Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello: Italia

My favourite European country for its food, fashion, cars, landscapes,language, beaches, and the list is infinite. Italia la piu bella!

This year I was invited to a private party in Parma, a city in the region of Emilia- Romagna famous for its prosciutto, cheese, architecture and surrounding countryside.

So we stayed at the Antico borgo di Tabiano Castello for the weekend. Hell yeah! In a castle! Situated in the green hills in the province of Parma, Tabiano Castle dates back to the 11th century.

With rooms, suites and apartments to choose from, divided between the old guard tower and the original main residence, all of them with magnificent views of the countryside and the wide plains of the River Po.

I promised myself that this post wouldn’t be only about food so no, the first thing I did was not going to eat, but I did enjoy a nice swim and tanning session at the swimming pool surrounded by medieval walls and olive trees.

You can also enjoy, inside the relaxation area, which is a natural cave, the sauna and Turkish bath and avail of a range of massage and treatments including Shiatsu, Antistress, Reflexology, foot and face treatments, etc.

Okay now I have to talk a little about food because it’s Italy after all! As expected, the traditional products such as Parmesan and Parma Ham can be tasted at the Relais and products of the area can be bought at the reception. The first photograph above is a “sneak peek” of my breakfast!

Contact Details

Mobile Phones: +39 0524 88 11 68/ +39 340 4849570
 Address: Tabiano Castello – 43039 Salsomaggiore Terme (Parma), Italy
 E-mail: travel@tabianocastello.com
Tabiano Castello’s website.
Tabiano Castello on Facebook.

More posts from my holidays in Italy coming soon…stay tuned.

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Instagram of the Month: @marianalbarbara

Instagrammer: Mariana Barbara, 20 years old, Setúbal, Portugal.

10419597_10204032545431591_9129832124976359400_n“I started using Instagram through my boyfriend because he had already created an account and I saw how it all worked. At first I wasn’t very interested in creating my own account, but he made me more excited about photography and Instagram itself. He was definitely my biggest influence and the truth is that a lot of shots are taken in his presence!”

Her photographs consist of: Urban, Animal and Floral shots.

Camera: iPhone 4/ iPhone 5

Apps that she uses: Vscocam

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Mouth watering: Casa Mateus Restaurant

And because it’s summer in Portugal (if it’s not in your country then be jealous!) and going to the beach became a routine, I found the perfect place to have a quick, delicious and affordable meal.

Casa Mateus is a very small restaurant situated in Sesimbra, Portugal, near the sea. The owner, Mateus will receive you at the door and suggest what you should have according to what season we are on and based on traditional Portuguese dishes. These meals are made by Dona Cristina, Mateus’ wife. (Just so you know who to thank at the end of your meal).

The portions are small which allows you to taste different dishes and still go for a swim at the beach after.

As a starter I recommend the Clams, olive oil, lemon and coriander; and the Mussels Marinade.

As a main course you should try the Massada, mint and lemon; and ask for the fish of the day. Mateus will suggest you a nice selection of flavours. Something that goes well with any dish, especially in Summer is the Cucumber Sangria because it’s very fresh!

Now comes the best part! If you predict that you won’t have enough space for dessert then just eat it first because that’s something you can’t miss!

The photos below are my two favourite desserts at Casa Mateus, they’re not on the menu so be smart and save these images to show them to Mateus. I won’t even tell you what it is, just enjoy the flavour and thank me later!


Reservation is recommended, not only because the restaurant is small but also because it’s becoming very famous! Especially now that I’m blogging about it.

Contact Details

Mobile Phones: +351 963 650 939/ +351 918 790 697
 Address: Largo Anselmo Braamcamp nº4, Sesimbra, Portugal
 E-mail: reservas@casamateus.pt
Casa Mateus website.
Casa Mateus on Facebook.

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Sofitel Dubai Downtown

After flying with starry skies while watching “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, Emirates Airlines treat, I landed in Dubai at 2am with 40 degrees. Hottest country I’ve been too, literally!
Sofitel’s Chauffeur was waiting for us at the airport and drove us right to the hotel after passing by enormous skyscrapers.
You know a country is developed when as soon as you enter the lobby, your phone starts receiving notifications. Free, unlocked Wi-fi everywhere! Any blogger’s paradise!
The hotel staff was very nice and efficient but with such warm temperatures I have to say that I missed that welcome drink I always get when arriving to hotels in South Africa.
The hotel room had a stunning view of Burj Khalifa and the coastline. A very modern decoration based on geometric designs with bold colours.
After sleeping just enough to have energy for the long day ahead, I went for breakfast and what a breakfast! It was held at the “Les Cuisines” Restaurant where they say it’s “a Patisserie that will take right back to Paris”. Let’s not go so far! The waiters did speak French but there was nothing Frenchy about the place, it was quite international I must say!
After breakfast and with 40 degrees outdoors it’s more than evident that my next appointment was at the terrace pool!
From the pool you have a panoramic view of Dubai where you can enjoy the spectacular dancing fountains by Dubai Mall.

Travel Journal Dubai coming soon…

Contact Details

Mobile phone: +971 4 503 6666
 Address: Sheihk Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai 
00000 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 E-mail: H7492@sofitel.com
Sofitel Dubai Downtown website.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown on Facebook.

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Sushic Fusion Food

It was one of these days where all you feel like eating is sushi!

Sushic Fusion Food Restaurant in Almada, Portugal was suggested by friends of mine who are familiar with the nicest japanese restaurants in Cape Town, so I knew I could trust them… and I was right!

Sushic is a very relaxing and modern restaurant with a fusion of traditional and contemporary japanese food.

The service is very good because they make you feel at home by asking “what do you feel like trying today?” or “I have something I think you might like!”

