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Old 01-25-2004, 04:29 AM   #1
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I like Mexican food but I didnt even pay attention to the fact that there is none in Brazil (Brasil), I never even noticed. When I was in fortaleza I either ate rice and beans, or pizza and beer ( ) . When my girlfriend came to the states she had a taco for the first time in her life. I just thought it was odd that that part of South America didnt have any Mexican food, do any other countries in SA have Mexican or is this just Brazil? (Brasil)

McDonalds but no Tacos????
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Hey TUI, Latin America is extremely diverse, and it is even more so in the Southern tip. You'll find Mexican-style food in Mexico and neighboring countries (more developed cities, b/c of geographical proximity and consumer demand). Brazil, especially, is very different from all other Latin American countries, b/c of the distinct colonial history, Portuguese, and the language. You will find same or similar ingredients/elements, but they will be prepared differently throughout Latin America, and even within Brazil at times, b/c Brazil is such a large and diverse country itself (geographic terrain: pantanal, NE with drought, etc.). You may be happy to know though that capitalism has infiltrated all major commercial centers, so if you really look for it, you will find a Taco Bell in Sao Paulo, for instance, but you will not find it as part of their traditional food staple. Wow, you made me hungry now! I love Brazilian food!
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Who invented the taco, anyways? Or fajita? I love food origins!
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so what would you recommend to try as a food to eat in brazil? Is there a certain dish that I have to eat before I come back home.
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yeah, i actually considered studying food and culture at the university. it falls under anthropology, and wow- what a career option.

i am especially impressed with how well the turkish, during the reign of the ottoman empire, spread their culinary tradition.... the jordanians, lebanese, greek - all have popular turk dishes in their repitoirs.

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llemus - are you in Brasil now? I'm so jealous! There is so much you have to try, but I'll not pretend to know it all!

- Rice, beans, salad and beef (thin steak, tender and fried Brasilian style in 'farinha de trigo') - is the basic traditional staple.
- You have to eat the meat with 'farofa' (there are many types, from soft like flour/sand to rough like tiny rocks) with sauteed brasilian greens
- You have to go to the local 'feira' and try every type of 'pastel' possible, but if you have room for just one or two, try the 'especial' and 'palmito' with hot sauce and a freshly squeezed glass of lemon flavored cane juice
- If you are in a city, try the best 'churrascaria' restaurant in town
- If you are near the ocean, try a traditional coconut based 'bacalhau' dish
- If you are in a big city, go to the best pizzaria in town, believe me, it's better than here! Historically, there were huge waves of Italian immigration to Brasil, and the largest pizzarias in brazil have more than 100 topings!
- You should try to find the best 'padaria' in town and find out what's the earliest you can go in the morning to get steaming hot paozinhos (brasilian style french rolls), and then go back in the afternoon after lunch to try their sweets/desserts
- Of course, you can't miss an authentic brasilian 'feijoada,' ask about the best restaurant, but if possible, try to have a friend's mother/aunt/grandma cook it for you at home. Traditionally, it should have every part of a pig in it. After dinner, go to the best choperia in town and have yourself as many cold, tall glasses of chope or brewed beer you can have, of course, it is much better with the feijoada itself
- Find the most popular corner bar in the neighborhood and have brasilian finger foods/appetizers: coxinha, bolinho, esfirra (spelling?), kibe - with caipirinha or a bottled beer (antartica or brama)
- Go anywhere and have a cafezinho

What I just described above are not gourmet dishes, they are everyday 'plebeian' foods from brasil that I grew up with - delicious!
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- Rice, beans, salad and beef (thin steak, tender and fried Brasilian style in 'farinha de trigo') - is the basic traditional staple.

it is the basic, but its soooooo good!
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Carisia,

thank you for all the dishes, and food you mentioned. I just gained some weight reading that. I am not in brasil right now, I will be arriving Feb. 21st.

Carisia, I will try all or as much of those dishes as possible.
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llemus7 - yummi! i'm jealous! you're going to be arriving on carnaval eve? that's gonna be crazy, just be ready to party from the time you arriving at the airport! how long are you going to be there for? my friend will be there for 2 months or so, and I may come to pay her a visit and hang out!
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I will be there from Feb. 21 to March 6. Will you be going anytime during those dates?

I will definitely be ready to party
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Not sure exactly if/when I'll be going, but I definitely want to go and try to do Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza... we'll see, if I come during that period, I'll definitely give you a holler!
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Every time I read something about Brazil I feel very happy. I would like to meet you all guys! About tacos...
Why do we need it? We have a wonderful cuisine.
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I know what you mean b-girl. Are you brazilian? Do you live overseas or in brasil?
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Hey everybody...I have news! Finally we have 2 new mexican restaurants in my city!!! And today I ate tacos!!! I can't belive... This is very good. And I can't forget to tell you about the shots of tequila. And that calient song playing at the restaurant. It was too much fun!
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hahaha! That's great b-girl! Next time, have a shot for me too ok?
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I ordered tacos off a menu when I was in Spain once......hoping for tacos as we know them or some variation but all I got was a bowl of cheese.
Yup, I asked around and in Spain Tacos= bowl of cheese Good thing I like cheese
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