The Beauty of Portugal
Some people refer to Portugal as the ‘foster kid of Europe’, not necessarily for its southwestern location in the continent, but mostly for its comfortable Mediterranean climate throughout the year and the warmth of its people. My first visit to Portugal was a 48-hour stop in Lisbon and I fell in love with the city. A year later I visited Porto and just recently I discovered central Portugal and Alentejo. Enjoy!

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Taberna Ideal, Authentic Portuguese Food

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I happened to meet one of the owners of Taberna Ideal, a young energetic Lisbon girl who is running three restaurants at once with another partner. I really liked the vintage-yet-contemporary feel, the eclectic style, and choice of furniture. The place felt very earthy and welcoming. I liked the simplicity of the design—checkered paper as a table mat, for example. So simple and yet so brilliant.

The menu offers regional dishes: tibornas, snacks, salads, main dishes and pans (free-range chicken with almonds, quail pie with sausage, cod au gratin with bread) and a large variety of wine. The atmosphere is young and hip, and it is always crowded during dinners and weekends. Make sure you have at least one meal here when you are visiting the Santos-o-Velho neighborhood in Lisbon.

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