Ten reasons why we love living in Brazil

Brazilians want to be proud of their country, and these days it is difficult for them.
Facebook is showing their frustrations, often with humor.
I remember having a tv interview and the girl kept trying to put words in my mouth. She wanted some stereotypical answers why I like Brazilians and Brazil. But it is not that simple.
This year we saw a list on the internet: 30 up to 66 “reasons why I hate living in Brazil“.  That is a lot of annoyances, and most expats agree to the points that were made.
But what about the reasons why we love living in Brazil?
We have googled some quotes:

fun before carnavalThey love to party. Or celebrate. Or have a good time. Brazil is home to the world’s biggest party, and there is a good reason for that. Brazilians love to go out and have a good time. They will get together with family, friends and good food tp celebrate just about anything. They wholeheartedly throw themselves into the party, and focus on the moment.
http://www.brazilcultureandtravel.com/brazil-people.html  Brazil People – 7 Reasons Why You’ll Love Them

People come first. Brasileiros place more importance on people and relationships than they do on things. If you need something or call somewhere you are going to be dealing with a real person and not a computer. Brazilians are going to be interested in you and who you are. This can be frustrating for people who want to get right to the point.
http://www.brazilcultureandtravel.com/brazil-people.html  Brazil People – 7 Reasons Why You’ll Love Them

People here seem to be always happy with their lives. They seem to be absolutely satisfied and they are always smiling. What else you would be doing if you were living in such a nice sunny country as Brazil?

boteco rioButecos – Lots and lots of butecos (and Belo Horizonte is the capital of this). These are like bars that are open onto the street and have outdoor tables. It’s a great place to enjoy a beer or cachaça with friends and check out what’s going on in the town.

Public displays of affection are culturally acceptable.

Some expats were asked for their favourite thing about Brazil:
source:  http://braziliangringo.com/26-gringos-love-brazil/

I would say that Brazil – at least here in Rio and Niterói – allows you to be yourself. At the beach you can be big or small, and still feel beautiful. Maybe not everyone wants to take you home — but they do not skorn you.
As a gay couple we have more rights here than in the USA. But I would not say the general population is on our side. But things are good.
Jim Shattuck from Qualidade de Vida

Big question!  One of my favorite things about Brazil is how this country treats children.  In the US, we tend to get annoyed by children, or consider them to be “less important”.  But Brazilians love to have children around.  If I’m out without my kids, people are always asking where they are, how they are, what they are doing.  They hug kids, kiss them, and seem to be genuinely interested in them.  I love this.
Shelley Ryan-Kelzenberg from Give us This Our Daily Mango

I guess I would have to say the warmth of the people but it has become a bit of a cliche. Not just the day to day friendliness that one experiences going about doing your thing, but the true generosity of Brazilians. One thing I have seen over and over again is how Brazilians are truly generous. People that have busy lives take the time out to help you in a bureaucratic jam. People that have barely two cents to rub together will go into debt to make sure you, as a guest in their house, will have the best meal you have ever had. They will spend hours getting the best ingredients and cooking it to perfection. And no, they do not want your help in the kitchen. Have a seat and a cold beer, they say! Enjoy! Which brings me to something very Brazilian:
Brazilians live for the moment
What is now is what is important for Brazilians. Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is unknown, so they enjoy what is now. Spontaniety. I love how they can make anything into a good time. Making due with what cards they were dealt, which make them the masters of innovation and resourcefulness. A box of matches becomes a percussion instrument for example! They see opportunity where others see none.
Lisa Kaufman aka the Canarioca

My favourite thing about Brazil is not really tangible. It’s more of a feeling. It’s the feeling of things being laid back. Not easy, but laid back and casual. It’s in the mountains and beaches (in Rio) and in the relaxed way the people interact with each other on the street. I love the feeling of always being, somewhat, on vacation.It’s easier for me to tell you what I like about Brazil now that I’ve left. The good things are definitely much more obvious…
Lindsey Costard from Adventures of a Gringa in Brazil

I love living in Brazil for so many reasons, so let me get the most obvious ones out of the way…I love the weather, the beaches, the parties, the clubs and the barbecues….and I also appreciate the feeling of optimism here. The economy is booming and you just have to look around to see that new buildings are being constructed all the time, as are new subway lines. I live in Sao Paulo, which is definitely an exciting city to be living in right now. Things are changing at a fast pace, which as a keen blogger means that I have plenty to be writing about!
Andrew Creelman from Creelman does Brazil

