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Brazil is big, Brazil is beautiful, and Brazil is diverse. Not just the culture, not just the people, but the food and drink as well.
With African, Asian, Caribbean, and South American influences, just to name a few, Brazil’s gastronomy is so varied that it can satisfy even the pickiest of diners.
So, whether you’re one of the 11,178 Olympians currently in Rio or you’re one of the lucky event-goers, we’re here to take you on a food tour through Brazil. We’re also here to make you wish you had a scratch ‘n sniff screen.
Pastel is an Asian-influenced, deep-fried pastry that can be filled with just about anything you desire, be it savory or sweet. It is typically served in large portions and shared with a group of people over a some beers.
This chocolate bonbon, the brigadeiro, is the most popular candy in Brazil especially for special occasions for children. If this has too much chocolate for you (that’s a thing?) there is an equally delicious version which uses grated coconut rather than cocoa.
The national liquor of Brazil! Made from sugarcane and commonly served with honey and lime, Cachaça has a high alcohol content so you’re sure to feel Brazil’s heat with this one.
Made with our old friend, Cachaça, a Caipirinha is also made with sugar, ice, and a lime. However, various fruits and even cashews have become common lime substitutes.
I mean, with your toes in the sand of a Brazilian beach, is there anything more refreshing than fresh coconut water? Plus, it has a high mineral content so it’s good for you too!
Guaraná is an Amazonian fruit, but it’s also the name of an incredibly popular and pink Brazilian soft drink. If you’re looking for an energy boost, you’ve come to the right drink!
Brazil is known for it’s delicious meat so while you’re here, visit a churrascaria for an authentic all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue steakhouse experience.
Brazil’s national dish, feijoada, is essentially bean soup. It is commonly served at bars or on the beach, and is super healthy. Fun fact: it can be seen served in thermoses for easy, on-the-go munching.
Acarajé is an African-influenced dish made from peeled beans that are formed into balls then deep-fried. They are served split in half and are stuffed with spicy pastes made of shrimp, ground cashews, and palm oil, among other things. Vegetarians and healthy eaters, fear not! There’s a veg form made with hot peppers and green tomatoes, and there’s yet another form, called Abara, which is boiled as opposed to deep fried.
Cassava (yuca) chips, or aipim frito, are one of the most popular and most commonly consumed snacks in Brazil. These bad boys are a good substitute for french fries.
Bolinho de Bacalhau
Brazilians swear by their bolinhos de bacalhau (little codfish balls). So much so, that they often judge the standard of a bar based on the quality of their bolinhos de bacalhau. Serve with a side of lime and enjoy!
Moqueca is a salt water fish stew with coconut milk, eggs, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, and palm oil. It is typically cooked in a terra cotta pot and then served with prawns or a mix of fish.
Yum. Just yum. Shredded chicken with cheese that is deep-fried and served either as a mid-day snack or alongside a cold beer. Yum. Just yum.