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The Duck and the Apple

The Duck and the Apple History: This is the YOURS Bistrô dish that changed the least over the years. Inspired by a French recipe (Magret de Canard), it has always been served with apple purée and red fruits. Subsequently, it evolved with the addition of cinnamon and mint.   Ingredients: Difficulty: Medium Preparation Time: 30 min 350g Duck Breast 6 Smith Apples Red fruits (Your choice) Cinnamon Butter Lemon 0,013cl Olive Oil Mint Preparation: Step 1. Apple Puree Roast the apple with cinnamon, butter, mint and lemon. After it’s roasted, prepare the puree. Step 2.             Cook the red fruits with sugar, creating the sauce of the dish. Step 3.             In a sauté, with some hot olive oil, put the duck magret and seal each side of it. Step 4.             Take the magret to the oven and let it warm entirely. Step 5.             In a plate, put the puree in form of a tear (2x) and place the magret on top.

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The Loin and the Celery

The Loin and the Celery History: Our original dish did not include sirloin steak but tenderloin steak, and was inspired in the famous ‘Posta à Mirandesa’. It was a thick 250g steak, which was seared and finished in the oven. It came with boiled sauteed potatoes. Subsequently, we decided to improve the meat and change it to ‘filet mignon’, while also replacing the potatoes with zucchini and cauliflower. The final touch is garlic previously fried in olive oil.     Ingredients  Difficulty: Medium Preparation Time: 30 min 400g Cow Loin Celery Purple Rape Shitaké Mushroom Carrot (baby) 0,013cl Olive Oil White Wine (Plenty) 2 Garlick Cloves Butter Salt (Plenty) Rosemary   Preparation Time: Step 1.             In a sauté, put some olive oil e let seethe. Next, drop the stalkes and seal each side of it. Step 2. Celery Puree In a tray, dispose the celery with salt, butter and rosemary Take it to the oven, at a 200ºC, during 45 minutes. Grind it. Step 3.             In the same sauté of the stakes, put some olive oil. Add crushed Step 4. After sharpened, add the mushrooms and sautéing them, repeat it with the vegetables after adding them. Step 5.   […]

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The Bream and the Pumpkin

The Bream and the Pumpkin History: Sea Bass is a staple at Yours Bistrô. Like other dishes on our menu, it also underwent some changes. Initially, the bream was grilled with half-moon potatoes, sautéed, and subsequently cooked. It was accompanied with kale and carrot. Now the bream is filleted because most of our customers are foreigners and, as such, they are not used to handling the whole fish.     Ingredients  Difficulty: Medium Preparation Time: 45 min 1 Golden Bream White Rape small Purple Rape smal 1kg Pumpkin 6 Carrots small Butter Thyme Preparation: Step 1.             Put the baby vegetables in water and salt and let cook for about 4 minutes. Step 2. Pumpkin puree In a tray, put the sliced pumpkin evenly, with butter and thyme. Take it to the oven, at a 200ºC, during 45 minutes. Grind it after it’s roasted. Step 3.             In a sauté, put some olive oil and heat it well. After, place the golden bream fillet with some skin under it, reduce the flame and cook it slowly. Step 4.             Heat the carrot puree and sautée them vegetables. Step 5.             In a plate put the puree in […]

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Gratin Mussels

Gratin Mussels  History: This dish has not undergone major changes over the years. We used to steam the mussels, but now we make them Bulhão Pato-style, a method usually associated with clams. A delicious dish that stands out for its lightness and sophisticated flavors.   Ingredients Difficulty: Easy Preparation Time: 15 min 1kg Fresh Mussel Milk (Plenty) White Wine (Plenty) Coriander Butter Preparation: Step 1.             In a sauté, put the mussels and let it cook a bit. Step 2.             Cool it with some white wine and reduce it. Step 3.             Add the coriander, already choped, and the butter until you got the “bulhão pato” sauce. Step 4.             Put the mussels on the plate and serve.

