15 best travel tips for a first trip to Southeast Asia – Part II

After sharing here the first 8 best travel tips for a beginners trip to Southeast Asia, it’s time now to unveil the remaining 7 tips.

#9. Respect is gold

Don’t lose your personal standards and believes just because you’re on vacation outside your country. By this I mean, show respect for each religion belief (you’ll find a large range even in a single region). To get inside and visit the majority of temples you’ll have to cover your shoulders and legs as well as take off your shoes, which might be awkward, but just do it, don’t question. Additionally and on a personal note, I avoid taking part of activities directly related to animal exploitation (elephant rides, tiger zoos, monkey entertainment, etc.). Hot tips: Contribute to the local economy/community whenever possible. A small gesture of yours will deliver great impact on people’s lives. Remember you’re still a guest in their country, so be simple, stay humble and don’t play the crappy money buys everything superiority card.

Holy Spring Water Temple @ TrenDestination
Holy Spring Water Temple @ TrenDestination
One of many temples in Bangkok, Thailand @ TrenDestination
One of many temples in Bangkok, Thailand @ TrenDestination

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Sardinha collection by Bordallo Pinheiro | Portuguese sardine 2016

Sardinha by Bordallo | Official launch July 2016 @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo | Official launch July 2016 @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
A truly portuguese centre piece @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Partners in crime @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
A total of 60 unique sardines by Bordallo Pinheiro @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
26 brand new Sardines launched in the 2016 collection @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Bordallo Pinheiro partners with EGEAC and Lisbon City Council @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Can’t get any fresher than this @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
A Portuguese table @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Fresh from the sea | Brand new collection @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Fish riot @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
“Drunk” sardine by Manuel João Vieira (Ena Pá 2000 and Irmãos Catita music band) | Limited exclusive edition of 2016 @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
“Drunk” sardine by Manuel João Vieira (Ena Pá 2000 and Irmãos Catita music band) | Limited exclusive edition of 2016 @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Bordallo Pinheiro presents Sardinha 2016 collection @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Lisbon background @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Horse mackerel brothers @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Fresh from the sea | Brand new collection @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
The codfish @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination
Sardinha by Bordallo Pinheiro 2016 @ TrenDestination

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15 best travel tips for a first trip to Southeast Asia – Part I

If you’re a newbie in what comes to travelling Southeast Asia (SE), you’ve arrived safely my friend. Because if like me, you love to immerse in culture authenticity to its fullest, spend wisely your money with a bit of splurge, dream with 30º as your sea bath temperature, value an honest smile as the most generous customer service sign, wish all-inclusive deals would burn in hell, understand the non-verbal pleasure of a real foot massage and believe that Anthony Bourdain should be the only one using the #foodporn, you’re ready to visit Southeast Asia (SE). Didn’t I tell you before that it feels like my second home? So, I’ve been travelling quite a lot to those countries, with loads of previous preparation, seriously digging into the culture, must do’s of each area and gathering all the useful and needed resources to take most advantage of a trip to Southeast Asia (SE), so let me unveil the first 8 top travel tips collection.

Sunset in Dili, Timor @ TrenDestination
Sunset in Dili, Timor @ TrenDestination

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10 firecracker questions to… Fashion designer Katty Xiomara

Born in Venezuela, within a Portuguese family, Katty Xiomara moved to Portugal at age 18, settling in Porto. In 1997 ends the Fashion Design course at Citex (now Modatex), where she currently lectures.

Fills the fashion week calendar in Portugal since 1998. Earlier in her career reconciles the evolution of the brand with other projects in such diverse areas as children’s clothing, uniforms, theater, TV, music, dance and graphic arts. In 2000 designs the costumes for the adaptation of the play La Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri with Jean Paul Bucchieri choreography at Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon. A year later registers the trade mark, but only ventures internationally in 2005.

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Katty Xiomara’s name treading the catwalks of Paris on several occasions and participates regularly in International trade shows. In 2007 opens her shop atelier in an old townhouse located in the emblematic Rua da Boavista in Porto. Since September 2013 presents its collections at Fashion Week in New York.

