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Culinary Ambassadors: Breakfast in Brazil, Strong Coffee and Pao Frances

Serious Eats' Culinary Ambassadors check in from time to time with reports on food fare in their homeland or countries of residence. Here's the latest! (Find out more about CA or join here!) —The Mgmt.

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A typical, middle- to upper-class breakfast in Brazil would likely consist of strong coffee, with or without milk, sweetened with sugar or sweetener (Brazilians love the liquid sweeteners); kids will drink chocolate milk (the Brazilian version of Nesquik, which is sweeter).

Bread will most likely be a "pao frances" (above), a small loaf of bread, eaten with butter or, most often, margarine.

Fruit is plentiful in Brazil, but I would say that one of the most traditional breakfast fruits are papayas. Some kind of juice will also be served. There might also be some jam.

There may also be yogurt, cheese, and cold cuts. Cereal is not so popular, but some Brazilians like muesli or granola.

In hotels you might also get scrambled eggs and hot dogs in tomato sauce. For serious. In better hotels and in some chic "padarias" (bakeries) you can get almost anything you want (well, maybe not pancakes or French toast). Brazilian hotel breakfasts always impress people with the variety of fruits on offer.

In popular padarias you might find "media (ou cafe pingado) e pao com manteiga na chapa"—a cup (more often, a glass) of coffee with milk and a "pao frances" with butter, pressed in a hot grill.

What do I eat? I must have coffee and bread. Everything else is secondary.

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