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Photo Credit: Illustration by Nik Neves. Portrait of Daniela Ruah by Cliff Lipson.

The star of NCIS: Los Angeles takes us on a guided tour of her hometown in Portugal.

By Maria Neuman

The country of Portugal has held a treasured space in Daniela Ruah's heart ever since she lived there from age 5 until she went away to college. "My parents were born and raised in Lisbon, but I grew up just outside the city in a town called Cascais, which is right on the water and beautiful," says the brunette who has played special agent Kensi Blye on NCIS: Los Angeles since the show debuted in 2009. "I was there this past summer with my husband and kids for two months, and it's a perfect place to visit if you're a tourist. The Portuguese people are very kind." Here, Ruah gives Watch! a true insider scoop on her home away from home.

Daniela Ruah and her son by the seaside. Daniela Ruah and her son.Photo Credit: Courtesy of Daniela Ruah.

SIGHTSEE, SNACK, REPEAT

The area of Belém is gorgeous and such a monumented district. You've got the CCB [Cultural Center of Belém], which offers performances and art exhibitions. You can visit the ancient Torre de Belém, which is a fortress and gateway to Lisbon. But one place I always recommend is Pastéis de Belém, home of the original nata pastry —a custard tart —since 1837. The bakery's interior has pretty blue and white tiles, which feels so typical of the region; and even though they recently expanded, they are full all the time.

Torre de Belem fortress in Lisbon. Torre de Belém fortress in Lisbon.Photo Credit: FedevPhoto/Getty Images.

GO FOR A SEASIDE LUNCH

A restaurant I really love is Darwin's Café. It's right by the water in a cool area of Lisbon, and the decor is gorgeous. There are a ton of great seafood dishes, but my favorite one is simple and traditional: bottleneck clams, olive oil, and cilantro with lots of garlic; they simmer everything in a pan until the clams open up, and it's divine.

Traditional Portugese Bulh\u00e3o Pato clams. Traditional Bulhão Pato clams.Photo Credit: jackmalipan/Getty Images.

HIT THE STREETS

I recommend the Alfama neighborhood, one of the oldest parts of Lisbon, with cobblestone streets. There are plenty of hole-in-the-wall restaurants that offer live performances of Fado, a traditional Portuguese music. The singer is accompanied by a 12-string guitar that is difficult to play but so beautiful. Another area that you can walk to from the train station (it's a steep hill but totally doable) is Bairro Alto. Cars barely fit through the narrow roads because they were originally built for a horse and carriage. Tired of walking? Rent a small electrical vehicle called a tuk tuk with a driver to take you around.

Outdoor cafe terrace in Lisbon. A outdoor café in the Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon.Photo Credit: Rrrainbow/Getty Images.

CATCH A WAVE

Portuguese beaches are my favorite in the world. Guincho is the best, with gorgeous sand dunes and lots of places to lie down. The current and the waves can be a little aggressive, so you need to be experienced to surf. Closer to the city along the west coast is Carcavelos, near where I grew up. The beach and the waves are a lot smaller, so if you want to learn to surf, or you have young kids, this is the place.

Guincho Beach in Portugal..Photo Credit: gionnixxx/Getty Images.

ENJOY A COFFEE BREAK

When I'm in Portugal, I go to Sacolinha every day; there were only two of them when I was growing up, but now it's become a small chain. They specialize in pastries, cake, breads, and great coffee.

Sacolinha coffee shop exterior. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sacolinha.

DINE LIKE A LOCAL

My identity with Portugal is very much tied to the food. A favorite restaurant in my hometown is Monte Mar, where my husband and I had our rehearsal dinner. I love their filetes, which is fish and chips fried in a light batter and served with sautéed green beans or broccoli with a squeeze of lemon. For our bridal party, we had a giant cataplana—seafood, rice, spices, and a sauce simmered in a large copper pan. Delicious!

