August 19, 2012

Praia da Rocha, Portugal, is one out of 10 breathtaking beaches

More Praia da Rocha photos, here!

Based on opinions from TripAdvisor’s users, a list of the top-10 most stunning beaches both in Europe and in the world has been compiled and Praia da Rocha, Algarve, was the only Portuguese beach to make either list and came within the top five on both. Praia da Rocha was described by one voter as “huge, clean and wonderful”. Well, that's my opinion too. I loved to spend some days there. It was August but I never felt like there were too many people around. It was incredible because each morning there were lots of persons on the sand and in the water, every day but the beach was always very clean - I liked that. Later I discovered that the team in charge of cleaning the beach starts the job at 4 in the night, every day.

TripAdvisor: Top 10 Breathtaking Beaches in Europe

1. Navagio, Zakynthos, Grécia
2. Whitehaven, Ilhas Whitsunday, Austrália
3. Flamenco, Culebra, Puerto Rico
4. Yapak (Puka), Boracay, Filipinas
5. Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Portugal
6. Lagoa Aitutaki, Aitutaki, Ilhas Cook
7. Baía do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brasil
8. Piscine Naturelle, Île des Pins (piscina natural da Ilha dos Pinheiros), Nova Caledónia
9. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turcos e Caicos
10. Geger, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonésia

TripAdvisor: Top 10 Beaches in Europe

1. Navagio, Zakynthos, Ilhas Jónicas, Grécia
2. Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Portugal
3. Praia dos Coelhos (Conigli), Lampedusa, Sicília, Itália
4. Illetes, Formentera, Baleares, Espanha
5. Egremni, Lefkada, Ilhas Jónicas, Grécia
6. Tropea, Itália
7. Elafonissi, Creta, Grécia
8. Lagoa Azul, Praia de Oludeniz, Oludeniz, Turquia
9. Ilhas Cíes, Galiza, Espanha
10. Zlatni Rat, ilha de Brac, Croácia

August 17, 2012

RUTZ, Portuguese shoes made from cork!

These shoes are really cute! The designers found inspiration in Portuguese traditional motifs that you already know so well - the lover's handkerchiefs hearts and flowers. This is what they say about their brand:

"rutz was born from a passion for women’s footwear and a desire to go further and innovate, by uniting two of Portugal’s major industries: Footwear and Cork. However, its uniqueness is based on its design and color – a true passion for shoes as urban art pieces. The brand name recalls our “roots”, our Portuguese origins and traditions which will inspire our collections. On the other hand, the name shows us our “routes”, the paths we will follow towards to a better future: the eco-friendly choice of material and the concern with lightness and comfort. Rutz intends to bring together conflicting concepts past and future, tradition and modernity - a current trend known as “rurbanism”.Our proposal is simple: "to make women fall in love with this reinvention of cork, by introducing color and design in an urban, sexy, young and sophisticated footwear!"

August 16, 2012

Munna Design is on the run for Design Awards

The International Product Design Awards is on and Munna Design, a Portuguese Company, is on the run for two prizes. The International Product Design Awards form part of The International Design and Architecture Awards celebrating the best in interior design, architecture and innovation from throughout the world. Their aim is to celebrate design, recognize talent, create opportunities and quite simply to offer inspiration.

Like other design and LUXE awards, the difference of these awards is that they will be judged online by other industry professionals, readers, and subscribers to the magazine and the general public. In other words, the people that matter and your new prospective clients. So, what do you think about Munna Design's proposals?

August 15, 2012

Sangria - a refreshing way to drink fruit

Sandeman, the world’s leading port and sherry company, is celebrating warmer days and sunny skies with sangrias. It's a great drink for summer days so I picked two ways to prepare it and I am sharing it with you!

Watermelon and Strawberries Mint Sangria


1 bottle of Sandeman Porto wine

12 oz lemon-lime soda

1/4 watermelon, muddled and strained for juice

20 mint leaves

10-15 strawberries, halved

How to prepare it?

