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    The countdown to the World’s Number One Restaurant 2018 has begun!!!! RESULTS ARE NOW IN for the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 places 51-100!!!!!   Spain and Portugal hold a fantastic 7 places in the 51-100 World’s Best Restaurants 2018: DiverXo is back!! The Michelin 3* Madrid restaurant last appeared in the 2016 list. Nerua, Quique Dacosta, Martín Berasategui and Belcanto stay in the 51 – 100 list for 2018 There are 2 NEW ENTRIES for Spain with ENIGMA, Barcelona and ELKANO, Getaria Michelin 2* restaurant DISFRUTAR in Barcelona is out of the 51-100 list for 2018 but does that mean that they’re in the TOP 50???? Find out next week … Here’s the FULL LIST of the 51-100 World’s Best Restaurants 2018: No.51 DE LIBRIJE – ZWOLLE, NETHERLANDS No.52 L’ASTRANCE – PARIS, FRANCE No.53 BENU – SAN FRANCISCO, USA No.54 SÜHRING – BANGKOK, THAILAND No.55 DON JULIO – BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA No.56 AMBER – HONG KONG, CHINA No.57 NERUA – BILBAO, SPAIN            *  falls 1 place from No.56 in 2017 * No.58 BRAE – BIRREGURRA, AUSTRALIA No.59 FLORILÈGE – TOKYO, JAPAN No.60 TEGUI – BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA No.61 BURNT ENDS – HONG KONG, CHINA No.62 MOMOFUKU KO – NEW YORK, USA No.63 HOF VAN CLEVE – KRUISHOUTEM, BELGIUM No.64 SUD777 – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO No.65 FRANTZÉN – STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN No.66 VENDÔME – BERGISCH GLADBACH, GERMANY No.67 FÄVIKEN – JÄRPEN, SWEDEN No.68 QUIQUE DACOSTA – DENIA, SPAIN   * falls 6 places from No.62 in 2017 * No.69 CHEF’S TABLE AT BROOKLYN FARE – NEW YORK, USA No.70 SELFIE – MOSCOW, RUSSIA No.71 RELAE – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK No.72 TWINS GARDEN – MOSCOW, RUSSIA No.73 AQUA – WOLFSBURG, GERMANY No.74 THE FAT DUCK – BRAY, UK No.75 BELCANTO – LISBON, PORTUGAL   * rises 10 places from No.85 in 2017 * No.76 MARTIN BERASATEGUI – LASARTE-ORIA, SPAIN  * rises 1 place from No.77 in 2017 * No.77 ELKANO – GETARIA, SPAIN          *** New Entry *** No.78 MINGLES – SEOUL, KOREA No.79 A CASA DO PORCO – SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL No.80 LUNG KING HEEN – HONG KONG, CHINA No.81 PER SE – NEW YORK, USA No.82 HEDONE – LONDON, UK No.83 ESTELA – NEW YORK, USA No.84 ST JOHN – LONDON, UK No.85 LE COUCOU – NEW YORK, USA No.86 THE FRENCH LAUNDRY – YOUNTVILLE, USA No.87 MANÍ – SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL No.88 NOBELHART & SCHMUTZIG – BERLIN, GERMANY No.89 THE JANE – ANTWERP, BELGIUM No.90 INDIAN ACCENT – NEW DELHI, INDIA No.91 SINGLETHREAD – HEALDSBURG, USA No.92 L’EFFERVESCENCE – TOKYO, JAPAN No.93 8 1/2 OTTO E MEZZO BOMBANA  – HONG KONG, CHINA No.94 ALO – TORONTO, CANADA No.95 ENIGMA – BARCELONA, SPAIN          ***  New Entry *** No.96 DIVERXO – MADRID, SPAIN      ** Re-enters for 2018 last placed at No.79 in 2016 ** No.97 ATELIER – MUNICH, GERMANY No.98 108 – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK No.99 LEO – BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA No.100 LASAI – RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL   Some Individual Awards have already been announced in advance and here are the following results that have already been revealed: World’s Best Female Chef Award 2018 The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 Miele One To Watch Award 2018   * * * * * Next up * * * * *  The 1 – 50  list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 Who will be the World’s Number ONE Restaurant 2018 ?????  Find out on the 19th of June LIVE from Bilbao, Spain   We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your custom-designed quote!