A traditional Portugese Cataplana dish. A traditional Cataplana dish.Photo Credit: poco_bw/Getty Images.

TAKE HOME A TASTE OF PORTUGAL

The two things we always bring back from our trip are olive oil and port wine. My husband researches the best olive oils. But for the port wine, we go to the city of Porto, which is a day trip from Lisbon. During our wedding in 2014, we rented a bus and took some of our guests there because all the best port cellars are lined up, side by side, just south of the Douro River in Vila Nova de Gaia. You walk from vendor to vendor and taste the different ports. We always bring back a few bottles.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Photo Credit: Lauren Radley (Illustration); Maarten de Boer/Contour by Getty Images (Mendes).

Riverdale star Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge) shows us around America's sexiest city.

By Yolanda Crous

In the Archie comics-inspired series, Riverdale, actress Camila Mendes plays Veronica Lodge, a high school sophomore who moves to Riverdale from New York City. Mendes knows what it's like to have to adjust to a new place; she grew up in Miami and recently relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, to film the show. "The vibes are different," she says. "Vancouver is more laid-back, pretty much what you would expect from a West Coast city. Miami is definitely livelier—the nightlife, the people, everything. It's basically a little slice of Latin America."

Sound like a great place to warm up after a long winter? Watch! asked Mendes to share where she goes first when she visits her hot hometown.

DROP SOME CASH

Walking down Lincoln Road is a great way to shop. It's definitely touristy, but the ambience is so lively. You'll find most of the popular chain stores, as well as some boutique spots. If you want a more luxurious experience, Bal Harbour is really neat. But I think the best kind of souvenir you can take home from Miami is a touristy T-shirt with a funny, sexy saying on it. Washington Avenue has a bunch of them. Miami can be super-kitschy at times, and it's fun to embrace that.

The retail shops at Bal Harbour, Miami. The retail shops at Bal Harbour, Miami.


HIT THE TOWN

My favorite bar in Miami is Lagniappe, a wine and cheese bar with live music and a really cozy outdoor area where they serve BBQ. That's where you'll find all the hipsters. I also love Bodega. It's a taco bar that doubles as a speakeasy—just walk through the bathroom door and past the urinals. Great music, fun crowd and a pool table. And if you experience a case of the "drunchies," you can always grab a delicious taco on your way out.


The sign of Bodega taqueria in Miami. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is one of Camila Mendes' favorite Miami haunts.

EAT LIKE A FOODIE

I love Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill in midtown for brunch. It's my go-to spot whenever I have friends visiting. It has a really cool atmosphere, but it's never pretentious like some places in Miami. If you go there, you have to order the bacon-wrapped dates. I crave them constantly. For lunch, I love SushiSamba, a Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant on Lincoln Road. I'm Brazilian, and I love sushi, so the combination is a culinary dream come true for me. Or try a Cuban sandwich and a cafecito at a typical Cuban restaurant in Little Havana. For dinner, I highly recommend Bâoli. Make sure you ask for a courtyard table. Try the wagyu beef sliders, and the hamachi sashimi tacos.


A traditional Cuban sandwich. Photo Credit: Bonchan/Getty Images.

STAY COOL

I personally love the Setai Miami Beach on Collins. It has a place in my heart because I used to live there with my dad, but I think anybody would appreciate its modern, Asian-inspired design. My perfect day would be spent poolside with some friends. Their pool deck is gorgeous, and the atmosphere is very serene.

Exterior image of the Setai Miami Beach hotel. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Setai, Miami Beach.

VISIT MIAMI'S INSTA-MUSTS

Check out the Art Deco District and feast your eyes upon the colorful graffiti murals all around the Wynwood Walls. The recently built Pérez Art Museum also has plenty of photo options, whether it's the beautiful exterior design or the gorgeous view of Biscayne Bay.

Art Deco District of Miami. Photo Credit: Randy Wells/Getty Images.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, April 2017.

