During my family’s trip to Portugal, we took a 3-hour train ride to Porto, the region which actually gave the name to “Portugal”. The people of Porto are referred to as “Tripeiros”, which translates to “tripe-eaters”. It may sound insulting, but it’s actually a name taken to with pride. Back in the 15th-century when the Portuguese set out to conquer other lands, food was reserved for the army and explorers. All that was left behind was tripe and other leftovers, as the Portuguese proudly sacrificed the good food for those fighting for their country.
What can I say about Portuguese food? Lots of seafood, custard pastries, and custard pastries. Okay, I’m a little obsessed with the pastel de nata, the egg tarts pictured above that are famous in Portugal. They’re similar to Chinese egg custard tarts, but have more flavor, crispier shells, and there’s cinnamon sprinkled on top. They’re delicious, but you can’t really eat more than 2 in one sitting (except my friend Julia who apparently ate 6 because they were so good!)
I recently met a talented beauty blogger based in Paris (hi Kristina!) and told her I would love to hear a few of her favorite products based in Paris. She introduced me to one of the French beauty secrets that models and actresses swear by, Bioderma micellar water (make-up remover). From that, I went off on a whirlwind of research. Here are my finds.