Secret Santa| Mercado da Ribeira

My first Christmas post! *gets excited*

It’s that time of year when all you hear is Michael Buble’s Christmas songs, but also when your friends decide to organize Secret Santas. I have several this year, so I decided to make each one of them different from the others, in a special way.

My journalism classmates decided to have lunch at Mercado da Ribeira, where we exchanged gifts.

Mercado da Ribeira it’s Lisbon’s main market hall, which was transformed into a foodie hangout that brings together some of the city’s favourite food shops and restaurants.

It was once one of the most famous fish markets in Europe. Many of its traders have been selling fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and flowers there for decades. Time Out transformed this place into a city attraction.

You can choose from a variety of restaurants and I decided to eat at “O Prego da Peixaria”, a very healthy meal.

Enjoy the photographs and keep in touch for future posts of each one of the restaurants inside Mercado da Ribeira.

Contact Details

Address: Avenida 24 de Julho 49
1200 Lisbon, Portugal
Email: mercado@timeout.pt
Mercado da Ribeira on Facebook.

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Shopping in Dubai

I’ve been wanting to write about my shopping experience in Dubai for a long time now, but I felt that Christmas would be the perfect time to do it. You’ll understand why by the end of this post.

Described as ‘The Centre of Now” and located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Mall, is the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination and the world’s most-visited shopping.

 

With 1,200 retail stores over 200 food and beverage outlets, it’s the perfect place to run away from the outrageous and unbearable heat in Dubai.

I recommend you to visit The Souk, a designed area of the mall, with jewellery shops, accessory outlets, traditional Arab clothing and handicraft stores, among others.

This mall is also home to the Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, KidZania® and an Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink.

Along the mall’s sprawling waterfront promenade, is the world’s most spectacular outdoor musical water fountain – The Dubai Fountain.

The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue has high and mid-fashion retails outlets that pay homage to haute couture.

So, if you are staying in Dubai for a few days or even hours (in case you’re in transit), and you visit the Burj Khalifa, right next to it you’ll find this huge mall. Remember to send me a gift!

Contact Details

Phone: +971 4 362 7500
 Address: DownTown Dubai, Near Souk Al Bahar Bridge – دبي – United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Mall website.
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Landeau| For choco lovers

Once again I was back to LX Factory where I did my recent photoshoots and indulged in some delicious chocolate cake.

LX Factory is one of the trendiest and most original areas of Lisbon. It used to be an industrial area with a huge textile and printing zone. Today you can find shops, restaurants, hairdressers, an amazing bookstore, and Landeau Chocolate there!

A lot of people have been asking me how to get there, so here it goes.You can get to LX Factory from downtown Lisbon by taking the 738 or 720 bus from Marquês de Pombal and stopping at the Calvario stop. From there you can just ask any local where LX Factory is and they should be able to point the way.

Landeau Chocolate is without any doubt my favorite place at the moment to get dessert in Lisbon.

This store serves slices of “devilishly good” (according to the New York Times) and “insanely-OMG” (according to me!)  chocolate cake.

This cake is very soft and fluffy, with a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Of course the recipe is top secret and I would definitely find it (because I’m a journalist), but I wouldn’t share it with you. I’m sorry, you’ll just have to deal with my selfishness.

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Address:  Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103
1300-501 Lisbon, Portugal (LX FACTORY)
Mail: chocolate@landeau.pt
Tel.: + 351 917278939
Landeau website.
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Santini| Frozen Heaven

I know it’s winter and we’re supposed to be at home, under a blanket drinking tea. But knowing that there’s an ice cream store right there, in the centre of Lisbon, who cares about teas!

After a walk in Lisbon with my friend taking photographs of everything, literally everything, we decided it was time for a break when we were at Chiado. Santini was calling for us!

Attilio Santini, the man behind all this! Attilio opened the first “Santini” in 1949 and it quickly became one of the most famous ice cream places in Portugal.

There you can find a huge selection of ice cream flavours! I went for the chocolate and caramel.

On a scale from “supermarket ice creams” to Häagen-Dazs, it was quite close to Häagen-Dazs.

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Address:  Rua do Carmo, 9
1200 Lisbon, Portugal
Tel.: + 351 213 468 431
Santini website.
Santini on Facebook.

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Instagram of the Month: @susanatrsousa

Instagrammer: Susana Sousa, 21 years old, Madeira Island, Portugal.

Untitled“I created an account to inspire and be inspired. Instagram is a great source of inspiration. Choosing a filter becomes more difficult than choosing an outfit! I also created this account because I’m the type of person that always has a camera on her hand. Everywhere I look I see a photograph. On my account, I share a little bit of the life of the island, the capital (Lisbon) and everything that inspires me”

Her photographs consist of: Landscape, sea and urban shots.

Camera: iPhone 5/Fugifilm FinePix S4500

Apps that she uses: VSCOcam e PixlrExpress+

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Here are a few of her best photographs:

 

 

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Munchie| Burger Restaurant

Journalists work 24 hours a day, always searching for what is “new”. So when they give us the afternoon off, trust me, we take advantage of it!

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At lunch, the girls and I decided to try the burger restaurant Munchie, last friday in Lisbon.

It was very cold to stay in the terrace, even if autumn leaves would be perfect for my photographs. I will dedicate a post in a near future just for those leaves that cover Lisbon in this time of year.

So we decided to sit inside and the staff welcomed us with smiles.

 

The place is very cozy and well decorated, the white and green colours give a fresh vibe to it.

On the menu, you can find a large variety of dishes named after the seven deadly sins, but we all went for the menu of the day, which includes a burger (with lettuce, tomato, Cheddar cheese, caramelised onions and beef) with home-made chips, a drink and coffee.

Everything was delicious and after lunch, we replaced the subway for a walk around Lisbon since we needed to burn those calories!

Oh! And there’s free Wi-Fi, so yes, you can update your Instagram!

Contact Details

Address: Praça das Flores, 40 Lisbon, Portugal
Tel.: + 351 21 594 1802
E-mail: pateodasdonzelas@gmail.com
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Évora|City of skulls & temples

Because it’s winter in Europe and we need to change our itinerary a bit,  Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region is the most suitable city to visit.

With its  Moorish influence, streets are filled with short white-washed buildings with mustard-yellow trim, Évora has  very well-preserved old town centre, enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods.

I visited the Roman Temple, also referred as the Temple of Diana. It was dedicated to the cult of Emperor Augustus and today it’s Évora’s most famous landmark.

Another important landmark to visit in Évora is the Saint Francis Church that includes several chapels decorated in Baroque style, including the Chapel of Bones,  small but totally covered with human bones, skulls, femurs, just see for yourself!

In order to get a great aerial view of Évora, you can climb the towers of the Se, the cathedral, and walk around on top.

If you visit Évora I recommend you to have lunch or even diner at Degust’AR Restaurant. Which I recently wrote a review about.

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Degust’AR Restaurant

If you’re searching for a sophisticated, comfortable and cozy place to have lunch or even dinner, and at the same time get to know a little bit more of Portugal history, you opened the right link.

Located on the ground floor of the Sepulveda Palace in Évora, Portugal , the restaurant Degust`AR  has the signature of Chef António Nobre. Their menus offer the Alentejo cuisine as a starting point, and develop their creative inspiration through Mediterranean flavors.

Dome ceilings, horseshoe arches and  frescos give this place a very cultural feeling. You also have the option of going for a sushi menu, and trust me, you won’t regret.

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Contact Details

Address: Rua Cândido dos Reis, 72
7000-782 Évora, Portugal
Tel.: + 351 266 740 700
E-mail: geral@mardearhotels.com
Degust’AR website.
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