Ginja are funny little fruit. They look like cherries. They grow on trees like cherries. They have pits like cherries. But, ginja are much more sour than cherries. This bitterness really makes the fruit almost inedible. Yet, today, a liquor produced using this fruit is a traditional favorite among Portuguese. And, the makers of Oppidum Ginga de Óbidos have helped create a national obsession.
Every world-class city has one—a shopping area who’s name alone is recognized for haute couture, high-end jeans and fine fragrances. Rodeo Drive. Fifth Avenue. Mayfair. Champs-Elysees. Ginza. With this year’s introduction of a new Prada shop, Lisbon’s Avenida da Liberdade certainly deserves to join the list.
Portugal Confidential attended a hip little dinner party last night. Out on the terrace were these very cool glowing “lanterns”. Upon closer inspection, we learned they were actually clever little jars engineered with solar panels and LED lights. Portugal Confidential was very impressed. That’s when a guest spoke up and introduced the Carbon Zero Online shop and Catalog.
Just a five-minute walk from Porto’s city center is one of the most magnificent book shops one can imagine, the Livraria Lello. The building first opened in 1906 and is designed by architect Xavier Esteves. The façade is a beautiful example of neo-gothic design, with just a hint of art nouveau.
These pieces are only reproduced if ordered, and are only made in the the workshop, generally made to measure. The design of the pieces of each collection is associated to a specific character in each story, that allows the pieces to survive the seasons they were created in--becoming timeless.