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For their nuptials and honeymoon, S.W.A.T. star David Lim and his wife, Marketa Kazdova, traveled to four countries, three cities, and an array of spectacular beaches. Here, they share their wild ride with Watch!.

To say the wedding celebration of S.W.A.T.'s David Lim and model Marketa Kazdova was epic is an understatement.

Their first stop? The Czech Republic, Kazdova's home country, where they wed in a hilltop vineyard overlooking Prague. "The vineyard is right next to Prague Castle. It was a bit of a fairy tale," says Lim, 36, who proposed to longtime girlfriend Kazdova, 28, last summer.

Next up, a "pre-honeymoon" in Dubrovnik, Croatia, with a few pals before striking off on their own to the Italian isle of Sardinia. "We spent four nights in Sardinia just hanging out, doing the beach thing, eating good food," he says.

Roman Holiday

Actor David Lim and wife Marketa Kazdova eating ice cream (gelato) cones in Rome.

It was really hot in Rome!

The sightseeing portion of the honeymoon began in Rome, where the newlyweds took in the Colosseum and the Vatican. "It was really romantic," says Lim. "And we ate pizza and pasta at every meal." They then headed back home to Los Angeles for some work obligations, intending to fly right back for a boat trip along the Italian coast with friends.

When that fell through, the newlyweds took their honeymoon in a new direction and hopped on a flight to Maui instead. "Coming off the high of getting married and being with all your closest people, every place we went felt so magical," he says."It was a trip for the ages."

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Charming Dubrovnik

Actor David Lim and wife Marketa Kazdova embracing in old town Dubrovnik on their honeymoon.

Right after we got married, we went to Dubrovnik, Croatia, with a few friends, where we just hung out.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Cheers To Croatia

Actor David Lim and wife Marketa Kazdova drinking Champagne in Croatia on their honeymoon.

After we spent a few days with friends in Dubrovnik, we flew to Rome and took a ferry to Sardinia, a beautiful island off of Italy.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Beach Selfies!

Actor David Lim and wife Marketa Kazdova in the turquoise blue ocean in Sardinia.

We are always on the hunt for the nicest beaches in the world. We get excited when we see crystal clear water and white sand, like we found here in Sardinia, in Porto Rotondo. We're just frolicking around in the ocean, catching some sun.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Poolside Fun

Actor David Lim and wife Marketa Kazdova in hotel pool of Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu Sardinia on their honeymoon.

Enjoying the first few days of married life at the Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu in Sardinia!

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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When In Rome

Actor David Lim and wife Marketa Kazdova having a romantic Italian meal in Rome.

We spent five nights in Rome. Here we're having dinner at Le Jardin de Russie in the city.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Fun And Games

Actor David Lim playing  a carnival game in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome.

This was in Trastevere, a young, hip, super-lively part of Rome. Right by the river, there's this long stretch of restaurants and bars and little pop-up tents with knickknacks and carnival games. I was trying to win Marketa a huge stuffed animal.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Sweetheart Kisses

Actor David Lim kissing wife Marketa Kazdova on the cheek while on their honeymoon.

I did win her something—a little stuffed emoji. We had to replicate it in the picture. But I'm convinced those games are rigged. I never had a straight shot to the target!

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Photo Op

Actor David Lim and wife Marketa Kazdova kissing in front of the Roman Colosseum.

Selfies at the Colosseum. This part of the honeymoon was more about exploration.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Aloha Spirit

Actor David Lim and wife Marketa Kazdova eating traditional shave ice in Hawaii.

More dessert, this time at Local Boys Shave Ice in Kihei, Hawaii.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Hawaiian Classic

Actor David Lim and wife Marketa Kazdova posing in front of helicopter in Maui.

You've got to do the "hang loose" sign! This was my wife's idea. It's always been a dream of hers to do a helicopter ride over Maui. We saw volcanoes, a rainforest, and huge waterfalls. It felt like we were in the opening sequence for Jurassic Park.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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