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 “Brazilian Food – a morning at the Municipal Market in Sao Paulo” 

 “Brazilian Food – a morning at the Municipal Market in Sao Paulo” 

There is nothing better than when a local shows you around. I was hesitant about going to Brazil, despite spending so much time in South America I still had apprehensions about safety in Brazil. Moreover, no one had anything nice to say about Sao Paolo and when I said I was going to stay in the city for ten days even Brazilians told me that it was far too long. But they were all wrong. One of my favourite moments in Brazil was sampling typical Brazilian food. It turns out that one of my readers is Angela Goldstein, a food blogger in Sao Paulo and she offered to take me to the Municipal Market (Mercado Municipal) so that we could try two very typical brazilian foods – pastels and of course capirinhas. I had a great day wandering the market looking at all the meat and of course bacon, as well as the fruits that I had never seen before like cashews. I had no idea they were a fruit! Within the Sao Paulo Municipal Market the first floor is used for vendors but if you walk up the stairs you will find a number of restaurants serving alcohol and of course fantastic Brazilian food. But I should warn you to go early because it is a very popular place for both locals and tourists. We arrived at 11am and there was already a line up for the municipal market restaurants. Fortunately the line moved very quickly and we were able to enjoy lunch.

I highly recommend a visit here. Municipal Market/Mercado Municipal Address: R. da Cantareira, 306 – Sé, São Paulo, 01024-000, Brazil

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Posted by on August 18, 2017 in breakfast, brunch, entertainment







 “Rio de Janeiro Street Food – It’s Brazilian Food” 

 “Rio de Janeiro Street Food – It’s Brazilian Food” 

Rio’s best local food

TERESA GEER Lonely Planet Writer

Food is a treasured part of carioca(resident of Rio de Janeiro) life. With roots in African, Amerindian and European epicurean traditions, the tastes of the Marvelous City range from meat-centric churrascarias, hearty feijoadas, vibrant street food and upscale, gourmet selections – all best accompanied by Brazil’s national cocktail, the tangy caipirinha.

All-you-can-eat meat: experience churrascaria

No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without a true churrascaria (traditional barbecue restaurant) experience, which is generally offered as a set menu that includes a selection of side dishes and salads – and, of course, the perfectly char-grilled, all-you-can-eat meat.

Rio has some of the finest churrascarias in Brazil. The most popular in the city include Porcão in Flamengo, Fogo do Chāo in Botafogo, and local favorite, the 63-year-old family restaurant Churrascaria Palace in Copacabana.

Pichana is a prime beef cut for Brazilian churrascaria. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Pichana is a prime beef cut at Brazilian churrascarias. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

In its sleek, modern interior, the black and white photographs that hang on the walls are the only hint to Churrascaria Palace’s historic past. Every night, elegant bossa nova piano notes fill the space as the sushi chef slices sashimi and expert waiters skim from table to table, serving up succulent slices of meat to eager patrons. The peixe pintado (a meaty Amazonian fish) and sizzling butterflied picanha (beef top sirloin with a thin layer of fat) are some of the most remarkable options to try here. There is an impressive wine list with over 200 bottles, including a rare selection of the best Brazilian varietals. And for those who manage to save room for dessert, the Juliet and Romeo is a fantastic pairing of creamy white cheese sorbet and a tangy goiaba (guava) sauce.

Fill up on feijoada

Feijoada is a main staple of the Brazilian diet. It’s a feast of stewed beans in a pork or beef gravy, accompanied by crisp yellow potatoes, crunchy pork cracklings, fresh shredded kale, fluffy farofa (toasted cassava flour) and orange slices, which are meant to ‘cut through the calories’ and aid in digestion. Adapted from the food of slaves, it is now regularly eaten for lunch on Saturdays in Rio.

Hearty Feijoada is a staple for Brazilians. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Hearty feijoada is a staple for Brazilians. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

There are endless choices of feijoadarestaurants in Rio. But for a truly classic experience, head to the beating heart of Rio’s tourist hub, Ipanema, to Casa da Feijoada on any day of the week. In the quaint surroundings, waist-coated waiters serve up the traditional fare in mini cauldron-like pots. Pair the meal with the smoothest filtered caipirinhasin town, known as ‘batidas’, and end with a selection of traditional Brazilian sweets – goiaba jam, doce de leite (a sweet milk puree) or caramelized banana paté.

Sample the city’s best street food

On almost every street corner in Rio de Janeiro, a cart of fresh of sweets or salgados (savory snacks) awaits. The true essence of foodie entrepreneurship in Rio de Janeiro springs from street food vendors who are on the road tossing tapioca and popping pipoca (popcorn).