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Prawn Curry

Prawn Curry History: Feeling inspired to cook today? Don’t feel like cooking the same old dishes? We have a beautiful, exquisite suggestion for you. A Delicious Prawn Curry! That’s right, don’t keep this recipe for yourself – share it with someone special! Ever since we started 3 years ago, Prawn Curry has always been part of the YOURS menu. But it underwent some changes since then. In the beginning, the curry was made with peas and accompanied with small shrimp, basmati rice, and thin zucchini strips. Subsequently, we evolved to 30-40 shrimp, leaving only the head and the ‘tail’. And, finally, we adopted the recipe you can see in our book.     Ingredients  Difficulty: Medium Preparation Time: 20 min 6 Prawn 0,33cl Coccunut Milk Curry Pulp Pappadamus 0,125g Rice Almonds (Plenty) Nuts (Plenty) 0,013cl Olive oil 2 Garlick Cloves Butter 0,063g Onions 0,013cl Oil Cumin (Plenty) Cream Preparation: Step 1. Curry Peel the onion and the garlick cloves, and chop them. Place everything in a pot e put a soup spoon with oil. Heat it until the onion is tender. Add the curry pulp and the cumins and involve them until it toasts. Add the  coccunut milk, mix it […]

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Sea Bass Ceviche

Sea Bass Ceviche History: Ceviche made its YOURS debut in July 2015, thanks to Chef João Lima. The idea was to create a more complete but nevertheless light starter. Thus was born the ‘Sea Bass Ceviche’, to be accompanied with flutes of ‘Loureiro’, bread, and olive oil. Feeling inspired to cook today? Don’t feel like cooking the same old dishes? We have a beautiful, exquisite suggestion for you.     Ingredients  Difficulty: Easy Preparation Time: 15 min 1 Sea Bass Red Pepper (Plenty) Green Pepper (Plenty Coriander Capers (Plenty) Salt Pepper Lime Preparation: Step 1.             Clean the Sea Bass, removing every scale and fin Step 2.             Filet the Sea Bass and take off the skin. Step 3.             Cut the Sea Bass in little and regular chops. Step 4.           Cut the peppers into brunesa (small and regular pieces). Step 5.             Slice the coriander. Step 6.             In a bowl, put the Sea Bass, the coriander, the peppers, the capers and temper it with salt, pepper and lime juice. Step 7.             At the time of serving, decorate the dish as you want

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Goat Cheese Puff with Fig Jam

Goat Cheese Puff with Fig Jam History: Goat Cheese Puff with Fig Jam made its way into the YOURS menu through Chef Patrick de Koninck. This is a more consistent starter that goes well with a glass of red wine. With goat and sheep cheese, as well as pumpkin, fig and red berries in the coulis, this is an extraordinary combination.   Ingredients: Difficulty: Medium Preparation Time: 20min 2 Slices of goat Cheese 2 Sheets dough Nut (Plenty)  Honey (Plenty) Mixe Salad Butter Fig Jam (Plenty) Preparation: Step 1.             Cut the goat cheese Step 2.             Brush the dough with butter Step 3.             Put the goat cheese, honey and nuts in the centre of the dough Step 4.             Close in flower and take it to the oven, for 5 minutes at 180 degrees. Step 5.             In the empathizing, put the salad below, lodge the puff  pastry e sprinkle it with fig jam.

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Raríssimas

On November 20, 2017, YOURS GuestHouse and YOURS Bistrô have teamed up to help a cause. We have an important protocol. We commit ourselves as a company and employees, to help “Raríssimas”! Raríssimas was founded on April 2002 and is a non-profit institution. The strength and courage for its creation is due to the dream of Marco, son of Paula Costa, the founder of “Casa dos Marcos”, a project that came later. Marco, had “Cornelia de Lange” Syndrome, a rare pathology, associated with congenital malformations and delayed psychomotor development. Then, knowing there were no schools that could help accommodating people like him, he asked his mother to create a space for rare girls and boys. Marco was 16 when he made that request, and unfortunately, he died shortly afterwards, without seeing his desire fulfilled. However, roughly 7 years after this special request, the concept “Casa dos Marcos”, in Moita, Portugal, a unique space in the World for people with rare and very rare diseases, was born, based on a lot of altruism. “Not being for Marco, it’s a home for the other Marcos of Portugal.”, said Paula Costa. The “House of Mark” includes a residential home, intended for patients that […]

