Friday, September 30, 2011

we're not in Kansas anymore...

Streets packed with people drinking from glasses, cups, and all sorts of bottles, spilling out from bars that are too small to hold this many revellers. This is definitely NOT Toronto, but alcohol-infused Chiado:

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Queijadas (and Pastel da Alta Cruz) à Piriquita

You should never eat queijadas, unless they're from A Piriquita in Sintra. Not vegan, at all, but if you must eat them, it should be there.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

sun-fish, rays and sea-dragons at the Oceanarium

Lisbon's oceanarium is the second biggest in the world, and was designed by the same guy, Peter Chernayeff, who did the biggest one, in Osaka. It's huge, well designed, and at few places can you see a sun-fish, so many different mantarays, and gorgeous sea-dragons as in this one. (please note, my iPhone turned this pics green, but the light was bluish, of course).

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a feast "á goesa"

Paparis. Bojes. Xacuti de Galinha. Caril Vegetariano. Bebinca. The good thing, you don't need to know what these mean, because everything at this small, pretty, Goan restaurant (Cantinho da Paz) at Rua da Paz 4 in Bairro Alto was absolutely delicious. Two can eat, happily and with water and beer, for € 40.

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Portugal through Japanese Art

I can give you a single, commanding reason to visit Lisbon's National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga): its 16th century Japanese namban screens, which portray the exchanges of both cultures, from the Japanese artistic perspective. Unique.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Alfama views over the Tagus

Some of the best views of Lisbon, from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, in Alfama.

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One fine museum

Rarely can you see such a well chosen, fine, enjoyable private collection like the one at the Gulbenkian Museum. One of Lusbon's must-see places, surrounded by an equally tasteful park.

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Location:R. Dr. Nicolau Bettencourt,Lisboa,Portugal

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Carmona by night

Just 45 min by bus (20-25 by car) from Seville, the ancient charming town of Carmona is a great place to explore, relax, or even celebrate anniversaries in splendid Andalusian style.

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Location:Carretera de El Viso del Alcor,Carmona,Spain

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Azeitonas, pão e sangria na Rua Vieira Portuense

The simplest of stuff (olives, bread, cool sangria), but high quality, in a relaxed setting, by a nice street (Rua Vieira Portuense) in beautiful Belém.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pastéis de Belém e Ginginhas

Pastéis de Belém (a local pastry) with a bica (an espresso) in Belém, and ginginhas em copos de chocolate (a sherry-like liquor in chocolate cups) at Bairro Alto. Now I've fulfilled the two missions my friends requested when I said I was coming to this beautiful city: Lisbon (though, being vegan, I didn't eat the pastéis myself).

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Oslo, August 31st (Oslo, 31. August) @ TIFF 2011


And for our last TIFF film, a glimpse into the last day of an Oslo addict. Not the best of the 10 we saw, but surely an interesting look at another society.

Pina @ TIFF 2011

(Germany - France)

A film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders. The title says it all: "Dance, dance, otherwise we're lost" (Pina Bausch)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

House of Tolerance (L'Apollonide) @ TIFF 2011


A fragment of the tough story/history in the life of a 19th century Parisian whorehouse and its whores. Nicely done.

Melancholia @ TIFF 2011

(Denmark - Sweden - France - Germany)

A terrible theatre (Ryerson), but a beautiful film about overpowering melancholia and the end of the world. Loved it.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fellini @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

an enjoyable, if slightly dense, exhibition on Fellini's films. If you're in Toronto before the 18th and have seen at least a bit of Fellini (or, if you prefer Anita Eckberg, too) you'll probably like it.

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Location:Mercer St,Toronto,Canada

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Samsara @ TIFF 2011


A beautiful, intense film I dare not describe, as i wouldn't do it justice, and which took me on a moving, deep external and internal voyage.

The director, Ron Fricke, and Lisa Gerrard (!!!), vocals, were there!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Beloved (Les Bien-Aimés) @ TIFF 2011


A long love story, and many other stories, unrequited love, passion, never-ending love, love that changes us, and eras that change with us. Simple, sweet music that talks to you.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

11 Flowers (我十一) @ TIFF 2011

(China - France)

An honest, simple, sensitive, well-done snapshot of life in a village in the China of the Cultural Revolution.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Monday, September 05, 2011

Delicious @ Paramount

For damn good authentic middle-eastern food (a palate educated by 2.5 years living in the area), this place is it. They have manakeesh b'zaatar! Knafeh!

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Location:Yonge St,Toronto,Canada

Saturday, September 03, 2011

breakfast at Soma's

Chocolate flourless cake. Hot Mayan chocolate with steamed soy milk. Heavenly.

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