of standing as soon as the plane reaches the gate

I’ve read a lot of so-called “plane etiquette” articles complaining about people who stand up as soon as the plane reaches the gate and the seat belt sign is turned off. Allow me to make a counter-point. Photo: Brent Petersen It happens every time. Your plane lands and taxis to the arrival gate. Once the…

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The other Cuba (it’s in Portugal!)

Brent visits Cuba, Portugal where some people think Columbus was born. He enjoys wine served in a tiny cup made in giant clay casks and gets shuttled out the back door of a restaurant. Buy Me a Coffee Adega do Canena Casa de Monte Pedral About the Author Brent Petersen is…

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Delicious food & local wine in Beja, Portugal.

Brent is in the Alentejo region of Portugal to visit the small city of Beja. He enjoys some local wine, a typical dish of the region and some great vegan food. Plus, he climbs to the top of a Medieval tower and enjoys some surrealist art. Support Destination Eat Drink… Dom Dinas   / restauranteddinis  …

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Coffee with a Shot in Portugal

Café com Cheirinho is a Portuguese coffee with a kick! Pouring aguardente into the coffee (photo: Brent Petersen) Coffee served with alcohol certainly isn’t an idea that originated in Portugal. You can get similar drinks all over Europe. A shot of grappa in your espresso in Italy, Rakija added in Croatia, Irish Coffee on the…

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Reverse Culture Shock. Returning to the States after 2 years away

Brent visits some stunningly beautiful spots including Watch Hill and Narragansett, Rhode Island while talking about the surprises of visiting the U.S. after 2 years away. Watch Hill Inn Watch Hill Lighthouse https://www.watchhilllighthousekeeper… Crazy Burger About the Author Brent Petersen is the Editor-in-Chief of Destination Eat Drink. He currently resides in Setubal,…

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Federal Hill, the Little Italy of Providence, RI

Brent visit’s Providence, Rhode Island’s “Little Italy,” Federal Hill for a delicious Zeppole pastry with some wine, eggplant roll ups smothered in gravy, and an espresso with Sambuca. Plus, he visits a notorious spot on “The Hill” and indulges in a Rhode Island classic, Fries and Gravy! Venda Ravioli Narragansett Creamery Tony’s…

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The undiscovered Portuguese town of Cuba

While the island nation and this small town in Portugal have little in common, they do have a tenuous link with Christopher Columbus. Columbus statue in Cuba, Portugal (photo: Brent Petersen) Cuba Cuba is a small town of less than 5,000 people in the Alentejo region. This is a rural, agricultural area where grapes and…

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Classic Rhode Island drinks with a spiked twist

Brent visits Rhode Island for some classic Ocean State drinks. He may or may not add a little something extra to make them even better! Del’s Lemonade Newport Creamery Dave’s Coffee Coffee Syrup… About the Author Brent Petersen is the Editor-in-Chief of Destination Eat Drink. He currently resides in Setubal,…

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Portugal’s Simple Tosquiado Cookie

Tosquiados are a cookie from the Alentego region of Portugal. Specifically, they are from the small city of Beja, not far from Évora. Sampling a Tosquiado (photo: Karen L. Campopiano) No one is sure where the Tosquiado originated, but they likely got their start in one of Beja’s convents which is where many of the…

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Culinary Adventure: Best cocktails in Newport, Rhode Island

Brent visits Newport, Rhode Island and samples some cocktails including one with ties to a painful past. He also checks out the stunning views along the Cliff Walk, and tries a drink that almost breaks the bank! O’Brien’s Pub Black Pearl and Lentil Cooke House About the Author Brent Petersen…

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My favorite place for a glass of wine in Beja, Portugal

Housed in a 16th century (or earlier) building, Os Infantes is a terrific place to get a glass of wine in the most charming setting in Beja. Sampling wine from Alentejo (photo: Karen L. Campopiano) Wine in Alentejo Alentejo (the region where Beja is located) is the third biggest producer of wine in Portugal after…

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Iconic Rhode Island dishes (Pizza Strips, Doughboys, & Johnnycakes)

Brent travels to Rhode Island for some classic and unusual Rhode Island dishes like Pizza Strips, & Johnnycakes. Plus, a visit to a gorgeous spot with a stunning lighthouse. And, he snacks on a German Chocolate Cake made in a whole new way! D. Palmieri’s Bakery A & J Bakery Plant City…

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Porto’s Bank of Tiles

The Banco de Materiais is helping keep alive Porto’s heritage of Azulejo tiles. Azulejo mural at Igreja do Carmo, Porto (photo: Brent Petersen) Azulejo Tile origin story Azulejos are painted glazed ceramic tiles. They’re traditionally blue and white, though they can be painted any color. The earliest version of the tiles first came to the…

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Cape Cod Foodie Road Trip

Brent takes a break on Cape Cod, but not before sampling a Pastel de Nata in New Bedford recommended by TV’s Maria Lawton. Then, he checks out the historic lighthouse in Chatham and enjoys a veggie burger in Brewster. Plus, cocktails and a stop at a chill cafe/bookstore in Hyannis. Maria’s Portuguese Table……

