O’Brien’s Whale and Bird Tours

Voted best boat tour by Newfoundlanders! View 1/2 a million Atlantic Puffins. Watch playful Humpback Whales. Sail past towering Icebergs. 30+ years, experience.

Award Winning Boat Tour: Daily tours May through September. 2hour adventure. Transport Canada Certified.

Step aboard and set sail to Atlantic Puffins, Humpback Whales and Icebergs. Watch as seabirds dive for food, Bald Eagles soar overhead and the sun glistens off of towering icebergs. Cruise with us to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to the largest Atlantic puffin colony in North America (500,000+) and millions of other seabirds including: Common Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake and Razor-bill Auk.  Enjoy a spectacular performance by Humpback whales as they frolic, breach and pectoral fin slap right before your eyes. A show not to be missed! With the largest population of Humpbacks returning each summer, there are bound to be a few breath-taking moments. Showtimes and routines vary as we are dealing with Mother Nature. Breathe in the fresh ocean air and feel the chill as you sail past 10,000year-old icebergs. These glacial giants come in all shapes and sizes and only 10% appear above the surface of the ocean. Let your imagination run wild! Come for the whales, countless seabirds and Newfoundland charm. Come to experience our rugged coastline and enjoy the famous O’Brien’s hospitality.  The best time for Seabird viewing is from May until early September, Whale sightings are highest in July and Icebergs can typically be seen from May until early June. It is important to note that icebergs do not frequent our waters every year, for the latest Iceberg reports visit IcebergFinder. Sightings vary by season and cannot be guaranteed (birds, whales and icebergs).

Ride in Comfort

Unwind during this two-hour tour aboard one of our Transport Canada Certified, custom built, stable passenger vessels. Our new Atlantic Puffin vessel is equipped with a fully enclosed heated cabin with panoramic viewing, canteen, bar, and restrooms. Non-motorized wheelchair accessibility. Ample rail space on the upper and lower deck provide picture perfect views. 

O’Briens boat tour

September Tours

Seabirds begin taking flight back out to sea in early September, at this time we change our tour route slightly and it becomes a geological adventure. Sail along the rugged coastline, named Top Coastal Destination in the World by National Geographic. Enjoy the view as you sail past sea stacks, caves and waterfalls. Next take in the view of a natural wave powered geyser, locally known as the Spout.

We Filmed the following for the show – Humpback whales (mum and baby) + we saw Puffins, kittiwakes, razorbills, common murres

The Rooms

The Rooms is Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space. It represents and showcases our province to itself and to the world. Both a destination and a journey, The Rooms is where the province’s most extensive collection of artifacts, art and historical records come together to create meaningful and 

memorable visitor experiences that share who we are and how we came to be.  

Nothing gives your identity away quicker than a turn of phrase—especially one greeted by a quizzical pause or a knowing nod. This province is famous for expressions that are puzzling to people “from away.” Many have roots in English and Irish homelands, others are tied to Newfoundland and Labrador ways of life. But it’s “a job to say” where all their origins lie.  This light-hearted exhibition explores 14 of our favourites through artifacts and archival images and documents. 

Here are some examples below which were supplied by Larry Dohey from ‘The Rooms’ .

“CFA” – come from away ( someone who is originally from elsewhere, not a native )

“Yaffle” – an armful fo dried fish

“Chinced” – to stow tighly

“Grub” – types of containers that carried food when heading into the woods, fishing or seal hunting

“Gut Founded” – very hungry, famished 

“Lashins” – plenty

“Mug : Mup Up” – to have a cup of mug of tea and a snack between main meals

“Scoff” – a meal or food

“Stogger” – a large very heavy steamed pudding 

“Touton” – fried bread dough 

The Tour on camera consisted of the following:

  • The First World War exhibition:
  • The Connections Gallery (Fishing):
  • The Irish exhibition (TALAMH AN ÉISC: THE FISHING GROUND):
The Rooms

Mallard Cottage 

Built in the late 18th or early 19th century, Mallard Cottage is one of the older structures in 

Newfoundland. Patterned on the thatched-roofed cottages in Ireland, the dwelling is a 

one-and-a-half-storeyed building with a hipped roof & central chimney. 

The Mallard Cottage, an 18th Century Irish-Newfoundland vernacular style cottage, is recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada, as being one of the oldest wooden buildings in North 

America. As of November 2013, the Mallard Cottage has taken on its new life as a one of a kind venue, where the team can celebrate Newfoundland & Labrador’s incredible purveyors, through 

showcasing the provinces’ vast array of wild game, seafood & produce, displayed alongside a vital piece of Newfoundlands built heritage.

The Dish Catherine tasted on camera:

Cold Water Shrimp, tiny sweet shrimp caught offshore of NL and northern Europe.  Also known an Icelandic Shrimp with radish, rhubarb. 

mallard cottage

The Night Market, St. John’s

This is a local market held in St. Johns. It consists of a whole host of food vendors and other market stalls. 

Spindrift swirl fine Marshmallows 

Spindrift Swirl Fine Marshmallows has been operating since the spring of 2016, offering marshmallows, marshmallow treats, and hot chocolate mixes at the St. John’s Farmers’ Market and various other market events in the Avalon region. Our marshmallows are made by hand with high-quality ingredients (primarily pure cane sugar and kosher beef gelatin) and flavored with a variety of natural and artificial flavors and spice infusions. We take great care to create only gluten-free products.

The company name comes from a line in the Ode to Newfoundland: “Though spindrift swirl and tempest roar, we love thee Newfoundland”. Several of our products play with local themes and food traditions, such as our popular marshmallow icebergs, “Snow Squalls” (square snowballs), and Lassy Bun flavour (based on a traditional molasses cookie, common throughout the province and a very nostalgic flavour for most Newfoundlanders).

The St. John’s Fermentary (kombucha made of NL ingredients)

We are The St. John’s Fermentary, the first kombucha brewery in Newfoundland! 

We have been open for almost two years, and we work very closely with the local community. Our products are sold at local businesses and markets! We make all of our kombucha locally, from scratch, with organic or local ingredients. We are very proud of what we do!

My name is Sondra, I studied natural health consulting and holistic nutrition. But my real passion is for wholesome food and fermentation!  

Big Boy Baos

Opened last year, we serve traditional Chinese street food! A traditional Chinese steamed roll with a variety of fillings, including meat and vegetables. All baos come with an assortment of crispy bits, cucumbers, scallions, carrots, pickled onions, and jalapenos.

big boy bao

The Old Dublin Bakery 

After moving to Newfoundland in 2004 I worked a number of years in several places around St John’s area not really finding what I was looking for professionally. A couple of personal tragedies later and I found myself selling a small amount of baked goods at a Sunday market.

I diligently pushed myself more and more until I find myself where I am today, one of the most popular vendors at the biggest market in the province, having several employees, a beautiful commercial kitchen to work in and as I write this, just agreeing to purchase a 25 foot cube van to be able to grow my business with in the future.

