Discoveries

TT Burger

TT Burger

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(…)

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Dream in Inhotim, the Art “Park” in Brazil

Dream in Inhotim, the Art “Park” in Brazil

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(…)

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The World Cup of Food

The World Cup of Food

June, 1, 2014.

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Barreado (Southern Brazilian Meat Stew)

Barreado (Southern Brazilian Meat Stew)

May, 1, 2014.

In the kitchen of her Fairfield home in CT, Monica Justen pulls an authentic Barreado from the stove. A large pot of braised meat, the smell is divine and there are kitchen gadgets everywhere. Barreado is the name of a typical dish from the state of Paraná, in the south of Brazil, where Monica Justen(…)

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Brazil Ahead Portuguese School

Brazil Ahead Portuguese School

April, 1, 2014.

Keeping up with this globalized world can be a full time occupation in today’s fiercely competitive corporate ecosphere. You hear a million different languages just by walking down the streets of a mega metropolis like New York City. With a strong similarity in structure to Spanish and often confused with Russian, Portuguese is not such(…)

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Tilapia with a Lemon Butter Sauce

Tilapia with a Lemon Butter Sauce

March, 1, 2014.

With an Emmy award to his credit for his coverage of Hurricane Irene (August 2011) and the coverage of superstorm Sandy on October 2012, Raphael Miranda could have easily layed in bed to take a rest after working days into nights to keep the public updated and informed of the weather to come. That’s typical(…)

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Chocolate Cake (Bolo de Chocolate)

Chocolate Cake (Bolo de Chocolate)

February, 1, 2014.

I have two full knifed draws in my kitchen and usually, I don’t allow my kids near them, even though they prepare food, in some capacity, every single day. That doesn’t necessarily mean they cook. It means packing a sandwich for lunch, cutting strawberries for snack, and so on. Knives and fire are off limits.(…)

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What Women Really Want?

What Women Really Want?

January, 1, 2014.

The other day I was thinking about how grateful I am for having a wonderful therapist. Because of therapy—and this goes way back to my teenage years— I was able to discover what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life: to cook. But wait. It’s not so simple. In an imaginary(…)

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Discover Brazilian Fine Art with Erick Vittorino

Discover Brazilian Fine Art with Erick Vittorino

October, 1, 2013.

The last time I bought a piece of artwork, I felt frustrated and unhappy. That was a few years ago, when a designer insisted that a beautiful painting would enhance my house décor. It’s not that I didn’t like it; it simply didn’t speak to me, if you know what I mean. For a long(…)

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Cacau Noir: Delectable Chocolate in Brazil

Cacau Noir: Delectable Chocolate in Brazil

October, 1, 2013.

Get ready for a Brazilian chocolate indulgence and prepare to find some of the most exquisite bonbons in Rio de Janeiro. That’s right, even in this hot tropical city, mostly known for beaches, soccer and samba, chocolate too as become a cultural phenomenon, and a new class of chocolatiers is finding innovative ways to revive(…)

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