Rain is in the forecast but so far our days in Lisbon have been mostly sunny and simply gorgeous! I am thankful for that. The four of us are only now recovering from a string of minor ailments. It included nasty colds that started in St. John’s, pink eye (me), teething (baby), and even wisdom teeth removal (Chris). The nice weather makes it easy for us to go outside and kick the sicknesses in the rear. We visit the beautiful parks in the neighbourhood daily and can often sit outdoors for meals and pastries. Portuguese food is delightful! Dishes are as straightforward as you can get but bursting with flavour. Certainly it helps that you can get the freshest fish, meat, and produce year round. You can let them shine without concealing their flavour with sauces and a thousand spices. The pastries are basically different variations of 3 ingredients: eggs, flours, and butter. I should make a post solely about our pastries but in case I do not get to that (too busy eating them!) below is a photo of Samuel appreciating a Pastel de Belém. This is the most famous of Lisbon’s pastries. Flaky crust, creamy custard dusted with cinnamon and icing sugar – YUM!
I also met a kindred soul while searching for some natural skincare. I was not able to make any moisturizers before leaving for Portugal and my skin was craving some serious TLC. Just outside of Lisbon I found Pura Organic Wellbeing. A beautiful shop full of goodness! The owner was very knowledgeable and we could have spent hours talking about oils, blends, and skincare. I ended up buying a face serum very similar to the one we make at the SeaBerry Studios Happy Face workshop. My face and I are very happy each evening. If you ever visit this part of Portugal stop by for a visit.
Have a wonderful year! Make it count.