My favorite thing about Brazil is that it is “The Country of the Future.” While the classic definition has been popularized to poke fun at the country’s perpetual failure to live up to its immense potential, in light of Brazil’s recent prosperity, it has come to take on a whole other meaning.
For me, this means that Brazil is a shining light of hope and imagination, both economically and spiritually, amidst some pretty trying times around the rest of the world. While it’s clear that Brazil has its fair share of problems, I will say that there’s a magical, malleable quality to reality in Brazil that injects the future with optimism and the present moment with an intuition that everything’s going to be okay.
As articulated in the famous Brazilian rock song, Alagados, in Brazil, “the art of living gives Faith, just not knowing Faith in what.” So regardless of whether “Country of the Future” turns out to be true or not, life in Brazil has something we can all learn from: a relaxed openness for the here and now up that savors the beauty and lets in opportunity.
Justin Murray from Real Life English

My favorite thing about Brazil is how warm and talkative the people are. As I like to tell people, Brazil has the highest people-dancing-in-the-street ratio of any country I’ve been to. The parties are amazing. The people are friendly and easy to talk to, even if you don’t know Portuguese. Just to give one very basic example, at my gym back in the US, I went weekly for two years without ever meeting or knowing anybody there. I would say at most two words while I was there. Here in Sao Paulo, I’m already on a first-name basis with everyone who works there and a handful of the regulars and I have only been going for a month. I wasn’t even trying to meet any of them either, they just started talking to me.
Mark Manson from Post Masculine

Top 10 Brazilian beaches

beaches2Brazil boasts close to 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) of coastline and more than 2.000 beautiful Atlantic beaches, most of them lying beneath palm trees in the tropics. Including Praia do Cassino (Rio Grande – RS), according Guiness Book of Records the worlds largest beach.

To make a top 10 list of the most beautiful Brazilian beaches
Though our Brasilbar team has been fortunate to visit many Brazilian beaches, it has decided to rely on various sources to select a top 10:
Tripadvisor, The Guardian, CNN, Frommer, Guia Quatro Rodas, various Brazilian magazines and travel organizations.
We made it a top 10+ list:

  1. Fernando do Noronja (PE)
  2. Praia do Espelho (BA)
  3. Praia de Taipus de Fora (BA),
  4. Porto de Galinhas (PE)
  5. Lopes Mendes, Ilha Grande (RJ)
  6. São Miguel dos Milagres (AL)
  7. Praia dos Carneiros, Ilha de Santo Aleixo (PE)
  8. Jericoacoara (CE)
  9. Alter do Chão (PA)
  10. Praia da Pipa (RN)
  11. Arpoador, Rio (RJ)

fernandoFernando do Noronja
Paradise is the word most commonly used to describe Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago 350km off the north-east coast of Brazil. Finding a nice beach is an easy task on the small volcanic island, but visiting three is mandatory: Praia do Sancho, which is reached through a crack in a rock wall; Baía dos Porcos (Pig’s Bay), a place of astonishing beauty and great for swimming; and Atalaia, a natural saltwater pool with abundant sea life. All have translucent waters, and because tourist numbers to the islands are strictly monitored, it is easy to spot turtles, octopuses, a plethora of fish and even sharks. The food chain in Noronha is well preserved, so sharks are less dangerous here there than elsewhere. (source: The Guardian)

praia do espelhoPraia do Espelho, Caraíva, Bahia
There’s an adage with remote Brazilian beaches: first go the hippies, then the yachties, then the French … Caraiva is still at the happy-hippy stage of discovery and even then only for a brief period in the summer. No motorised transport is possible in Caraiva so the sounds that prevail are the breeze in the high almond trees and the exhaling of a dozen mules that pull the little carts that are the only alternative to walking. The beach stretches uninterrupted for more than a day’s walk in either direction – north as far as the much-hyped village of Trancoso and south to Corumbau. Golden sands lead down to the water where a firm surf pushes relentlessly against the shore and provides the soundtrack to the handful of idyllic beach bars. And then, of course, there are the goalposts that remind you that you are in Brazil. (source: The Guardian)