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Portuguese Rice Cake, Bolo de Arroz

Bolo de Arroz or Rice Cake is a sweet treat that’s so moist and rich you might even wind up calling it your favorite when you visit Portugal. Literally translated to “Rice Cake,” Bolo de Arroz is probably closer to a muffin in texture. That’s because the Bolo de Arroz is made using rice flour…

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Delicious Christmas cookies & pastries in Portugal

Brent is on the hunt for Portugal’s Bolo Rei Christmas cake. He visits a Christmas Market, bakeries & a flower shop that serves spiced wine! Bolacha Piedade   / bolachapiedade   Flores by Noor… Mercado do Livramento… Botequim du Bocage   / botequimdubocage   Destination Eat Drink podcast About the Author Brent Petersen is the Editor-in-Chief of…

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The REAL Chicago style pizza & a cocktail battle

Brent returns to his hometown of Chicago to try the Chicago style pizza that locals eat. Hint: It’s not Deep Dish Pizza! He also sips on a classic Chicago cocktail and strolls around Navy Pier. Billy Goat Tavern Drawing Room Pizzeria Due Chicago Pizza Tours Pat’s Pizza and Ristorante https://pats-pizzeria-chicago.secureb……

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Foz do Douro, Portugal

A quick trip from Porto, Foz do Douro seems a world away. Foz do Douro origin story The parish of Foz do Douro only has a population of about 10,000 people contained in an area of less than 3/4 of a square mile. Compared to Porto, that’s tiny! Portugal’s first king Afonso Henriques asked for…

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Wine Crawl in undiscovered Palmela, Portugal

Brent is in the Setubal region of Portugal to wineries in the town of Palmela. He samples wines made from Portuguese grapes like Castelão and Fernão-Pires in some gorgeous settings. Plus, he visits a spectacular hilltop fortress that dates to Roman times. Support Destination Eat Drink Quinta do Piloto Palmela Castle…

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The best gelato in Milan, Italy

Milan is one of the best cities in all of Italy for Gelato. It rivals even Florence for the number of high quality gelaterias. Artisan makers create classic flavors and new tastes using fresh ingredients. Stracciatella Stracciatella, one of the most flavors of gelato, originated in the city of Bergamo, not far from Milan. In…

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Life in Portugal: Cost of Living & Monthly Budget

Brent is in the Santos neighborhood of Lisbon visiting the famous Green Street and enjoying a chocolate salami with his coffee while talking about a monthly budget living in Portugal. About the Author Brent Petersen is the Editor-in-Chief of Destination Eat Drink. He currently resides in Setubal, Portugal. Brent has written the novel “Truffle…

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Pastel de Nata de Bolota

In far eastern Portugal, near the border with Spain, you’ll find a pastry that’s a unique take on the famous Pastel de Nata. Pastel de Nata de Bolota (photo: Brent Petersen) Holm Oak trees are common in Spain and in much of Portugal, especially in the eastern region near the border with Spain. Sometimes, Holm…

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Campo de Ourique, Lisbon charming cafes & natural wine

Brent returns to Lisbon’s non-touristy Campo de Ourique neighborhood and visits a characteristic cafe and a natural wine bar. Plus, a museum dedicated to Portugal’s famous poet, Pessoa, a creepy cemetery, and truffle cheese. Lisbon Foodie Travel Guide… Almada Pastry Crawl    • Almada, Portugal pastry crawl   Almada Food Crawl    • Almada, Portugal food crawl & sites   Port Wine Crawl    • Port Wine Crawl in Porto, Portugal   Cemitério de Prazeres…

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Pastel Cordobés

In Portugal, where I live, it seems every town has it’s own pastry, usually an egg-based custard tart of some kind, so it’s always fun to track down and taste the local specialty. In Spain, it’s often the same. For Cordoba, that local treat is called the Pastel Cordobés. Essentially, it’s sweetened squash jam filling…

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Lisbon’s Campo de Ourique food crawl & creepy 19th century murder mystery

Brent visits Lisbon’s Campo de Ourique, a non-touristy neighborhood in the popular city. He samples gelado in an amazing food hall, enjoys a classic soup in a traditional cafe, and tells the story of Lisbon’s notorious 19th century serial killer. Lisbon Foodie Travel Guide… Mercado de Campo de Ourique… Aqueduto das Águas…

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St. Martin’s Day

November 11th is a day wine lovers look forward to in Slovenia St. Martin’s Day celebration in Ljubljana, Slovenia (Photo: Brent Petersen) November 11th is St. Martin’s Day, a feast day celebrated throughout Europe to commemorate Saint Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier who became a monk. Saint Martin is known for giving away all…

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Negroni Sbagliato (Incorrect Negroni)

The social media sensation cocktail was invented in Milan 50 years ago. Negroni Sbagliato origin story Negroni Sbagliato at Bar Basso (image: Lea Anouchinsky) During a TV interview in 2022, actor Emma D’Arcy of HBO’s House of Dragon, talked about their favorite drink, Negroni Sbagliato, translated to Incorrect Negroni. The cocktail, originated at Bar Basso in…

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