We are the champions, my friend!

benfica_festejos_habemus_tetra_foto_carlos_dias_rr40745e94.jpgHi there!

Just come by to let you know that SLB is a four time champion of the Portuguese League.. a very well deserved title!

This is my football club since I am just a kid and maybe the fault is on my father, but this is more than a football club this is a nation. Benfica has so many fans all around the world that there was at least one party in each continent last night.

After the game I went celebrating with everyone to Marquês de Pombal Square in the center of Lisbon and oh boy what a party… we even had fireworks! What an amazing night.

Just check here some photos of this year games.

XOXO,

S.

 

Travel #2: Porto (Part 2)

Hi guys!

I know it has been some time since I published Part 1, but I never thought it could be so hard to write about food and wine.

If you are like me you really value food and most of all, you value and appreciate the typical food of the places you go. If you go Porto, a city in the north of Portugal, don’t expect less than a full plate and great food (obviously, the full plate doesn’t happen in those gourmet restaurants that make me sad with the small amount of food geometrically centered in my plate). So, what are the dishes that you shouldn’t skip? Here is my list:

  • Francesinha 

Francesinha_especialAlthough I do not appreciate this specific dish, almost everyone I know is just crazy about it. It’s a sandwich mix of several types of meat like sausage, fresh sausage, ham, cold meats and beef steak. All of this is fully covered with cheese and then it’s guarnished with beer, tomato sauce and chili. It’s always served with fried chips and in some places with a fried egg.

  • Tripas à moda do Porto

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So this one a very tradicional portuguese recipe which some say that goes back to the Age of Discovery when Portugal started sailing the sea and discovering the world. Basically, the inhabitants of Porto were left only with the tripe of the animals to eat, so they invented this dish. It is a mix of meat, tripe, white beans, some vegetables and ‘enchidos’, like chorizo and morcela. For me everything that comes with enchidos aside is just awesome and if you never ever tried one portuguese morcela or chorizo you don’t know what you’re missing in life! Just by curiosity, due to this dish Porto people are usually called ‘Tripeiros’.

  • Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá

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Oh my oh my.. Codfish is the portuguese wonder! We have more than 100 different dishes made out of codfish and they are all so amaziing. In Portugal we usually use salted and dried codfish to our recipes and this one is no exception. The ingredients are, besides cod, onions, garlic, eggs, olives, olive oil and boiled potatoes. This goes to the oven and just comes out like one of the greatest dishes I ever tasted. Get a recipe here and try it by yourself.

  • Caldo Verde

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Caldo Verde is soup, but not any soup because… it has chorizo! Just kidding, it’s a really good soup with lots of tradition. The soup base is just composed by potatoes, onions, water and some seasonings. To this we add curly kale cuted in really lean stripes (caldo verde shape) and chorizo. A simple soup but obviously delicious.

Next post will be obviously about the Porto wine and Douro wine and what type of drinks you should try. Stay tuned!

XOXO,

S.

Travel #2: Porto (Part 1)

Hello there!

I usually go on a travel at least 2 times a year and usually it happens in September and in February. Last year, I decided to travel with my best friend to Porto for a 5 days getaway without boyfriend (for those who are pitting him, he went to Amsterdam with his friends, so his fine!).

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Porto in a cloudy day seen from D. Luís Bridge

Why Porto? It’s a beautiful city with so much nice people! It’s the kind of city where you can enjoy some historical monuments and buildings, but also where you can eat well and drink even better! Anyway, I’m going to give you five reasons that made me visit the city and you may like and agree with at least 3 of them:

  1. I live in Portugal so it just takes 40 minutes by plane and 2 hours by train to get there;
  2. Amazing food;
  3. Original and the greatest Port Wine (everywhere);
  4. City’s history;
  5. Cheap, like everything is cheap.

Here, you can also enjoy Douro River margins and visit some Port Wine Cellars or even the vineyards. You are just a leap away from some historical and beautiful places.

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Vineyards in the Douro Valley – classified as a World Heritage by UNESCO

With that said, now let’s start planning your trip to Porto? Awesome!

How do you get there?

  • Plane
    • Porto has an airport which is Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport. The airport is located near the city and you can get there to the city center and the other way around using public transportation. (check more info here);
  • Train
    • Porto is one of the biggest cities in the north of the country so it has Campanhã Train Station where you can get trains that establish international railway connections;
  • Bus
  • Car
    • If you enjoy road trips, you can get to the city by car. If so just enjoy all the motorways that were built around Porto and the excellent road connections.

Where to stay?

Where to stay in Porto it’s easy to answer. Nowadays you have so many options that you just have to choose based on your budget. I will just share with you some options:

  • Hotel
    • In Porto you have great hotels, some cheaper and some expensive but you can always count with a very professional service. You can either choose for a Bed & Breakfast, a Hostel or even a 5-stars hotel. On this matter I advise to search on TripAdvisor and this Telegraph article what are the best options for your pocket
  • House rental
    • Usually when I go on vacations I just go for a house rental. I always do some math and I find it cheaper to prepare home meals and have a full house to myself than just rent a hotel room and to pay for meals everyday on restaurants. I always use AirBnb website to search for the house that suits me best and the one I believe to have a fair price.

