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TAP Air Portugal’s flagship lounge in Lisbon gives you that last little taste of the country while waiting for your … Continue reading A refreshing taste of Portugal: TAP’s Business Class lounge in Lisbon
If you’ve ever gone sailing on the ocean or know people who do — and I do! — you understand … Continue reading Preppy dining on the water: Cascais, Portugal’s Maria Pia Seafood Lounge
When I was a little girl, I’d point out different skincare products at department stores or in magazines to my … Continue reading Save your skin this summer with Instytutum
O Pescador. It translates to The Fisherman in English and this Cascais, Portugal destination has the casual vibe of a … Continue reading Relaxed setting, world-renowned seafood: Cascais, Portugal’s O Pescador
I have always felt that if I had to travel back in time, I for sure would want to stick … Continue reading Treats for your tushy: ‘The Sexiest WC on Earth’ in Lisbon, Portugal
A good deal of Portugal’s historic wealth for centuries has come from their fishing, preserving and exporting seafood. Indeed, Portugal … Continue reading Preserving the flavors of Portugal: Lisbon’s Can the Can restaurant
I really enjoy entertaining at home. When I go out, if the service is lacking or the product, if I … Continue reading Elevate your home cocktail game with Merlet
The most traditional of Portuguese desserts have a convent or monastic origin. One of the most copied and storied of … Continue reading Holy dessert! Portugal’s authentic Pasteis de Belem
The founder of continental Europe’s most western vineyard, Casal Sta. Maria — Baron Bodo von Bruemmer — was not only … Continue reading Drink in the wine and the beauty of Colares, Portugal’s Casal Sta. Maria
My little sweetie, Madam CJ, is originally from A Buddy for Life in Elkton, Maryland. If this beauty were introducing … Continue reading The Tooth Fairy for pets in the Baltimore/DC area: Pearly White Pets
A great mixologist keeps all of your senses engaged and enthralled, while the trendy ones seem like they raided a … Continue reading Mixologists supreme: Cascais, Portugal’s Trent Jones Bar at Quinta da Marinha
I’m the only one in my family who hasn’t been to France. My parents, siblings, aunts, cousins, their kids . … Continue reading Travel to delicious with Cheeses of Europe
Rather than being frozen in amber, Maryland’s classic bounty of land, sea and air is being used in modern cuisine. … Continue reading Welcoming Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge: the Governor’s cookout
Maybe because of our woeful educational system, not many Americans know that Portugal was a hotbed of spies during WWII. … Continue reading Have your own James Bond moment at Portugal’s Palacio Estoril!
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A quick perusal of eBay will show you how beloved First/Business Class amenity kits are, even ones decades old. It … Continue reading Cute, cultural Executive Class amenity kit: TAP Air Portugal
There’s a restaurant right on the Atlantic Ocean that’s been beloved by generations of Portuguese families for 30 years: Cascais’ … Continue reading Eat ocean-fresh seafood like the locals: Cascais, Portugal’s Panorama Guincho
The mysteriousness of Sintra, Portugal even extended to my lunch at the Penha Longa Resort’s Arola, owned by the Ritz-Carlton. … Continue reading Puttin’ on the Ritz: the chicest dining at Sintra, Portugal’s Arola
I’m always on the lookout for a great Happy Hour and I’m very picky. The place has to have food … Continue reading A very Happy Hour at Baltimore’s Ikaros
When Portugal ordered the Catholic monasteries closed in 1834 — following the dissolution of the orders — their bakers and … Continue reading Ancient history and desserts in an esoteric town: Sintra, Portugal’s Piriquita
Hotel breakfast buffets abroad fascinate me! Hotels know that when people are traveling, many with jet-lag, they have the lowest … Continue reading A Portugese breakfast buffet: Cascais, Portugal’s Quinta da Marinha
Maybe because I won’t drive on highways, the old post, buffalo salt lick and Indian path roads hold my interest. … Continue reading Historic Maryland hospitality: Old South Mountain Inn
Cascais, Portugal has been a hideaway for well-heeled — and often royal — types for decades. However, it’s not a … Continue reading Chic, luscious wine and cuisine by the sea at Cascais, Portugal’s Reserva da Villa
Talk about eating with a sense of place! Right by a cavernous rock formation on the Atlantic with an ominous … Continue reading A perfect destination for seafood: Cascais, Portugal’s Mar do Inferno
I was on the inaugural TAP Air Portugal flight from Dulles to Lisbon in Business Class, as well as returning … Continue reading The cuisine of TAP Air Portugal, Business Class
There are a couple of international airlines that bifurcate their lounges into Business and First Class. While I have visited … Continue reading Feeling First Class: the Star Alliance Lufthansa Senator Lounge at Dulles (IAD)
Portugal is hot – hot – HOT right now! I had the opportunity to find out just why and I’ll … Continue reading What a party! I was on the inaugural TAP Air Portugal flight from Dulles to Lisbon
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I first introduced you to the artisan condiments of Sonoma Farm HERE. But really, there are so many more flavors … Continue reading Build layer upon layer of flavor in your home cooking with Sonoma Farm
On the Delaware River, right near where George Washington made his battle changing crossing, there are two little towns with … Continue reading Elegant al fresco dining in NJ: Lambertville Station
I’ve inherited my dad’s resistance to paying tolls. During the holiday weekend, I went on a Thelma & Louise style … Continue reading Authentic Mexican cuisine in the boonies: West Grove, Pa’s Cocina Mexicana
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Lots of people are trying to be more self-sufficient, including me. Gas is rising, grocery stores are crowded and unpleasant … Continue reading Make your own gourmet cheese and vegan cheese with Urban Cheesecraft
Lots of dinner box subscriptions try to convince you that you’re “creating” your meal. There are food trucks that assure … Continue reading Get the building blocks of delicious, artisan cuisine at home with Sonoma Farm
Over the years, I have taken quite a few seminars on alternative healing methods, like aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, water therapy, … Continue reading Natural flower healing from within and without: Lotus Wei
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I’m not surprised that the creator of Intoxicating Beauty — a line of clean, cruelty-free skincare products incorporating active ingredients … Continue reading Cocktails for your skin: Intoxicating Beauty
Are you like I am, researching flavors and scents of products you’re considering? I like to know, to imagine, to … Continue reading Keeping up to date on the flavors of Amora Coffee
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I learned to drive late in life, mostly to fulfill a promise to my dad on his deathbed. There was … Continue reading It’s gonna be my new “2’d home”: John Brown General & Butchery
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I first discovered the Ellis Faas makeup line in the duty-free catalog of KLM airlines while flying home from Amsterdam. … Continue reading Treat your face as a work of art with Dutch artist makeup line Ellis Faas
Did you know the phrase, “Taco Tuesday”, was trademarked by a restaurant owner who apparently prosecutes it — though used … Continue reading Taco Tuesday it up in style with Prepara!
After watching the excellent Green Book at The Charles theater, my friend Carroll and I were up for a little … Continue reading In Baltimore, after watching Oscar nominated/Oscar winning films, head to Orto for a bite!
For those of you who didn’t grow up in Chicago, I really feel sorry for you. Long before WGN America … Continue reading Catch it while you can: Bozo’s Circus is on the air!
You may have heard the tales of “genever”, Holland and Britain playing a part in the early days of gin. … Continue reading Searching the world for a fine, artisan spirit and finding Italy’s Malfy Gin
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