Tapioca is a mixture of cassava flour and shredded coconut, fried into a kind of crepe with a crunchy outer shell and gooey center. Served either savory, with cheese or chicken, or sweet, with cinnamon bananas or condensed milk, tapioca is a tasty and substantial snack. Head to Feira de São Cristavão in Tijuca to try this treat at some of the top tapioca bars in town.


On a sunny Sunday morning at Gloria’s vibrant food feira, breakfast consists of pastels – steaming hot pastry pockets filled with meat, cheese or palmito (heart of palm). And here, the top pastels in the city are best followed with a swig of pure caldo de cana (sugarcane juice).

Pastels are a popular street food in Rio de Janeiro. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Pastels are a popular street food in Rio de Janeiro. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Beach food

It’s easy to work up an appetite laying on the beach all day. Fortunately, there is an assortment of snacks to sample without ever rising off that beach towel. Crumbly empadas, (pastries filled with chicken or cheese) quiejo coalho (a skewer of salty grilled cheese) and sacolé (a popsicle made from exotic fruit juices) are all easy to gorge on at a tempting price of R$1.00.

Give gourmet Rio a go

Over the last decade, gourmet food fever has spread across Rio de Janeiro. Fashionable fine dining is now a regular pastime for cariocas who can part with the cash.

One of the most impressive establishments is Restaurante Aprazível. Set on the highest point of Santa Teresa’s winding cobbled streets, the restaurant’s intimate bamboo-roofed huts boast stunning views of the city. Experience some of the best ingredients Brazil has to offer with dishes like the gigantic heart of palm starter, which is served with a fresh olive and basil pesto. You’ll be transported to the Amazon with the rainha do baoa fish main, featuring a splash of sweet bacuri (Amazonian berry) sauce to complement the salty, crispy-skinned fish. Finish with the classic banana de Santa Teresa, a sensory treat of caramelized bananas with cinnamon ice cream.

The view from Aprazível by night. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

The view from Aprazível by night. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Leblon’s Zuka is another choice spot to experience fine dining in Rio. The dining room blends seamlessly with the open kitchen, where expert chefs create plates of edible modern art. The ceviche salad pairs zesty fish with tiny, sweet biquinho peppers. Give the garlicky tomato gazpacho a try and follow it with the sweet, zingy lemon sorbet. For a divine meat dish, try the delicate flank steak.

Taste the sweet life in the Marvelous City

There is only one place that can claim the title of best cakes and pastries in Rio de Janeiro: Confeitaria Columbo in Centro is the 125-year-old master of Brazilian sweets. The vast hall’s grand colonial features, stained glass ceiling and Art-Deco tiling is a feast for the eyes.

Tartlets at Confeiteria Columbo. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Tartlets at Confeiteria Colombo. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet
With surroundings fit for a king, Confeitaria Colombo serves up a selection of sugary temptations to match – try sweet strawberries and cream, rich chocolate or silky egg custard atop perfect tartlets. To beat the queues, the best time to go is before 12pm. Ask to be served by Orlando Duque, the humble in-house celebrity who has been famous throughout Rio de Janeiro as a proud garçom (waiter) for over 65 years.

This article was originally published in February 2015 and updated in June 2016.

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Posted by on August 17, 2017 in breakfast, brunch


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Host A Breakfast Party

It always seems like spring is the busiest time for our friends and family. There are soccer games to attend, gardening to accomplish, trips, tours, graduations — all sorts of things are going on and entertaining time can be sparse. Instead of insisting that everyone come for dinner, why not try getting things done early and host a weekend breakfast bash instead?

Although hosting Brunch is a rather fashionable thing to do, it can be a hard time for many folks to drop what they’re doing and swing on by. By the time the sun is already high in the sky, plans have started and your day is progressing. Instead, have all your friends over for a morning cup of joe and some breakfast snacks instead. Besides, who can say no to an 8am breakfast party?

You can host all the food yourself or ask guests to bring things pot luck — though if you go that route, be prepared for a lot of muffins. The good news about breakfast foods is that they’re extra easy to make in bulk. Who’s ever made just one mini quiche? One pancake? One cinnamon roll? Our point exactly!

By hosting a morning party you’ll not only get a chance to catch up with friends, but everyone will still be able to carry on with their busy lives as planned. Have early morning friends? Try hosting a pre-dawn party (which isn’t like Breaking Dawn… sorry Twilight fans) and start things at 5, 6 or 7am to make sure everyone gets a chance to attend!