I was lucky to be able to come here when I did for many reasons and thankfully after begrudgingly entering the course, the Culinary Arts degree I did in Cathal Brugha st really opened the door for me. I’ve been drawing from my experiences of 5 years full time in college and all the work experience I gathered in Dublin to create a business that meets my desire to bake with the niche of fresh baked, European influenced food. 

My most popular items have always been breakfast pastries including THE Cinnamon bun, as it’s known around here, croissants, scones, turnovers and the list goes on. All handmade of course. I plan to grow the business to include my family and my 3 children and utilize the small-town niche and my love of baking as much as possible.

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

It’s the most easterly point in Canada and all of North America and one of the top Newfoundland attractions. It’s incredible to see the views out over the ocean and imagine that Ireland is the next closest point in 

Europe. There are two lighthouses there, one a traditional looking, tall white lighthouse and the second, the original you can go inside. The second is also beautiful, was used until 1955 and it’s the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province.

The lighthouse features a restored 1840-era kitchen and there is some very interesting culinary history associated with the site, such as how the influx of American and Canadian soldiers during the Second World War brought new foods and recipes to the light keeping family at Cape Spear. 

Chafé’s Landing

Chafe’s Landing is conveniently located in the heart of scenic Petty Harbour, just minutes from the capital city of St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.

Situated in a renovated 19th century home, Chafe’s Landing is the perfect place to enjoy a fantastic lunch or dinner from a very diverse menu with selections to please even the most discriminating tastes.

The dishes Catherine and the Contestant tasted on Camera: 

  • Cod Fish Cake – salt cod mixed with mashed potato, fried onions and savory. They are a traditional Newfoundland dish. Fisherman used to salt and dry the catch to preserve it for the winter months and when it’s needed it’s soaked in several waters to remove the salt. They serve the cod cakes with a garden salad and house made vegetable pickles.
  • Cod Tongues – are a local delicacy. They aren’t actually tongue’s but a part of the muscle from the back of the cod’s neck. These are coated with flour and fried milk n salt pork. 
  • Moose Madness – a French fry poutine dish. It’s a mound of fries topped with ground moose, moose sausage, peas, onions, mushrooms and moose gravy. 
  • Local Dessert – a partridgeberry pudding with sauce.

Get ‘Screeched In’ Ceremony 

A screech-in is a ceremony is performed by many who choose to visit Newfoundland. 

Newfoundlanders hold the ceremony for “mainlanders” or those who “come from away.” The ceremony involves a short recitation, a shot of screech and kissing a cod. You wear a hat and you get a certificate in the end declaring you an honorary Newfie.

Keith Vokey is a Master Screecher. Keith is the son of Merle Vokey (the creator of the tradition).


Jack Axes

Started by a pair of cousins, Jack Axes is an expanding chain of urban hip axe throwing lounges. Founded on the belief that accessibility is powerful, we’re attracting a new crowd to the sport we love. More than just a business, we are a diverse community brought together by the thrill of axe throwing and an appreciation for well-crafted brews and the community. Check out the “How to throw an axe bullseye with Jason Momoa” clip filmed in Jack Axes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oxal7BdCh0

jack axes

Lifford is the county town of County Donegal, Ireland. It is the administrative capital of the county and the seat of Donegal County Council, although the town of Letterkenny is often mistaken for fulfilling this role. 

Lifford lies in the Finn Valley area of East Donegal where the River Finn meets the River Mourne to create the River Foyle. The Burn Deele (also spelled as the Burn Dale), a burn (small river), flows into the River Foyle just north of Lifford. 

Catherine and Ann in Lifford

Greenan Fort 

On the summit of Greenan Mountain is the stone fort known as the Grianán of Aileach. From the site there are spectacular views over Lough Foyle, Lough Swilly and the surrounding countryside. The stone fort is believed to have been constructed during the 8th or 9th century as the seat of Cenél nEógain (branch of the Northern Uí Néill), rulers of the ancient kingdom of Aileach. The interior of the circular fort measures some 23m across and an entrance passage extends through the thickness of the massive encircling wall. This dry-stone wall stands some 5m high and incorporates a series of terraces that are accessed by stone steps.

an Greenan Fort

Portland, Maine 

Portland is a city in, and the county seat of Cumberland County, in the U.S. state of Maine, with a population of 67,067 as of 2017. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, more than one-third of Maine’s total population, making it the most populous metro in northern New England (an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont). 

Portland is Maine’s economic centre, with an economy that relies on the service sector and tourism. The Old Port district is known for its 19th-century architecture and nightlife. Marine industry still plays an important role in the city’s economy, with an active waterfront that supports fishing and commercial shipping. The Port of Portland is the largest tonnage seaport in New England. The city has also seen growth in the technology sector, with companies such as WEX building headquarters in the city. 


New Hampshire 

New Hampshire is a state in the New England region of the North Eastern United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. New Hampshire is the 5th smallest by area and the 10th least populous of the 50 states. Concord is the state capital, while Manchester is the largest city in the state. It has no general sales tax, nor is personal income (other than interest and dividends) taxed at either the state or local level. The New Hampshire primary is the first primary in the U.S. presidential election cycle. Its license plates carry the state motto, “Live Free or Die”. The state’s nickname, “The Granite State”, refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries. 

Windy Arbour, Dublin 14

Windy Arbour is a small suburban village in the Dundrum area of Dublin, Ireland. Situated between Dundrum and Milltown, along the banks of the Slang River

St Enda’s Park & Pearse Museum

Set in nearly fifty acres of beautiful parkland, The Pearse Museum and St Enda’s Park is where the leader of the 1916 Rising, Patrick Pearse, lived and ran his innovative Irish-speaking school from 1910 to 1916.

The romantic landscape which surrounds the museum contains a wild river valley, forested areas + some enchanting 18th and 19th century follies.

Visitors can view a fascinating exhibition on Pearse’s life and wander through the historic rooms where he and his family once lived and worked. Information about the wildlife, which inhabits the park is available in a dedicated Nature Study Room in the courtyard where the Schoolroom Café is also located.


Faro is the Algarve’s administrative capital and is located in the south of Portugal. The municipality has around 65.000 inhabitants distributed by 210 km2 and being around 30% of that area part of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve. 

Faro is a millenary city to be (re)discovered. The pre-roman town called Ossónoba was one of the most important urban centres in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Nowadays, due to its location, as well as for 

being a capital city, Faro has the most important infrastructures and public services existent in the Algarve region.

Faro airport receives more than 5.000.000 tourists per year.

From Faro, you may visit many islands by boat, however one of them – Faro Island – is also accessible by car. The islands are places of excellence where you can take a pleasant walk in the natural surroundings of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. You may also enjoy boat trips, bicycle rides, trail walks and bird watching along the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

The local gastronomy, based in the Ria Formosa’s shellfish, the white sand and warm water beaches that in some locations is only inhabited by migratory birds, are amongst the natural features to be discovered.

