March, 3, 2015.
The last time I went to Rio, my friends told me about a new place specializing in hamburgers. Well, because I live in the United States, I didn’t pay much attention to it. Then I went out for dinner on an early Sunday evening, and guess where my friends suggested we go? Yep. And so(…)
February, 8, 2015.
For many people, Inhotim may seem like a far place, but for Bernardo Paz, a Mineiro (person born in Minas Gerais) mining mogul—and the visionary behind this fascinating place—distance is a matter of point of view. In this unplugged paradise with over 1,400 species of palm trees planted in the 1980’s, lays an impressive collection(…)
June, 25, 2014.
Last week I had the honor to work for the Brazilian government representing my country and cooking at the Washington Fancy Food Show, the largest specialty food and beverage marketplace in the US. Up until recently Brazilians looked on with envy as Europe pavilions display some of the world’s most famous food brands. But with(…)
July, 30, 2013.
Over the last few weeks, my country of Brazil has been going through imperative historical moments. First, the protests and manifestations, then the remarkable Pope Francis’s visit, which ended with a glorious Mass gathering more than 3 million people at the sands of Copacabana beach on Sunday July 28th, 2013. Between one ongoing event and(…)
April, 1, 2013.
Teresópolis, a mountain city one hour north of Rio has a new attraction: Villa St Gallen, an artisanal brewery and restaurant specializing in German beer and food. Pretty fantastic for a city like Teresópolis, where nature still call the shots Teresopolitanos (people born in Teresópolis) and Cariocas (people born in Rio) are flocking into this(…)
March, 4, 2013.
On a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, I had a chance to re-visit Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden), one of my favorite places from childhood. It was inaugurated by King Dom João VI of Portugal in 1808, initially to grow seasonings brought from India. During the following monarchy of Dom Pedro I, the place was(…)
June, 11, 2012.
I know it may sound surreal, but the mega store Macy’s is doing a huge campaign on Brazil. When I first heard about this, I could not visualize how big a deal this was going to be. And it’s big! “Brasil, a Magical Journey” (notice that Brasil is spelled with S in Portuguese, not with(…)
June, 1, 2012.
Festa de São João, also known as Festa Junina, is on June 21st and its origin comes from the commemoration in the Northern Hemisphere of the longest sunny day of the year, the summer solstice. The celebration was brought to Brazil centuries ago by priests to celebrate harvest season. Festa Junina is not exactly a(…)