Slice strawberries in half and set aside. Slice watermelon, strain for juice.

Mix Porto Wine, lemon-lime soda and watermelon juice in pitcher.

Add strawberries and let sit for 8-12 hours (or overnight).

Muddle mint leaves and add to pitcher before serving.

Sweet and Salty Watermelon Sangria

Yield: Makes 1 large pitcher, about 12 cocktails


6 cups cubed seedless watermelon, divided
2 cucumbers, peeled, divided
½ cup simple syrup
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 750-ml bottle Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
12 ounces club soda
lime wedges
rimming salt or kosher salt

How to prepare it:

Combine 5 cups watermelon and 1 ½ cucumber in a blender and puree until smooth. Strain into a large pitcher. Dice remaining cup of watermelon cubes. Seed and dice remaining cucumber half, then add watermelon and cucumber cubes to the pitcher. Add simple syrup, lime juice, and Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto, stir well, and chill.
To serve, add club soda to the pitcher. Run a lime wedge around the rim each glass and dip in rimming salt. Fill each glass with chilled sangria over ice and serve.

For more ideas, check Sandeman's Page on Facebook!

August 6, 2012

The Portuguese Pera Rocha do Oeste

When you think pears, you think babies because pears are considered a safe and good fruit for the baby. I grew up enjoying eating fruit more than candy or cakes but many children do not like fruit very much. Especially if they have to peel it before eating it! This pear tastes good inside and outside. You can bite the outer skin because it tastes good. The pear is a very nutritious fruit, rich in vitamins and fiber. I don't know why apples are more popular! Pera Rocha is an excellent fruit to be eaten as a dessert or between meals. The Pera Rocha do Oeste can be eaten fresh, cooked (in syrup or boiled) or as an ingredient in all kinds of dishes. The Pera Rocha do Oeste - that's the name to keep in mind because this variety only grows in Portugal - is oval, the skin is fine and smooth,its color is green and yellow. Inside the white pulp is hard and firm, crunchy, juicy and sweet. Around 1836 this variety was identified in the municipality of Sintra, on the property of Mr. Pedro António Rocha, a horse dealer from Sintra, noticed fruits with a crusty texture, a sweet aroma, and a refreshing taste on some tree he had in his property. This was a different kind of pear, an unusual fruit, whose original name is now the Pera Rocha do Oeste because it grows in the west coastline of Portugal, from Sintra to Leiria.
And now, a curiosity! This is one of the most famous fruit spirits from Portugal. It's produced at Quinta do Meiral - Lousã, where this industry is located. Pears grow inside bottles! The bottles are placed in the branches when they pear trees are still in bloom. This eau-de-vie or aguardente has an excellent aroma and taste.

August 1, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises posters!

The Dark Knight opened four years ago in 2008 and Christopher Nolan led the movie to transcend the comic book movie genre like I've never seen. He created a sophisticated, morally complex and intelligent movie. It was really awesome. Tomorrow The Dark Knight Rises in Portuguese theaters. Posters are advertising it everywhere on the streets. I want to watch it, of course. Possibly this is summer’s most grandiose superhero movie. I like superhero's movies, yes. So what? I also like Fellini's movies, and Bergman's and animation movies and a lot more.

There are a lot of superhero movies filling the summer market, I think it's a trend and it will fade. I've watched comic books adaptations since I remember and it took a while before some great movies were made. I enjoyed Iron Man and Thor very much. I think that anything that can stimulate a return to the cinema is a good thing, no matter what the genre. I have big expectations - like most fans must have - for Nolan’s last Dark Knight narrative. Besides that, there are great stars in addition to Bale and Hathaway, like Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, and Matthew Modine. Will the Dark Knight rises to the occasion again? I really hope so!

Meanwhile, I checked Zazzle for The Dark Knight Rises merchandise. I must say I love this kind of posters are real art!

This post was refreshed in 2015
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