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

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)

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

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

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: 9 Brazilian Ingredients to Know

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

Around the Caffeinated World: The First Colonies

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

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

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

Serious Entertaining: A Cocktail Party for Carnival

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: Breakfast in Brazil, Strong Coffee and Pao Frances

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

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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