Faro is also very rich in natural and cultural heritage and invites you to discover it. The neoclassical Arco da Vila is in an ex-libris of the city and is in the place of a door that was part of the original Moorish walls.

This monumental arch leads to the old town with its cobbled streets. Nearby is the Faro Cathedral, built in the 13th century. You can also visit The Municipal Museum, in a 16th-century convent, that displays prehistoric, roman and medieval artifacts as well as sacred art.


Tour of Faro Historic Center 

Arco do Repouso

You can leave the Cidade Velha (Old Town) through the medieval Arco de Repouso (Gate of Rest). It is one of the gateways to the medieval walls. Dates from the 12th and 13th centuries. The name of the Arch of Rest is related to two legends, being the first one in which the troops of D. Afonso III, after having taken the city, rested in this place. The second legend tells us that a Moorish princess, daughter of the Arab governor, fell in love with a knight and here she was enchanted by her father and here she rests.

Arco da Vila

After the Arco do Repouso, we walked along the castle walls till Arco da Vila, the main entrance to the historic center. Monumental neo-classical archway leading to the old town, with remains of original Moorish wall.

Set in one of the medieval gates of the city, this monumental portal was built by Bishop Francisco Gomes de Avelar in the 19th century. It is a good example of Italian neoclassicism in the Algarve heritage.

Inside, we can still see the Arab Gate. It was part of the old Muslim walls and was the entrance to the city for those who came by sea. It is considered as a unique example of Arab architecture in Portugal, taking into account the good state of conservation and the fact that it is still in the place of origin.

Cathedral of Faro

Orange trees bloom all along the “Largo de Sé”, the vast square where the Cathedral of Faro stands. Built by command of King Alfonso IV, the cathedral stands over the ruins of a mosque dating back to 1215 (shortly after the Arabs took the city of Faro). Even more, under the mosque lied a previous Hispanic-Gothic church.

Although it can be loosely associated with the transition between the Romanic-Gothic and Renaissance styles, this church does feature a myriad of architectonic styles. Only the base of the bell-tower remains from the primitive church. 

Three naves of four segments each compose the interior of the church, characterized by the wooden ceilings and Doric-order columns, which date back to the 16th century. The cathedral is also home to a museum exhibiting several religious objects, paintings, and garments of great beauty.

The Gothic chapel boasts an impressive coffered ceiling covered in 17th century tiles, and the presbytery features a valuable Renaissance reredos. 

The wooden organ, painted in red and decorated with Chinese motifs, is alsoa must-see. Climb to the top of the Medieval tower and enjoy some amazing views over the walled city and coast of Algarve.

Convent of our Lady of the Assumption / Faro Municipal Museum

Faro Municipal Museum was the second museum to be created in the Algarve. In 1894, on the 500th 

anniversary of the birth of Infante Dom Henrique (Henry the Navigator), Faro inaugurated the Museum 

Archeologico Lapidar Infante D. Henrique dedicated to the heroe of Sagres. 

This renaissance style building features a Manueline church with a baroque dome and a lateral renaissance portal entrance.

Noteworthy is the two floored “Coimbrão” style cloister with tower buttresses, rounded arches on the ground floor, an architrave on the upper floor being decorated with gargoyles.

In 1519 Queen D. Leonor, orders the construction, on the grounds where for centuries a prosperous Jewish Quarter was settled, a convent for the Nuns of Santa Clara. The construction passes onto Queen D. 

Catarina that appoints the architect Afonso Pires for continuing it.

By 1550 the Nª Sra. da Assunção Convent or the also called Nun’s Convent construction is complete.

The British troops attack in 1596 causes major damages as the 1755 earthquake did leading the church and part of the dorms to collapse.

In the 19th century the convent is abandoned and the nuns moved to Tavira. Late that century the building is bought by private investors that established a cork factory in it.

In 1948 is classified as a National Monument, being restored in the 60’s decade.

The museum’s archaeological collection is the most significant, with artefacts from pre-historical, roman and medieval periods. The most important objects are those from the roman period which include a mosaic

from the 2nd/3rd centuries, the busts of Emperor Hadrian and Agrippina and a collection of epigraphs of 

Ossonoba. The high-quality painting collection from the 16th to 19th century is mainly composed of religious works of art, originating from ancient temples in the Algarve. Also, the 20th cent. painting by Carlos Porfírio about legends of the Algarve is very important.

The Museum has been a member of the Portuguese Museum Network since 2002.

It was awarded with the prize for the best Portuguese Museum in the triennial 2003/05 by the Portuguese Association of Museology.

Praça Afonso III

After the Cathedral we went to the Municipal Museum, that is located in Praça Afonso III, where the statue of the king D. Afonso III, because he was the one conquering Faro to the Moorish.

It’s a statue in honor of Dom Afonso III (1210-1279) former King of Portugal, the king who completed the Christian reconquest of the southwest end of Portugal.

Tour Guide: Luís Santos (Historic Tour Guide & Superior Municipal Museum Technician)

Church of Our Lady of Carmel (Carmo Church)

Built by the Ordem Terceira de Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo between 1713 and 1719 this church is a fine example of baroque architecture on a symmetrical facade.

This single nave church, features a chancel and four side chapels decorated with tiles and gilded wood carvings. 

In the adjoining former cemetery, you can find the very impressive Chapel of Bones built in 1816.

Bone Chapel (Capela dos Ossos) is one of the best-known monuments in Évora, Portugal. It is a small interior chapel located next to the entrance of the Church of St. Francis. The Chapel gets its name because the interior walls are covered and decorated with human skulls and bones.

Bone Chapel

About Algarve Treasures:

Algarve Treasures is a tourism services company that organizes activities

and tourist experiences in the Algarve region.

​We select our offer of tours and experiences with the utmost rigor, working exclusively with local partners to offer a wide range of authentic options for both groups and individuals.

Our team, with more than 20 years of experience in Tourism businesses, also provides Consulting, Development & Management of New Projects to companies that want to boost their business and open doors to tourism.

Our mission is to share with our clients and visitors the genuine culture and traditions of the Algarve, showing what our people do in their daily lives. The Authentic is our passion!

Faro Municipal Market

Faro Municipal Market is located at the heart of the city of Faro in a whitewashed building as is customary for buildings in the Algarve region. We strongly recommend that you visit the Municipal Market of Faro to get to know the local customs of the capital of the region. Indulge yourself with the huge variety of fish and meat that are on display, as well as with the other traditional products such as olives, fruit or corn. 

Restaurante A Madrugada 

Restaurant that serves local Portuguese cuisine. 

