January, 7, 2015.
Irajá is a prototype of how Brazilian cooking is flourishing in the hands of talented chefs. The food is by Pedro de Artagão and the restaurant is his contribution to the new forming cuisine of Rio de Janeiro, which got under just a few years ago with such dishes as Claude Troisgros’s bass with(…)
October, 1, 2014.
The act of cooking simple food well in a very cosmopolitan city requires years of training and experience, and a self confidence that must be based on previous successful enterprises. Spanning from such path is the new brave restaurant Volta. Could any carioca’s intentions for dinner sound more timeless and deliciously grown up? Just say(…)
June, 6, 2014.
Hello World Cup! If you are going to Rio, here are some of my favorite places to eat: Aconchego Carioca Aconchego Carioca is rickety bar in Rio located at a not so touristy area, but worth the trip. Katia Barbosa, the chef and owner prepares the famous bolinho de feijoada, which is a fritter version(…)
December, 3, 2013.
On a recent evening in Rio de Janeiro, I went out for dinner at Rua Dias Ferreira in Leblon. At first glance, the word Pipo would seem no more than a cute word to pronounce in Portuguese. But read through this restaurant’s menu, on which one fanciful tapa dish leads to another, and then another(…)
September, 1, 2013.
The first time I tasted Rolland Villard’s cooking, I realized Brazilian cuisine might have more than one French ambassador. We are talking of course, about Claude Troisgros (son of the legendary chef Jean Pierre Troigros) who came to Brazil 30 years ago and has been the most decorated French ambassador of Brazilian cuisine. But with(…)
March, 9, 2011.
Colher de Pau – Part Two Toalha Felpuda ( Coconut Cake) The translation of Toalha Felpuda is “furry towel”, referring to the white blanket of coconut frosting which covers the entire cake. At the first taste, I knew this wasn’t a coconut cake like any other. There was something extra special about it that allowed(…)
March, 8, 2011.
Colher de Pau – Sweet Little Store Part One If there is one thing that most cariocas (someone born in Rio) seem to agree on is that the best Brigadeiro in Rio is from Colher de Pau. For a candy that hasn’t changed much with the passing of time, the award for “best Brigadeiro in(…)
December, 12, 2010.
Part Two: Interview With Celeiro’s Chef Lucia Hertz I have been trying to describe Celeiro’s food since the day I ate there for the very first time, in 1987. I was having my first “lunch with friends” and I will never forget the appreciation for amazing salads the restaurant instilled in me. Over the past(…)
December, 10, 2010.
Part One: Review The restaurant Celeiro has been at the same location for an astonishing 28 years. The owners have continually refused to expand the brand in spite of a number of enticing opportunities. Run by a very charming family – the mother Rosa Hertz ( photo above, left), and her two daughters Beatriz (center)(…)