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In Brazil , you’re never far from a lanchonete, where you can get sal­gadinhos (savory snacks, usually fried) – also known as tira-gostos and petiscos – for around US$0.50. Try kibe, which is cracked wheat stuffed with spiced meat then deep fried – it’s both delectable and rib-sticking. Pasteis (dough filled with meat, cheese or seafood then deep-fried) are unbeatable when piping hot. Pão de queijo (a concoction of cheese and tapioca dough) is also deliciously ubiquitous.

For a few more centavos, you can get a sanduiche, a term that covers a multitude of hot sins from the X-tudo (cheeseburger with everything) to the dependable misto quente (toasted ham-and-cheese sandwich). Cold sandwiches, usually on crustless white bread, are called sanduiche natural.

Padarias (bakeries) often have a lanchonete attached, and they’re good places for cheap snacks.
Despite all these salgadinhos that you find at the lanchonete, it might be less easy to find something to go with your beer or caipirinha on a terrace. No tapas, nuts, tortilla chips or salami on the menu. You could ask for a “petisco” and maybe they will fry some batatas or mandioca for you – for around US$5.00. Or bolinhas de bacalhau.

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