taipus de foraTaipus de Fora, Maraú peninsula, 113km (70 miles) south of Salvador, Bahia
The 1,100km coastline of the state of Bahia is speckled with spectacular beaches. I love long beach walks and my favourite is Taipus de Fora on the Maraú Peninsula. The long sweep of beach ends at a headland where beautiful reef pools are exposed by the receding tide, revealing a huge naturally sheltered pool, offering wonderful snorkelling and tropical fish. South, past the headland, the sandy beach goes on and on, and I walk on and on, stopping off for a refreshing dip. On my return, I always stop in at the Bar das Meninas, a cool restaurant bar located in front of the reef pool with a creative seafood menu, breezy cocktails and chilled beers. Maraú is an indigenous word meaning the “sun’s light at daybreak”. Even more spectacular though is the light at the rising of the full moon. Here the moon seems nearer and larger than it should be, flooding the beach and tide pools in soft light. (source: The Guardian)

porto de galinhasPorto de Galinhas, 70km (43 miles) South of Recife (PE)
Porto de Galinhas is one of the nicest beach destinations in all the Northeast. Known for its crystal-clear water, its lovely beaches, and the tidal pools that form in the nearby reefs, the region is a perfect water playground for adults and children. Development has been kept resolutely small-scale. With no high-rises, the town is mostly small pousadas and low-rise hotels. The town has perhaps six streets: enough for a dozen restaurants, a bank, some surf shops, and some beachside bars. Colorful jangadas (one-sail fishing rafts) come and go all day, and the beachside restaurants and cafes are packed with people soaking up rays. (source: Frommers)

lopes mendesLopes Mendes, Ilha Grande, Rio state
Ilha Grande – big island – is home to Lopes Mendes, the beach of your dreams, a sweeping 3km of the whitest, finest sand that stretches out to a calm, crystal blue ocean. With not a building or restaurant in sight, Lopes Mendes is lined with palm and almond trees offering only a little shade. Bathers will need to take plenty of suntan lotion, snacks and a good book – although there are always a couple of drinks sellers peddling chilled beers. Getting there involves a three-hour bus journey from Rio to Angra dos Reis then a hop on the ferry to Ilha Grande. A scenic 40-minute boat trip takes you to Abraão, the island’s only town. Once in Abraão take a small taxi-boat to Manges beach, the last boat stop before Lopes Mendes. Landing on the beach, walk up over a hill and then down through a small forest to the beach. As you walk out of the forest, the beach is right in front of you in all its glory. (source: The Guardian)

praia de gungaSão Miguel dos Milagres, near Maceio, Alagoas
Praia do Toque is one of the favourite beaches of Ricardo Freire, author of 100 Praias Que Valem a Viagem (100 Beaches You Must Visit).
São Miguel dos Milagres fringes 15km of beaches protected both by reefs and the lack of a highway – the main coastal road turns inland, and only those in the know take the local road that leads to a forest of coconut trees and scattered villages. The sea is always warm; up to 36ºC at low tide in mid-afternoon – thalassotherapy for free! Set up base at Praia do Toque and walk the sands nearby. Twenty minutes north is Tatuamunha river, a sanctuary for manatees. Forty minutes south are two picture-perfect crescents: São Miguel and Praia do Riacho. At low tide hire a jangadeiro (a small traditional fishing boat) and head to the tidal pools. (source: The Guardian)

carneirosPraia dos Carneiros, Ilha de Santo Aleixo, Recife (PE)
About an hour south of Recife, Tamandare is an unpretentious beach town with a shore you can wander for miles and explore nearby wetlands.
A couple miles from town, you’ll find one of the most idyllic coastal stretches in Brazil.
Tucked into a grove of palms off a dirt road, Praia dos Carneiros looks like it escaped from a South Seas postcard.
The white sand beach faces a small, lagoon-style bay that’s great for swimming. The water is bathtub-warm, and there are no waves to contend with.
Leaning, long-frond palms form a picturesque colonnade down the shoreline.
Watercraft are available for rent, and boat tours of the bay and wetlands are a great way to get to know the area.
Carneiros’s superb natural setting is perfect for a quiet, not chaotic, day at the beach.
The secret to the tranquility is that Carneiros is a private beach. It and the area around it are owned by a single family, which has managed to keep it from being overrun. It’s not cheap — $30 a day per car, and the only on-site food is also pricey, but the serenity and scenery are worth it.
A day at one of Brazil’s best beaches doesn’t get much more relaxing than this. (source: CNN)

jericoacoaraJericoacoara (CE)
The pearl of Brazil’s Ceará coast, Jericoacoara’s attraction is partially its isolation. If you can manage the 4WD drive through the sands, you’re rewarded with miles and miles of unspoiled beaches, rock formations, lagoons, mangroves, palm trees, and a Sahara desert landscape of beautiful dunes. (source: Frommers)

