Rochelle Ramos

Originating from the Pacific Northwest region on the US, Rochelle grew up on a small farm where she learned the importance of good food. Now living on a small quinta in the Ribatejo region of Portugal, she has made it her job to research and learn the food culture and stories behind her new home. This has led to a need to share her findings with others who are interested in the beautifully simple and rustic gastronomy of Portugal through photography and writing. A professional photographer and writer, Rochelle's work has been published on a variety of online food magazines and can be found on her personal blog at Acquired Life.

Portuguese Seafood Recipes for Dipping Your Bread

When we decided to relocate to Portugal from the States, I was ecstatic about the prospect of fresh seafood, seafood that was diverse, plentiful and all mine for the eating! With approximately six-hundred miles of beaches, succulent frutos do mar (seafood) exists along the entire coast, and that first night in Lisbon, I devoured half the country’s …

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Indian Spices: The Hidden Story of Portuguese Foods Global Influence

I love the flavors you get when cooking with Portuguese ingredients. I’ve learned that the food in Portugal can be intense, yet sophisticated. It bursts with flavors, yet somehow remains uncomplicated. How did a country, known for rustic cuisine, fuse exotic and foreign flavors so seamlessly that it’s become ingrained in the traditional cooking. For instance, take a …

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Where to Find the Best Carnival Celebrations in Portugal

Carnival conjures images of brightly decorated floats, scantily clad dancing women, and a party that lasts for weeks on end, equivalent to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Of any other celebration, Carnival is beloved in Europe! (photo by Rosino) But what is Carnival? Historically, during the six weeks of Lent, one was expected to be conservative in their behavior, which meant no …

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Traditions of a Portuguese New Year: It all comes down to your underwear

My first New Years in Portugal was spent in Lisbon, gazing out across the city to the Tejo river, where the yearly fireworks would flare up and burst in a spectacular display of color. Underneath the technicolor display, a cacophony of banging pots and pans alongside honking car horns rang in o Ano Novo. It was a gorgeous night …

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Portuguese Squash and Root Vegetables: Pure Comfort Food

Like any good Americana, the smell of roasted root vegetables and spiced pumpkin are what I call the “scent” of autumn. It’s that smell that comes to mind when the leaves gently metamorphous from green to burnt orange, maroon and mustard yellow; when the air takes on the bite of frost; when your wardrobe changes from thin …

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Grilled Sardines: Delicious Midsummer Fare in Iberia

Throughout Europe, the shortest night of the year is celebrated in wildly diverse ways; but in Portugal and Spain, festivities continue well into the morning’s early light. Soft shadows dance from crackling bonfires and the savory smell of grilled meats, sardines and fresh bread give a rustic setting that’s highlighted by booming fireworks for the Festa de São João (Portugal) and Fiesta …

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