The Dishes that Catherine tasted – 


Caracóis (snails)

Ameijoas à Bulhão Pato (Clams in garlic sauce)

Pataniscas de Camarão (shrimp “pataniscas”)

Main Dish

Arroz de Corvina com camarão (croacker rice with shrimps)


Bolo 3 Delícias (3 delights cake – almond, fid and carob cake)

Dom Rodrigo (no translation…)


João Clara White Wine, Algarve Region


Licor de Amêndoa Amarga – Bitter Almond Liqueur

Ginginha em copo de chocolate – Sour Cherry Liqueur served in an edible chocolate cup

Tertúlia Algarvia 

Tertúlia Algarvia is the fulfillment of the dream of a group of friends, who in 2006 decided to create an organization to promote gastronomy, history and traditions of the region.

After many plans, accounts and, most importantly, a lot of persistence, Tertúlia Algarvia opens to the public in August 2013 in Vila-Adentro, the historical centre of Faro.

In addition to traditional meals, the Tertúlia Algarvia provides to its visitors showcookings and culinary workshops, crafts workshops, exhibitions, among other experiences. For this, it has many versatile, comfortable and welcoming spaces. 

Alongside our activities at our restaurant in the Vila-Adentro in Faro, we also organise initiatives such as catering services, classes and cookery demonstrations at other venues.

The Dishes that Catherine tasted – 

  1. Tuna Moxama – is a characteristic product of the Algarve because tuna fishing has been very important in the region for a long time. It is a product we sometimes call cured sea ham because the production process (salting and drying) is similar to that used in cured ham;
  2. Maize porridge (Xarém) with cockles and  shrimps – Xarém is traditionally a food of poor people who worked in agriculture and who often had nothing more to eat than cornmeal to which they had what they had or what was offered. They could add potatoes or vegetables, small pieces of bacon to give some taste or cockles that were offered by the fishermen for being a product with low commercial value. To “Xarém” they could also gather honey and thus they had something sweet to animate them and help to face the difficult life.  Nowadays “xarém” (maize porridge) is enriched with the best seafood from  Algarve
  3. Octopus tentacles, greens and “punched” potatoes – The artisanal octopus fishing is also ancestral in the Algarve. Some say that the best octopus in the world is from the Algarve. Like cod fish there are a thousand ways to cook octopus, This dish is just one of them: steamed tentacles in the oven with “punched potatoes”;
  4. Sweet potato swiss rol – The sweet potato is another of the emblematic products of the region. The best known are those from Aljezur, a municipality on the west coast of the Algarve. The sweet potato is excellent to accompany fish dishes, meat and to prepare different types of cakes and desserts.

Oyster Picking in Culatra Island

The crew embarked on a journey guided by António, from Eating Algarve Tours, on a boat through the natural park of Ria Formosa towards the picturesque Culatra Island. There, we were met by a woman (Sílvia Padinha) who manages the family-run oyster production. She talked us on the life cycle of her oysters and the importance to the community of this type of production in this very special and un spoilt ecosystem, while we were sampling natural and fresh oysters with the water on our ankles.

Quinta da Tôr – Winery

Quinta da Tôr is a family business and the current owner bought it about 8 years ago. It is inserted in an estate of 47 hectares, 12 of which with vineyard, where 7 different varieties of grapes are produced. All grapes are harvested manually and due to the soils and the perfect climatic conditions of this region, they produce excellent wines, some that can reach the 17 degrees of alcohol!! They have worked so hard in these 8 years, that they have already 14 different varieties of wine selling on the market!! And some of it already with Medals!! The top one is the Golden Algibre (red wine)!! And the most “uncommon” is the 17% alcohol Syrah that was a very successful and pleasant “mistake”. They also provide guided tours, including Wine Tastings, with the option of having Tapas with it. 

What we love most about Quinta da Tor, apart from the excellent wines they produce, is the warm welcome and the familiar ambiance that we always feel when visiting the winery with our clients! So unique in such a touristic region as the Algarve!!

The Wines that Catherine tasted – 

Quinta da Tôr – Reserve Algibre (2015)

Deep Ruby colour. Intense aromatic profile, scents of ripe red

fruits and various spices harmonized by the 17 months stage in new French

oak barrels. A wine with much character and volume of a fine and velvety


Wine type: Red

Year: 2015

Region: Algarve

Bottle: 750 ml

Volume of alcohol: 14,5% VOL.

Maturation: French oak barril (17 months)

Castas: Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemakers: Pedro Mendes

Produced and bottled: Turinox,lda | Quinta da Tôr | Loulé

Quinta da Tôr – Syrah (2017)

The vineyards are located in Tôr- Loulé, which has a terroirconducive to a balanced ripening. There is a good concentration of colour, an intense ruby. Aromas of red fruits and spices are present which brings out notes of cassis and pepper.Strong wine with character, full of life and body.

Wine type: Red

Year: 2017

Region: Algarve

Bottle: 750 ml

Volume of alcohol: 17% VOL.

Maturation: Inox barril

Castas: Syrah 100%

Winemakers: Pedro Mendes & Joaquim Roque

Produced and bottled: Turinox,lda | Quinta da Tôr | Loulé

Quinta da Tôr – White Reserve (2017)

Yellow colour with slight green tones. Aroma reveals citric profile with notes of tangerine, pear and peach. Dense, fresh and persistent finish in the mouth. Elaborated with the grapes: Chardonnay, Síria and Arinto.

Wine type: White

Year: 2017

Region: Algarve

Bottle: 750 ml

Volume of alcohol: 13% VOL.

Maturation: French and American oak barril

Castas: Chardonnay, Síria and Arinto

Winemakers: Pedro Mendes

Produced and bottled: Turinox,lda | Quinta da Tôr | Loulé


Queijo – Goat cheese

Chouriço – Chorizo

Presunto . Ham

Azeite regional – local olive oil

Pão – bread

Tour Guide: Vanda Lopes of Algarve Treasures Tours & Experiences

About Vanda Lopes: 

Vanda Lopes is 40 years old, holds a degree in Tourism & Marketing, has a postgraduate degree in Business Management and has been working in the Tourism sector for more than 20 years. After carrying out operational, commercial and management functions in the areas of rent-a-car, outgoing and Incoming travel agencies and more recently having coordinated a tourism project to boost a local Cork Factory, Vanda awoke to the need to create an organized offer of activities and authentic experiences in the destination and decided to create his own company of tours and experiences in the Algarve in 2018 – Algarve Treasures.

Being passionate about the authentic and the local, Vanda constantly seeks to establish new partnerships with local entrepreneurs such as farmers, factory owners, wine producers, liqueurs or other regional products, owners of typical restaurants, organizers of boat trips, tour guides, among others, to be able to design the itineraries and offer differentiated products to its clients. She accompanies many of her groups and loves to show the hidden treasures of the Algarve to visitors!