Alter do Chão, Santarem (PA)
Brazil’s best beach is not in Rio de Janeiro or the sun-bathed north-east. It’s not even on the coast. It is on a river at the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Around 30km from the rainforest city of Santarem, Alter do Chao is the jungle’s answer to the Caribbean.
alter do chaoAfter a week holed up in the jungle, Alter do Chao is the perfect place to relax: you can lounge on the river beaches in the morning, gorge yourself on a local grilled fish in the afternoon and retreat to one of the area’s many charming pousadas by night. People often call the humid and dense Amazon the “green inferno”. Alter do Chao is its golden paradise. (source: The Guardian)

praia de pipaPraia da Pipa, Natal (RN)
Located 80km (50 miles) south of Natal by road (or a mere 55km/34 miles if you go by beach buggy), Praia da Pipa is one of the most picturesque beaches in all of Brazil’s Northeast. This former fishing village was discovered by surfers back in the 1970s, and developed in the decades since, without yet overdeveloping. Though the town does fill up on weekends and holidays, Pipa’s pousadas and hotels remain manageable and small-scale. The village of Pipa is well known for its nighttime activity, and for the cafes and restaurants lining its cobblestone streets. Down on the long crescent beach are natural pools and reefs for snorkeling. Traveling south from Pipa one finds a string of beaches — Praia do Amor, Praia do Moleque — snuggling at the foot of tall coastal cliffs. The cliff-top drive from Pipa to Praia do Cunhaú is spectacular. (source: Frommers)

arpoadorArpoador, Ipanema/Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
At the end of Ipanema when the traffic curves round to Copacabana, pedestrians can carry on walking to Arpoador. A continuation of Ipanema beach, Arpoador ends with a tall rocky headline, an easy 60m climb, offering stunning views of the whole length of Ipanema, Leblon and the famous Dois Irmãos mountain. From the pavement wooden steps lead you down to the sandy beach, a favourite with surfers, body surfers and local bathers (most tourists stick to Ipanema or Copacabana). Arpoador is one of the few beaches which is lit up at night so a late night dip is also a possibility. End the day sipping a caipirinha and nibbling on a prawn pastel on one of the outdoor tables at the Azul Marinho restaurant, the only beachside restaurant in Arpoador and Ipanema, with a fantastic ocean view where you can also watch groups of local kids practicing capoeira and small bands of musicians. (source: The Guardian)

Top 10 female celebrities

Top 10 famous and sexy women, selected by using the following criteria: 1. Fame and achievement in performance-related career. 2. Considered very attractive by Brazilian men.

A (tele)novela is a limited-run serial dramatic programming popular in Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish television programming. The word combines tele, short for televisión or televisão (Spanish and Portuguese words for television), and novela, a Spanish word for “novel”. Telenovelas are a distinct genre different from soap operas, for telenovelas have an ending and come to an end after a long run (generally less than one year).

Juliana PaesJuliana Paes
Juliana Couto Paes (born March 26, 1979) is a Brazilian actress and former model. She became nationally-known in telenovelas and modelling. She also starred a local version of the musical The Producers, as Ulla.
Born in Rio Bonito, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Paes is of Black, Portuguese, Bolivian, indigenous Brazilian, and Spanish descent. She is the oldest child of Regina and Carlos Henrique Paes. She has three siblings: Mariana, Rosana, and Carlos Henrique Jr.
An actress, model and with a university degree, Paes became nationally-known for her performances in “novelas” of Rede Globo and for her looks. She was on the cover of Playboy magazine in May 2004.
In 2006, Paes was voted one of the sexiest one hundred people in the world by People Magazine. After that international projection, she hired an agent, showing interest in starting an acting career in the US.
Paes starred in many commercial campaigns, such as Colorama’s and Hope’s. Currently, she is the face of Arezzo for the second time and replaces the top model Gisele Bündchen as the star of the campaign for the jewelry brand Vivara.
On September 9, 2008, Paes married businessman Carlos Eduardo Baptista, at the Itanhangá Golf Club. Her debut as protagonist was the character Maya Meetha in the Brazilian telenovela Caminho das Índias.
She was voted the sexiest woman in the world in 2006 and 2007 by VIP magazine (Editora Abril) and again in 2012!


