No visit to Brazil can be complete without one of the most treasured part of lifestyle – Brazilian Food. It features everything from meat centric Churrascarias, hearty Feijoadas, vibrant street food and upscale, gourmet selections – all best accompanied by Brazil’s national cocktail, the tangy Caipirinha.
No visit to Brazil is considered complete without visiting a Churrascaria. It includes a selection of side dishes and salads – and, of course, the perfectly char-grilled all-you-can-eat meat.
Though we aren’t new to this concept as may of such restaurants have cropped up in London now – but nothing beats the experience of having a Churrascaria meal in a remote town of Pocone on way to Pantanal. Picanha (beef top sirloin with a thin layer of fat) is one of the most remarkable options to try here.
Now this is a whole together new concept for me. Well its very simple – you pay for the weight of what you would like to eat. They usually provide a spread of various dishes, salads, steaks etc. You take them in a plate(quite heavy one at times) and then weight this plate and pay the price. The price is usually defined in Reals Per Kilogram and could range anywhere between 30 Real to 80 Real in Rio and approx. 20 Real in a remote place like Pocone.
One thing which startled me in Rio is the amount of Juice bars/cafes which are present at the corner of every street in Copacabana and Ipanema. Piles of exotic fruits, many of which you’ve possibly never heard of, line glass cases, or are stacked reverently in displays with the locals taking time off the fast paces city life and sipping a fresh glass of juice or coconut water.
This was a place where we dined during most of our lunches and dinner – having awesome mango, sugarcane juices and also coconut water while having some great food and a chat with the locals. Another must have food here is the Feijoada – a hearty stew of black beans, sausages and cuts of pork of varying quality.
Also if you are visiting the likes of Pantanal do try fried Piranha fish.
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