Brazilian Food and Drinks

Brazilian food is a strong part of the country's culture, and delicious meals can be found everywhere from street corners to high-end restaurants. In fact, it may even be these two extremes wherein you'll find the best Brazil has to offer.
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Feijoada
Since Brazil is so big, typical Brazilian meals vary depending on what part of the country you're in and what ingredients are available. The variety of cuisine available makes it almost impossible to give a thorough review without writing a book, so we’ve picked out some highlights instead.

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=> Keep in mind as well that almost any kind of food is sold in restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets by the kilo in many cases. Typically it will range in price from R$15 to 30 per kilo, and it's a great and economical way to sample a wide variety of dishes.
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Brazilian street food is hearty, though, like the best street food, not exactly healthy. If you’re in the Bahia area, be sure to try Acarajé, a dish made of black-eyed peas, deep-fried in palm oil. A pastel - popular in Sao Paulo - is very much influenced by Japanese cuisine and is another must try. It is an empanada-like pastry, typically stuffed with cheese, beef, or chicken.

Japanese food is very popular in Brazil. Many people claim that the sushi you'll find in Brazil is second only to that which you'll get in Japan, though of course, that remains open to debate. If you're a lover of Japanese food, however, you won't find yourself disappointed in a city like Sao Paulo, where the amount of Japanese immigration has had a great effect on the local gastronomical scene.
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In the north of Brazil expect a lot of root vegetables and fish. Don’t miss out on vatapá, which is a spicy meal that mixes bread, shrimp, red pepper, ginger and a few more delicious ingredients.

In south Brazil, don’t miss out on barreado. Left simmering for almost 20 hours, it’s a pretty much a meat stew with a whole lot of flavour, some rice, flour and bananas.
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=> Please get in touch if you have any recipe or local food that you discovered and would like to share with the Off2 community!
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Caipirinha

When you’re in Southeastern Brazil, you’re also in the country’s hub since both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are here. You’re therefore able to find much more varied cuisine than in the rest of the country, and an exhaustive list of the options would be... Well, exhausting.
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=> Make sure you try the country’s national dish, feijoada, a dish of beans, beef, and pork, cooked over low heat in a clay pot.
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Brazil is not a large wine producer, but beer and liquor are quite popular. The beer scene is dominated by pilsner-style brews, and the national and most recognized brand is Brahma. Brazil is also famous for cachaca, made from fermented sugar cane. Also known as "Brazil's rum" it is the key ingredient of perhaps Brazil's most famous drink, the caipirinha. Made from cachaca, sugar or honey, and lime juice, it is served chilled with plenty of ice. Make sure to try one when you're in Brazil!

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=> More on our page Brazilian Drinks
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