Food & Drinks

The Caipirinha, the quintessential Brazilian cocktail, continues to reinvent itself and attract evermore people to its legion of fans Legend has it that in 1918, in the interior of São Paulo, cachaça used to be mixed with lemon, garlic and honey as a remedy for the Spanish flu. But then, one day, someone decided to remove the garlic and honey and replace it with sugar and ice. And right there, a drink was created that has since become a national treasure, as well as a huge international success. The fact is that people are always inventing new recipes given the…

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Whilst the caipirinha has achieved a certain degree of international acclaim, the UK still remains relatively impartial. In these times of rum renaissance and gin revival, the cocktail somewhat languishes on the tumbler-to-do list When Jimmy Buffet declared “if life gives you limes then make margaritas”, chances are he was yet to discover the caipirinha. The singer’s endorsement may have done wonders for the tequila-based appetizer, but for my money there are better uses for such citrus fruit. It’s common to see the caipirinha pigeonholed with its other LATAM muckers, the margarita and the daiquiri, but the caipirinha is more…

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Join London’s most unique fiesta on 12th & 13th August Potter Fields Park – Tower Bridge After a smashing debut in Cutty Sark Gardens, with nearly 20.000 people joining London’s most unique Latin American Fiesta, Comida Fest proudly announces its second event of the summer season. On 12th and 13th August, Tower Bridge’s Potter Fields Park will host its biggest festival this season, showcasing over 30 food and drink traders plus a vibrant and full cultural programme with music and fun activities for adults and children. Foodies should be prepared to try an array of innovative street food inspired by…

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Cachaça is an alcoholic Brazilian spirit distilled from fermented sugarcane juice. It is perhaps best known as the principal ingredient used in a caipirinha, the much-celebrated Brazilian cocktail Cachaça is often mistaken for rum as both are derived from sugarcane processing. Cachaça, however, is subject to a more genuine refining process and is distilled from the actual sugarcane juice (rum is made from molasses, a by-product). This distinction gives cachaça its unique grassy flavour and robust aroma. Like rum, there are two varieties of cachaça: unaged – branca (white) or prata (silver) – and aged – amarela (yellow) or ouro…

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Quentão is the quintessential Festa Junina drink and can be made with cachaça or wine Quentão is a hot drink and traditionally served at a Festa Juina (June Festival) in Brazil. People often drink it through to the end of August, however, as it serves as a classic winter warmer on those chilly nights, especially in the south of the country. Quentão made with cachaça is more common in the southeast and northeast of Brazil, regions that produce significant quantities of sugarcane. The wine variety is typical of the South, home to the country’s most-prized vineyards. Quentão is so good…

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Find out more about three fantastic London parks for fun and relaxation Whether you are after a spot of relaxation, exercise, a picnic or a romantic afternoon, London’s parks attract as many locals as they do tourists, thanks to their picturesque settings, complete with ancient woods and grand old houses. However, these attractions are just a couple of the reasons why people visit the city’s famous parks. 1 – Hampstead Heath Located in northwest London, Hampstead Heath is vast; taking in plenty of natural beauty over the course of its 300 hectares, with walking trails, gardens, fields, woods and…

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Rio Boteco, originally conceived to celebrate Rio Olympic Games, is back to East London for another Summer of fun, refreshing drinks and superb Brazilian dishes Brazilian pop-up opens to the public this Friday, the 9th of June, in Bethnal Green with weekly menus showcasing best of the country´s comfort food, classical drinks with a twist and cultural program featuring music and arts. Large, versatile and with an outdoor space, it can host parties and a variety of activities. ”We feel it´s got the perfect atmosphere for Summer events and happy hours to be enjoyed outdoors“, says Margô Marques, one…

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Be it in Brazilian bars and restaurants or through recipes you find on the internet, buying what you need at the supermarket and making meals at home, the diverse, creative and multicultural Brazilian gastronomy reflects the origins of the Brazilian people. With a mix of indigenous, African and Portuguese influences, Brazilian cuisine is a veritable explosion of flavour, with numerous snacks, dishes and desserts. Brazilian bars and restaurants in London offer a range of options for traditional Brazilian food, with menus that will leave your mouth watering! Brazilian barbecue: A speciality of the South, Brazilian barbecue is based on a…

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They’re a delicious, melt-in-the-mouth, traditional Brazilian snack, as anyone who’s tried one will testify. Brazilians who live abroad and aren’t particularly fond of cooking quickly start missing them, as they aren’t easy to make. In Brazil, they’re known as coxinhas de galinha (coxinha = “ko-sheen-ya”). ‘Chicken thighs’ is a pretty literal translation, but the name is due to their appearance. The best you can get in London are made by Nagyla – so let’s meet the ‘coxinha queen’? BBMag – Nagyla, tell us a bit about your childhood: where you were born and grew up, if you come from a…

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‘Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show’ will be bigger than ever in 2017. With over 550 travel brands in London and 200 in Manchester, the show is packed with leading and independent tour operators, over 70 tourist boards from across the globe, cultural entertainment, and exotic world flavours. The Destinations Show is the essential event for travel inspiration and is the perfect place to indulge a passion for travelling and attracts over 60,000 British consumers seeking ideas and inspiration for travel experiences and holidays. The event offers the opportunity to experience world cultures, foods and entertainment in four incredible stages:…

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