Monday, 18 October 2010

What do you bring back from your country when you go on vacation?

As an expat, each time I go to my homeland, Portugal, I like to bring back some typical Portuguese products. ;-)

Wines...

Mateus Rose...

From Coisas Minhas


Mateus is a brand of medium-sweet frizzante rosé wine produced in Portugal. This wine is sold in its distinctive narrow-necked, flask-shaped bottle, with a baroque historic mansion label (Mateus Palace in Vila Real) and real cork stopper (as it should be).
This year, when I was in Alto Douro Vinhateiro, I visited Mateus Palace and its beautiful gardens.

From Palácio Mateus


Moscatel de Setubal...

From Coisas Minhas


The Moscatel de Setubal is a sweet wine, with a graduation between 17º and 20º. The color varies between light topaz and dark topaz. When old, it gains an unmistakeable perfume. There are two types of Moscatel de Setúbal: the white and the purple one, this one more rare.

Alvarinho wine...

From Coisas Minhas


A variety of white wine grape from Monção (northwest Portugal). We believe that it was presumably brought to Iberia by Cluny monks in the twelfth century. Its name "Alba-Riño" means "the white [wine] from the Rhine".
If you go to the North of Portugal, you must pay a visit to Solar do Alvarinho, in Melgaco, nearby Moncao, in Minho province, and enjoy a glass of this exquisite wine.

Red wine Defesa from Herdade do Esporao.

From Coisas Minhas


Such a beautiful place, Herdade do Esporao! It is located in the South of Portugal (Alentejo province), where you can enjoy a delicious and exquisite lunch and guided tours to the wine cellars.

I also brought from Portugal...

Pudim Flan El Mandarin...

From Coisas Minhas


Gelatina Royal...

From Coisas Minhas


Different kinds of Chourico...

From Coisas Minhas


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Tea Gorreana...the only tea produced in Europe is from Acores, Portugal.

From Coisas Minhas


Forks, knives and spoons from Palacoulo, brand MAM. I bought them when I was in Miranda do Douro.

From Coisas Minhas


I brought also Portuguese shoes because they are of excellent quality.

From Coisas Minhas


The leather is outstanding! These are from Foreva. Very confortable to walk. If you go there, ask for "Softinas" collection. Really Portuguese!
So, when I went to Portugal, I bougth several pairs of shoes because I like the quality and the prices are very reasonable.

And you? What do you bring back from your country when you go on vacation?

22 comments:

Patricia Sgrignuoli said...

Sandra,
Very interesting this post. I like wines, but I prefer beer... Very beatiful the photo of the Palacio Mateus.

And answering your question, when I go to Patagonia in hollidays I came back home with homemade jams, craft beer and chocolates. And a lot of little stones!!!!!

So, I returned home with several pounds of luggage!!! : )

Beijinhos, besos, kisses

Margarida Elias said...

Que interessante! Das coisas todas que levas há algumas que gosto bastante, nomeadamente o moscatel e os sapatos. Achei os ténis muito bonitos!
Achei graça à ideia de levar pudim flan. Nunca me lembraria! Tenho uma amiga que vive na Polónia e leva de Portugal as papas Cerelac.
Eu não sei o que lavaria...
P.S. O livro não está esquecido. Quando o enviar (logo que puder) aviso-te.

Bj!

A Touch of Dutch said...

Great post idea! I have a list of the goodies I bring back, but each time it's a different list & could go on and on ;-) Have a great week!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

LOL, we always bring back many suitcases of things when we come back from the states. Mostly business clothes, books, dryer sheets (I think this must be an American thing), chocolate and butterscotch chips for baking, and a few bags of American candy to share with Roxi's expat friends.

Oh and also we bring back some stuff we left behind when we first moved over here ;-)

Presépio no Canal said...

Patricia ;-) I have drunk a beer in Edimburgh Castle, Scotland that became my favorite! You can see here

http://presepiocomvistaparaocanal.blogspot.com/2009/06/edinburgh.html

Do you post about the craft beer, the homemade jams and the chocolates? with photos, please!!!

Beijinhos!!

Presépio no Canal said...

Obrigada, Margarida! ;-) E sao muito confortaveis! ;-)
Ca em casa tambem ha alguem que gosta muito de Papas Cerelac ;-)
Quanto ao livro, envia quando puderes. Sem stresses!
;-)

Presépio no Canal said...

Isabella, could you give some examples? What about a post about the goodies that you bring? ;-)
A great week to you too! ;-)

Presépio no Canal said...

Japra...What are dryer sheets? Now I'm curious!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

SANDRA! I missed this post, i must have been at work! WOW, what great products. The chouso...ooops, I forgot the spelling....it is a type of sausage, like CHORIZO in Spain and Mexico? I LOVE IT!

What a treasure you have here! Yes, what does one bring back?! LOVE, Anita

Presépio no Canal said...

Chorizo is Chourico, yes ;-) You must come to Portugal then ;-) We have a soup with Chourico, "Caldo Verde".
When we go to a Fado (typical Portuguese song) House, we use to eat "Caldo Verde" and "Chourico Assado" ;-)
Love it!! ;-)
Thank you for always stopping by ;-)
Beijinhos!

adi said...

I always bring palinca (strong liquor) and books.

PS: for the Defesa wine picture would have been good a polariser filter lol

Presépio no Canal said...

Hallo, Adi ;-)

Thanks for the tip ;-))

Sara said...

Yammi, tantas coisas boas. Eu adoro alvarinho e chouriço, por isso seriam boas possibilidades para carregar comigo, se vivesse noutro país. Acho que também tentaria carregar umas broas de milho (vão bem como o chouriço e o alvarinho :) e o meu rico queijo limiano :))

Beijinhos para aí!

ana said...

Adorei este post!
Tudo escolhas excelentes e para bons gourmets. Também não me lembraria do pudim Flan.:)

Invader Stu said...

That's so much more stylish than what I bring back from England: Tea bags.

Presépio no Canal said...

Sara, adoro broas de milho e com um fiozinho de azeite, yammi ;-) Bem lembrado! Para a proxima, ainda trago para a viagem ;-)

Presépio no Canal said...

Ana, nao gosto dos pudins daqui. Sao muito acucarados para mim. Nao so trouxe pudim, como caramelo ;-)))
Tipica migra Portuguesa! So faltou a galinha caseira!!
;-)))

Bjs!

Presépio no Canal said...

Hi, Stu! Welcome!

I love tea, specially in the winter!

When I went to England, I brought Marks & Spencer stuff. ;-) For so many years, I was their client in Lisbon...

ana said...

Adorei a "migra portuguesa". :)
Eu faria parte dessa lista. Gosto muito do Moscatel de Setúbal. Saúde! :))

Presépio no Canal said...

Saude, Ana ;-))

Thelma said...

xiiii... Mateus Rose... Moscatel de Setubal... e pudim flan...eeeeeh chouriço de porco preto... as coisas que tu me trazes à memória!!! Não sei se aguento até para o ano!!! Bem sempre posso ir a uma mercearia portuguesa aqui nas terras baixias mas... não é a mesma coisa!!!

Presépio no Canal said...

Sobretudo, os precos nao sao a mesma coisa ;-) logicamente mais caros por causa de transportes e afins...