@ View Fashion Book

In 2014 awarded the Silver Winner award by the IDA “International Design Awards” and in 2015 repeated this feat to bend, as well as a new Silver Winner was awarded an Honorable Mention.

The brand’s philosophy falls within the concept of designer-driven pieces that are aspirational yet accessible, elegant and timeless, sophisticated but playful, ultra-feminine with tailored silhouettes, meticulous structures and shapes, bold use of color and print; for women who are confident in themselves and their style choices, strong attitude, individual style with a romantic spirit.

Katty Xiomara @ TrenDestination

Katty accepted the challenge to name her first thought when thinking about …

#1. Favorite spot for inspiration
KX: My home garden. But it’s not just a spot; is music, cinema, street art, traveling, etc.

#2. Restaurant with guts and character
KX: O Alpendre (Arraiolos – Alentejo)

#3. The unmissable with 30 minutes in Porto
KX: A walk from Praça da Liberdade, trough Torre dos Clérigos, Rua de Cedofeita to Casa da Música

#4. Porn dream food
KX: Dark chocolate

#5. Best way to spend 2,00€ in Porto
KX: Metro trip from Bulhão station to Matosinhos

#6. Influential leader to seat next to you on a flight
KX: Iris Apfel or Diana Vreeland

#7. Memorable and one-of-a-kind hotel
KX: Porto River

#8. Portugal on a plate
KX: Fresh fish, Cozido à portuguesa (portuguese stew), Tripas à moda do Porto (Porto style tripe with white bean stew)

#9. Perfect spot to travel within Portugal
KX: From North to South, it’s a small country that it is easy to plan a two weeks’ trip

#10. Most used expression in Portuguese
KX: Nada é pequeno!


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15 healthy & cheap products to buy in Martim Moniz asian supermarkets – Chapter I

I’m frequently asked to share which are the best products to choose in an asian supermarket since I buy all my asian stuff for at least half of the price (comparatively to a regular chain supermarket), avoiding to get ripped off and guaranteeing genuine authenticity (might sound weird coming from Asia, hun).

So first things come first, if you want the real deal – asian wise – you have to go roots style and find the source. Either products from Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, etc. There are 3 different asian supermarkets in Martim Moniz area where I divide my shopping list – I’ll put their names and more info in the end of the post. Whatever missing in one of them, the others will for sure list in. I’ll break the suggestions list into different chapter posts being this first one all about the best healthy products you should buy there. I’ll let you know also how I use each one of them but bear in mind there are at least 1000 other ways to use them so feel free to find the best suitable option for you – and share it with us by leaving a comment.

#1. Bio Green tea matcha (8,49€)

This is pure gold and it’s part of my morning routine as a tea to kick-off my day and my afternoons in the form of a matchinno – cappuccino version where the coffee is replaced for the tea. Sometimes I also add a tea spoon on my oatmeal pancakes or for cake baking. I’m seriously addicted to it and I recommend it to all the already green tea lovers, otherwise the flavor might be too strong for you.

#1. Bio Green tea matcha (8,49€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#2. Peanut paste sugar free (2,50€)

Yes, hon, it’s healthy when you choose the right one – 100% of peanuts like this one with no sugar or oil added – and if you don’t mix it with all the ice cream you can find in the freezer. However, eat it in the right measure! For me, suits me best after my RPM and HIIT workouts with an oatmeal pancake or if I’m really hungry, I also add a banana and some nuts with cinnamon on top.

#2. Peanut paste sugar free (2,50€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#3. Aloe Vera sugar free drink (0,99€)

Aloe Vera it’s the next big thing but just didn’t find its momentum in portuguese soil yet but it will. It has a very particular flavor which might not suit every taste but give it a try if you tend to like natural drinks. It’s claimed to be good for the immune system, skin in general and digestion, among others.