About Algarve Treasures:

Algarve Treasures is a tourism services company that organizes activitiesand tourist experiences in the Algarve region. ​We select our offer of tours and experiences with the utmost rigor, working exclusively with local partners to offer a wide range of authentic options for both groups and individuals. Our team, with more than 20 years of experience in Tourism businesses, also provides Consulting, Development & Management of New Projects to companies that want to boost their business and open doors to tourism.

Our mission is to share with our clients and visitors the genuine culture and traditions of the Algarve, showing what our people do in their daily lives. The Authentic is our passion!

Portuguese Table Dinner

The Menu included:


Carrot pate with tuna

Board of regional cheeses

Homemade Jams

Portuguese Chorizo (from Alentejo and Algarve)

Main dishes:


Cod broth with potato, spinach, cod, egg, fresh goat cheese and poejo (aromatic herb)


“Tomatada” pork – pork made with tomato with white rice.


Sangria of aromatic herbs with red wine


Sweet rice

Seasonal fruit

Coffee and spirits  

The Recipe for the Cod Broth:

Ingredients (serves 4)

2 cod slices

4-6 potatoes (sweet or white)

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

2 small fresh goat cheeses (hard consistency)

1 bunch of spinach

Mushrooms (optional)

4 eggs

1 bay leaf, 1 branch of pennyroyal and coriander

1/4 of homemade bread broken to bits


  1. Make a stew with onions, garlic, olive oil, bay leaves, pennyroyal and coriander. 
  2. Add water and peeled potatoes. 
  3. When the potatoes are almost cooked, add the cod and the spinach.
  4. After 10-15 minutes, when the cod is cooked, reserve it. 
  5. Add to the broth the cheeses, which take about 3 minutes to cook. 
  6. Reserve the cheeses and remove the pennyroyal from the broth.
  7. Apart the eggs are poached.
  8. Put in the bottom of a bowl, the bread bits, cut by hand, and pour over the broth and the cod in small pieces. Stir well to wrap all the elements until they look like homogeneous.
  9. Pour a serving of broth with a poached egg over and bits of cheese to accompany.

For the Base

Olive oil
2 Onions
3 minced cloves of Garlic
1 large ripe Tomato
Sliced Yellow, Green and Red Peppers White Wine
Chopped Chorizo

For the Fish

4/6 grouper or croaker cuts Shrimp Crumb and Shrimp in Shell Clams
Razor clams
Coriander to garnish


Cut your fish into chunks and marinate an hour before cooking or the night before in garlic, salt, white wine and olive oil.
Place your cataplana on the heat and add olive oil chopped garlic, coriander and onion and allow to soften while stirring. If you don’t have a cataplana you can use a wok with a lid.

Add roughly chopped tomatoes and continue stirring, once softened add finely diced chorizo and white wine. Close the lid while these soften.
Add slice peppers and more wine, close the lid while the peppers soften.
Once the peppers are soft place the chunks of the marinated white fish in a layer on top. When the fish is half cooked add a layer of shellfish. And of course another splash of wine!

When shell fish is just starting to open place a layer of shrimp.
Once the fish is cooked top with coriander and let it cook though.
Bring to the table in the dish with the lid on and serve to your guests with bread.

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The name Oulart, which comes from the Irish word ‘abhallghort’ meaning orchard, Oulart is a small village in the south eastern corner of Ireland. It is situated in County Wexford just off the R741 regional road halfway between the towns of Gorey to the north and Wexford to the south.  Raheenduff or “Black little fort” in English, is a small hamlet within the extremities of Oulart Village and is home of Cooney’s local grain store, Village Store and Public House, which has been managed by the Redmond family since the 1950s.  The Battle of Oulart Hill took place near Oulart during the 1798 rebellion. 

Viewers are treated to a visit of Tulach a’tSolais, Oulart Hill – “Deep in the pastoral landscape of Ireland’s County Wexford, a shaft of concrete cleaves through a green hill like the entrance to some futuristic burial mound.”

Tulach a’ tSolais was opened in 1999 with substantial Government financial backing it is in the words of TK Whitaker ‘dedicated to 1798 in its particular context of the European Enlightenment’. It is the largest and perhaps the most nuanced monument in the world to 1798.  Scott Tallon Walker Architects where responsible for the construction with Ronald Tallon and Michael Warren being chiefly responsible for the “revolutionary design”. 

Oulart Hill Development Group, is a voluntary grouping comprising volunteers from Oulart and the neighbouring parishes. Its members are linked into other organisations in the neighbourhood. The Group is working to develope a broad series of walks in their locality which will benefit the health of local communities and provide walking tourism infrastructure that they believe will in time enhance economic development of the wider region.

Boston is the capital and most populous cityof the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 694,583 in 2018, making it also the most populous city in New England. Boston is the seat of Suffolk County as well, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999.

The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country.  

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. Upon gaining U.S. independence from 

Great Britain, it continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a centre for education and culture.


On this show, Catherine visits the iconic Cheers Pub on Beacon Hill, previously known as the Bull & Finch Pub, she gets to experience Oyster Happy Hour in Boston’s Marliave Restaurant, as well as walking the famous grounds of the prestigious Harvard University where Sarah-Jo worked. 

Catherine gets a private tour of Fenway Park the oldest Major League Baseball stadium in the world. Along the way, Catherine tastes some of Boston’s finest cuisine when she visits Chef Benjamin Lacy at his restaurant ArtScience Culture Lab & Café plus a market that houses some of Boston’s finest Chef’s under the one roof, “Time Out Market” where she tastes food by Chef Peter Ungár & Chef Michael Schlow. 

A trip to Boston isn’t complete without visiting Mike’s Pastry who created the one-of-a-kind cannoli that keeps loyal Bostonians and tourists coming from around the world to enjoy. Catherine meets up with some other Irish who have immigrated to Boston and now work in one of Boston’s oldest boutique hotels “The Lenox Hotel”.

Cheers Pub

Cheers Pub Boston

You’ve seen the TV Show. You know and love the characters. Now experience the Boston pub that inspired it all – ‘Cheers on Beacon Hill’, previously known as the “Bull & Finch Pub”.  Founded in 1969 as the Bull & Finch Pub, Cheers Beacon Hill became the original inspiration for the setting of the TV show Cheers. In fact, the year that the Cheers show premiered on television (1982) Boston Magazine chose the Bull & Finch Pub as the “Best Neighborhood Bar” in Boston. We’re still an intimate neighborhood bar – our neighborhood has just gotten a little bigger! 

So how did a Boston pub become the inspiration for Cheers? When the producers conceived and produced by Glen Charles, James Burrows, and Les Charles, who’d also been at the helm of Taxi and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, TV show went looking for a location to depict the ideal American bar, they headed to Boston, famous for colourful pubs, sports teams, and lively politics. After visiting other Boston bars, they returned to the Bull & Finch and declared, “This is the place” and an American television classic was born, and they would name it Cheers. 

