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Concierge Etc. Tips: How to choose wine depending on the occasion. Infographic

Concierge Etc. Tips: How to choose wine depending on the occasion. Infographic | GOURMET | Scoop.it
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International Gourmet Festival

International Gourmet Festival
More info on our CHEFS section, here's a little read on JOAN ROCA to get you started!

http://www.internationalgourmetfestival.com/chefs.php?id=7
International Gourmet Festival 2013 - Vila Joya - Algarve, Portugal
www.internationalgourmetfestival.com

 

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Give the gift of Gourmet Food!

Give the gift of Gourmet Food! | GOURMET | Scoop.it

Do you know people who enjoy gourmet foods? We all know it is a common misconception that ‪#‎gourmet‬ food should only be the option for the rich, and not the working or lower class. But higher quality food does not only benefit those with money. In fact, more families are choosing to go gourmet because of the healthy benefits of fresh and clean ingredients.

Whether the person you're shopping for has a tremendous sweet tooth or enjoys savory foods, there are gourmet shops that cater to their tastes. Portuguese gourmet range from ‪#‎Olive‬ Oil, Fish Gourmet Tins , ‪#‎Honey‬, Chocolate & Almonds, Jam, Tea & Coffee, Cookies & Cakes, ‪#‎Cheeses‬ and ‪#‎Smoked‬ Sausages. Usually most gourmet shops focus on one type gourmet food item, some sell only chocolates, others tea and coffee. Either way, most gourmet shops (unless they are mini gourmet food markets like you will find them around Lisbon) sell items that all fit into one category, such as seafood or pastries.

There are so many more gourmet food stores out there that sell great gourmet foods, which would make wonderful gifts. These are just a few of our favorites. A gift from any of the gourmet shops will make your gift recipient very happy, even if they don't consider themselves to be gourmet food fans.

‪#‎RotaGourmet‬

This shop sales gourmet quality products, mainly Portuguese, and some foreign food, cheeses, pates, preserves, liqueurs, jams, chocolates, typical of Portugal, crafts, soaps, among other things.

‪#‎SilvaFeijó‬

Established in 1919 as a cordage business, It's a charming place to find specialties from around Portugal (such as the pungent cheeses), but there is also freshly-baked bread, as well as Portuguese liquors, pâtés, and sausages.

‪#‎EspaçoAçores‬

If your friends can't make it to the mystical Portuguese islands of the Azores, you can do the next best thing and discover its flavors and traditions in Lisbon.
This shop offers the islands' famous cheeses, jams, and canned foods, as well as the famous green tea, passion fruit liqueur, and traditional handicrafts.

‪#‎Goodies‬

With a décor that looks more like a living room and less like a store, this gourmet space offers Portuguese and international products. Everything is deliciously tempting (sauces, cupcakes, national and international wines, pastas, chocolates...) and on each visit you'll find something new, including decorative pieces, special discounts and in-store tastings.

‪#‎MemóriasSegredos‬

Memórias & Segredos ( Memories and Secrets ) is a small but charming shop, located in the heart of the historical quarter of ‪#‎Chiado‬. If you have a passion for food, enjoy a shopping experience discovering a diverse range of food and wine products made in Portugal.

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Gourmet - Fancy food...or excessively refined epicure.

Gourmet - Fancy food...or excessively refined epicure. | GOURMET | Scoop.it

There is sometimes a misconception with the word gourmet, some portray gourmet as traditional food or #artisanal food. It is a culinary art in it's own rights and a cultural ideal associated with fine food and drink, or haute cuisine, which is characterised by refined, even elaborate preparations and presentations of aesthetically balanced meals of several contrasting, often quite rich courses

The word gourmet comes from the French term for a wine broker or taste-vin employed by a wine dealer. . The term and its associated practices are usually used positively to describe people of refined taste and passion.

An epicure is similar to a gourmet, but the word may sometimes carry overtones of excessive refinement. A gourmet chef is a chef of particularly high caliber of cooking talent and skill.


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"A gourmet is a being pleasing to the heavens." 
Charles Pierre Monselet (1825-1888) French author.

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Spatchcocked Chicken - Let this memorable spatchcock meal inspire your cooking repertoire!

Spatchcocked Chicken - Let this memorable spatchcock meal inspire your cooking repertoire! | GOURMET | Scoop.it

Ingredients:

 

2 lemons
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2/3 cup (165ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/3 cup chopped oregano
4 spatchcocks, butterflied
2 anchovy fillets in oil, drained
1 tbs verjuice (see note)
1 cup (120g) pitted green olives, chopped
Rocket and roasted potatoes, to serve.

Remove the rind of 1 lemon using a vegetable peeler and combine with juice of 1/2 lemon, two-thirds of the garlic, 2 tbs oil and half the parsley and oregano and season well. Place spatchcocks in a glass dish, pour over the marinade, cover and chill for 4 hours.

Roughly mash anchovy fillets in a bowl with verjuice, juice of 1/2 lemon, finely grated zest of 1 lemon and remaining garlic, parsley, oregano and 1/2 cup (125ml) oil. Stir in the olives and set aside.