#3. Aloe Vera sugar free drink (0,99€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#4. 100% pure coconut oil (3,95€)

I started using it in Thailand for the first time and since then I’ve seriously fall in love. And I’m not one of those coconut oil psychos that use it everywhere BUT the truth is I don’t know any other multifunction product like this. I used mainly on my cookings as a substitute for oil and even olive oil, as a deep night hair mask and for dry skin, especially on winter. The jar option is the best one since it’s easier to withdraw the oil when is solid. However, if you choose to buy the bottle, just warm it up a bit on hot water before.

#4. 100% pure coconut oil (3,95€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#5. Rice paper (1,95€)

You’ll find a multitude of sizes! They look hard and are well-packed but there isn’t such delicate thing as a thin rice paper roll. They’re low in calories (circa 20 kcal per sheet) and require very little preparation. Just dip them in hot water and they’ll soften up easily. I usually cook them as a spring roll/wrap and put all kind of veggies inside. They’re a great option especially in the summer.

#5. Rice paper (1,95€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#6. Lemongrass (0,90€)

Its fragrance kills me (in a good way) and it’s universally recognizable. Lemongrass isn’t usually sold in normal supermarkets so the frozen option works perfectly for me as I only use in very specific dishes or for tea. You might be lucky and find its fresh version which of course has a punchier flavor.

#6. Lemongrass (0,90€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#7. Black sesame seeds (2,75€)

You won’t find them in any other supermarket type and I definitely preferred them in black (although I mix them with the white seeds) for their unique nuttier flavor and kick-ass presentation on the plate. I always toast them up a bit on a clean pan to release the flavor and fragrance as well as increase the crunchiness. Then, I use them to sprinkle on salads, yoghurts, soups, veggies, stir-fried or steamed dishes, pretty much everything. Google all the nutritious facts about these little gems – you’ll be surprised.

#7. Black sesame seeds (2,75€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#8. Sweet potato noodles (1,35€)

This specific type of noodles come from Korea and are made from sweet potato starch – totally gluten free – with a chewy and glassy texture. They’re an excellent option to rice noodles and for me work better on a broth or slightly stir-fried, otherwise, it gets too slippery for my taste.

#8. Sweet potato noodles (1,35€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#9. 100% natural Coconut water (1,89€)

There’s no other drink that makes me feel as refreshed and invigorated as coconut water. I always have one bottle on my fridge ready to drink – it’s kind of mandatory to drink it cold in order to reach its highest potential of freshness. Besides the simple one, I suggest as well the flavored with pomegranate and guava.

#9. 100% natural Coconut water (1,89€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#10. Tapioca pearls (1,20€)

I prefer the big tapioca pearls added on my tea latte but the small ones taste great on cold desserts combined with fruit as well. I usually don’t cook them at home because I got traumatized the first and only time I did – I thought it would be piece of cake so I’ve followed my cooking intuition and cooked it without any guideline whatsoever. Turned out too thick and gluey and for the dish I wanted to do the starch needed to be extracted. So, don’t pretend like me and search for the right way to prepare it.

#10. Tapioca pearls (1,20€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#11. Bok choy cabbage (1,50€)

They’re extremely common in China, in the same measure as our portuguese kale. Although it’s called cabbage, it doesn’t taste like it at all! I use both the leaves and the stems, again stir-fried (with a bit of garlic, ginger and sesame oil) or simply blanched. Note that the leaves and stalks have different textures needing distinct cooking times. The leaves are similar to spinach and the stems are crunchy and tend to be watery at the same time. It’s perfect as a side dish.

#11. Bok choy cabbage (1,50€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#12. Rice noodles (1,15€)

It’s incredibly cheap and definitely worth to buy. Its beyond simple cooking process (just soaked them in hot water with no need to be boiled) amazes me so it’s one of those unmissable staples in my pantry – love to eat them with a bunch of veggies or featured in a cold salad. You can find a multitude of sizes (thin/vermicelli, medium/linguine shape and wide/tagliatelle shape).

#12. Rice noodles (1,15€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#13. Dried rose bud & Dried jasmine flower (3,49€)

Love tea but don’t like the caffeine in it? Then, these two flower teas are for you. They’re extremely fragrant, look beautiful floating on hot water, caffeine-free and also perfect for a gift. I enjoy drinking it at night, after dinner, somehow it calms down the day fuss. Don’t confuse the dried jasmine flowers with jasmine tea – this last one has green tea added which contains caffeine.

