Eat Well, Spend Less: Cheap Restaurants in Portugal


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Portugal has a fine reputation for its food and boasts a vast number of highly rated restaurants serving up a variety of different cuisines and flavours, especially in the city of Lisbon. You surely want to go on Lisbon short breaks on your next trip. Spend an amazing weekend in the top visited destination in Portugal. Not only are you guaranteed to eat well on your trip to Portugal, you can also do so for little money, as, with so many well priced eateries with typically affordable menus, eating out is often fairly cheap.

In fact, according to a recent holiday price survey, Portugal is actually the cheapest place to eat out – and, of course, drink – in Europe, with even extravagant three course meals totaling just over £10 per head on average, and that’s with drinks (not wine, though this is also usually fairly priced) included. For those on a budget who love food and sun, visiting Portugal is a real no brainer. These are just a few of the bargain restaurants which serve up food of subliminal quality.


Avenida Infante D. Henrique, Lisbon

Widely held to be the best pizza joint in Portugal, Casanova is a must visit for maximum taste at minimum price. It’s open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it’s notoriously good pizzas are priced on average between 8 and 12 euros each.

Restaurante Cerqueira

Calcada Santana n49, Lisbon

One for the fish enthusiasts, Restaurante Cerqueira is so cheap it’s almost incomprehensible. It averages at around 6 euro for mains, one of the most common of which consists of a huge plate of gorgeous fresh fish with salad, rice and potatoes, and drinks and dessert are no more than a few euros each.

Toma La Da Ca

Travessa do Sequeiro, Lisbon

A cheap, family run eatery with a menu full of local favourites, Toma La Da Ca is the place to go to get a taste of Portugal’s local cuisine, including fish, seafood and meat dishes, cooked to perfection, and all for very little cost. It remains one of the highest ranking budget restaurants in Lisbon.

Wherever you go in Lisbon, the chances are you will be getting more than value for your money. Remember that particularly good, cheap eateries will be popular with locals and tourists alike, so you may want to make reservations in order to guarantee a table.

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Friday Faves: Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day Loves.  I hope you are all sharing lots of love today.  My BF and I have a little Valentine’s Day tradition that includes staying in and ordering food from our favorite restaurant.  I know it sounds simple but we love it and we’ve been doing it for years – ever since we could afford to celebrate Valentine’s Day.   Celebrating any other way would seem weird.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

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Give your career a makeover and get your dream job

Good morning Loves.  We are well into the New Year so let me ask you, how are your 2014 resolutions coming along?  I have to tell you that after a month and a half I am absolutely in love with 2014.

Find what makes you happy in 2014

I haven’t had a really good year in a really long time.  You know those years with days that make you want to get out of bed.  Those years when you smile for absolutely no reason other than you have nothing to frown about.  This is one of those years for me.

It’s been a long time since I felt good about my life because over the last few years I experienced some true tragedies with the loss of my best friend, being physically attacked by my step mother and of course not finding my comfy place in the world.  I have just been feeling lost as I float through my days, but that’s all in the past.

Your job is what you do all day, so make sure you love it

This year I am loving my life and it’s all thanks to a few small changes I made in my daily routine. I started working out regularly, not just when I have the time or when I’m in the mood.  Surprisingly I really like working out, it makes me happy and it gives me something to look forward to.  I am taking weekend road trips to nearby cities such as Boston and Saratoga Springs.  This helps make the long winter more bearable and of course most importantly I got a new dream job as a Community Manager.

For the first time in a really long time I actually want to wake up and get out of bed when my alarm clock goes off.  That’s something I haven’t experienced in a really long time.

Get your dream job in 2014

GoGirl Finance gives us three tips to help boost our career in 2014:

1. Update your online profile.  Before a potential employer calls you for an interview they will most likely Google your name.  This means you make your first impression before employers even meet you in person.  Employers will search for and find all of your social media accounts including Linkedin, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.  Keep your information up to date and avoid any embarrassing photos (at least while you are looking for a job) to ensure you make a good first impression.

2. Go back to school.  There is nothing sexier to an employer than a person who keeps up to date on industry trends.  Trust me I know!  My employer has a tuition refund program that gives employees up to $2000 per year to enhance their skills, take courses and go back to school.  I try to take at least two courses per year. So keep learning because it makes you more attractive to potential employers. Don’t worry about struggling to balance work with school when you can easily take online classes and make your own schedule. Online schools allow you to take classes on your own time while maintaining your current career. Best of all, they offer graduate certificates in exciting fields such as homeland security, criminal justice, and even education. It only takes a few moments to go online and request some more free information about the school, and it could very well be the first step toward that dream job.

3. Expand your circle of friends.  You just never know who is hiring.  I have made job connections in the most unusual places.  I once got a job from a guy I met in an airport while waiting for our luggage.  Just as you update your online profile you should also update your network.  Make new connections by joining a new organization, finding a new hobby or volunteering for charity.

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The perfect Valentine’s Day gift

Good morning Loves.  Well this is it, Valentine’s week is among us and over the next five days people all over the world will be buying gifts for their loved ones.  If you are a lovely lady and you want to drop some hints to your man about your gift or if you are a man searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart then look no further.

This is a list of my favorite products that I discovered this year.  You will quickly notice that none of these gift ideas include going out for dinner, buying roses or eating a box of chocolate.  The reason is because all of these things cost significantly more on February 14 than they do on any other day of the year include February 13 and February 15.  I personally love getting flowers as a gift but I would never forgive my boyfriend if he bought me $25 worth of flowers and paid $60 just because they are a Valentine’s Day gift.

This post is in no way sponsored or promoted by any of the companies mentioned below.  These are just some great gift ideas.  I would love to receive any one of these as a Valentine’s Day gift, if I didn’t already have them of course.

For the girl who loves shiny things:

Michael Kors Michael Kors Mid-Size Rose Golden Skylar Two-Hand Glitz WatchGet her a new watch.  Buying a new watch is a personal gift because you have to know your girlfriend’s taste and that is a Valentine’s Day gift that comes from the heart.  I am absolutely loving the rose gold color that it hitting stores, it’s just as neutral as gold or silver but it gives your girl a little extra shine. The watch featured is by Michael Kors.




For the down to earth girl in your life:

Prepare a home cooked meal.  If you are like me you live in the cold weather and the thought of getting dressed up and going outside is chilling then skip it and stay in.  Stop at the grocery store and cook your sweetheart’s favorite meal.  Set the table, light some candles and enjoy dinner for two.  Don’t forget the whipped cream for dessert.



For a total glamour girl:

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Color Wand Lip Gloss Trio

I admittedly don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I do love a good lip gloss.  I found this lip kit at Sephora and it’s absolutely amazing.  Where else can you get 12 lip glosses for only $19?  Make your lips kissable this Valentine’s Day.




For the girl who lives on a budget:

If your girl is like me she doesn’t want you to spend an enormous amount of money on Valentine’s Day gifts.  So go old school.  Pick up some construction paper and make your sweetheart a gift to remember. Cut out hearts and scatter them all around your house, it’s just as romantic as rose petals and it’s a lot cheaper.  It’s cute, it’s cheap and it will make a night to remember.


For the girl who just needs to relax:

Wrap up an Indian acupuncture mat.  I discovered Bed of Nails in SHAPE magazine and I have to tell you that I am in love with this relaxation mat.  I’m not going to lie, it hurts like hell the first few times you use it, but trust me once you get through the pain your body will thank you – and your sweetheart.




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