Simpan

Simpan

Simpan is a café in Möllan in Malmö operated mainly by latin americans. It's one of the cool places to hang out in this hip part of town, where most residents are immigrants. They have delicious and creative sandwiches and warm coffee. All the furniture and most of the dishes, mugs and glasses are uneven, as are most of the patrons - hipsters, feminists and generic leftists are the most common species to be found. But occasional latin americans, rockers and goths can be sighted. In this constantly packed spot, you can order in both swedish…Read more
Food for the soul

Food for the soul

In the story of going on holidays to Portugal, food is, of course, one of the main characters. In Lagos, O Lamberto is the unofficial family cafeteria. It's outside the city centre, so the few tourists that ever get there want to get there. The highlights there come mostly from the sea, such as the grilled squid or the octopus salad. Going for something grilled here is playing on the safe side. Don't forget to squeeze lemon all over it. A Oficina was a new place for me. A friend took us there for a snack session. It lays in…Read more
Way down south

Way down south

Unlike a plane trip, a road trip where you are the driver won't bode well for your travel journalling. Especially if the trip is made under a scorching sun. Memories from the trip from Elvas to Lagos include few sketches and half a dozen wasp stings. The territory of Alentejo is marked by man-made objects of so many different eras. The arid plains of northern (Alto) Alentejo, peppered by its Reconquista era castles, became not so arid in more recent years, due to the construction of the Alqueva dam. Monsaraz certainly benefited from this new dammed landscape,…Read more
Hotter than hell

Hotter than hell

Most of the Canastreiro clan - my in-law family - lives and works in or around Campo Maior, a small town close to the spanish border. It is famous for being the headquarters of Delta, one of the largest coffee roasters in the Peninsula. It is not a pleasant place to be in the peak of the summer! People there avoid walking in the scorching hot sun and all the blinders are permanently rolled down. People care little about formal clothing or any clothing whatsoever. Everything begs for a little sesta (afternoon nap). Despite all…Read more
Breakfast of champions

Breakfast of champions

A good night's sleep had us forget about the full day in tin cans on rails and up in the air. After that, the first thing on the 'to do' list was to have a proper Portuguese breakfast. Down at 'Talismã', a corner snack bar in Benfica, we ordered a couple of long due galões (sing. galão) - coffee with milk in tall glasses - with torrada - dry bread toasted with butter - and pão de deus misto (lit. mixed god's bread)- a sweet bun topped with coconut custard with cheese and ham. Screw…Read more
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