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Ask a Coffee Roaster: What's Your Favorite Coffee-Growing Country?

Drinks Liz Clayton 4 comments

Nowadays, folks who roast coffee for even relatively small, artisan roasting companies are able to travel the world to visit the places where coffee grows, and meet the farmers there. We asked four roasters what their favorite growing origins are, and why. More

Video: Burgers Wrapped in Edible 'Paper' at Bob's in Brazil

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 14 comments

To show that their burgers are so good customers can't wait to unwrap them before digging in, Brazilian fast food burger chain Bob's wrapped their burgers in edible "paper" as part of a recent marketing campaign. More

Latin American Cuisine: Brazilian-style Peel And Eat Shrimp with Fried Garlic (Camarão a Alho)

Latin Cuisine J. Kenji López-Alt 6 comments

I wanted to eat everything in Brazil. My wife was happy with just the beach and an endless pile of camarão a alho, the Brazilian version of garlic shrimp. We'd step into a shack-like restaurant, and before the first caipirinhas even landed on the table, we'd be faced with a pile of the diminutive ruby-red, briny, thin-shelled gems, complete with head and legs, glistening in olive oil and fried garlic. Here's how to make them at home. More

Brazilian-style Peel And Eat Shrimp with Fried Garlic (Camarao ao Alho)

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

I wanted to eat everything in Brazil. My wife was happy with just the beach and an endless pile of camarão a alho, the Brazilian version of garlic shrimp. We'd step into a shack-like restaurant, and before the first caipirinhas even landed on the table, we'd be faced with a pile of the diminutive ruby-red, briny, thin-shelled gems, complete with head and legs, glistening in olive oil and fried garlic. Here's how to make them at home. More

A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Mortadella and Cheese at Bar Do Mané in Sao Paulo, Brazil

A Sandwich a Day Devra Ferst 7 comments

When it comes to meat, Brazil is known for steak on a stick served at churrasqueiras, their signature steakhouses. But one of the best bites of meat in the all of Sao Paulo, at least for me, was actually pork. Situated in the midst of the city's bustling Mercado Municipal, the simple lunch counter Bar Do Mane, serves up epic-sized sandwiches of grilled mortadella and cheese to long lines of paulistanos (locals). More

Snapshots from Sao Paulo: 9 Modern Takes on Classic Brazilian Dishes

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Sao Paulo's reputation as Brazil's culinary capital is well earned. The city's wide array of excellent eats gives serious eaters plenty of options. You could easily spend the better part of a day noshing on fruits and fried snacks at the large Mercado Municipal. But the city's high-end dining options are also worth noting. Even if you're more of a hidden-hole-in-the-wall-sandwich-joint type, the opportunity to taste the creative, flavorful interpretations of Brazil's top chefs is quite an experience. More

Snapshots from Sao Paulo: Fruits, Meats, Spices, and Sandwiches at the Mercado Municipal

Lauren Sloss 8 comments

The Mercado Municipal in Sao Paulo is up there with the great markets around the world. Towering piles of fruits meet giant sides of freshly butchered pork and beef. Espresso stands crowd next to purveyors of dried fruits and nuts. There are stands dedicated to hot peppers, to candy, and to feijoada ingredients. More

Snapshots from Sao Paulo: 8 Brazilian Dishes to Know

Lauren Sloss 6 comments

This list rounds up some of the most traditional, classically Brazilian dishes. They are basic dishes that hail from all over: the Northeastern area of the country, the Amazonian jungles, the quick take-away shops in Sao Paulo. More

Snapshots from Sao Paulo: 9 Brazilian Ingredients to Know

Lauren Sloss 9 comments

I recently spent five days eating my way through Sao Paulo, Brazil, where, in addition to consuming many thousands of delicious calories, I got a crash course in essential Brazilian ingredients. Sao Paulo is known as Brazil's food capital and offers many excellent examples of the country's Portuguese, African, Italian, and Japanese influences, not to mention the differing regional cuisines within Brazil. Here are nine that provided a useful, delicious introduction to the local staples. More

