WINE DINE & TRAVEL ADVENTURES WITH RON & MARY

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Join Ron & Mary as they explore beautiful Spain and Portugal

THE CACHOPO CHRONICLE

THE CACHOPO CHRONICLE

A few years ago, we unintentionally ended up in the Spanish coastal town of Santa Pola on a day trip from Alicante that had gone wrong. That’s when we stumbled on Restaurante Asturiano La Sidrería de Santa Pola and discovered Asturian cuisine–comfort food on steroids....

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HISTORY & FINE DINING MEET IN MADRID

HISTORY & FINE DINING MEET IN MADRID

The highlight of our short visit to Madrid with our friends Gary and Debbie Wasserman was undoubtedly our memorable lunch feast at Botin, the world’s oldest continuously operating restaurant. We had dined here once before at the suggestion of our friend Mary Ann Eger....

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FEASTING IN ALICANTE

FEASTING IN ALICANTE

During our last three visits to Alicante, Spain, we walked by La Taverna del Racó del Pla a dozen times. Hidden in a narrow side street a couple of blocks from the Mercado, it doesn’t look like much from the outside, but when we peered through the windows, we were...

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CRAZY ABOUT CADIZ

CRAZY ABOUT CADIZ

You may have wondered why I haven’t posted much about our stay in Cadiz for the last eight days. Besides the fact we’ve been busy exploring the city, I wanted to confirm our first impressions of this place, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe....

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THE TROUBLE WITH PORTUGUESE WINES

THE TROUBLE WITH PORTUGUESE WINES

It may come as a surprise, but Mary and I enjoy a glass of wine now and then. (Cue the laughing hysterically soundtrack). In our household, wine time has been an important ritual for more than 33 years. It always begins at 5 p.m. sharp, unless we're traveling, but I...

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A LUSOPHONIOUS DINING EXPERIENCE AT BAHR

A LUSOPHONIOUS DINING EXPERIENCE AT BAHR

For the most part, we focus our travel dining on well-reviewed family-owned eateries that serve traditional fare. Occasionally, we take a break and enjoy a good steakhouse or an Italian or Asian restaurant. Rarely, usually once during a long stay, do we splurge on a...

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MAD ABOUT BACALHAU

MAD ABOUT BACALHAU

Portugal has some quirks. One of the biggest head-scratchers is its love affair with bacalhau or stinky salt cod to laypeople. Why a country known for its seamanship and rich fishing grounds would prefer salted dried cod over the tasty fresh stuff is baffling. Equally...

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A VISIT TO THE NATIONAL TILE MUSEUM

A VISIT TO THE NATIONAL TILE MUSEUM

Portugal is best known for explorers, bacalhau, Pastel da Natas, sardines, wine cork, and decorative tiles not necessarily in that order. You know they’re important because there’s a museum dedicated to almost all of them. One, in particular, caught Mary’s fancy, the...

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A SUNSET CRUISE ON THE TAGUS RIVER

A SUNSET CRUISE ON THE TAGUS RIVER

Mary and I sailed the Tagus River last evening to watch the sunset on a glorious summer day here. It's a popular pastime among visitors and locals. So during our time here we've eyed some of the commercial big-name tours. Too often they looked crowded and...

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PASTEL DA NATA COOKING SCHOOL

PASTEL DA NATA COOKING SCHOOL

It's one thing to savor Portugal's favorite sweet pastry, pastel da nata, but it's another to make it from scratch. This morning we took the always exciting number 28 tram to the Compadre Cooking School to learn the secrets of this tasty tart, first sold at a...

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PORTUGAL’S SURF CITY

PORTUGAL’S SURF CITY

We're taking an overnight break from Lisbon in the surfing town of Ericeira, about an hour away from the big city. We were pleasantly surprised by the charm of the old town that hugs the rugged coastline. We enjoyed a fun meal at a popular little eatery, Taberna O...

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FERRY TO STREET ART AND GREAT FOOD

FERRY TO STREET ART AND GREAT FOOD

Amazing day, even though our elevator has been out for the last two days — that’s seven days out of 14 since we moved into our apartment. My calves are becoming massive. Here are some shots of our excursion to our restaurant across the Tagus river. After we exited the...

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BELEM WALKING TOUR PART 2

BELEM WALKING TOUR PART 2

Our guide, who skipped the long line to buy Pastel da Natas for us, couldn't do the same at Jeronimos Monastery or the adjoining church of Santa Maria de Belém. We decided the line to Jerónimos Monastery, which stretched the length of two football fields, was too...

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BELEM WALKING TOUR PART 1

BELEM WALKING TOUR PART 1

Our first walking tour on this visit to Portugal took us to historic Belem, a political power center of Portugal for centuries. A short train ride from Lisbon, it's the home of the Presidential Palace, a grand cathedral, the riverside point where Portuguese explorers...

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CELEBRATING OUR ELEVATOR

CELEBRATING OUR ELEVATOR

Beautiful day in Lisbon. We’re celebrating the restoration of elevator service at our apartment. It’s been out for three days, and since we’re 7 floors up, we’ve moved to a hotel until it’s fixed. An hour after we checked into the Lisbon Wine Hotel, we got word that...

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A HEALING LUNCH AT DA PRATA 52

A HEALING LUNCH AT DA PRATA 52

We had a great night's sleep last night, so things are looking much better this morning. The shower was perfect and Alexa is playing Moonlight on jazz piano. Also, the silver lining of our challenging day yesterday was our outstanding meal at a little restaurant just...

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