• Typical and specialty foods of Brazil

    Beans "arrumadinho"Beaches may be important for your vacation, but the food is equally important. Brazilian Cuisine is sure to please. Rice, pork, seafood, and beans are a staple in almost every Brazilian dish. There is also a very heavy Italian persuasion on many dishes due to the high number of Italian immigrants in Brazil.

    Many of their dishes include corn, pork, beans, and chicken. Rice and pasta are a staple in any meal. In Rio de Janeiro enjoy the specially prepared black beans or carioquinha, a specialty brown bean from São Paulo.

    Virado a paulista is a specialty dish of São Paulo which is made of rice, tutu de feijao, sautéed greens and pork chops. It is generally served with some sausage and a fried banana as well. Afterwards enjoy your coffee with a nice cheese bun.

    Feijoada is a pork dish that originated from the slaves during the colonial times in Brazil. Originally it was made from discarded pork meats such as tails, ears, and feet simmered with black beans. Today it has been updated using pork sausage, bacon and tenderloins.  (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…)