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    The 51 – 100 World’s Best Restaurants List 2018 has already been revealed (Full List HERE) and this just leaves us hungry (pun intended :-)) to know who are the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 ! What we do know is that there are 7 restaurants from Spain and Portugal in the NEW 51-100 list of the Worlds Best Restaurants 2018: Nerua at No.57, Quique Dacosta at No.68, Martín Berasategui at No.76 and Belcanto at No.75 all staying in the 51-100 list from last year. DiverXO re-enters in 96th place after disappearing from last years list and Elkano and Enigma are 2 NEW ENTRIES for Spain in 77th and 95th place respectively. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 2018 1 – 50 will be announced LIVE from Bilbao on June 19th, but, what can we expect next week ? A new World’s Number One Restaurant? and what about the 7 Spanish Restaurants that were in last years list that we have no news of, just yet: EL CELLER DE CAN ROCA – Girona, Spain: Currently at  No. 3! 3 Brothers, 3 Michelin Stars, 3 Repsol Suns and the World’s Nº3 Restaurant (for 2017)! Since 2011 El Celler de Can Roca has been in the TOP 3 of the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restautants List ultimately being voted the World’s Number One Restaurant in 2015, and 2013. Another Top 3 year for the 3 Roca Brothers? ASADOR ETXEBARRI – Axpe, Spain: Currently at No. 6 and in 2016 were placed at  Nº10. Probably the best BBQ in the World has climbed higher in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List every year since 2013! Can Asador Etxebarri  climb further up the list again this year? MUGARITZ – San Sebastian, Spain: Currently at No. 9 after slightly falling from 7th place in 2016. Mugaritz has been considered one of the World’s best 50 restaurants since 2006 by the prestigious Restaurant Magazine where it entered in 10th place!  Since then it has always appeared in the Top 10 with it’s highest placing being in 3rd place in 2011 and 2012. A Top 10 place again for Mugaritz this year? TICKETS – Barcelona, Spain: Currently at No. 25 after climbing from Nº 29 in 2016. Actually Tickets has always climbed up the Restaurant Magazine’s prestigious World’s Best Restaurants List from Nº 77 in 2013 to nº 57 in 2014 to  Nº 42 in 2015 to Nº 29 in 2016 and currently (2017) to Nº 25. Another year climbing the prestigious list for Tickets? ARZAK – San Sebastian, Spain: Currently at No. 30  falling from Nº21 in 2016. Arzak has constantly featured in the acclaimed Restaurant Magazine World’s Best 50 restaurants list, but surprisingly in 2015, after being in the Top 10  since 2006, Arzak fell to No 17! Hopefully 2018 will see Arzak climbing up the charts again. AZURMENDI – Larrabetzu, Spain: Currently at No. 38 after quite a big fall from Nº16 in 2016.  Azurmendi was a NEW ENTRY at Nº26 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014,   then in 2015 rose to 19th place. Hopefully last years fall is just a short setback for Azurmendi and they climb back up the list again this year. DISFRUTAR – Barcelona, Spain: Currently at No.55 … well, not theoretically Disfrutar’s current position as the Worlds 55th Best Restaurant 2018 has already been awarded to DON JULIO – Buenos Aires, Argentina, so can we expect to see them in the Top 50 for 2018? Disfrutar  was a NEW ENTRY in 2017 and was also the Miele One To Watch Award 2017 winner, so we’re watching for a Top 50 place this year for Disfrutar “To Enjoy”! Congratulations to all the wonderful Chefs in the 51 – 100 World’s Best Restaurants List 2018 and good luck to all the Chefs anticipating the much awaited 1 – 50 World’s Best Restaurants List 2018 presentation next week.  We’ll bring you the results of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 1-50  LIVE from Bilbao on Tuesday …   We, Gourmand Breaks,  have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your custom-designed quote!