After this, I promise to return briefly to let you know where to go, where to eat and what to drink! Don’t miss the second part…

XOXO,

S.

Travel #1: Introduction

Hello there everyone,

One of my passions is to travel. I was never able to travel much through out my life and the first time I stepped a foot into an airplane was only 3/4 years ago. I believe that traveling is an addiction and once you start it is really hard to stop.

For me it’s not only the vacation part that counts, it’s the knowledge I get and all the experiences that enrich my life and change me as a person. From now on I will do some regular posts on traveling places and also some traveling tips to help you on getting the perfect holidays.

Hope you enjoy all the recent changes on the blog (even the name, omg!) and I hope I can count on you in this new journey.

XOXO,

S.

Random decor ideas #1

Hello there 🙂

I must say that I have a crush on any type of a grey decor. I just love how grey is neutral but is not black or white and it’s amazing when combined with some blue, yellow or even pink appointments.

Having a grey room is having a room always with style and easy to change when you are bored! I leave you here some of the decors that catched my eye on the last days.

XOXO,

S.

DIY: IKEA Rast Hack

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Hello there 🙂

As promised, here I am giving this blog a little boost! Today I am going to tell you how I did a very very simple hack on my Rast Ikea dresser and how I use it as a bedside dresser.

So I moved to this house some years ago, like almost 8/9 years ago. Since then I never took time to do a proper decor on my room and I am just keeping to leave it to do later and later.

Last year, I discovered that one wardrobe and one dresser was not nearly enough for all of my clothes so I headed down to IKEA to find a solution. I didn’t want to spend much money but I needed something that could look good on my room and to be like a starting point for what I aim to get.

After researching a bit, I discovered the Rast dresser which is versatile, has the exact amout of space that a bedside dresser should have and is cheap, only 25€! Match made in heaven, right? Nooopeee! It was pinewood so it didn’t quite match with my white furniture.

But, what the heck, I was in IKEA, land of opportunities and imagination! Just a few corridors after (like 1 hour later), I arrived to the paint section where I just stood there trying to choose wether to go with grey or white, grey or white, grey or white… I was kinda fed up with an all white room so I brought grey paint home with me!

As soon as I arrived home, I started to work on it! I didn’t took any pictures of the process of hacking my Rast dresser but I was so quick and easy that I couldn’t believe it. I used a paintbrush but depending on the type of coverage you want you can use a paint roller, for example.

To start I assembled the dresser all together and just left the assembled drawers aside. I started by painting them and only after I went for the rest of the dresser. First one side,then the other, then the top and after that the small details that can be easily spotted after putting all together. This took me something between half an hour and an hour to do and it was a clean work! Since it is pinewood the paint dries very quickly, so it will be up to you if you want to give a second layer of paint to make it more uniform or if, like me, you like to see the wood veins showing up through the paint and just leave it with one layer. Regarding the handles of the drawers, I dipped them on the paint to get them all covered, waited a bit to dry and voilá, I have a grey Rast dresser!

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XOXO,

S.

Making some changes

bridge-2062748_1920I have been away from the blog for almost 3 years… yes I know it’s too much absent time for someone with only 3 posts! But I thought about this for a while and I think that it’s time to change my life.

I have been struggling between college and work. Working a full-time job and at the same time trying to take a degree is not the easiest thing on life, but it is what it is. This year, due to some financial issues, I had to do a pause on my studies, so I swore to myself that I would take this “gap year” to make some real changes.

And for everyone who is thinking that this is a post full of achievments, it is not. I still haven’t done anything major or important with my life besides quitting my job and getting a new one.

No yay for me here also, because not only I don’t love what I’m doing but also I am not motivated at all to go to work. Currently, I’m in a medical leave because I got sick on my day off and just keep thinking what the hell am I doing with my life.

So let’s talk about some interesting things that I would like to achieve in my life in the next 2 years:

  1. As most of us, I would like to lose some weight, not much, just 5 or 6 kgs would be enough for me, but this must be achieved in a healthy way and without crazy diets for sure;
  2. Write a novel and get it published (does anyone have tips on this? ahah);
  3. Move out of my parents house and get my own house;
  4. Get my degree finally!

Easy, uh? Let’s see about that!

About this blog, one of the major changes I would like to achieve is already in motion as you can see: writing in English. When any blogger writes in english it allows them to get to much more people and share their ideas and knowledge with a whole community. Language barrier sometimes doesn’t allow an amazing blogger to reach to the top.

So now, I just need to start working on my achievments… let’s see how it goes!

XOXO,

S.

Kardashian Mood

Digam o que disserem, ninguém pode negar que as irmãs Kardashian têm um sexto sentido no que toca a moda, principalmente a Kourtney. O modo como ela sabe conjugar peças, cores e padrões aplica-se não só à moda como também se aplica à decoração. E nesta entrevista para o site The Coveteur prova-se mais uma vez a sua aptidão nesse sentido.Imagem

E já agora,adorei tudo desta imagem: o preto e branco que faz ressaltar a almofada que por sua vez nos chama a atenção e realça o azul nos sapatos. Impressionante!