Giovanna Antonelli Giovanna Antonelli
Giovanna Antonelli Prado (was born on March 18, 1976) is a Brazilian actress, television presenter and producer.
She began her career as stage assistant for the program of Angelica at TV Manchete.
From 1994 up to today she has played in more than 20 novelas and several movies. She has won various best actress awards.
Giovanna is very close with her family. Her father, Hilton Prado, is a former opera singer, her mother, Suely Antonelli, is a former ballet dancer.
In 1997 Antonelli was married to publicist Ricardo Medina, whom she had known since high school. The couple divorced on December 2001. In 2002 Giovanna Antonelli began dating O Clone co-star Murilo Benicio. On December 2004, Giovanna had a car accident which she blamed on the paparazzi who followed her everywhere. At a press conference which she held after getting out of the hospital, she, along with boyfriend Murilo Benício, admitted that she was a few months pregnant. The news was very well received by her fans all around the world and on May 24, 2005 she gave a birth to her first child, a boy named Pietro, in Rio de Janerio. Antonelli and Benicio broke up on 2007 after a 5 year relationship.
In May 2007, Antonelli married an American businessman, Robert Locascio. The couple separated after only 4 months.
Currently, she’s married to director Leonardo Nogueira with whom she has twin girls, Antonia and Sophia, born on 8 October 2010.


Cleo PiresCléo Pires
Cléo Pires Ayrosa Galvão, known as Cléo Pires (born in Rio de Janeiro on October 2, 1982), is a Brazilian actress.
Daughter of actress Glória Pires and singer-songwriter Fábio Júnior, Cléo Pires is also half-sister of the actor and singer-songwriter Filipe Galvão.
Her acting debut was in Memorial de Maria Moura, for Globo, when she was 11, in 1994. She made only one chapter of the miniseries in the role of the protagonist as a child. Her mother played the character in adulthood.
She first gained notoriety for her roles in the 2003 film Benjamim and in the 2005 telenovela América. Cléo Pires was awarded Best Actress in the 2003 Rio Film Festival for her role in Benjamim.
The actress became nationally known when playing the sexy Lurdinha in the novela America in 2005. The following year, she was casted for Cobras & Lagartos. In 2008, she co-starred in the remake of Ciranda de Pedra. In 2009, she played ​​the evil Indian Surya in Caminho das Índias. In 2010, she played the indian girl Estela, one of the protagonists in the novela Araguaia. In 2012, she plays Bianca in the series of Salve Jorge.
Cleo played in several movies: Meu Nome Não é Johnny (2008), Lula, o Filho do Brasil (2010) and Qualquer Gato Vira-Lata (2011).
Cléo Pires was also on the cover of the Brazilian edition of Playboy magazine in August 2010. It was a special edition that celebrates the 35th anniversary of the magazine in Brazil.
The actress is married to publicist John Vincent de Castro, who she is dating since May 2009.


Ivete SangaloIvete Sangalo
Ivete María Dias de Sangalo Cady (born May 27, 1972 in Juazeiro, Bahia) is a Latin Grammy Award-winning Brazilian Axé and MPB singer, songwriter, and occasional actress and television show host. She is one of the most popular and best-selling Brazilian female singers of the present, with six albums released with “Banda Eva”, and seven more albums in a solo career, with a total of over 12 million albums sold worldwide. Sangalo is most often recognized by her powerful voice, charisma and live performances. Her music is also very popular in Portugal. She has received 14 nominations for Latin Grammy Awards alongside her career.
As a child, started to sing and play violin at events, festivals and presentations of the school where she studied.
Ivete Sangalo’s debut show happened in Ondina Neighborhood, Salvador, in August 1992. With that show she won the Dorival Caymmi trophy, the Grammy of Bahia music. The solo singer was once part of a group called Banda Eva, and with them she recorded six CDs and sold over four million copies. Ivete gathered approximately 800,000 people in a historic concert at Maracanã Stadium, which gave rise to the CD and DVD Multishow Live – Ivete Sangalo at the Maracana.
She dated presenter Luciano Huck, was married to David Moraes, and is now married to Daniel Cady, father of her son Marcelo, born in 2009. The singer is one of the highest paid in Brazilian music. She has her own production company, “Caco de Telha”, maintains several non-music businesses and has done advertisements for major companies such as Chevrolet, Nova Schin, Banco Itaú and TAM.


