Gastronomy

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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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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Curing is the oldest way of preserving food. Salt helps prolong the validity and freshness of meats, fish and vegetables, a practice very common in Brazil (dried meats) and Portugal (cod). Some processes may vary, but the common denominator is always salt. Here, I also use cachaça and sugar. This recipe most closely resembles what is known as Gravlax – a Scandinavian salmon that is cured in sugar and salt, and then served with dill. It’s delicious and super-easy to make. The only drawback is that it takes 48 hours to prepare, but it’s always great to have ready-to-eat salmon…

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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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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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Drunk by humans for millennia, in more recent times wines of altitude has conquered new frontiers and has steadily become one of Brazil’s newfound specialties According to data from the Brazilian Wine Institute (Ibravin), 2015 was a record year for growth in Brazil, with exports up by 35%. As a result of this uplift, one of the subjects attracting increasing attention amongst winemakers and experts alike is the importance of the altitude when it comes to vineyards. The altitude affects the quality of the final product as, according to wine experts, grapes are strongly influenced by the climatic conditions that…

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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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