Snapshots from Sao Paulo: 10 Great Sweets

Sweets Lauren Sloss 3 comments

Toasty coconut, creamy, sweet chocolate, and rapadura—sweets in Sao Paulo, Brazil do an excellent job of tasting familiar and brand-new all at once. And when I found myself in town for five days with eating as my primary mission, it was a given that I would be ordering dessert. A lot of dessert. More

Sao Paulo, Brazil: Quintal do Bráz Pizzeria

Slice Lauren Sloss 7 comments

Sao Paulo takes their pizza pretty seriously with wood-fired pizza being the style of choice. Quintal do Bráz Pizzeria, a small chain of pizzerias, is one of the city's most popular pizza destinations and with good cause. More

Around the Caffeinated World: The First Colonies

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Thank heavens the Earth ain't flat, because the New World is an incredibly significant coffee-producing region—thanks in large part to the plants being shuffled around by European colonial powers gaining ground hither, thither, and yon. We're about to follow the Dutch and, subsequently, the French around the world on this caffeinated history trip. More

Proposing The Burger Cognition Theory

A Hamburger Today J. Kenji López-Alt 32 comments

While the Pizza Cognition Theory might state that "the first slice of pizza a child eats becomes, for him, pizza," I propose a similar but distinct Burger Cognition Theory: "The best burger a person eats becomes, for him, the burger." More

Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheezy-Poofs

J. Kenji López-Alt 35 comments

Pão de queijo, Portuguese for cheese bread, are tiny cheese puffs made with yuca (not to be confused with yucca) flour and a slightly sour, tangy fresh cheese. They smell awesome when they're hot. More

How to Make Feijoada, the Brazilian Stew of Pork and Beans

J. Kenji López-Alt 14 comments

Pork and beans go together like, well pork and beans. Enough so that pretty much every bean-and-pork-eating culture in the world has figured out some way to put them together. Lentilles aux lardons, garbanzos con chorizo, sweet Okinawan pork belly cooked with beans, cassoulet, Boston baked beans, even good old beanie-wienies. Like all good pork and bean dishes, feijoada is a dish of economy, intended to offer complete nutrition and great flavor with a minimal amount of expensive protein. Indeed, it's made with all the parts of the pig or cow that most people don't eat. More

Hardcore Feijoada

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 12 comments

Note: For best results, use as many different salted pork parts as available, though you can always make it with just a few. Straight up salt pork and slab bacon with some good sausage will be quite delicious. Farofa is... More

Serious Entertaining: A Cocktail Party for Carnival

Serious Entertaining Carrie Vasios Mullins 2 comments

Because one day of partying isn't enough, Rio Carnival 2011 will stretch from Saturday, March 5 to (Fat) Tuesday, March 8. The highlights of Brazilian carnival are parades with elaborate costumes and even more elaborate floats, all heralded by live music and dancing. Because revelers are so busy having fun, they'll often eat from street vendors throughout the day rather than sit down to one long meal. If, like me, you can't make it to Rio this year, you can still recreate the food and fun with this Carnival Cocktail Party. More

Culinary Ambassadors: Street Food in Brazil, Pastels

The Culinary Ambassador Corps 5 comments

Brazil is a huge country; as such, its cuisine varies a lot from region to region. Pastel, however, can be found pretty much all over the country: The deep-fried, crisp pastry can be filled with anything, reflecting local cuisines and tastes. The most popular fillings tend to be cheese, ground beef, heart of palm, and shrimp. More

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

Aya Tanaka 7 comments

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," 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.... More

Coffee Tree to Cup in Brazil: Part 5, The Drink

Drinks Carey Jones 3 comments

When we last saw our coffee, it'd been picked and sorted, pitted and dried, rested and roasted. Now? It's time to make a cup of coffee. For that, we'll take you back down to Brazil. For maximum enjoyment, we'd leave you to the eminently capable hands pictured above: those of award-winning barista Silvia Magalhães at Octavio's São Paulo cafe. But first? We're doing a cupping. More

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