Claudia LeitteClaudia Leitte
Cláudia Cristina Leite Inácio Pedreira, known by the stagenames Claudia Leitte (with double “tt”) and Claudinha.
She is a Brazilian axé singer, and former vocalist of the group Babado Novo. Since she is one of the most popular axé singers in Brazil, she hosted MTV Brasil’s Video Music Brasil 2007, in which she had been nominated as best singer in that award. Claudia Leitte has also won other awards.
While many think that the singer is from Bahia, she was born in Rio de Janeiro (born July 10, 1980 in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro), and is about to receive the title of citizen-Bahian by the city and the town hall of Salvador.
From the three years she already showed that she would follow an artistic career, and at age 13 she was a backing vocalist in a band.
She joined the faculty of Law, Media and Music, but dropped all three.
After going through some musical groups in 2001 Claudia became very well known with Babado Novo, gaining national prominence.
In 2006 the band performed at the Brazilian Day in New York with a show for more than 1.5 million people in Times Square.
In 2008, the blonde decided to go solo and is very successful to date, including internationally.
She is married to Marcio Quarry, who is also her manager, and has two sons, David, born in 2009, and Rafael, who came into the world in 2012.


deborah seccoDeborah Secco
Deborah Fialho Secco (born November 26, 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian actress who has been quite successful in cinema. For example with the film “Bruna Surfistinha” (2011), in which she plays a prostitute. She had already played a character like that in “Paraíso tropical” (2007).
The actress began her artistic career at age of 8 when she did commercials. After that, she dedicated herself to the theater. Participated in several plays, series and miniseries, but it was on TV Cultura, in 1994, that she starred in the show “Confissões de uma adolescente”. Her performance earned her the Coca Cola Theatre prize, in the category of atriz revelação, which boosted her career.
With more than 30 characters on TV, ten plays and nine feature films, was in the Globo novela “Suave veneno” (1999) that Deborah became nationally known. The actress was invited to participate in major novelas and has appeared with icons of Brazilian novelas as: Carolina Dieckmann and Reynaldo Gianecchini in “Laços de família” (2000); Malu Mader and Cláudia Abreu in “Celebridades” and Claudia Raia and Patrícia Pillar, in “A favorita” (2008).
Deborah’s love life has been very hectic. Her first marriage was with director Rogério Gomes, for four years. Then she was related to the actors Dado Dolabella , Marcelo Faria and Maurício Mattar.
Deborah was elected in 2011, as the sexiest woman in the world by readers of VIP magazine, and chosen as the Woman of the Year by the magazine Alpha. The following year, she was considered one of the most influential personalities of the year by the magazine Isto É.
When she was in love with Falcão, singer of Rappa, the actress decided to make a foot tattoo in tribute to the beloved. With the ending of the relationship after two years (2004-2006), Deborah, in 2007, started dating football player Roger Flores, and tried to erase the tattoo of the former. In 2009, they married in a small ceremony in the mountainous region of Rio.

Top 10 Brazilian cocktails

A Batida is a mix of cachaça, fruit, ice and lots of sugar, and a favorite in the kiosks that line the Brazilian coast.

batida de maracujaBatidas
This mix of cachaça, fruit, ice and lots of sugar is a favorite in the kiosks that line the Brazilian coast. You name the fruit – maracujá (passion fruit), coco (coconut), morango (strawberry). In fact, caipirinha is just one more type of batida.

The batida (bah-chee-dah) is loosely translated as “beaten”: a cocktail that is either shaken hard or served as a frozen blender drink. They are almost always made with cachaça, fruit, milk, sugar and ice as a base mixture.
The place for the batida is not usually the hotel or fine bar, but rather a barraca (ba-ha-ka, a tent and mobile bar and/or restaurant) on the beach where you can order sodas, beer, beach chairs, iced coconuts etc…and of course a batida made from scratch.

Caipirinha: This is the most famous drink from Brazil and considered the national cocktail. Made with cachaça, sugar and lime juice, it can either be a refreshing cocktail or a strong one that might leave you regretting your purchase. Read our post about caipirinha.

