Exquisite Cuisines of Brazil: A Guide for Your Next Visit

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Every country has cuisine it’s famous for and this also applies to Brazil food. Brazil diet is based around three central foods. These are rice, usually white, black beans and something that is like flour called farina. They are often brought together in dishes which can also include fish, meat or chicken. They are used in most dishes and are well known to inhabitants, as staples of cooking.

Breakfast is usually served in Brazil between the hours of six and eight thirty. Something similar to a continental breakfast gets served with coffee and juice. Other foods eaten at this time are bread, cereal, fruit, and cheese.

The most important meal of each day is lunch. The times it is served are between eleven thirty and one thirty. The kind of meal that would commonly be served for lunch is meat with beans and rice, served with a salad on the side. This may also have a garnish of fried potatoes.

The same food they have for lunch is served for dinner, and it is eaten very late in the day. It is usually served between seven and the late hours of the day. In bigger cities such as Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, you will notice that most of the locals won’t bother to eat their dinner until very late, often after ten at night.

The region helps determine the cuisine in Brazil. In Northern parts, the food is influenced a lot by Indian food. In the northeastern region, there is a more African influence. People who live on the Amazon river, base their cuisine on fish. In Southern Brazil it’s more likely that dishes will be meat based. The choices usually depend on the food that is easily available in the area. Meat consumption generally occurs in urban areas where population density is more pronounced.

The national dish is called a

Feijoada completa © by Andre S. Ribeiro

, which is a stew that’s made of pork, beef and rice. It is served with beans. The dish is given to the country by Portuguese settlers, and it comes from their language, the literal meaning is “beans”. The dish is usually made with black turtle beans and pork that is smoked. It can be served with fried bananas or collard greens, and it is often washed down by a beer.

There are many places to eat in this country. A lanchonete is a kind of snack bar where you may get ready made snacks like pastries and hamburgers. These items will help to fill you up, while on the go. Formal meals can be enjoyed in Restaurantes. These have buffets or more costly set menus. You might pick up a pizza in one of the many Pizzarias, and you can also get some pasta dishes there.

In a Churrascaria you can eat lots of barbecued meats along with all the salad you can handle. This comes at a fixed price. This is Brazil’s version of the all you can eat buffet. They are more commonly found in areas of dense population. They are also known as places where people can meet and discuss issues of the day.

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Learn more about the wide varieties of Brazil food in different regions of the country at http://www.celebratebrazil.com

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