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Wine Fight in Haro, Spain

Every June 19th, there’s a spectacular festival in Haro. Wine Fight origin story When San Felices (Felix) of Bilibio died in the 6th century CE, pilgrims started traveling to the site where his hermitage was located and where he was buried. Much later, in the 18th century, a chapel was built on the spot on…

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The best tapas bars in Cadiz, Spain

Little plates or snacks served to accompany a drink are called Tapas in Spain. These days, it seems every city around the world has at least one Tapas joint. But, Cadiz specifically lays claim to the invention of Tapas. Tapas origin story Of course there’s no way to determine definitively where the idea of Tapa…

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Exploring Lisbon’s Graca neighborhood

Brent is in Graca to ride the new funicular and gave in wonder at the views. Plus, he visits some of the best places to eat and drink in the neighborhood including a spot hiding right in the middle of a popular tourist spot! Le Bar à Crêpes   / lebaracrepeslisboa   Secret Garden   / secretgardenlx   Damas……

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3 great (and 1 not so great) bar in Seville, Spain

Brent visits some fancy and not so fancy spots in Seville for Sherry, Cava, cocktails, and beer including a bar with some of the best views in Seville and a terrific sherry bar. Taberna Manolo CatecaíaTrifulcaÁtico Ratón About the Author Brent Petersen is the Editor-in-Chief of Destination Eat Drink. He…

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The unique Tabanco bars of Jerez, Spain

Almost everyone has heard of a tapas bar, but unless you’ve been to Jerez, you’ve probably never heard of a Tabanco. A Tabanco is a unique type of bar found almost exclusively in Jerez. What is a Tabanco? The name Tabanco comes from a fusion of the Spanish words “estanco” (small shops where wine was…

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3 top places to eat & great sites in Seville

Brent visits Seville’s Alcazar & Cathedral and some of the best places to eat near these famous sites including sweet treats from cloistered nuns. BioMio Romero Alcázar of Seville de Sevilla San LeandroPlaza de Toros Negras About the Author Brent Petersen is the Editor-in-Chief of Destination Eat Drink….

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Tocino de Cielo de Jerez

In Jerez, Spain, they’re famous for a pastry called Tocino de Cielo de Jerez, or just Tocino de Cielo. Translated is means heavenly bacon, which is a pretty weird name for a dessert. But, there’s a reason. Tocino de Cielo at Tabanco El Anticuario (photo: Brent Petersen) Tocino de Cielo was invented by the nuns…

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Portugal’s Freedom Day Celebration

April 25th, 2024 is the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, the event that overthrew the fascist Estado Novo regime. Brent celebrates Freedom Day (Dia da Liberdade) by attending a concert and watching a terrific fireworks display. About the Author Brent Petersen is the Editor-in-Chief of Destination Eat Drink. He currently resides in Setubal,…

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6 best Tapas bars in Seville, Spain

Brent is in Seville, Spain to try modern and traditional tapas including a restaurant that’s been doing it for 350 years! Plus, classy soup served in a martini glass and an amazing egg tapa topped with truffles! La Brunilda Tapas Bar Dos de Mayo Espacio Eslava Bodega Santa Cruz   / bodegasantacruzsevilla   El…

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Caldo Verde

Portugal’s Caldo Verde, known as “Green Broth,” originated in Minho, an area that includes the cities of Braga and Viana do Castelo. The soup is so popular, there’s even an annual festival dedicated to it in Irivo. Photo: Brent Petersen Caldo Verde is a simple soup made with potatoes, greens, onions, olive oil and seasoned…

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4 Best Tapas Bars plus Roman Ruins in Cadiz, Spain

Brent is in Cadiz, Spain to visit some incredible tapas bars where he samples an Andalusian soup, potatoes prepared several ways, and a mojito sorbet cocktail! Brent is in Cadiz, Spain to visit some incredible tapas bars where he samples an Andalusian soup, potatoes prepared several ways, and a mojito sorbet cocktail! Support Destination…

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Vinho Verde, Portugal’s Green Wine

The Minho Region of northern Portugal is famous for Vinho Verde. Translated to “Green Wine” the name doesn’t refer to the color of the grapes, but instead the age of the wine as Vinho Verde is typically aged only 6 to 9 months. Vinho Verde origin story Photo: Brent Petersen) 2,000 years ago, the Romans…

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Delicious pastries at 5 amazing bakeries in Jerez, Spain!

