Friday, July 13, 2012

Breakfast of Champions (Brazil)

“One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” 
Henry Miller

    If you want to live like the locals, you have to eat like the locals. This means starting off your day with a Brazilian breakfast of campeoes (champions). Interestingly enough, the word for breakfast in Brazilian Portuguese is "cafe da manha" (morning coffee). It usually consists of a cafezinho (a strong black coffee similar to espresso), fresh fruits and juices and bread with butter or jam (or the famous "pao de queijo" (bread made with cheese) to dunk in your coffee). The brazilian cafezinho is very strong, so I prefer "meia", half coffee and half hot milk. Also, the Brazilians like a lot of sugar in their coffee. In fact, there is a joke which asks "how much coffee do you want with your sugar?" The best part of the Brazilian breakfast, however, are the fruit and juices. I have never tasted such delicious, sweet, fresh fruit in my life (some of which I had never even heard of). If you like the fruit, you can have it squeezed fresh into a juice (suco) or a smoothie (vitaminas). I prefer the passionfruit (maracuja) smoothie made with the fruit, milk and a touch of sugar-absolutely delicious! As a matter of fact, the Brazilians are very health conscious and active people and there are these "Sucos" (juice) shops practically on every corner in Rio where the people  stop for their fresh juices and smoothies throughout the day. And I always finish off my breakfast with a freshly cut mango (manga). This gives me plenty of energy to walk to my Brazilian lunch!

How many of these fruits do you know?

I always have a passionfruit (maracuja) smoothie (vitaminas) at breakfast

This fruit, called "caqui",  looks exactly like a tomato only it is a little more orange than red and is super sweet  and tasty.

Papaya (mama0) and Orange (laranja) Juice mixed

Pineapple (abacaxi) juice

Watermelon (melancia) juice = fabulous!

Figs (figo)

Guayaba (guava)

Papaya (mamao)

Passionfruit (maracuja)

Pineapple (abacaxi)

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