Caipirinha, Caipiroska, Caipiríssima
These days, to order a caipirinha in a bar is no longer that easy. In the menus there are several types of caipirinha, which vary the fruit and alcoholic beverages used.
From a range of fruit, one can choose the traditional lemon, but also equally refreshing strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, passion fruit and orange fruit and even exotic or unusual ones, such as the Chinese lychee, and brasileiríssima jabuticaba. You can also mix different fruits by creating, for example, the red fruit caipirinha (composed of blackberry, strawberry and raspberry) or tropical caipirinha (consisting of pineapple, passion fruit, kiwi and strawberry). What about Caipirinha de Tangerina com Pimenta Dedo-de-moça (tangerine with chilipepper); Caipirinha de Limão c/Gengibre e Cravo (with ginger and cloves)?

After choosing the fruit, you need to define which alcohol is used in the preparation of the caipirinha. Besides the cachaça and aguardente, vodka is also famous as an ingredient in caipirinha, and nowadays it is common to find the Brazilian drink made ​​with sake or rum.

For those who got confused, we set up a beginners caipirinha dictionary:
Caipiríssima is a traditional caipirinha, but made with rum in stead of cachaça.
Caipiroska, also known as Caipivodka, is a traditional caipirinha, but made with vodka in stead of cachaça.
Caipinheger, is a traditional caipirinha, but made with Steinhäger in stead of cachaça.
Saquerinha, is a traditional caipirinha, but made with sake in stead of cachaça.
Caipivinho, is a traditional caipirinha, but made with wine in stead of cachaça.
Caipirão, is a traditional caipirinha, but made with Licor Beirão in stead of cachaça.
Caipirango, is a traditional caipirinha, but made with strawberry in stead of lime.

Caju Amigo: “The Friendly Cashew” combines two of Brazil’s favorite flavors. It is a mixture of cachaça with juice from a cashew nut. Every now and again you can find bars that have a must more entertaining method, which involves chewing a cashew, keeping it in your mouth and then swallowing it with a shot of cachaça.

A famous cocktail of the northeast is the Capeta (=little devil). At least it is famous in Brazil. A mixture of cachaça, sweetened condensed milk, guaraná, cinnamon, honey, and Nesquik. The guarana (a berry from the amazon) is a stimulant containing caffeine and is also the base for a very popular soft drink by the same name.

Leite de Onça: “Jaguar Milk” again made with cachaça, it is a combined with milk and served cold. It is usually served in a mug without any garnish so it can easily be mistaken for a mug of normal milk (is that why the kids are always so happy in Brazil).

Aluá : There are several recipes for this drink popular in the Northeast states (Bahia, Ceará and Pernambuco, among others), that may or not be alcoholic. You mix one pinapple´s peel, two litters of water, brown sugar, cloves and grated ginger. The skin of the pineapple should be kept in water for a whole night to get fermented. The longer it remains in water, the more alcoholic the beverage. This water is strained and mixed to the other ingredients.

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Top 10 Brazilian snacks: Salgadinhos

Salgadinhos are small snacks with a savory filling, found in nearly all lanchonetes and padarias in Brazil. Brazilians eat it at any time of the day and salgadinhos are very popular at parties.

A banana-leaf-steamed Acaraje.
Black-eye pea cake deep fried in palm oil, then filled with dried shrimp topped with coconut, cashews, garlic, more shrimp and hot pepper sauce.
Bolinho de Bacalhau
Cod fish cake in ball format.
Bolinho de Aipim
Deep-fried cassava dough with a ground beef center.
Bolinho de Estudante
A dry tapioca pressed into shape, grilled then rolled in cinamon sugar.
Cachorro Quente
A variation of the hotdog: bread, hot dog link, tomato paste with onions and peppers, then optionals: corn, string potatoes, parmesan.
Deep fried dough filled with doce de leite. Then rolled in cinnamon sugar.
Spiced chicken rolled in manioc dough and then fried. There is also version with a drumstick.
Empada or empadinha is a small pie, which has various fillings such as carne (meat), palmito (palm heart), cheese and camarao (shrimp)
A tri-folded pizza of Arabic origin – savory pastry stuffed with spiced meat
Misto Quente
Ham and cheese sandwich, made with stringy mozzarella.
Arabic snack made from deep fried whole-wheat surrounding a spicy ground beef center.
Pao de Queijo
Savory cheese puffs that goes perfectly with coffee.
Pastel de Carne
Fried, filled pasty.
Pastel de Forno
Oven baked folded pie with various flavor fillings.
Double cheeseburger with: bacon, fried egg, sausage, pulled chicken, string potatoes, etc.