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     RESULTS ARE IN for the acclaimed Restaurant Magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 and  there’s a NEW NUMBER ONE RESTAURANT!!! LIVE from Bilbao, Spain and the Foodie Mecca that is the Basque Country, the sixteenth edition of the prestigious awards ceremony for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has finally been presented. And Oh! What a Delicious Night!!!! Congratulations Osteria Francescana and chef Massimo Bottura  for regaining the NUMBER ONE spot in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 List!!! El Celler de Can Roca, Girona – Spain climbs from last year’s 3rd place to the World’s NUMBER 2 RESTAURANT in 2018 and at Nº 3 Mirazur, Menton – France climbs one place from Nº 4 in last year’s list. Here’s the COMPLETE FULL 1-50 The World’s Best Restaurants 2018 list 1.Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy) 2.El Celler De Can Roca (Girona, Spain) 3.Mirazur (Menton, France) 4. Eleven Madison Park (New York City) 5. Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand) 6. Central (Lima, Peru) 7. Maido (Lima, Peru) 8. Arpège (Paris, France) 9. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain) 10. Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Spain) 11. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico) 12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, NY) 13. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) 14. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria) 15. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia) 16. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy) 17. Den (Tokyo, Japan) 18. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain) 19. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark) 20. Attica (Melbourne, Australia) 21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenée (Paris, France) 22. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan) 23. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy) 24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai, China) 25. Cosme (New York, New York) 26. Le Bernardin (New York, New York) 27. Boragó (Santiago, Chile) 28. Odette (Singapore) 29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France) 30. D.O.M. (Sao Paolo, Brazil) 31. Arzak (San Sebastian, Spain) 32. Tickets (Barcelona, Spain) 33. The Clove Club (London, England) 34. Alinea (Chicago, Illinois) 35. Maaemo (Oslo, Norway) 36. Reale (Castel Di Sangro, Italy) 37. Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany) 38. Lyle’s (London, England) 39. Astrid y Gaston (Lima, Peru) 40. Septime (Paris, France) 41. Nihanryori RyuGin (Tokyo, Japan) 42. The Ledbury (London, England) 43. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain) 44. Mikla (Istanbul, Turkey) 45. Dinner By Heston Blumenthal (London, England) 46. Saison (San Francisco, California) 47. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland) 48. Hisa Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia) 49. Nahm (Bangkok, Thailand) 50. The Test Kitchen (Cape Town, South Africa)   * * * * And remember, there’s more * * * * Click here  -> World’s 50 Best Restaurants 51-100 FULL COMPLETE LIST 2018  including Nerua at No.57, Quique Dacosta at No.68, Martín Berasategui at No.76 and Belcanto at No.75 all staying in the 51-100 list from the previous year. DiverXO re-enters in 96th place after disappearing from 2017’s list and Elkano and Enigma are 2 NEW ENTRIES for Spain in 77th and 95th place respectively.   Congratulations to all the great Superchefs for their fantastic World rated restaurants and for another year of the prestigious Restaurant Magazine list! The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards and List, which is now in its 16th year, is organised and compiled by Restaurant magazine and sponsored by S Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. It is an annual recollection of the opinions and experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts and is attended by the world’s finest chefs, international media and the world’s most influential restaurateurs. After 13 years of being presented in London, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List Ceremony went on tour! First to New York, then to Melbourne and this year to Bilbao, Spain. Where in the World will the World’s 50 Best Restaurants be presented from in 2019????? We’ll let you know when we find out   We, Gourmand Breaks,  have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal. Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your custom-designed quote!