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Funicular dos Guindais

Have you ever heard about the history of “Funicular dos Guindais”? The original “Funicular dos Guindais” was projected by the portuguese engineer, Raul Mesnier, known to have built many lifts and funiculars in Portugal. The funicular was inaugurated in the 4th of June, 1891, however, two years later, ended up closed, due to a serious accident that occurred. After human and mechanic failure, the funicular ended up practically discarded alongside a platform on the lowest tray of the “D.Luís I” bridge. Fortunately and although the scenario, it didn’t caused deaths, just some injuries. However, the “Parceria dos Elevadores do Porto” announced the suspension of the funicular for two months, necessary time to initiate the repairs and begin the activities.                 So, the funicular was completely redesign by Raul Mesnier, focusing on restore the funicular functioning, something that never quite happened until nowadays. In 2001, arises a proposal for the replacement of a new funicular in the same spot, and a century after the original opening (19th February 2004), opens a new funicular! It is located between “Guindais” and “Rua da Batalha” street, and its currently operated by “Metro do Porto” company. With an […]

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3 Days in Porto

If 1 day is short, and 2 not enough, we think that 3 days are ideal to know almost all the essence of Porto. Day 1… The best option to stay in, for 3 days in Porto, is YOURS GuestHouse, for many reasons. It´s a very well centralized guest house in the Historic Centre of Porto, therefore, nearby everything you need to visit, it’s a cosy space and it’s customized for you! Go down in the “Rua dos Caldeireiros” street, where you are staying and enjoy the beauty of the main avenue of Porto, the “Avenida dos Aliados” that owes its name to a tribute to the Allied Countries in the first World War. All the buildings that you will see are made of quality granite, many of them crowned with summits, pinnacle spires and skylights. Take the opportunity to take unique pictures, to know the building of “Câmara do Porto” and the brand of our city, “Porto.”. Once again go down and visit the “Estação de S.Bento”, one of the most beautiful train stations of the World and one of the most important monuments of the city, made by the architect Marques da Silva, coated with twenty thousand tiles by Jorge […]

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2 days in Porto

Although 2 days in Porto are not enough to know all the stories, gardens, buildings and features, they are enough to get a good feel about the city. The best option to stay in, is YOURS GuestHouse, for many reasons. It´s a very well centralized guest house in the Historic Centre of Porto, therefore, nearby everything you need to visit, it’s a cosy space and it’s customized for you! Day 1… For the first day, we have a contrast of routes to propose you. Let’s begin the morning with some hustle, but we promise you that you will finish your day in a more serene way. We begin our route, at “Capela das Almas”, which stays at a very short and interesting walk from YOURS GuestHouse, in the main commercial street of “Baixa do Porto”, “Santa Catarina” street. The “Capela das Almas” is constituted by 15,947 tiles, from Eduardo Leite. They represent the life of San “Francisco de Assis” and Saint “Catarina”! Still on the same street, don’t forget to visit the “Café Majestic” opened in 1921, and considered the sixth most beautiful coffee in the World, in 2011. It was a coffee who has claimed their state with the tradition […]

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1 Day in Porto

When you only have one day in a city like Porto, full of venues and history to show, have you ever wonder “1 Day in Porto – What should I visit?” Here you have our suggestion to 1 day in Porto! The best option to stay in, is YOURS GuestHouse, for many reasons. It´s a very well centralized guest house in the Historic Centre of Porto, therefore, nearby everything you need to visit, it’s a cosy space and it’s customized for you! “Sé Catedral do Porto”, a building from the XII to XIII century, known for the architecture with roman-gothic features. It is a short walk of 7 minutes from YOURS GuestHouse Porto. Schedule: 09h00 am – 19h00 pm Museum and Cloister: 09h00 am – 18h30 pm (summer)                 Reache “Ribeira” using the “Sé Catedral” stairs, where you can take a close look to the “Muralha Fernandina”. “Ribeira” is one of the main tourist attraction points, is an ideal place to take incredible pictures to the landscape, thanks to the excellent views over the Douro river!   Don’t forget to see the D.Luís I bridge, made in iron filigree, drafted by the engineer Théophile Seyrig. You can […]

