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An Introduction to Brazilian Food

Jan 23, 11 An Introduction to Brazilian Food

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Brazilian cuisine is as mixed and varied as are the Brazilian people. Also like the people, Brazilian food can be traced back to the mixture of three distinct groups: the native people, the Portuguese, and the African influences. And there may be no Brazilian food more representative of these three races than the famous Brazilian...

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Salgados: The Brazilian Pastel

Jan 13, 11 Salgados: The Brazilian Pastel

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Throw Another Pastel in the Oil for Me No matter where you go in Brazil, you’ll probably encounter the ubiquitous Brazilian Pastel. Any small sidewalk food stand will have a deep fryer with these little square pastries puffing up in the hot oil. They’re usually sold four or five at a time with a cup of juice or soda for a...

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Cacao: Brazil’s Original Gold Dust

Feb 09, 10 Cacao: Brazil’s Original Gold Dust

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Chocolate, or more specifically the Cacao fruit, first appears on our radar in Egypt in the 16th century BCT. Little is know of its use in Egyptian culture, but the first known cultivation of the fruit is by the Aztec culture of around 600 CT. The Aztecs and Mayans believed that their ancestors brought the Cacao seeds from paradise...

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Brazil’s Self Service Lunch, Weigh-In with Comida A-Quilo

Nov 29, 08 Brazil’s Self Service Lunch, Weigh-In with Comida A-Quilo

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Wherever you go in Brazil, you’ll almost certainly run into the popular self-service style lunch experience, called comida a-quilo or food by the kilo. This is a cafeteria-style experience, but with a distinctly Brazilian accent. You start with a tray and a plate and load up as you pass along the many different meat, veggie and...

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The Famous Brazilian Cheese Bread: Pao de queijo

Nov 29, 08 The Famous Brazilian Cheese Bread: Pao de queijo

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Brazil is hungry for the ball! But I’m not talking about Brazilian football (soccer). I’m talking about another national passion, known as pão de queijo, or the cheese ball. This tasty morsel is a cheesy bread ball made with cheese, eggs, oil, salt, and manioc flour. The best are said to come from the Minas Gerais Region, where...

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What’s in a Name?

May 10, 07 What’s in a Name?

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Who wants to be seen eating at a place called “Big Piggy?” Well, when you get a glimpse of what’s on the menu at this high-end, rodízio-style buffet restaurant, you won’t care what it’s called. Porcão is without a doubt Belo Horizonte’s most outstanding and impressive dining experience. Located in the hills of the...

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Brazil’s Coffee Region

Mar 31, 07 Brazil’s Coffee Region

Posted by in Coffee, Excursions, food

Brazil has been producing its unique variety of coffee since the bean was introduced into the country in 1727. Since then coffee has become a national passion, not to mention an important export and once the driving force behind a great economic and cultural boom. Coffee is the principal reason why São Paulo grew into the most...

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