The TV show premiered on September 30, 1982, and remains one of America’s most beloved situation comedies of all time, but it was almost canned in its first season due to abysmally low ratings. Viewers soon came around, thanks to the clever storylines crafted by lead writers Tom Anderson and David Lee and the flawless performance of the stellar cast the rest was history, the show has ended with the bar lives on.

Marliave Restaurant

Henry Marliave, a French immigrant from Paris, arrived in Boston with a collection of recipes and the dream of finding success in the United States. Henry Marliave achieved his American dream by opening his namesake: Restaurant Marliave at 10 Bosworth Street in 1885. The Boston dining landmark was reopened by Grotto chef/owner, Scott Herritt, and has recently added an espresso bar to the lower level which serves coffee, tea, snacks and pastries. Also be sure to visit our sister restaurant Grotto in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.

The Oysters Catherine & Sarah Jo tasted: 

  • Wellfleet, MA
  • Beach point, Barnstable MA
  • Davenport, Dennis MA

The taste on the oysters all depend on the environment in which the oyster is grown.  The outside shell tells the story, if it is greener in color that means it was grown near the bottom of the ocean floor, most likely having more of a vegetal flavor.  A white shell indicates the oyster was raised up and not around a lot of sea vegetation, giving it a saltier, brinier flavor.  All of the oysters are from Cape Cod with the wellfleet being from the very tip of cape cod and the Beach point and Davenport being from further inland.  

The Gentleman on the Wall is John Boyle O’Reilly a famous Irishman who used to visit Marliave and write poetry and meet with the fellow bohemians of the time.  More info on him at  https://www.johnboyleoreilly.com/.  Very interesting man!

The Govenor’s steps are a Boston landmark.  Where Marliave stood was the govenors mansion while under British rule.  The patriots at the time such as Sam Adams, etc would sit on these steps and yell and throw things at the mansion.  


Time Out Market

Time Out Market brings the best of the city under one roof: its best chefs, drinks and cultural experiences. The world’s first food and cultural market based wholly on editorial curation, Time Out Market captures decades of local knowledge, independent reviews and expert opinions. Everything that is being offered in Time Out Market must have been tested and tasted and finally selected by independent Time Out journalists.

The first Time Out Market opened in 2014 in a historic market hall in Lisbon and quickly turned into a huge success. This unique format, which is all about making high-quality fine food affordable and accessible for all, is now coming to other great cities around the worldas the company is rolling out Time Out Market globally. Time Out Market Miami and Time Out New York opened in May 2019, followed in June by Time Out Market Boston 

Time Out Markets are also set to open in Chicago and Montreal this year; Dubai will follow in 2020, London-Waterloo in 2021 and Prague in 2022 (the sites in Montreal, Dubai and Prague are the Group’s first management agreements) – all featuring the cities’ best and most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, drinks and cultural experiences.

Michael Schlow Italian Kitchen at Time Out Market

James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schlow brings two concepts to Time Out Market Boston: Monti Roman Pizzeria offers Roman-style pizza – cooked in a special wood burning oven – that will be crispy, airy, with a slightly chewy crust topped with simple, flavorful ingredients. With his second Italian Kitchen concept, Chef Michael Schlow focuses on a menu full of simple, honest Italian ingredients that best celebrate the country’s superb cuisine, including dishes such as House-made Cavatelli with spicy Italian sausage ragu.

The dish Catherine tasted on camera:

Mimi’s famous meatballs is a recipe passed down from Chef Michaels mother in law and never disappoints. Fluffy, creamy, whipped ricotta lays beneath a perfect ratio of meatballs and spicy tomato basil sauce, topped with a sprinkle of parmesan and parsley, not only Instagram worthy but also addictive!

Tasting Counter – Peter Ungár

One of Boston’s most celebrated culinary talents, Chef Peter Ungár of highly acclaimed Tasting Counter – which he opened in 2015 with his wife Ginhee Ungár – offers guests interpretations of the restaurant’s modern and beautifully handcrafted dishes, influenced by culinary techniques and traditions from around the world and utilizing New England ingredients.

The dish Catherine tasted on camera: 

“The Gremolata Dumplings we serve at Time Out Market are based on a popular dish we have served on the tasting menu at Tasting Counter which was originally inspired by a traditional Hungarian dish my grandmother frequently made during visits with my family in Budapest. The dumplings here are handmade spaetzle-style and served with house made soured cream, sea urchin foam, roasted hen of the wood’s mushrooms, and garnished with dehydrated preserved lemon. It’s a comforting dish that is both earthy and bright, with a great blending of Hungarian culinary traditions and local New England  ingredients”. A quote from Peter Ungár

Time Out Market is part of  Time Out Group plc, a global media and entertainment business that inspires and enables people to explore and enjoy the best the city. Time Out launched in London in 1968 with a magazine to help people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the city. Today, the Group’s digital and physical presence comprises websites, mobile, magazines, Live Events and Time Out Market. Across these platforms Time Out distributes its curated content – written by professional journalists – around the best food, drink, music, theatre, art, travel and entertainment across 315 cities and in 58 countries. Time Out, listed on AIM, is headquartered in the United Kingdom.

Time Out Market Boston opened in The Fenway neighbourhood BOSTON (July 2019) – The highly anticipated food and cultural market brings the best of the city under one roof, right at the heart of The Fenway neighbourhood. There are 15 eateries with food from some of Boston’s top chefs and restaurateurs, exciting craft cocktails and cultural experiences from local talent – all handpicked by Time Out Boston’s editorial team.

Located at 401 Park Drive, Time Out Market Boston offers across 25,000 square feet 15 eateries, two full-service bars, a retail shop and communal-style seating. The unique architecture of the market blends the building’s original Art Deco feel with modern design elements, respecting the history of the iconic 401 Park and making the space not only a culinary and cultural but also a visual experience.

Time Out Market Boston’s opening hours are Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 9 a.m. with some eateries offering breakfast items; all other eateries open at 11 a.m. It will close Monday to Saturday at midnight and Sunday at 11 p.m.