Need Suggestions On What To Serve Up?
• 10 Delicious Breakfast Casseroles
• Sleep In! How to Make Breakfast Rolls Ahead of Time
• 10 Vegan Breakfast Ideas
• Recipe: Breakfast Pizza
• Eat Cake For Breakfast! 15 Cakes for Morning Enjoyment
• How To Make a Breakfast Burrito
• Recipe: Rye Toasting Bread with Cherries & Pumpkin Seeds

(Image: Flickr member Lars Plougmann -licensed  Creative Commons licensed)


Posted by on August 16, 2017 in breakfast



“The Brazilian Coffee Experience” 

“The Brazilian Coffee Experience” 

Brazilian Coffee

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Posted by on August 14, 2017 in breakfast, brunch, coffee



Espresso with lime (café com limão)

Espresso with lime (café com limão)

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Discovering São Paulo

First (and second) impressions of São Paulo dedicated to two much loved anthropologists..

It seems that some restaurants put a series of optional extras on your espresso saucer: cinammon, lime, cane sugar lumps etc. I was very impressed and being an open minded sort of guy I thought I´d throw everything in and see what happens.. it definitely hits you a little harder than your average coffee but in future I think I´ll save the limes for the Caipirinhas!!!

ps. Has anyone seen the coffee and lime combo before?

pps. Be warned this is what happens to Brazilians when they mix cachaça, coffee, sugar and lime


Posted by on August 14, 2017 in breakfast, brunch, coffee



What Brazilians Have for Breakfast

What Brazilians Have for Breakfast

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day in many countries and differs a lot between countries. In this article, we will take a look at what Brazilians have for breakfast.

Concept of breakfast in Brazil

Opposed to the American idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, breakfast in Brazil tends to be lighter as Brazilians consider lunch to be a more important meal and is consequently more substantial. Another major difference is that Brazilians are not very fond of brunches and – except for those who start working very early in the morning – they usually have breakfast at home, between 6:00 and 8:30.

Breakfast is referred to as Café da Manhã in Portuguese, which literally translates as “morning coffee”. Coffee, in fact, is a very important part of Brazilian culture and history and as we will see further down, it also plays a central role in breakfast.

Typical ingredients of a Brazilian breakfast

A typical Brazilian breakfast is light and designed to be prepared and eaten rather quickly during the week. However, during the weekend, Brazilian breakfasts are often more sophisticated.

One or more of the following items may be found in a typical Brazilian breakfast.


Bread – Alongside coffee, bread is the most important ingredient of a Brazilian breakfast. Although loaves of bread are among the most consumed, the most common type of bread is what Brazilians call Pão francês, which is Portuguese for French roll. The most common way for Brazilians to eat this type of bread at breakfast is toasted with butter or margarine.

Fruits – As a tropical country, Brazil has a wide variety of fruit. The most common fruit for breakfast in Brazil is Papaya but can vary a lot depending on the region.

Cheese and other cold cuts – Separately or in a French roll sandwich, cheese and cold cuts are commonly found in Brazilian breakfasts. While ham is the most common of the cold meat cuts, there are several types of cheese that are served for breakfast, such as mozzarella, queijo prato and even a fresh cheese produced in the state of Minas Gerais.

Sweet cereals, as well as muesli and granola – usually served with milk or yogurt.

Pão de queijo – A typical Brazilian food which is a small baked cheese-flavored roll.

Cakes – unfrosted and simple cakes are the most common, such as orange, banana and corn cakes.


Coffee – Considered the most important part of the Brazilian breakfast, coffee is consumed in a lot of different ways: black, pingado (black coffee with a little milk) or média (half black coffee, half milk). Coffee plays a central role in the Brazilian breakfast, as it is a stimulant and provides enough energy for a work day.

Milk – More common among children, who tend to dislike black coffee. Chocolate powder is often added to the milk.

Yogurt – Brazilians who do not like milk or coffee may opt for yogurt. Yogurt may be consumed with cereals, muesli or granola. Usually, Brazilians tend to like sweetened yogurt, most-commonly strawberry-flavoured.

Fruit juices – Fruit juices are also pretty common at Brazilian breakfast tables. Whether artificial or freshly squeezed, fruit juices are highly appreciated by Brazilians. The most common is orange juice.

Regional differences

As Brazilian regions are very different, the typical breakfast differs a lot from region to region.

In the Northern region of Brazil, there is a dominance of Amazonian fruits – like açaípupunha and bacuri which are common ingredients used in cakes and fruit juices.

In all of Brazil, but especially in the Northeastern regionMandioca, which is Portuguese for manioc, is a key ingredient in the regional cuisine and also breakfast. Manioc starch is used to make a type of crepe known as Tapioca, which can then be filled with both sweet and savory fillings. Also common in the Northeastern region is the use of corn and cornmeal as ingredient for cakes.

In the Southern region, sweets are more present. There is a special type of breakfast, called Café Colonial, which is Portuguese for Colonial Breakfast, that is served in restaurants all over the region, especially in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, that includes lots of sweet breads, jams and different types of breads.

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Posted by on August 14, 2017 in breakfast



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