Preheat a chargrill pan to medium-high. Cook spatchcocks, skin-side down, for 5 minutes or until charred. Turn over and cook for a further 8-10 minutes until cooked through. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil and rest for 10 minutes.

Cut spatchcocks and serve with olive relish, rocket and roasted potatoes.

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Dining etiquette

Dining etiquette | GOURMET | Scoop.it

There are many additional nuances to dining etiquette, and grasping some of the finer points can be quite challenging. To refine your table manners, here are few basic pointers :

*Take your napkin after the hostess has done so.
*Drink only after the host / hostess has made his / her initial toast.
*Contrary to popular belief, one does not say "Bon appétit" prior to eating. It is considered in poor taste (ha!) as it refers to digestion.
*Take your time. Meals are about enjoyment, discussion and delight in food and company.
*Hands should remain with wrists lightly on the table, never in your lap.
*Dishes are served from the left, and wine or other beverages from the right.
*The French eat with the fork tines-down in the left hand and the knife in the right.
*Women never serve wine.
*Wine glasses are never over-filled, but rather only to about 1/2. *If you don't care for any more, leave your glass mostly full.
*Bread may be placed directly on the table if there is no bread plate.
*Break off a small piece of bread prior to eating it.
*Do not cut your salad.
*Pizza, french fries, croque-monsieur, hamburgers and even fruit are all eaten with a fork and knife.
*Foie Gras is never spread on the toast. A small piece is cut off and placed on a bit of toast.
*Cheese has an entire cutting and serving etiquette all its own, find our more later.

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The Best New Way to Bring Your Lunch | The Daily Muse

The Best New Way to Bring Your Lunch | The Daily Muse | GOURMET | Scoop.it
The best way to bring your lunch isn't in a brown bag—it's in a mason jar! With an afternoon, some pantry staples, and 5 mason jars, you'll have delicious lunches all week.
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Very creative and look really yummy.

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The Algarve's diverse culinary scene - Easier (press release)

The Algarve's diverse culinary scene - Easier (press release) | GOURMET | Scoop.it
The Algarve's diverse culinary scene Easier (press release) A range of annual culinary events throughout the year celebrate both the region's traditional Portugese cusine, which draws on its Moorish influences and high-end gourmet fare, welcoming...
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Peru named South America's best destination for foodies

Peru named South America's best destination for foodies | GOURMET | Scoop.it
For the second consecutive year, Peru has been named South America's Leading Culinary Destination by the World Travel Awards (WTA), hailed worldwide as the 'Oscars of the travel industry'.
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A Master Chef in Lisbon | José Avillez

A Master Chef in Lisbon | José Avillez | GOURMET | Scoop.it

Considered one of the great Portuguese chefs, José Avillez stands out because of his enterprising spirit and his willingness to go one step further. At the moment he has three restaurants in Lisbon, which, while offering different culinary experiences, all express his enormous passion for cooking. He's worked in Michelin starred restaurants, is the author of several books, such as "Um Chef em sua casa" (A Chef in your Home), and hosts a tv show.

 

“...is already one of the top chefs of his country, and is expected to lead the new generation that will bring prestige to the Portuguese cuisine..." Rafael Garcia Santos, Lo Mejor de la Gastronomía.

 Visit Website http://www.joseavillez.pt/

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He can do it all! (…) José Avillez: a chef to closely follow.

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Cataplana a la Koschina - Vila Joya

Cataplana a la Koschina - Vila Joya | GOURMET | Scoop.it
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Moving from mainstream to gourmet means special products prepared in special ways

Moving from mainstream to gourmet means special products prepared in special ways | GOURMET | Scoop.it
The Produce News - Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897
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Food is the ultimate universal language - Discover Lisbon's Gourmet Restaurants. -

Food is the ultimate universal language - Discover Lisbon's Gourmet Restaurants. - | GOURMET | Scoop.it
Food is the ultimate universal language – Discover Lisbon’s Gourmet Restaurants.
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Gourmet in a box by Creative Gourmet - Surprise anyone!

Gourmet in a box by Creative Gourmet - Surprise anyone! | GOURMET | Scoop.it
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Ideal for those who have an incurable curiosity and eclectic taste: Organic olive oil, Fleur de Sel flavored with lemon, olive oil crackers, Fig and orange Compote with port wine, perpetual-purple and Chocolate.

Every month a gourmet themed selection of Portuguese products can be delivered directly to your home. Contact Creative: info@creative-gourmet.com

They also have Mum & Dad kit, Gourmet lovers, Gourmet beginners.

http://www.creative-gourmet.com/

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Heart-Healthy Diet May Preserve Memory

Heart-Healthy Diet May Preserve Memory | GOURMET | Scoop.it
BOSTON -- Evidence continues to grow that a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, and nuts -- and low in fat -- may help to protect against cognitive decline in older persons.
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Olive Oil Association launched in Macau - Macau Daily Times

Olive Oil Association launched in Macau - Macau Daily Times | GOURMET | Scoop.it
Olive Oil Association launched in Macau Macau Daily Times Hoping to promote the Mediterranean product around Asia, João Tique and Gilberto Lopes, members of the organization, believe the association can play an important role in bringing the...
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