I believe that even people who aren’t fans of japanese food would enjoy trying this restaurant because the flavours are simply amazing due to the creative but balanced combination of ingredients.

And because “our eyes also eat”, I took a few photos to show you this amazing art!
Even if you live far away from Almada, it’s worth the ride there because you will struggle to find such a wonderful japanese restaurant!

Contact Information:

Mobile phones: +351 918 400 649/ +351 21 191 1965
Address: str. Abel Salazar
n9 – 9A Lisboa Almada Hotel
E-mail: sushicbar@gmail.com
Sushic website.
Sushic on Facebook.

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Portofino Restaurant Bar Sesimbra, Portugal

Here comes one of the best parts of my holidays in Portugal: FOOD!

Of course every country has his own specialties, but there is nothing like the food from our own country.

In my stay in Portugal I spent a few days in Sesimbra, a fishing town near Serra da Arrábida. It’s a very relaxing place but not so relaxing that you die of boredom. It’s just perfect! One of my favourites, not only for the beach but for the lovely restaurants.

World meet Portofino Restaurant Bar…

What can be better than a restaurant on the beach with views over the mountain and the harbour!?

I’ve been several times to this restaurant over the past four years and Chef Laranjeira always surprises me with alternative ways of making typical Portuguese dishes. So this is the ideal place to taste Portuguese food and if you are already familiar with it, then try a different approach.

Portofino also organises weddings, because you know…having your wedding at the beach is always a thing! You can take a look at the photographs and videos of these weddings on their Facebook page.

I made a selection of my favourite dishes I tasted this European Summer at Portofino, so enjoy and don’t forget to make a reservation as soon as possible!

Starters

Having olives on a Portuguese Restaurant table as a starter is almost a must! The key is to relish them with warm bread with butter. At Portofino you can even try the octopus salad and “Perceves”. Don’t get shocked by its weird appearance, it’s amazingly delicious!

Main courses

I believe that what makes Portuguese food so delicious is the fact that it is not too complex, we like to keep it simple and let the real flavour come out without any weird sauces. In Sesimbra it’s crucial for you to have seafood and fish because it’s local food, but of course everything else is great.

When it comes to fish at Portofino you can have Red Fish, Sea Bream, Seabass, Turbot or Grouper. I had Grouper fillets with “migas” (bread pudding) and vegetables. If you’re having seafood, please use the proper cutlery because you will enjoy it much more!

I suggested the wine “Grainha” for these meals.

Drinks

Yes, from the photos below you can already see how delicious their drinks look and having them on the deck looking at the sea is the perfect combination!. The first one is a red fruits slushy, the second ones are Caipirinhas and the last one Sangria (a cold drink made of red or white wine mixed with brandy, sugar, fruit juice, and soda water).

I have so many main courses that I never have space for dessert, so keep that in mind while eating. Although I recommend you the Strawberry soup with Vanilla Ice Cream and the Chocolate Mousse cake with ice cream and crispy cracker.

“That moment where the waiter puts that weird stuff in the water and it grow”, I had to record it!

You can start making your reservation and if you say you come from my blog you might get extra olives…just kidding!

Contact Information:

Mobile phones: +351 919 480 282/ +351 926 768 927
Address: Praia do Ouro 2970 Sesimbra, Portugal
E-mail: portofino.restaurante.bar@gmail.com
Portofino on TripAdvisor.
Portofino on Facebook.

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Miley Cyrus |Bangerz Tour 2014 |Portugal

One of the things I planned for my trip to Europe was going to Miley Cyrus’ Concert in Lisbon, Portugal, on the 15th of June.

Miley, the girl people either love or hate. I can’t say that I’m a fan since she was Hannah Montana, of course I sang her songs on karaokes, who didn’t!

But I have to admit that I was quite scared to see what she would do in a live concert, now that she went through all this transformation. Miley can always be a surprise!

The concert was held at Pavilhão Atlântico, which for the ones who don’t know, has a huge mall right next to it where I bought my entire outfit hours before the concert, and where I chilled with my friends till the doors’ gate opened. That is one of the perks of attending concerts in the balconies, the line is not that big.

Something that caught my eye was the presence of plenty of young girls that were probably hoping to see Hannah Montana perform. ‘Pahleeeeeaaaase!’

I can honestly say that going to her concert was like going to a party with Miley, fluffy Teddy Bears, midgets and giant dogs. No, it’s not crazy, it’s Mileish…

Her covers were amazing! Jolene, Summertime Sadness, Coldplay, The Beatles… Miley performed these on a smaller stage and the crowd went crazy!

I was definitely impressed! And I think that the fact that Miley chose Portugal to film part of her Bangerz Tour DVD is a huge deal! Even if we had to listen to a few songs twice, not everyone has that privilege so all those journalists must keep it quiet! I was there and it was f***** incredible! (tongue out)

Enjoy the photographs (credits to Everything is New) and the videos I took during the concert.

Bangerz, Bangerz…

Outfit inspiration

collage

  1. TOPSHOP Gold Chunky Chain Necklace.
  2. Red Lipstick from Mac.
  3. CO MIDAS Touch Short from Cotton On.
  4. Chuck Taylor All Star Fancy.
  5. Leather and Suede Messenger Bag from Zara.
  6. Crop T-shirt with text from Zara.
  7. Checked Sweatshirt with beading from Zara.
  8. Cat Print Runner shorts from Topshop.

My Outfit

Miley

 

Shorts, Crop Top and Gold Necklace from Bershka.

Sunglasses: Vogue

Sneakers: Converse All Star

Pink Lipstick: Sephora

Bangerz

Love Money Party

My Darling

More videos on my Youtube Channel.

 

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