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5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto

Since we’ve been having crazy weather in Porto, Beatriz Maia went looking for the 5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto so you can enjoy the good and the bad weather. Take a look: Yours Bistrô Yours Bistrô it’s a place full of tradition and culture and their goal is to make you feel like home. It’s recognized for its traditional Portuguese inspired cooking and it’s definitely one the 5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto. It’s the best place to enjoy a cozy and familiar environment, with a sunny and welcoming terrace. The best thing is that no matter what you eat at Yours Bistrô, you can be sure that is made with fresh products and from local farmers and producers. You can taste that homemade effected on the plate. You can also enjoy magic and poetry nights that Yours Bistrô provides from time to time. It’s located at the heart of the city, and offers you breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Also a perfect place to go for a coffee on their amazing terrace, alongside the view above the historical part of the city. Perfect to relax with your friends and family. You can find Yours Bistrô at Rua dos […]

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Livraria Lello – The Bookshop

“Livraria Lello has housed men of arts and letters, has been the inspiration for acclaimed authors, a place for social gatherings, performances and a serene library for many of Invicta’s avid readers.” This is how Livraria Lello describes itself and we couldn’t agree more. Beatriz Maia went to the most beautiful bookstore in Porto and the world to tell you everything about it. Reed more to see how it was: Livraria Lello as we know it, opened in 1906 by the Lello brothers, men of the arts, letters and culture. Everyone who walks by Rua das Carmelitas can’t help but to be stunned by the façade of the bookshop. The façade has a neo-gothic style that is amazing by itself. The façade has a neo-gothic style that is amazing by itself. However, the façade has to share some of the attention with two amazing figures that symbolize both art and science. Recently restored, the responsible for the bookshop wanted to make sure that the façade turned out to be the closest as the 1906’s original. Walking in the Livraria Lello, we’re immediately overwhelmed by the famous staircase. This is a feeling that many can’t describe, is best for you to see […]

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5 Best Port Wine Cellars

When it comes to Port Wine, there’s no doubt that Porto is the city to visit. To make sure you visit the best of the bests, Beatriz Maia has selected the Top 5 Best Port Wine Cellars just for you, take a look: Graham’s Port Lodge Graham’s Port Lodge is considered to be one of the best Port Wine Cellars because of its location, its sights and its wines. Also, Graham’s is our partner in crime when it comes to providing the most amazing wines for our Yours Bistrô and Yours Store. So, it’s obvious that Graham’s is on our Top 5 Best Port Wine Cellars. Created in 1820, it was one of the first companies to invest on the plantation in Douro. Nowadays, it’s knowned by its innovative production techniques and its fantastic wines. On the other hand, Graham’s is also one of the few cellars to possess a restaurant called Vinum Restaurant & Wine Bar. During the tour you can enjoy recently renovated surfaces. However, since Graham’s is a production cellar, it’s normal to hear some hammer noises throughout the visit. Do to its location (top of the hill), Graham’s has the most magnificent views to the city […]

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5 Best Sights of Porto

Do you want to know which are the 5 Best Sights of Porto, take a look at what Beatriz Maia found out: YOURS BISTRÔ If you want to taste traditional Portuguese food with good wine and an exterior esplanade, choose Yours Bistrô because is one of the 5 Best Sights of Porto. Is also known for being one of the best Restaurants in Porto and for having one of the best sights over Porto. With a sunny terrace, YOURS Bistrô is the place to be if you want to cherish some quality time amongst your family and friends. Their specialty is “Tajine”, a delicious fusion between Mediterranean food and traditional Portuguese flavors. You should definitely try it. That privileged sight makes Yours Bistrô one of the 5 Best Sights of Porto. Yours Bistro has the perfect location: in the heart of the city. Is located in Rua dos Caldeireiros 135, Porto. Open Days:  everyday from 8:30am until 4pm. From Wednesday until Saturday from 7:30pm until 11:30pm. Sunday open from 8:30 am until 11am.  Check here. PASSEIO DAS VIRTUDES Passeio das Virtudes is one of the most romantic places in Porto, with a sight that even makes the coldest ones fall in love. Is known to be one of the […]

