Eating Brasil: Food and drinks
The basic staples of brasilian cuisine are without any doubt arroz (rice) and feijao (beans, either black or green). Accompanied with macarrao (spaghetti), salada (tomato-onion with vinegar) and frango (chicken) or carne (beef) this is the basics of brasilian food and is eaten once a day by a majority of the population, mostly for lunch. A traditional dish that is often eaten on weekends as it takes longer to cook is feijoada (black beans with chunks of sausage, various types of beef and pork meat).
A great option for travellers are buffet restaurants, because you can actually choose what you want to eat and what you'd rather skip. Either the buffet will be sem balanca (open, meat might be limited to one or two pieces) or comida a kilo (pay by weight). The price is usually a quite good indication how sofisticated and varied a buffet will be. But if you stay a while in a place you'll find the gems rather quickly.
With a coastline that stretches over thousands of kilometers from the border with Uruguay all the way up to the Guyanas, it's no wonder seafood plays a very prominent role in brasilian cuisine. Along the litoral, peixe (fish, usually grilled), camarrao (shrimps), caranguejo (crabs) and different kinds of shellfish are ubiquitous. Very delicious are also caldos, thick soups made from various ingredients such as camarrao, caranguejo, sururu (type of shellfish common around Bahia) and other fruits of the sea.
Most Brasilians enjoy to eat meat. A popular weekend activity with friends and family is thus churrasco (BBQ). A typical churrrasco will last all afternoon and stretch into the evening. Sticking to just one kind of meat is not really common. Usually a churrasco includes different cuts of beef, carne do sol (salted and sundried beef), chicken, sometimes wrapped in bacon, various types of sausages, possibly chicken hearts and maybe goat or sheep, though this is more common in the interior.
|Torta de frango|
|Caldo de cana|
|Ice cream - Buriti|
Unlike the uninitiated might think, brasilians don't drink Caipirinha all the time. Even though the occasional Caipirinha, Caipiroska (with Vodka instead of Cachaça) or Caipifruta (fruits instead of lime) is a nice thing to sip while watching the sunset on the beach,
|Beer sharing, explained on the can -|
mine, yours, his, hers, our.