To select Boston’s outstanding culinary talent, local Time Out editors tested and tasted the city’s best food and then invited only the very best chefs and eateries to join Time Out Market. The result of this curation is a stellar lineup, offering an incredible range of local cuisine – served on fine china and flatware, and made affordable and accessible. Time Out Market Boston features the following top chefs and much-acclaimed restaurateurs: 

  • James Beard Award-winning Chef Tim and Nancy Cushman take over two kitchens with a pair of Asian concepts within Time Out Market: Ms. Clucks Deluxe offers a creative spin on chicken and dumplings riffing on Asian cuisines; and gogo ya reinvents the way guests think about sushi with inventive dishes, some of which are inspired by the award-winning o ya and Hojoko. Rob Wong, chef de cuisine of Hojoko Japanese Tavern is overseeing the two Time Out Market kitchens with Chef Tim Cushman. 
  • Chef Tony Maws, named Best Chef Northeast by The James Beard Foundation, brings juicy Craigie Burger variations to Time Out Market, inspired by the iconic and highly sought-after signature burger at Craigie on Main.
  • One of Boston’s most celebrated culinary talents, Chef Peter Ungár of highly acclaimed Tasting Counter – which he opened in 2015 with his wife Ginhee Ungár – offers guests interpretations of the restaurant’s modern and beautifully handcrafted dishes, influenced by culinary techniques and traditions from around the world and utilizing New England ingredients.
  • James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schlow brings two concepts to Time Out Market Boston: Monti Roman Pizzeria offers Roman-style pizza – cooked in a special wood burning oven – that will be crispy, airy, with a slightly chewy crust topped with simple, flavorful ingredients. With his second Italian Kitchen concept, Chef Michael Schlow focuses on a menu full of simple, honest Italian ingredients that best celebrate the country’s superb cuisine, including dishes such as House-made Cavatelli with spicy Italian sausage ragu.
  • Saltie Girl – the award-winning go-to restaurant among local seafood lovers – presents fresh seafood and New England favorites. Kathy Sidell and Chef Kyle McClelland will bring Saltie Girl’s succulent lobster rolls and signature sustainable tinned seafood along with fresh seafood dishes to Time Out Market. On the menu: fried clam roll and the signature lobster roll (hot and cold), bacon-kissed clam chowder, as well as a selection of their tinned fish.
  • Revolution Health Kitchen makes Time Out Market visitors feel their best with a delicious and organic plant-based menu. Co-owners Heather and Dominic Costa offer satisfying salads, hearty soups, acai bowls, fresh juices and smoothies. 
  • Nina and Raffi Festekjian serve Eastern Mediterranean flavors with anoush’ella, featuring traditional recipes using fresh, authentic ingredients inspired by their Armenian-Lebanese heritage. On the menu are dishes like Mezze of Hummus, Baba-Ganoush and Walnut Harissa, or the warm spices of Chicken Za’atar and Red Lentil Kofta Wraps.
  • BISq offers mouth-watering charcuterie, delicious cheese boards and eclectic sandwiches as well as big and bold new interpretations of Bisq-inspired dishes from Chef Alex Saenz. 
  • Cambridge’s celebrated modern-era Mamaleh’s Delicatessen serves up its delicious signature sandwiches, satisfying platters and modern interpretations of deli classics at Time Out Market Boston.
  • Mobile Cooks presents with MC Kitchen healthy and scrumptious vegan fare featuring locally sourced ingredients during a three-month residency. Founded by Matthew Kaplan, Mobile Cooks’ mission is to empower cooks, support local farmers and feed the world delicious vegan food. At Time Out Market Boston, Mobile Cooks will welcome different chefs for daily or weekly specials.
  • Union Square Donuts – co-founder Josh Danoff’s bakery with a cult-like following – brings its signature artisanal donuts, made from scratch daily with high-quality and wholesome ingredients. At Time Out Market, inventive flavor combinations like Sea Salt Bourbon CaramelBrown Butter Hazelnut Crunch and Maple Bacon are served.
  • Coffee pioneer George Howell Coffee brings its mission of seeking out the world’s best coffees to Time Out Market. Guests get to enjoy George Howell Coffee’s signature menu of batch brewed single-farm coffees as well as a selection of micro-lot coffees on a single-cup pour over bar. There are also espresso-based drinks and seasonal coffee-based mocktails and a full line of pastries and desserts from Seven Stars Bakery and Praline.  
  • Gelato & Chill introduces its artisanal gelato, based on authentic and traditional Italian recipes. Artisanal gelato master Vincent Turco creates small batch, handmade gelato using organic, additive-free local ingredients and will regularly create new indulgent flavors along with gluten-free and vegan-friendly frozen treats as well as dairy-free sorbets.

A beverage program to complement Time Out Market Boston’s culinary offering Time Out Market Boston features two bars with an unparalleled beverage program designed to highlight the elements that make Boston a world class city. 

Time Out Market Boston is part of the global expansion of this successful culinary phenomenon. In 2014, the editorial team behind Time Out Lisbon turned a historic market building into Time Out Market Lisbon, the world’s first food and cultural market based wholly on editorial curation. Today, it is Portugal’s most popular attraction with 3.9 million visitors in 2018. This hugely successful culinary phenomenon is now expanding globally with new Time Out Markets having opened in Miami and New York in May 2019, followed by Boston in June 2019, and Chicago and Montreal later in 2019; Dubai is set to open in 2020, London-Waterloo in 2021 and Prague in 2022.

Time Out Market is rooted in the heritage of Time Out – a magazine created in London in 1968 to inspire and enable people to explore and enjoy the best of the city. Since then, Time Out editors have been writing about the best food, drink and cultural experiences worldwide. Today, a global team of local expert journalists is curating the best things to do in 315 cities across websites, magazines, social media and live events. Now this curation is brought to life at Time Out Market.

Harvard University

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was named after the College’s first benefactor, the young minister John Harvard of Charlestown, who upon his death in 1638 left his library and half his estate to the institution. A statue of John Harvard stands today in front of University Hall in Harvard Yard, and is perhaps the University’s best known landmark.

Harvard University has 12 Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The University has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 20,000 degree candidates including undergraduate, graduate, and professional    students. There are more than 360,000 living alumni in the U.S. and over 190 other     countries.

John W. Weeks Footbridge – The John W. Weeks Bridge, usually called the Weeks Footbridge, is a pedestrian bridge over the Charles River, connecting Cambridge, Massachusetts with the Allston neighborhood of Boston. The Weeks Bridge opened in 1927 to carry pedestrian traffic between the Harvard Business School’s newly built Allston campus and the Business School’s former home, Harvard’s traditional campus in Cambridge. 

Harvard Science Centre Plaza 

The Harvard University Science Centre is Harvard’s main classroom and laboratory building for undergraduate science and mathematics, in addition to housing numerous other facilities and services.  Located just north of Harvard Yard, the Science Center was built in 1972 and opened in 1973 after a design by Josep Lluís Sert (then dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design). 


ArtScience Culture Lab & Café

Founded by David Edwards in 2014, ArtScience is a café and culture lab committed to great casual drinks and dining alongside art, science, and design experiences that express audacious frontier dreams of tomorrow. ArtScience is a place and cultural movement where art experimentation and expression combine’s with science to pioneer a sustainable human future.

Executive Chef, Benjamin Lacy recognizes the essential and important work of farmers who harvest his ingredients, often working directly with them to plan for upcoming menus, and respects the biology of food, which is essential to ArtScience’s culinary identity.

Coming from a multi-cultural family, his Chinese mother and Irish-American father exposed him to a wide variety of both conflicting and complementary flavors and culture, instilling in him a love of eclectic cooking. At Sel de la Terre, Lacy nurtured his passion for food under the watchful eyes of chefs Frank McClelland, Geoff Gardner, and Daniel Bojorquez. He has also worked at acclaimed local restaurants including Union Bar and Grille, Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro, Ten Tables, Bondir Concord, and En Boca.