#13. Dried rose bud & Dried jasmine flower (3,49€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#14. White and brown Shimeji mushrooms (1,40€)

I’m such a big fan of this type of mushrooms, especially the brown ones. You just need to remove the base and separate into small pieces. Again, they don’t need much cooking wise so the least you do, the better. I like them slightly stir-fried or simply steamed to keep all the juiciness and flavor, give me a hot rice bowl and some soy sauce and I’ll be happy. Keep it simple, it tastes better.

#14. White and brown Shimeji mushrooms (1,40€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

#15. Goji seeds (3,50€)

They act a superfood and antioxidant and I usually soak and rehydrate them in cold or hot water to release all the goodies, drink the liquid and finally eat the seeds as a snack or mixed on a salad/yoghurt. The flavor is at the same time sweet and sour which I love.

#15. Goji seeds (3,50€) @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

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Supermarket Wan (biggest of all 3 with huge variety)                Address: Rua da Palma, 266, 1100-394 Lisboa

Supermarket Hua Ta Li (the owner speaks very well Portuguese in case you need some extra help and they have take away food)Address: Rua Fernandes da Fonseca, 16, 1100-238 Lisboa

Supermarket Amanhecer (a true blend of an asian supermarket with a portuguese twist – you’ll understand why) Address: Rua Palma 41, 1100 Lisboa

The best japanese restaurants in Lisbon | Beyond sushi

I must confess that I cherish this big love for Japan and all its asianess. It’s my ultimate dream destination and it’s definitely on my plans visit it soon. So while I’m daydreaming, I entertain myself discovering Japan in Lisbon and it was about time for me to cover this subject. Bear in mind that this topic will not be about sushi though, otherwise I’d have to mention two of my favorite japanese Chefs in Portugal: Tomo Kanazawa and Paulo Morais. By the way, I still didn’t recover from Umai restaurant closing in 2014 and I still have to pay a visit to Kanazawa, with enough time to enjoy the experience and my best outfit (yes, there’s a dress code). I’ll talk about the other side of Japanese flavors sitting on the other sushi fence. So, getting back to business, below you’ll discover more about what I consider to be the most japanese restaurants in Lisbon. Be ready to find the real meaning of umami.

The LX Japanese tavern | Tasca Kome

Yuko Yamamoto is the lady Chef behind Tasca Kome. Before opening it, she used to be dedicated teaching others, in her own house, how to put flavor and authenticity into japanese dishes. Gotta tell you that I visited this restaurant for the first time right after its opening in 2013, but only after massive fails because it was always full (good for them, annoying as hell for me!). But since then, I can’t avoid ordering everytime the same – do you know those signature dishes you can’t run away from? That’s what you’ll find here. With their daily menus at lunch, it’s the only time I let loose and follow their suggestions.

Tasca Kome
@ TrenDestination

So, like a good food control freak inspector I am – the disease where you find yourself controlling every bits of food that comes to the table – the must order courses are Takoyaki (octopus balls), salmon Zukedon (marinated salmon with sushi rice and ikura / 13,50€), mackerel ceviche japanese style (with miso and ginger / 12,00€) and Kakuni (pork belly with soy and sake sauce / 7,00€).

Tasca Kome
Takoyaki (7,50€) @ Tasca Kome

For dessert, there are two rivals always fighting for my approval: the parmesan cheesecake and the green tea chiffon cake (served with azuki bean paste and green tea ice cream) – both divine! They have other chiffon cake flavors besides green tea. This is the first place I’ve found a similar option to kasutera sponge cake (from Nagasaki region) after Castella do Paulo tea room closing in Terreiro do Paço.

Don’t miss: The excellent matcha cappuccino at the end with the dessert, done the traditional way.

Hot tip: Their lunch menu costing 9,50€ per person including miso soup, salad and the fish or meat for main with a rice bowl.

