One of the best places to try out Brazilian cuisine is in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is one of the country’s biggest cities and has a status as a fun, entertaining cosmopolitan city steeped in culture and history. The Carnival is the city’s biggest event, and it draws many tourists by the droves.
The city is also one of the very few cities in the whole globe which you can go to any time of the year. However, it is always recommended that you book a flight in advance during peak seasons like the Copacabana New Year’s Eve and carnival season to avoid travel hassles.
Food Experiences, the Rio Way
Rio is a place for foodies and eating in the city is a wonderful experience for your eyes and stomach. The city has plenty of wonderful restaurants that you need to check out. There are also cafes and snack bars with great food and the best coffees in the world. It is also worth mentioning that Brazil is the biggest coffee producer in the world—the people know their coffee and is considered as one of the tastiest and has excellent quality.
Visit areas like Copacabana, Santa Teresa, Downtown, Leblon, Leme, Urca and Ipanema for a gastronomic feast. Remember those spots if you want to partake in the rich food culture of the country. Traditional fare in the area can be discovered in lots of local restaurants. However, if you want to try out genuine homemade fare, you can look for places where locals eat. You will not have to pay top dollar for such places though compared to restaurants. The places where locals get to satisfy their gastronomic cravings often have affordable food.
Traditional fare in the city is considered rich and tasty. It is a melting pot of three cultures—Native Indians, Portuguese settlers and African slaves all made an impact on the country’s cuisine. The flavors that you taste in the city and other spots in the country is what makes Brazilian cuisine distinctive to other cuisines in South America. The dishes that you need to try out are feijoada, Carne Seca com abobora, Arroz e feijao, moqueca and bobo de camarao.
The Arroz e feijoa is a dish with a mishmash of rice and black beans. It is considered as the backbone of Rio cuisine. This is a traditional dish that is typically served with chicken, fish, meat and a salad. Feijoada meanwhile is Brazil’s national dish hence this is something you must not overlook during your gastronomic journey. The feijoada is composed of beef, pork on a black bean stew served with collard greens, manioc flour, and rice.
Another aspect of Brazilian cuisine you need to try out is the churrasco rodizio which is the country’s popular all-you-can-eat barbecue. Brazil is known for their barbecues as well, and it is represented significantly by churrasco rodizio.
Those are some of the essential dishes you need to remember if you want to partake in traditional Brazilian fare. The country has lots to offer when it comes to food, and it is a very satisfying trip that you should not pass up.