Imagina na Copa…

1950 was the last time Brazil hosted the World Cup and it could be just as long for people to see the event being played out in the country again.  We knew we wanted to go to some games and the easiest (cheapest) way to do that would be stay in São Paulo and hope…

Fun at the Fan Fests

Ever since Brazil was chosen to host the World Cup we had pie in the sky plans to be around during the world’s greatest sporting event.  Watching things from afar during South Africa 2010, we promised ourselves to find a way to be in the “country of soccer” for the once in a lifetime occasion…

Day 191: Friends along the way

Lana came into our lives when she visited Chicago for a weekend with her sister, Lisa, who is one of Márcia’s best friends.  We had a memorable time and joked that one day we were going to visit her in her adopted home of Fortaleza.  No doubt she thought nothing of it but we always…

Day 190: The little hidden one

Escondidinho is another popular plate from the Northeastern region of Brazil that is as delicious as it is famous.  There are several versions but the original is essentially dried salty beef strips (carne seca) hidden between layers of specially seasoned cassava purée that is sealed together with the squeaky coalho cheese.  Carne Seca has been…

Day 189: Not a bad combination

Although Jericoacoara is a coastal town and claims to have one of the best beaches in the country, many tourists who visit the fishing small village spend their time hopping from one nearby lake to another.  There is good reason for this route because the picturesque lakes have calm, crystal waters and are ideal for…