Restaurant: Al Shams, at Anantara, at Sir Bani Yas Island, Emirates 


Tea time: at Darwin’s, Lisbon


A restaurant and a tea house, Darwin’s is a lovely space for lounging or enjoying good food. But what I most love about it is the atmosphere itself and the view. The space is filled with beautiful details about Darwin’s discoveries, thoughts and overall life: butterflies scattered around, walls full of books, quotations written on the walls, sculptures of animals, fish in brilliant colours and textured woods. To top it off, there is a huge glass panelled wall that opens up towards the river. So if you are there for a late tea time, you get to sea the sunset fall.

Inspired by the restaurant, here is a quote by Darwin which is just as actual and true today:

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.











Restaurant: Book, Porto 

On Friday night, we went to have dinner at this restaurant called Book, in Porto. Not only did I like the food, which had two vegetarian options, but, mostly, I  loved the concept, the atmosphere and the poetic details that the space echoed in everything. Books are scattered throughout the whole room, which makes it look like an old library. Right beside me there was a book on Ines de Castro, which, very happily, got me reading instead of eating…  Here are some pictures.