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    The World’s 50 Best (well, the Top 100) Restaurants 2018 have now been released and Spain and Portugal occupy 14 places in the Top 100 World’s Best Restaurants – 7 in the 1-50 List and 7 in the 51-100 List! El Celler de Can Roca hits the Top 3 again and is awarded the World’s Nº 2 Restaurant 2018 Here are all 14 Restaurants from Spain and Portugal in the World’s Best Restaurants List 2018: No. 2  El Celler De Can Roca – Girona, Spain climbs from last year’s Number 3 No. 9 Mugaritz – San Sebastian, Spain stays put at No.9 from 2017 No. 10 Asador Etxebarri – Axpe, Spain falls from No. 6 in 2017 No. 18 Disfrutar – Barcelona, Spain rises 37 places and achieves winner of the Highest New Entry Award 2018 No. 31 Arzak – San Sebastian, Spain falls 1 place from 2017 No. 32 Tickets – Barcelona, Spain falls 7 places from No25 in 2017 No.43 Azurmendi – Larrabetzu, Spain falls 5 places from 2017 but achieves winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award 2018, which it also won in 2014! No.57 Nerua – Bilbao, Spain  falls 1 place from 2017 No.68 Quique Dacosta – Denia, Spain falls 6 places from 2017 No.75 Belcanto – Lisbon, Portugal climbs 10 places from 2017 No.76 Martin Berasategui – Lasarte-Oria, Spain climbs 1 place from 2017 No.77 Elkano – Getaria, Spain NEW for 2018 No.95 Enigma – Barcelona, Spain NEW for 2018 No.96 DiverXO – Madrid, Spain reenters from the 2016 list- last placed at No79 * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 COMPLETE LISTS: FULL LIST 1 – 50 here ->  http://www.gourmandbreaks.com/…/results-worlds-50-best-res…/ FULL LIST 51 – 100 here -> http://www.gourmandbreaks.com/…/worlds-50-best-restaurants…/ * * * * * * * * * * * * * *    We, Gourmand Breaks,  have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal. Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your custom-designed quote!

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    The World’s Best Restaurants 2018 have recently been announced and once again Europe features high up in the list and in fact  all the Top 3 Restaurants 2018 are European !!!! (Skip to the bottom for the FULL list of the World’s Best Restaurants 2018 or read on to find out all the World’s TOP 3 Restaurants over the years) The Worlds Best Restaurants List has been around for a quite a few years! and is organised and compiled by Restaurant magazine and sponsored by S Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards and List,  now in its 16th year,  is an annual recollection of the opinions and experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts and is attended by the world’s finest chefs, international media and the world’s most influential restaurateurs. After 13 years of being presented in London, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List Ceremony went on tour! First to New York, then to Melbourne and this year to Bilbao, Spain. Where in the World will the World’s 50 Best Restaurants be presented from in 2019????? We’ll let you know when we find out … In the meantime here’s a look back over the last few years at all  the World’s TOP 3 Restaurants  from 2002 -> 2018: 2018 Osteria Francescana (Italy) El Celler De Can Roca (Spain) Mirazur (France)   2017 Eleven Madison Park (USA) Osteria Francescana (Italy) El Celler De Can Roca (Spain)   2016 Osteria Francescana (Italy) El Celler De Can Roca (Spain) Eleven Madison Park (USA)   2015 El Celler De Can Roca (Spain) Osteria Francescana (Italy) Noma (Denmark)   2014 Noma (Denmark) El Celler De Can Roca (Spain) Osteria Francescana (Italy)     2013 El Celler De Can Roca (Spain) Noma (Denmark) Osteria Francescana (Italy)   2012 Noma (Denmark) El Celler De Can Roca (Spain) Mugaritz (Spain)   2011 Noma (Denmark) El Celler De Can Roca (Spain) Mugaritz (Spain)   2010 Noma (Denmark) El Bulli (Spain) The Fat Duck (UK)   2009 El Bulli (Spain) The Fat Duck (UK) Noma (Denmark)     2008 El Bulli (Spain) The Fat Duck (UK) Pierre Gagnaire (France)   2007 El Bulli (Spain) The Fat Duck (UK) Pierre Gagnaire (France)   2006 El Bulli (Spain) The Fat Duck (UK) Pierre Gagnaire (France)   2005 The Fat Duck (UK) El Bulli (Spain) The French Laundry (USA)   2004 The French Laundry (USA) The Fat Duck (UK) El Bulli (Spain)   2003 The French Laundry (USA) El Bulli (Spain) Le Luis XV, Alain Ducasse (Monaco)   2002 El Bulli (Spain) Gordon Ramsey (UK) The French Laundry (USA)   * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE CURRENT 100 WORLDS BEST RESTAURANTS FOR 2018: FULL LIST 1 – 50 World’s  Best Restaurants 2018 here ->  http://www.gourmandbreaks.com/…/results-worlds-50-best-res…/   FULL LIST 51 – 100 World’s  Best Restaurants 2018 here -> http://www.gourmandbreaks.com/…/worlds-50-best-restaurants…/   * * * * * * * * * * * * * *    We, Gourmand Breaks,  have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal. Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your custom-designed quote!  

