What to eat

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• Red meat: The gen­eral stan­dard is re­ally good. Pi­canha, the top piece of the rump, is ex­cel­lent at most places, and it’s worth go­ing for in­ter­est­ing cuts like asado de tira.

• Dulce de leche is so much bet­ter than the caramel you’ll find in SA. Eat as much of it as you can, for break­fast, on your pan­cakes, with dessert, as a snack… ev­ery chance you get!

• Co­conut por­ridge is usu­ally served at break­fast. It’s sweet and de­li­cious, and re­minded me a bit of melkkos.

• Cake for break­fast is a thing in Brazil, from choco­late sponge to crème caramel. When in Brazil…

• Cheese puffs are an es­sen­tial part of ev­ery break­fast table. They’re chewy and de­li­cious.

• Broc­coli rice may seem bor­ing but it tastes re­ally good, es­pe­cially served with meat.

• Farofa, a toasted-flour side dish, re­ally adds flavour and tex­ture to a meal. Each restau­rant puts its own spin on it.

• Açai bowls: The lo­cals like to or­der açai berry bowls – ba­si­cally a thick pur­ple smoothie topped with oat­meal and fruit. I tried it but wasn’t too im­pressed; it’s mostly just sweet.

• Mor­tadella sand­wich: If you’re at the big mar­ket in São Paulo, or­der a rich, savoury meaty sand­wich – it’s the per­fect han­gover cure.

• Cof­fee cul­ture hardly ex­ists, even though Brazil is fa­mous for cof­fee. We had to search to find a no­table cof­fee shop, even in Rio. Cafeina was the one we found.

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