Graham’s Port – Porto, Portugal

Upon our arrival in Porto, there seemed to be a certain mystique in the air, particularly since it was overcast and drizzling lazily.  It were as if the city was teasing us to unravel the secrets that it was concealing with fog and the narrow winding streets on both sides of the Douro River.  The looming shadow of the Sandeman “Don” was out in the open as well as hidden throughout the beautiful tile rooftops.  As we wove our way up the riverbank on the Vila Nova De Gaia side, passing cellar after cellar, we were getting very excited about

What to Eat in Porto, Portugal

The Portuguese do one type of cuisine really, really well.  And that’s seafood.  The Portuguese seafood is no joke.  Jeff and I were determined to eat a lot of foods typical of the area … and fortunately we LOVE seafood.  But not only do they have fantastic seafood, but they make really delicious sausage too.  And paired with a nice, crisp Vinho Verde, there’s just nothin’ like it. Our first stop of the day was for lunch at a restaurant called Chez Lapin (House of the Rabbit).  And rabbit is actually a very typical dish of Porto.  Located right on

Torres Vineyard – Vilafranca de Penedès, Spain

Not far from the beating heart of Barcelona, Spain is the Penedès region where many of the best Catalan wines are produced.  Taking a short side trip from our base in Barcelona, we headed to the rolling hills outside of the bustling metropolis. After navigating a few of the region’s main arteries and NUMEROUS roundabouts, we emerged in a serene setting of vineyards as far as the eye could see. The first stop on our Catalan viniculture adventure was Torres, a family vineyard that has grown to be one of the largest in all of Spain with sister vineyards on

La Boqueria – Barcelona, Spain

Located in the hustling and bustling heart of Barcelona, Spain, this market has radiated the food and culture of the Catalan people for centuries.  On La Rambla, everything is bigger and louder.  The music, the buses, the people… My favorite part about El Mercat de la Boqueria are the colors.  It’s truly an amazing sight.  From the moment you walk in, the colors hit you like an oncoming train.  All your senses immediately heighten and you feel like a kid in a candy store.  Where do I go first!? Walking through the market, there’s so much to do and see that you

Virago – Nashville, TN

While I was in Nashville, we had dinner at my favorite restaurant, Virago.  Virago is a very trendy Asian restaurant that has everything from sushi, to Asian-inspired entrees, to fancy cocktails.  The decor makes this restaurant such an experience!  And luckily, the food delivers as well. You might ask yourself … “seafood in TN?!  TN is landlocked… Yuck!”  Well, I thought the same thing at first.  However, the seafood is flown in daily and as fresh as it gets. My absolutely FAVORITE thing at Virago is the Wasabi Martini (see below).  It’s tangy and a little sweet with a serious KICK.

City House – Nashville, TN

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On my last trip to Nashville, TN, I visited a very popular restaurant called City House.  My friend Reaghan who is a Nashville foodie, knew I would love it.  And well, I did!  From the rustic decor, to the fantastic food, everything exceeded my expectations. Now for the food & cocktails.  There were so many great things on the menu that we decided to get one of each – an app, a pizza, a pasta, and a meat.  OMG good. I can’t wait to go back and visit Nashville.  The food scene is fantastic!!  Who would have thought?! Cheers!  And

NOLA: Bringing the Big Easy to SoNo

There are few cuisines that are under-represented in Fairfield County.  One of these is Cajun food made famous in New Orleans and the surrounding areas.  A blend of French, Caribbean and other European and African elements, Cajun cuisine is as warm and comforting as the area where it hails from.  As you can imagine, we were thrilled to hear that a New Orleans inspired restaurant opened recently in South Norwalk.  Cristina and I had a unique opportunity to get a chance to try quite of the few items that the chef, Dan Kardos has created that blend classic Cajun dishes

Commander’s Palace- New Orleans

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Commander’s Palace was built in 1880. It is located in the Garden District of Uptown New Orleans (1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, 70130), and is owned by the Brennan family. It has long been one of the best regarded upscale restaurants in the city.  Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse are two of its most famous alumni who have worked in its kitchen through the years. In 1880, Emile Commander established a small saloon at the corner of Washington Avenue and and Coliseum Street. Within a few years he turned it into a restaurant patronized by the distinguished neighborhood families of the Garden District.[1] By 1900

Martinique Bistro- New Orleans, LA

After 2 full days of being right in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, we were ready to have a quiet, romantic dinner away from the craziness of this very touristy section.  Jeff did some quick research on his iPhone and found this cute little place in Uptown NOLA called Martinique Bistro with great food and al fresco dining.  I was desperate for some al fresco dining since we had such BEAUTIFUL weather and warm, clear evenings.  What’s better than having a great meal outside enjoying the perfect weather when you’re on vacation?  Nothing. So after catching a

The Camellia Grill

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As we’ve expressed, we LOVE breakfast.  When in NOLA, we definitely recommend you visit the famous Camellia Grill.  It’s fantastic! Lunch or dinner, the food is delicious. The Camellia Grill is a landmark diner in the Carrollton section of New Orleans. The Camellia Grill opened in 1946. Despite suffering little physical damage, the restaurant was closed after Hurricane Katrina until April 2007, when it reopened under new ownership. During this period of closure, the Camellia Grill’s front door was festooned with hundreds of notes from locals and tourists who missed it. The restaurant only offers counter service and its staff is usually gregarious. It is

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