• Sao Paulo – seventh largest city by population

    São Paolo - seventh largest city by populationIt has been seen and spoken of in many movies. It is also the largest city not only in Brazil but in all of South America. It is named in honor of Saint Paul. It is also home to several stock markets and some of the tallest buildings in Brazil and South America.

    History

    First settled in 1532, Sao Paulo was the first permanent Portuguese colony in the new world. In 1554, many missionaries arrived to spread Christianity to the colony and it remains a religious center today with 75% of the city being Catholic. It officially became a city in 1711. In 1888 the city saw a large number of Spanish, Portuguese, and European immigrants in the city as a response to abolition. There is also a large Italian population still present in the city today. Between 1920 and 1940 the city saw incredible economic growth, population growth and building and construction were a constant.  (more…)

  • How to eat in Rio and Brazilian gastronomy

    How to eat in Rio and Brazilian gastronomy - Feijoada ingredientsRio de Janeiro is a city full of good restaurants. The city is not known for its high gastronomy but that is changing with time. Many colleges now have gastronomy courses and a brand new “Le Cordon Bleu” school has been opened in the city. While people that like fancy and very complex food might not be happy with the city restaurants, the “foodies” who are into homemade and typical dishes will be very pleased.

    But one question comes to mind, “What is the typical Brazilian food?”. It’s really hard to define what a typical Brazilian dish is. It’s such a large country that the food really varies from region to region. One thing is certain, there is much more than only rice and beans!

    Here are some dishes you might want to try.

    Carne-de-sol: It’s basically the Brazilian jerky, commonly used in the northeast. It’s a very dry and salty meat, present in many dishes.

    Bolo de rolo: Literally means “Rolled cake”. It’s a cake made out of Guava and very thin layers of cake. The guava filling melts in your mouth and makes a perfect balance with the cake layer.  (more…)