Brent is in Andalusia, Spain and the town of Jerez de la Frontera to try the treat the city is famous for. Plus, a cookie made with cola and a visit to the Cathedral of Jerez. Mercado Central de Abastos [0% Gluten] Jerez… Cathedral of Jerez de la Frontera Los Reyes…

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Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Without a doubt, the Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus / Mount of Santa Luzia (Santuário do Sagrado Coração de Jesus / Monte de Santa Luzia) is the top attraction in Viana do Castelo. Towering above the city, the church commands incredible views of the Lima River, the city of Viana do Castelo, the…

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Sherry sampling at 3 great bars in Jerez, Spain

Brent visits Jerez, Spain, a city famous for the production of the fortified wine called Sherry. He samples different kinds of sherry at characteristic bars and checks out the thousand year old Alacazar. Alcázar of Jerez de la Frontera… El Gallo Azul Tabanco San Pablo   / tabanco-san-pablo-100047635758191   Moscatel video    • Trying Moscatel, Portugal’s other for…   About the Author…

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Manjericos de Viana

In Viana do Castelo there’s a special sweet that supposedly looks like a vase of basil. Manjericos de Viana at Zé Natário (photo: Brent Petersen) Manjericos de Viana origin story Many Portuguese pastries and sweets date back hundreds of years to the days when convents and monasteries created new delicacies. That’s not the case with…

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Tabanco bars in Jerez, Spain

Brent is in the exciting city of Jerez in Andalusia, visiting the characteristic Tabanco bars where sherry reigns supreme and flamenco adds spice to the experience! Support Destination Eat Drink… Sherry video Tabanco La Pandilla https://tabanco-la-pandilla.negocio.s… Tabanco El Pasaje Bar Juanito Tabanco El Anticuario Tabanco Plateros… About the…

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A Portuguese pastry named for their resemblance to religious vestments. Various Jésuitas at Leitaria Do Carmo (photo: Brent Petersen) Jésuita origin story Similar to the French pastry Jésuite, which originated in Bordeaux, the Portuguese version is called Jésuita. The story goes that Confeitaria Moura, a bakery in the town of Santo Tirso, about 15 miles…

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Pastry Crawl in Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Brent is in Viana do Castelo, Portugal to try the local treat, Torta de Viana. Plus, he tries a giant marshmallow cake and a pastry named after religious clothing. Support Destination Eat Drink… Elevador de Santa Luzia… Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Manuel Natário https://www.pastelariaconfeitariamanu… Zé Natário Leitaria…

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Torta de Viana

The cake named for a city in Northern Portugal came out of nearby Convent. Torta de Viana from Pastelaria Dantas (photo: Brent Petersen) Torta de Viana origin story Nearly every city and town in Portugal has it’s own unique pastry. In Viana do Castelo, that pastry is the Torta de Viana. The pastry can trace…

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Foodie tour of Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Brent is in Viana do Castelo in the North region of Portugal to try some of the best food there including some great Punjabi food and delicious Vinho Verde wine. Plus, he learns about Valentine’s Scarves and the traditional folk costumes of the region along with the magnificent gold jewelry worn with them. Foz…

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Life in Portugal: Pros and Cons

Brent is in Lisbon and Setubal, talking about some of the Pros and Cons of 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 Hunt” (Eckhartz Press) and the short story collection “That Bird.” He’s also…

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Valentine’s Scarves from Portugal

Embroidered scarves in rural Portugal were a sort of love letter from young women to the objects of their affection. Lencos dos Namorados (Valentine’s Scarves) for sale (photo: Brent Petersen) In the 19th century, local women in and around the small northern Portuguese city of Viana do Castelo began the custom of embroidering kerchiefs called…

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Curing & Preserving Olives at Home

Brent tries his hand at preserving olives at home. He tries several different methods of curing and brining and one definitely comes out on top! Support Destination Eat Drink… Alegre-me About the Author Brent Petersen is the Editor-in-Chief of Destination Eat Drink. He currently resides in Setubal, Portugal. Brent has written the…

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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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