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11/14/2014

Masterchef CIEE Lisbon

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Three guys in an apron? What do you think this means?

CIEE Lisbon keeps surprising everyone and this time we took our Fall Semester students to a Cooking Class!

Learning how to cook typical Portuguese food

It was around 6pm when we all arrived to Mercado de Santa Clara, to have our cooking class with Rita and Teresa from Paladarium.

The students were very excited about this: we were going to learn how to cook some typical portuguese dishes and... (the best part!)... eat what we cooked for dinner!

So, it was time to get our hands dirty and let the hard work begin. Who said it would be easy?

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The main dish we prepared is called "Bacalhau à Braz" and it's one of our most traditional recipes of codfish.

The cod needs to be flaked by hand and all the skin and bones need to be removed. It's a difficult process but our students did an amazing job!

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For dessert, we prepared some "Filhós de Floreta" (fritters) which is a very typical Christmas dessert in Portugal.

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Look at the result. Looks great right? And it tasted even better with sugar and cinnamon on top!

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Thank you to Rita and Teresa for being so kind and patient with us. We all had a wonderful time and great food!

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The challenge is on now: students should go home and prepare a typical portuguese meal. So, to all the families and friends back home, please keep us updated! ;)

11/10/2014

Our student's blog

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"Four months in Portugal"

It's the name of our student Lauren's blog!

Check it out by clicking on the image bellow.

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11/04/2014

Semester Excursion to Évora

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CIEE students take Évora!

Our second excursion fell right on Halloween weekend, and we decided to celebrate it big time!

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1st stop: Herdade do Esporão

Friday. 10am. Everyone's still kind of sleepy but it's time to start our adventure! The first stop of our excursion was at Herdade do Esporão, the biggest vineyard of Portugal, a 2-hour drive from Lisbon.

We had a fantastic lunch at the local restaurant where we had the opportunity to have an olive oil tasting!

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After lunch, we visited both the cellars and the production line where the wine is bottled.

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The city of Évora

Due to its well-preserved old centre, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network.

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Check out some of the cool places we've been:

Chapel of Bones

The Chapel of Bones is one of the best known monuments in Évora. It is a small chapel located next to the entrance of the Church of St. Francis. The Chapel gets its name from the interior walls being covered and decorated with human skulls and bones.

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University of Évora

The University of Évora, the second oldest in Portugal, was founded in the 16th century (1559) by Cardinal Infante Dom Henrique (the future king of Portugal), and by Pope Paul IV.

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Roman Temple of Évora

The Roman Temple of Évora is part of the historical centre of the city, which was included in the classification by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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Thank you, Évora! We had a blast on our Halloween Weekend!

 

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