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Joana’s Insider Guide to LISBON - Part 1!

Having lived in Lisbon for ten years I am excited to share with you my insider tips and tricks to enjoy the city.   This post is the first of a four-part series about Lisbon travel. We will start with the basics - when to go, how to get around, what neighborhood to stay in-  and then explore eating & drinking in Lisbon and then finishing off  the series with ideas for some easy day trips from the beautiful capital city. I hope you enjoy it!- Joana 

The Easiest Canned Sardines on Toast, Portuguese Style

Joana here - Farah's official wine and food writer based in Leiria, Portugal. In thinking about my first recipe for the Farah blog, I opted for something delicious, quick and easy.  Before you think this will be a hassle, too much work and a ton of dishes to do afterwards, think again because it is the absolute opposite. This recipe is one of my go-tos that reminds me of the ocean and is just begging for a glass of vinho on the side.

Meet Joana, our new Portuguese food & wine writer!

If you’re here you’re probably thinking about Portugal, right? What recipes pair best with the wines, inspiration for your next trip when we can travel again and other insider Portuguese tips and tricks! Well, sit back and enjoy because you just found your source for more info! My name is Joana, I’m a born and bred Portuguese woman, living in a small town just north of Lisboa called Leiria and I was just hired by RFS to help give you some Portuguese lifestyle inspiration! 

The Story of The Original Farah

I would like to start this new year, which brings exciting changes for Rachel Farah Selections, by sharing the story of the original Farah. My grandmother Farah was born in 1910 in Hong Kong to the Nissim family, Iraqi/Indian Jewish traders whose lineage has its roots in the Sephardic Jewish diaspora from Portugal and the Iberian peninsula in the late 1400s. The Nissims traveled to China on a trade route with extended stays in Bombay and Burma...

The Tinned Gold Rush - A Brief History of the Portuguese Tinned Sardine!

The Beginning - Sardines, Greeks, and Salt! Tinned sardines or conservas are a quintessential Portuguese treat enjoye...

Recreate a Portuguese BBQ in your backyard!

Missing all things Portugal and travel? Me too! So, I teamed up with my Producer Quinta do Tedo from the Douro Valley to help you recreate the experience in your own backyard! Quinta do Tedo has helped us out by authoring two delicious end of summer recipes: their famous Piri Piri BBQ chicken and a tomato and melon salad.

In Support of BLM & Black-Owned Wine and Spirit Businesses

The Black Lives Matter marches this month marked the largest national movement since the 1960s. It is an incredible time of change, anxiety, and hope in America today. As a small business owner, I can suggest a significant way to help the cause; support independent, black-owned businesses.

Portuguese Rosé Port Cocktail - Love is in the ... Glass!

To get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day (and spring!) here is Quinta do Tedo's famous Port rosé cocktail! What I love about this cocktail is you don't need to be a mixologist to get it right. The Port does most of the talking and you just need a few more ingredients to make this slam dunk of a recipe!

9 Wine & Food Pairing Tips!

Humans can perceive 5 tastes and 10,000 aromas. Since the 80s, food engineers, molecular chefs, sommeliers, and trend-obsessed foodies have dove deep into exploring endless combinations of tastes, aromas and textures. This gastronomic revolution continues to change and sometimes confuse the way we think about food and wine. Today, pairing the two can seem daunting. 

The Newest Port Kid on Portugal's Block - Port Rosè !

300+ years of production, modern winemaking technology, and adventurous winemakers have given us a fresh new version of this traditional, fortified wine. Enter Port Rosé , the newest Port on the block!

Portuguese Petisco Recipes For Super Bowl Sunday

Anyone who has been to Portugal has indulged in the classic treat - petiscos -  small plates enjoyed together with friends. Petiscos are a delicious snack or meal AND they are the perfect Super Bowl finger food! 

Where to Stay in Lisbon - A Spotlight on Four Emblematic Neighborhoods

With year round sunshine, a plethora of easy day trips and an incredibly walkable center full of vibrant restaurants...
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