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  • 10/04/18--06:10: The Old World Charm of Porto
  • How does one begin to summaries the greatness of Porto. The vibrant, charismatic city is full of life, history, culture and of course delectable food and wine. If you are wanting somewhere that will ‘wow’ you Porto is an absolute gem which shares fascinating snippets from Medieval and Roman influences. The old world charm will pull on your heart strings and have you wanting to come back before you have even left.  Learn more and be inspired with our    PURELY PORTUGAL  itineraries,  to experience the best of what Porto has to offer!   There is a good reason why Porto has won the ‘peoples’ vote for three years (2012, 2014 & 2017) as the best place to visit in Europe. From the hustle and bustle of the Art Nouveau cafes, such as the stunning Café Majestic, to the spectacular 19th Century construction of the Dom Luis I bridge which was worked on by Seyrig and Eiffel (prior to the Eiffel tower), there is no shortage of elegance! From the old iron bridge make sure you get your camera ready for the incredible views of the historic city and Douro River when the sun starts to set, feel the romance of the city!   What helps to make Portugal even more unique are the fascinating Azulejo ceramic tiles. You will notice the beauty of this art on the facades of apartments, buildings and over the streets of Porto. The most impressionable work is displayed at the São Bento railway station, Igreja de Carmo and Igreja de Santo Ildefonso (two fascinating churches), which displays thousands of, mostly blue and white, tiles transformed into beautiful mosaics. Take moments to not only ‘view’ the Azulejo tiles but to also study them. Let the tiles take your imaginary on a time travel back to Portugal at that point in time.   Allow yourself to be inspired by the intriguing world of the Neo-Gothic craftsmanship.  An example of this incredible detail is famously seen in a bookstore from 1906, by the name of Livraria Lello. This one of a kind bookstore will have you in awe; it is a truly unique and fun experience. When you enter Livraria Lello you easily begin to imagine how JK Rowling was inspired by one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world when she was began creating the Harry Potter series. Porto is not short of unique Neo-Gothic architecture to keep you fascinated along your journey!   Porto is one of the leading gastronomic cities in Portugal with a mind blowing, mouth watering variety. Catering to everyone’s tastes all hours of the day you won’t go short of delicious restaurants or cafes. Make sure you leave your comfort zone for at least one local meal to try a signature dish such as Tripe (Tripas a Moda do Porto) or Cozido or Caldo Verde. Typical Portuguese dishes are commonly described as comfort food so make sure you arrive hungry! Also, it would be a crime to leave without getting a typical Portuguese custard tart, Pastéis de nata, to tantalise your taste buds so don´t miss this gem!   If you’re a meat lover, then don’t shy away from trying the mouth watering Francesinha, one of the most typical dishes of Porto. This epic sandwich stack has multiple layers of different meats including ham, roasted pork, sausage and beef between slices of bread. The sandwich doesn’t end here; it is then smothered in cheese and completed by being drenched in a rich sauce (which is a hidden secret at each restaurant) that includes the likes of whisky, brandy and beer.  This is a unique, fun and local food experience that would be a shame to miss! Make sure you allow recovery time.   