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Gardens In Porto – Our Top 10

To select the 10 Best Gardens of Porto, we ask Madalena Meireles to research what they were. These are the results of the Best Gardens and Parks of Porto. Porto is a city full of green spaces, marvelous places to relax, talk and picnic, physical exercise, date and many other things! Here they are, the 10 best and prettiest gardens and parks of Invicta. 1º Parque da Cidade (City Park) It’s the biggest park of porto and of the country, with about 83 hectares, with a network of paths of about 10km. Ideal for someone who is looking for a calm, silent place, with a big diversity of fauna and flora, where you can relax, talk, exercise, have an amazing date, etc. Also the park has access to the shore where you can find a zone with beaches and coffee shops, making this place unique in Europe.   2º Crystal Palace Gardens The most romantic gardens of Porto stretch over an area of 8 hectares and were projected in the XIX century by the German Arquitech Émile David. Here you have an amazing view of the Douro River. The best place for a great, romantic date while you enjoy the wonderful […]

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Top 10 Churches in Porto

Churches in Porto – Today’s topic to start this Monday with a top suggestion when visiting Porto. Delight yourself with the beauty and history of Porto’s most beautiful churches. S. Francisco Located in Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 4050-297 Porto,  construction began in 1244, when it was originally designed as a modest temple of small dimensions.  However, it was in the reign of the King D. Fernando in the 15th century that the main building work continued as it remains today. In the centuries that followed, the church became the object of several artistic influences, the main one being the baroque period, during which time renovation work gave the temple its current status as a church lined with gold. This gold came from Brazil, a Portuguese colony at the time. Carmo and Carmelitas Located in Praça Carlos Alberto 32, 4050-157 Porto, The Carmo Church, with its baroque/rococo style, was built in the second half of the 18th century by the Order of Carmelites. The stone facade presents a rectangular entrance, flanked by two religious sculptures of the prophets Elias and Eliseu. The side elevation is covered in tiles, representing scenes allusive to the Carmelite Order. Its interior is characterized by its gilded wood carvings […]

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5 Best Restaurants in Porto

Restaurants in Porto, today we will tell you our 5 top choices when we have to decide where to have a delicious traditional meal in Porto. These are our choices: 1 – YOURS Bistrô Localização: Rua dos Caldeireiros 135, 4050-140 Porto Reservations: bistro@yoursporto.com Daily Menus: YOURS Bistrô Facebook Specialty: Tajine Opening Hours:  Breakfast: All week – 08h30 – 11h00                                    Lunch: Monday – Saturday: 12h30 – 16h00 /// Kitchen closes at 14:30h                                   Dinner: Wednesday – Saturday: 19h30 – 00h00 /// Kitchen closes at 22h30 YOURS Bistrô is the best place to enjoy the combination between great quality food in a cosy, family like restaurant. They also have a beautiful sunny terrace where you can enjoy and spend time with your loved ones. Tajine is their specialty, such a delicious blend of Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of Porto’s characteristic gastronomy. Recommended for everyone to give them a visit and try! It is also offered Vegetarian dishes! How cool is that? Comparing with the next 4 restaurants this is the most […]

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Road Trip to Porto – A Blogger’s Post

Road Trip – Next Stop, Porto… The Blogger that writes to “A Local Food Hound” was a YOURS GuestHouse guest and wrote a brilliant post about his stay in Porto. Make sure you read and visit his Blog for more information about his adventures.   Porto – Tower View Our drive to Porto, Portugal was non-eventful but driving in Porto was what I would call a ‘day from hell’. A game of musical parking spots is constantly being played out with what seems like 10,000 cars looking for 100 spots. Folks were double & triple parked – some reading books! And our Google Maps was down for the count as we had lost our Spanish cell phone carrier once across the Portuguese border. We finally opted to pay up for the roaming charges & got back on course after several circular round abouts & dead ends & arrived at our home away from home – Yours Guest House. It was a peaceful oasis in the heart of the old town. Not only was the room lovely, but there was a great lounge area and and amazing terrace. The staff were delightful, helpful and informative. One of the highlights of our trip was […]

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