With a spirit of innovation, Lacy continues to offer dishes at ArtScience that encourage diners to step outside their comfort zone without appearing selective or exclusionary. He hopes that guests leave with an understanding of not only the heart and soul behind the food, but also the philosophy behind the restaurant’s sustainable approach to dining.

The dishes Catherine tasted on camera:

  1. Lamb Tartare with kataifi, Greek yogurt, buttermilk gel, earl grey pudding, pauce paloise, and bee pollen.
  2. Rabbit Crepinette with spring vegetable glace, fava bean puree, sauce perigord.

Founder, David Edwards: ArtScience is the creation of David Edwards, Harvard faculty member, future-of-food inventor and pioneer of the international artscience movement. Our team reflects the values of his vision: creative and artistic while informed by the latest science and mindful of the future of food and drink

Fenway Park

Fenway Park is a baseball park located in Boston, Massachusetts near Kenmore Square. Since 1912, it has been the home for the Boston Red Sox, the city’s American League baseball team, and since 1953, its only Major League Baseball franchise. It is the oldest ballpark in MLB. However many may not know that the ballpark has been the home of three professional football franchises. 

Fenway Park was built in 1912 because owner of the Red Sox, John Taylor, wanted a new ballpark for his team. In April 1912, the ballpark was completed and named Fenway Park because of its location in “The Fens” in Boston. The 27,000 seat ballpark was home of the Red Sox until the Boston Redskins moved to the ballpark in 1933. 

In July 1932, George Marshall was awarded the Boston football franchise & in the first season the team was named the Boston Braves because they played at Braves Field. 

After the 1932 season the Braves were moved to Fenway Park and renamed the Redskins. The team played their first game at Fenway Park in September 1933 against the New York Giants. The Redskins played four seasons at Fenway Park before moving to Washington after the 1936 because of low fan support.

Eight years later, the Boston Yanks began playing at Fenway Park. The Yanks played their first game at the ballpark in September 1944 against the Philadelphia Eagles, however the Yanks folded after the 1948 season. 

The last professional football team to play at Fenway Park was the Boston Patriots. For six seasons the Patriots played at Fenway Park. They played their last game at the ballpark in a win against the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968 moving to Foxboro Stadium the next year.

The Red Sox have continued to played at Fenway Park since 1968. Although the ballpark has grown in capacity it still looks similar as when it opened. Today, Fenway Park has a seating capacity of 38,805. The prominent feature today at Fenway Park remains the Green Monster, a 37 foot high wall in left field. Throughout the late 1990s there were discussions of a new ballpark being built for the Red Sox. However, the current owners of the team are committed to keeping the team at Fenway Park.

Mike’s Pastry

Lobster tails in mikes pastry

Founded in 1946, Mike’s Pastry is located in Boston’s historic North End on Hanover Street. Michael Mercogliano (the “Mike” behind the famed Mike’s Pastry) created the one-of-a-kind cannoli that keeps loyal Bostonians and tourists coming from around the world to enjoy.  Mercogliano presided over the bakery since 1946 and handed the operation off to his stepson, Angelo Papa, who has been running the bakery for years now.

Mercogliano moved to the North End when he was only 12 years old with his family straight off the boat from Italy. There were no pastry classes or any educational resources in learning cake-decorating back then, so Mike first started in his cousin’s bakery next door where he fell in love with the craft and began assembling the perfect cannoli.

Mike’s has a signature white box with bright blue font tied with a string bow, which you’ll see pedestrians holding as they explore Boston and take their pastries to go. These loyal customers include everyone from presidents to tourists to local Bostonians. Known for their cannoli and lobster tails, Mike’s is one of the best-known Italian bakeries in Boston.

Going to Mike’s has become a Boston tradition when in town whether visiting family, friends, sporting events, college, or any other event. We hope that you continue the tradition and come see us and grab a pastry.

The Lenox Hotel Boston

The Lenox Hotel

The Lenox Hotel is a hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is located at the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets. One block from Newbury Street, Copley Square, and the Prudential Tower, The Lenox sits next to the Boston Public Library.

The Lenox Hotel was built in 1900 by the owner of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria, Lucias Boomer, at a cost of $1,100,000. At eleven stories high, it once stood as the tallest building in Boston. The outside was constructed of white and red terra cotta bricks and the inside of the hotel was luxuriously appointed. The hotel is named after the family of Lady Sarah Lennox, wife of King George III who ruled before and during the American Revolution. The Lenox was host to many celebrities, including Enrico Caruso, who arrived at The Lenox in his own private railroad car. The area next to The Lenox was a railroad station until the 1960s, allowing affluent guests to pull their railroad cars up to the hotel and walk right in. Judy Garland, who made The Lenox her home for three months in 1965, currently has one of the hotel’s suites named in her honor. In 1963, the Saunders family acquired the hotel and Roger Saunders was brought on as the general manager.

The hotel recently underwent a $35 million renovation and some of the corner suites in the hotel still have functioning wood-burning fireplaces. It is one of the few known buildings left in the world with a functioning Cutler mail chute.

The Lenox Hotel is located less than a block from the finish line of the Boston Marathon, held every year in April.

Boston’s famous Fenway Victory Gardens

In Boston, across the street from another historic destination, Fenway Park, lies the     Fenway Victory Gardens. Dating back to 1942, it boasts being the only remaining         continuously operating World War II Victory Gardens in the United States.

During the war, the Fenway Victory Gardens were created on a 49-acre spread ripe for cultivation. The official Fenway Garden Society was established two years later, in 1944, in an effort to provide land for those who wanted to continue growing their own food even after the war ended. Now, flowers outnumber veggies, although you’ll still see plenty of lettuce,     luscious tomatoes, eggplants, strawberries, raspberries, and more as the growing  season progresses.

Local residents still tend the 500 or so plots, which typically measure about 15′ by 25′ – roughly the size of a large living room – although a few are even larger.  Although the Back Bay Fens park is public, the fenced plots are private, with locked gates to protect the     gardening tools, lawn furniture, sculpture, and other items tucked away in them. 

Individuals pay a small annual fee (currently $15-$30) for the privilege of cultivating a plot – some have been here for decades. 

Attend one of the free Open Gardens hosted by the gardeners, who literally unlock their gardens and invite you in for a close-up look. Each month’s event features a different     section of the gardens. Open Gardens take place on one Wednesday evening a month   between June and October. Dates vary a bit from year to year so check Boston Discovery Guide’s June events calendar to find the exact dates for all Open Gardens for the season.

What makes a visit to the Fenway Victory Gardens special is that each space reflects the interests, aesthetic vision, and energy and skills of its caretaker. The Victory Gardens give you a glimpse into another world – or more accurately, 500 visions of paradise