A fantastic quarter not to miss by foot is walking from the antique neighbourhood of Ribeira, packed with vibrant restaurants and café, to the Cathedral (Porto’s Sé Catherdral). This is a great place to be inspired by the beautiful medieval influences along the long windy streets. It was here that Henry the Navigator was born so take advantage of visiting his historic house if you can. The Clerigo’s Tower is also well worth the walk up the 222 stairs for breath taking views over the electric city. Be sure to also visit the spectacular  Palácio da Bolsa which dates back to the 19th Century. It is renowned for its incredible neoclassical façade, gilded Arabic hall and stairs that took 40 years to carve by hand, this is a fascinating experience!   In Vila Nova de Gaia you will find the stunning Porto Wine Lodges with magnificent views over the Douro River. Porto is famous not only for the delicious Port wine which is derived from the beautiful Douro Valley but also Vinho Verde (which directly translates to ‘green wine’), which is made even closer to Porto. To sample these traditional wines visit reputed wine lodges such as Grahams, Croft or Taylor,, you won’t be disappointed! Keep your eyes peeled for an up and coming project called ‘The World of Wine’ that is expected to open in 2020 which will consist of a wine school, cork and design museum, multiple new restaurants and retail.   Get further acquainted with this vibrant city with our  PURELY PORTUGAL tours!

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    The Dream of Pôpa: Once upon a time a local named Francisco Ferreira, had a dream, he wanted to own his very own vineyard in the picturesque Douro Valley. Francisco, nicknamed Pôpa, was the illegitimate son of a wealthy winemaker, although his veins too, were filled with the wine and soil of the Douro. Pôpa worked hard and helped his mother on his father’s vineyard by carrying grape filled baskets to the old lagares (wine presses).  Pôpa was a simple soul and lived in sadness, hoping that one day his father would recognise him as his child.  All the while Francisco dreamed of owning his own estate and producing his own wine, a dream he unfortunately never managed to fulfil in life. Fulfilling the Dream Generations Later: In 2003, however, his son, José Ferreira, also known as Zeca do Pôpa, fulfilled the dream of his father, a dream that had also been passed on to him. He started to put together smallholdings, common in the agricultural structure of northern Portugal, and acquire small plots of mostly old vineyards, as well as planting new vines and olive groves. The vines planted on the terraced hills above the magnificent Douro River, were blessed with a favourable climate and a high quality soil. As time passed a true vineyard was formed, in one of the best and oldest wine region in the world. José named the vineyard in honour of his father, Quinta do Pôpa! Built with both great economic effort and enthusiasm, the first harvest took place in 2007. Today, Francisco’s grandchildren, Stéphane and Vanessa Ferreira, head the team at Quinta do Pôpa, keeping the wheels turning with enthusiasm, charisma and commitment to produce signature wines in the family name. The estate now occupies 30 hectares of land, 14 of which are vineyards. Both sophisticated techniques and traditional methods are used, and despite the small number of years that Quinta do Pôpa has been active; this young estate has now established itself as a quality winemaker! A fascinating history, warm welcome, fantastic views and great wines await you at Quinta do Pôpa! We will be delighted to include a visit to Quinta do Pôpa for you in your private tour or in any of our sample itineraries that take in the beautiful Douro Valley, Portugal. Special Edition Products to Delight your Senses: QUINTA DO PÔPA HOMENAGEM: The tribute of tributes, named in honor of Francisco Ferreira! This powerful and robust red demonstrates good structure and complexity. PÔPA TINTO DOCE:  The 1st Sweet Red Wine from the Douro which is a tribute to the women of the Pôpa Family. PÔPA VV:  Made exclusively out of the old vines, aged over 80 years, and trodden by foot, this complex red wine is simply called VV, for Vinhas Velhas (old vines).      

