Behind the Box: Chef George Mendes, Portugal

A first-generation American born to Portuguese parents, Chef George Mendes grew up eating his mother’s salted cod and stews. Today, he’s known for his refined take on rustic Portuguese dishes that earned him a Michelin star in 2012. Chef Mendes is the chef-owner of Aldea and Lupolo, both in New York City, and the author of the cookbook My Portugal. Here, he opens the Portugal Box and show you the items inside!

Bolinos de Bacalhau

Bolinhos de Bacalhau

In this preparation, George Mendes mashes canned codfish and sea salt from the Portugal Box with potato, shapes the mixture into balls, and fries them. They’re just as good eaten piping hot or warm.


10 French Foods to Eat this Mardi Gras

What’s not to love about Mardi Gras? Over the years, one thing has remained true: it’s a great time to indulge. If you’d like to go beyond the traditional Mardi Gras fare of beignets and King Cake, try these delicious treats from France, the home of this lavish holiday.

DIY Julbock

DIY Julbock Decoration

The Swedish julbock, or yule goat, is said to be an invisible spirit that ensures all holiday preparations are carried out properly. Bring the spirit of the julbock into your home with this fun, DIY felt ornament.

Saint Lucia

The Legend of St. Lucia

St. Lucia’s Day, a holiday celebrated in Scandinavia on December 13th, commemorates the girl who brought food to persecuted Christians in Rome many centuries ago. This is the legend of the real Lucia behind the holiday.

Sherry Flip

Sherry Flip

While brainstorming with Cervantes Ramirez of New York City bar The Ship, Powell created a series of cocktails using the Spanish fortified wine Sherry. This one incorporates an egg yolk to create what’s known in bar speak as a flip.


4 Ways to Eat Turrón Year-Round

There’s no reason to limit eating Christmas-time desserts to the holiday season. Plus, it’s a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into many dishes. Here are 4 ideas to get you started.