Brazil Food & Restaurants

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Brazilian cuisine varies greatly by region. Feijoada, considered the country's national dish, a hearty stew made of black beans, pork and beef. It's served with rice, garnished with collard greens and sliced oranges. It's not served in every restaurant; the ones that serve it typically offer it on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Regional foods such as vatapá, moqueca, polenta and acarajé. The average meal consist mostly of rice and beans with beef and salad. Brazilian snacks, lanches (sandwiches) and salgadinhos (most anything else), include a wide variety of pastries. Another common snack is a misto quente, a pressed, toasted ham-and-cheese sandwich. Pão-de-queijo, a roll made of manioc flour and cheese, is very popular, especially in Minas Gerais state, pão-de-queijo and a cup of fresh Brazilian coffee is a classic combination. Excellent seafood can be found in coastal towns, especially in the Northeast.

There are two types of self-service restaurants, sometimes with both options available in one place: all-you-can-eat buffets with barbecue served at the tables, called rodízio, or a price per weight (por quilo), very common during lunchtime throughout Brazil. Fast food is also very popular, and the local takes on hamburgers and hot-dogs are well worth trying. Brazilian cuisine also has a lot of imports, such as pizza, Middle-eastern food and Japanese food.

Brazil has a variety of candies such as brigadeiros (chocolate fudge balls), cocada (a coconut sweet), beijinhos (coconut truffles and clove) and romeu e julieta (cheese with a guava jam known as goiabada). Local common fruits like açaí, cupuaçu, mango, papaya, cocoa, cashew, guava, orange, passionfruit, pineapple, and hog plum are turned in juices and used to make chocolates, popsicles and ice cream.

The national beverage is coffee and cachaça is Brazil's native liquor. Cachaça can be tried in virtually every bar in the country. Fortaleza there is a cachaça museum where you can learn about the history of the Ypioca brand. Brazilian whisky is also well worth to try. The most popular domestic beer brands are Brahma, Antarctica, and Skol. Traditional brands include Bohemia, Caracu - a stout -, Original and Serramalte. They are easily found in bars and are worth trying but are usually a little bit more expensive than the popular beers. Fruit juices are very popular in Brazil. Some cities, notably Rio de Janeiro has fruit juice bars at nearly every corner.