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    The kitchens in Spain and Portugal are heating up as next week the 2019 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal will be presented, and for the first time in history, LIVE from Lisbon, Portugal! Over the last nine years, Madrid, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Bilbao, Marbella, Santiago de Compostela, Gerona and Tenerife have all played host to the prestigious Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal gala. But, this year, for the first ever, the gala will be held in Lisbon. This year’s gala meal will be prepared by Lisbon’s seven Michelin-star chefs.  José Avillez, head of Michelin 2* Belcanto in Lisbon will coordinate the meal and be joined by Michelin 1* Lisbon Restaurant Chefs Henrique Sá Pessoa from Alma, Joachim Koerper from Eleven, João Rodrigues from Feitoria,  Alexandre Silva from Loco, Miguel Rocha Vieira from Fortaleza do Guincho (in Cascais) and Spanish chef Sergi Arola from Lab by Sergi Arola in Sintra. Curiously, Portugal holds no Michelin 3 starred restaurant to date and actually holds very few Michelin stars compared with its Iberian cousin Spain who currently boasts 11 Michelin 3 starred restaurants (although 1 has recently closed!). Could Portugal hosting the NEW Michelin Restaurant Guide mean we will be seeing the 1st Michelin 3* Restaurant in Portugal for the 2019 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal?????? We’ll let you know next week … There are currently 30 Michelin 2* Restaurants in Spain and Portugal 2018 … only 5 of which are Michelin 2* Restaurants in Portugal:  Belcanto (Lisbon), Ocean (Porches, Algarve), Vila Joya (Albufeira, Algarve), Il Gallo d’Oro, (Funchal) and TheYeatman (Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto). Could one (or more) of Portugal’s Michelin 2* Restaurants be gaining that 3rd Michelin star  for the 2019 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal to finally give  Portugal  a Michelin Three Starred Restaurant? We’ll let you know next week … There are currently 177 Michelin 1* Restaurants Spain and Portugal 2018 … of which, only 18 are in Portugal. Hopes are high for a star studded night for both Spain and Portugal next week and for some surprises for the great Portuguese chefs to take the current 23 Michelin Starred Restaurants to an even greater number. We’ll keep you updated on all the results next Wednesday 21st of November 2018, in the meantime happy dining In the meantime here’s a LINK to the COMPLETE full list of all CURRENT Michelin Starred Restaurants in Spain and Portugal Good luck chefs !!!!!!   We, Gourmand Breaks,  have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your custom-designed quote!

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    The 2019 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal will be presented on November 21st, LIVE from Lisbon – Portugal. (more info.) We’ll bring you the 2019 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal RESULTS next week but one thing that we already do know is that Spain has lost a Michelin 3* Restaurant!!!! Carme Ruscalleda elegantly closed her Michelin three star restaurant Sant Pau, near Barcelona, on October 27th 2018 after 30 years of success. Sant Pau, situated in the coastal town of Sant Pol de Mar, was awarded the first of its coveted Michelin  stars in 1991, the second five years later and since 2006 maintained its Michelin 3* status. Sant Pau closed on a high but world-class Catalan chef Carme Ruscalleda is not hanging her apron up just yet.  Along with some interesting projects in the pipeline her other two restaurants, Michelin 2* Sant Pau in Tokyo and Michelin 2* restaurant Moments in Barcelona, led by her son Raül, remain open. Could another Michelin 3* restaurant appear in the 2019 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal to substitute Sant Pau ???  There are 30 Michelin 2* Restaurants in Spain and Portugal (25 in Spain/ 5 in Portugal) so there are a few contenders! What’s more, the 2019 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal is being presented, for the first time ever, from Lisbon!!! Could this mean that a Michelin 3* restaurant is on the cards for Portugal?????  We hope so … here are the 5 current Michelin 2* starred restaurants in Portugal possibilities: Vila Joya (Albufeira, Algarve) Ocean (Armaçao de Pêra, Algarve) Belcanto (Lisbon) Il Gallo d´Oro (Funchal, Madeira) The Yeatman (Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto) Remember we’ll bring you the RESULTS Live next week but in the meantime here’s a recap of the current 11 Michelin 3* Restaurants in Spain 2018 (none, to date, in Portugal): ABaC, Jordi Cruz (Barcelona) Aponiente, Angel Leon (El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz) Akelarre, Pedro Subijana (Guipúzcoa) Arzak, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak (Guipúzcoa) Azurmendi, Eneko Atxa (Larrabetzu, Vizcaya) Diverxo, David Muñoz (Madrid) El Celler de Can Roca, Joan Roca (Girona) Lasarte, Martin Berasategui (Barcelona) Martín Berasategui, Martín Berasategui (Guipúzcoa) Quique Dacosta, Quique Dacosta (Dénia, Alicante) Sant Pau, Carme Ruscalleda (Barcelona) – CLOSED IN October 2018   Heres’s  a COMPLETE full list of all CURRENT Michelin 3, 2 and 1 Starred Restaurants in Spain and Portugal for 2018    Experience Michelin starred Restaurant dining opportunities in Spain and Portugal on one of our Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours. Contact us to custom build your ideal trip!