Tasca Kome
@ TrenDestination
Tasca Kome
Steamed plaice with ginger and soy sauce @ TrenDestination

More info:
Average price: 20,00€ – 25,00€ per person (excluding drinks)
Website: here
Contact: (+351) 211 340 117
Address: Rua da Madalena, 57, Lisboa
Opened from Wednesday to Sunday (12:00pm to 3:00pm, 7:00pm to 11:00pm) / Closed on Monday and Tuesday


Ramen, Amen | KOPPU – Ramen Concept Food

It was late already when I decided to chose KOPPU for dinner. My stomach starting screaming (Ramen, ramen, ramen…) and the only option to silent that inner crazy voice was by pleasing it. First things first, who doesn’t love a big bowl of soup full of nutrients, big punch flavors and an endless kick-ass broth? Hello, I’m Ramen!

As I said, I was starving so had to ask for starters from which I recommend the Gwa Bao Chashu Chicken – the perfectly white fluffy clouds with marinated roasted chicken and tonkotsu sauce. Plus the pork and vegetables Gyozas.

KOPPU Ramen Concept Food
Steamed buns (4,80€) @ TrenDestination
KOPPU Ramen Concept Food
Tasty Gyozas (4,50€) @ TrenDestination

I specifically asked for the Tonkotsu Ramen (pork bone broth) and I wasn’t lucky but they were planning to have it soon (maybe they have it now). So, changed direction by going with the Chashu Pork Shoyu Ramen (the main differences from the Tonkotsu are the noodles, pak choi  and the pork broth) and Tan Tan Chicken Ramen (chicken broth based).

KOPPU Ramen Concept Food
Chashu Pork Shoyu Ramen (11,50€) @ TrenDestination
KOPPU Ramen Concept Food
Tan Tan Chicken Ramen (12,00€) @ TrenDestination

Dessert was skipped since it’s definitely a challenge to beat a ramen when it’s good! My stomach was way to comfortable for that. Didn’t want to put it in a hard position.

Don’t miss: If you never had Genmaicha tea (green tea combined with roasted brown rice) or colloquially known as popcorn tea (you’ll understand why), this is a brilliant opportunity to do it! My absolute favorite tea!

Hot tip: The best time is right at 7:00pm until 8:00pm or from 11:00pm onwards. But in case you’re stubborn and decide to go between that timeframe, be ready to wait and hear told you so.


More info:
Average price: 15,00€ – 20,00€ per person (excluding drinks)
Website: here
Contact: (+351) 213 900 043
Address: Rua de Gustavo de Matos Sequeira, 30, Príncipe Real, 1200, Lisboa
Opened from Tuesday to Saturday at 7:00pm until 12:00am (Friday and Saturday until 1:00am) / Closed on Sunday and Monday


First lady has arrived | Miss Jappa

Anna Lins is the super woman behind Miss Jappa and I met her for the first time at Umai when she and Paulo Morais were kicking ass together as the power couple they are in the kitchen. So, when she opened this restaurant was immediately included in my must-try list. What I like most in her approach to food is the unexpected route she takes by redesigning a distinct path between tradition and modernity.

Miss Jappa
@ TrenDestination

With its big red sign right in the entrance, it’s impossible to miss this restaurant.

Miss Jappa
@ TrenDestination

Once you get in, you’ll meet a trendy vibe within a coziness soul. The menu is divided through the following categories: Japanese Junk Food, Old Timers, Atarashi – New Timers, Sushi Bar and Hot.

Miss Jappa
@ TrenDestination

In my childhood, there was a game we used to play called Quantos queres (Fortune Teller in english) and in the Japanese Junk Food section you’ll find a tasty version of it – go for it to start your meal!

Miss Jappa
Wasabi peas, wonton chips, shrimp chips and peanut with miso caramel (3,00€) @ TrenDestination

From the Old Timers, the Gyoza Trio will give you a bit of everything – chicken, shrimp and veggies!

