Monday, 11 November 2013
Foodie review - Brazil
Brazil re-cap: 2013 Autumn Travels
· Caipirinha – the national cocktail: cachaca, lime and sugar
· Comida à quilo restaurants (“food by kilo value”) – this style of buffet eating means can you pick from often a huge selection of salads, sides, meats, fish and desserts so everyone can have exactly what they feel like
· Churrascarias – all you can eat meat BBQ!
Though so much more remains to see...one day I’ll have to come back to see the North – particularly places like Salvador, the Pantanal and Fernando de Noronha.
Using my faithful Lonely Planet, I had a good ‘To Eat’ list for Brazil, which I managed to tick off in my two weeks travelling:
· Açaí – the blended Amazon palm berries, usually mixed with banana, granola, honey and guarana syrup
· Moqueca – seafood stew from Bahia, often served with rice and farofa (a toasted manioc or corn flour)
· Picanha – Brazil’s most succulent meat cut, roughly translated as ‘rump cap’
· Pão de queijo – ubiquitos cheese bread made with manioc (cassava) flour, milk, eggs and cheese· Cachaça – rumlike liquor made from fermented sugarcane juice
In addition, I have to add some of my own...
· Pé-de-moleque – a completely naughty snack treat made with peanuts and sugar caramel
· Salgadinhos (small savoury snacks / pastries) – there are so many different types, including pastéis and empandas.
· Bolos (cakes) – again, a dizzying array of choice, all generously laden with cream or chocolate.· Dulce de leche (or doce de leite) – the infamous South American caramel which is served as a spread or sweet, particularly delicious when sandwiching cornstarch cookies “biscoitos de maizena”
· Brigadeiros – chocolate fudge balls
· Juice bars – totally worth a stop to grab a refreshing fruity blend, especially for ‘lanche-da-manhã’ aka elevenses / morning snack
· Street stalls – you can pick up a lot from these carts, including sweetcorn and tapioca (typically cooked as ‘cuscuz branco’ with coconut milk and sugar to make a rice pudding)
I was surprised by the amount of rice in the Brazilian diet, though they also had a lot of pasta, polenta and pizza.
Finally some ‘must see’ travelling highlights were ticked off the list, including:
· Falling under the seductive spell of Rio de Janiero amid the whirlwind of wild samba clubs, sizzling sands, soaring peaks and sexy sunsets
· Feeling the breath of Mother Nature’s ferocious roar at the jaw-dropping waterfalls of Foz do Iguaçu
· Meander along cobblestones in cinematic colonial towns like Paraty