Day 173: Plateful of goodness

Just as the national dish of Feijoada is served up in restaurants on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Virado à Paulista is a typical dish available on Mondays.  Loosely translated to something like “upside down the Paulista way”, the gigantic plate of food is best eaten on an empty stomach.  It’s composed of traditional homemade food…

Day 172: Skating with the family

From the road, we had heard about the popular new activity Márcia’s sister and her family had picked up but not until we got to Brazil did we realize how it had become a big part of their life.  It’s easy to sense the enthusiasm and excitement the Vicentini family shares when talking about their…

Day 171: Super special fruit salad

A touted “super food” that is native to the northern part of Brazil, the acai berry is known to contain numerous antioxidants and believed to boost metabolism, reduce weight, and enhance athletic performance.  The dark purple berry is about the size of a large blueberry and is cultivated in the Brazilian rainforest from acai palms…

Day 170: Fat feet in the heat

We started our trip knowing that we would be following summer weather for the majority of the time, physically and mentally far from the cold winters of the Midwest.  We haven’t missed the cold or snow much this winter, but it has crossed our mind when things really heat up.  Since we got back to…

Day 169: Bocce for everyone

One prevalent activity that we observed in southern Brazil which we hadn’t paid much attention to before was the popular game of Bocce.  The sport originated in Italy and was brought to Brazil, the USA and spread to the rest of the world by immigrants.  It is normally played on a dirt court and players…