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    Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal 2019 RESULTS ARE IN: The 2019 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal has now been presented and spoiler alert: There’s a NEW Michelin 3* !!!!! The gastronomic Oscars festival was presented this evening LIVE from Lisbon – Portugal – at the Carlos Lopes pavilion, under the culinary coordination of two Michelin-starred Belcanto chef, José Avillez. This is the first time ever that the Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal has been presented from Portugal but … Oh what a night!!!! A night that has left Michelin stars raining down all over Spain and Portugal! This year a whopping 30 NEW Michelin Stars were awarded between Spain and Portugal! 1 NEW Michelin 3* Restaurant  – awarded to Dani Garcia    *** ALL  11 Michelin 3* Restaurants in the 2019 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal NEW: Dani Garcia, Dani Garcia (Malaga) ABaC, Jordi Cruz (Barcelona) Aponiente, Angel Leon (El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz) Akelarre, Pedro Subijana (Guipúzcoa) Arzak, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak (Guipúzcoa) Azurmendi, Eneko Atxa (Larrabetzu, Vizcaya) Diverxo, David Muñoz (Madrid) El Celler de Can Roca, Joan Roca (Girona) Lasarte, Martin Berasategui (Barcelona) Martín Berasategui, Martín Berasategui (Guipúzcoa) Quique Dacosta, Quique Dacosta (Dénia, Alicante)   But, apart from 1 NEW Michelin 3 Starred Restaurant, for the Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2019 there are:   4 NEW Michelin 2* Restaurants Spain and Portugal 2019: Cocina Hermanos Torres  (Barcelona) Ricard Camarena Restaurant  (Valencia) El Molino de Urdániz  (Urdaitz, Navarra). Alma (Lisboa)   and 25 NEW 1* Michelin 1* Restaurants Spain and Portugal 2019: La Barra de Carles Abellán (Barcelona) Oria (Barcelona) Eneko Bilbao (Bilbao) Etxanobe Ateliar (Bilbao) Beat (Calpe, Alicante) Orobianco (Calpe, Alicante) Trivio (Cuenca) eMe Be Garrote (San Sebastián) Bagá (Jaén) LÚ Cocina y Alma (Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz) Pablo (León) Ikaro (Logroño) Clos Madrid (Madrid) Corral de la Moreira Gastronómico (Madrid) El Invernadero (Madrid) La Tasquería (Madrid) Yugo (Madrid) El Xato (La Nucía, Alicante) Terra (S’Agaró, Alicante) A Tafona (Santiago de Compostela) El Molino de Alcuneza (Sigüenza, Guadalajara) Cancook (Zaragoza) G Pousada de Bragança (Tras os Montes) A Cozinha de Guimaraes (Minho) Midori de Sinra (Estremadura)   Congratulations to all our wonderful Michelin Star Chefs in Spain and Portugal !