Miss Jappa
Gyoza trio (3,75€) @ TrenDestination

In the Atarashi – New Timers and for a bit of fun and alcohol, I recommend the Gunkan Russian Roulette where whoever gets the chili pepper must drink the sake shot – good luck! The Tartar in a Box (tuna and salmon tartar with shrimp chips and sweet chili sauce) is also recommendable. From the Hot chapter the Pork collar steamed buns with soy, mirin and ginger sauce accompanied with sautéed mushrooms as well as the sautéed spinach, pumpkin, shitake powder and egg Ramen are absolutely unmissable.

Miss Jappa
Boxed tartar (9,00€) @ TrenDestination
Miss Jappa
Stuff it all you can (12,50€) @ TrenDestination
Miss Jappa
Sautéed spinach, pumpkin, shitake powder and egg Ramen (8,00€) @ TrenDestination

Don’t miss: The black sesame crème brûlée for dessert as well as their lunch menu on weekdays starting at 10,00€ per person including starter, main and drink.

Miss Jappa
Dig in that perfect crust (2,50€) @ TrenDestination

Hot tip: Order a cocktail to go with the food since Mr. Cocktail himself – the one and only Dave Palethorpe – was responsible for putting together all the sake one can handle.

Miss Jappa
Scarlett (macerated pineapple, lemon juice, sake with a lemon zest) @ TrenDestination

More info:
Average price: 18,00€ – 20,00€ per person (excluding drinks)
Facebook: here
Contact: (+351) 211 379 763
Address: Praça do Príncipe Real, 5A, Lisboa
Opened from Tuesday to Sunday at 12:30pm until 3:30pm / 7:30pm until 12:00am (Friday and Saturday from 7:30pm to 1:00am) / Closed on Monday


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Tasca Kome | The best japanese restaurants in Lisbon | Beyond sushi

The LX Japanese tavern | Tasca Kome

Yuko Yamamoto is the lady Chef behind Tasca Kome. Before opening it, she used to be dedicated teaching others, in her own house, how to put flavor and authenticity into japanese dishes. Gotta tell you that I visited this restaurant for the first time right after its opening in 2013, but only after massive fails because it was always full (good for them, annoying as hell for me!). But since then, I can’t avoid ordering everytime the same – do you know those signature dishes you can’t run away from? That’s what you’ll find here. With their daily menus at lunch, it’s the only time I let loose and follow their suggestions.

Tasca Kome
@ TrenDestination

Continue reading Tasca Kome | The best japanese restaurants in Lisbon | Beyond sushi

Miss Jappa | The best japanese restaurants in Lisbon | Beyond sushi

First lady has arrived | Miss Jappa

Anna Lins is the super woman behind Miss Jappa and I met her for the first time at Umai when she and Paulo Morais were kicking ass together as the power couple they are in the kitchen. So, when she opened this restaurant was immediately included in my must-try list. What I like most in her approach to food is the unexpected route she takes by redesigning a distinct path between tradition and modernity.

Miss Jappa
@ TrenDestination

Continue reading Miss Jappa | The best japanese restaurants in Lisbon | Beyond sushi

KOPPU – Ramen Concept Food | The best japanese restaurants in Lisbon | Beyond sushi

Ramen, Amen | KOPPU – Ramen Concept Food

It was late already when I decided to chose KOPPU for dinner. My stomach starting screaming (Ramen, ramen, ramen…) and the only option to silent that inner crazy voice was by pleasing it. First things first, who doesn’t love a big bowl of soup full of nutrients, big punch flavors and an endless kick-ass broth? Hello, I’m Ramen! Continue reading KOPPU – Ramen Concept Food | The best japanese restaurants in Lisbon | Beyond sushi

Chimera Brewpub | A bold & cold pint

I met Adam for the first time when he was the Head Chef at The Insólito, and I always appreciated his approach and way of thinking towards food. So when he left to open his own restaurant – Chimera – with Thomas Mancini, I continued following him on his kitchen journey and now that he launched the Chimera Brewpub in Alcântara was the right time to re-visit him again.

Chimera Brewpub
@ TrenDestination

Besides Adam and his lovely wife, Raquel, I was greeted with… a pint (of course) and was indeed a bold welcoming!

Chimera Brewpub
@ TrenDestination

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