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Discover some little-known facts about Italian culture – Brazilian or Italian coffee? Which is your favourite? Who doesn’t like coffee? Well, one of the most beloved drinks in Brazil is the “cappuccino”, an Italian coffee serving with frothy milk. – Watercolours Although the origins of watercolour painting trace back to the East, more specifically China, the technique was developed and perfected by Italian artists throughout the Middle Ages, in the cities of Florence and Venice. – Italian words used in Brazil Many music-related words were directly imported from Italian, with little or no translation. Some…

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Cassava and its various names Brazil is one of the world’s largest producers of cassava root: 23 million tons per year. In the northeast of the country it is called macaxeira; in the south, aipim or mandioca. But it is also other nicknames throughout Brazil, such as maniva, pão-de-pobre, macamba, uaipi and pau-de-farinha. Read about the complete name in the time of the Portuguese Empire

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Have you ever wondered what the most popular foods in Brazil are? Or in the UK? Might there be any similarities? A study conducted by Oxfam (a British charity), gives us a good idea. They interviewed 16,400 adults in 17 different countries, including Brazil and the United Kingdom. Have a look at the two nations top ten favourite dishes. Brazil Lasagna Rice Pasta Feijoada* Pizza Barbecue Chicken Fish Cheese Beans  *Feijoada is a traditional Bean Stew, with pork cuts, served with rice, farofa (seasoned cassava or corn flour), egg, fried greens and sliced orange. UNITED KINGDOM Steak Pasta Chicken…

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We are currently working at full steam to produce the next issue of BBMag Bossa Brazil Magazine and BBMag Bossa Latinos Magazine, the only London-based bi-lingual magazines in London BBMag is the only London-based bilingual Anglo-Brazilian and Anglo-Hispanic publications specialised in international lifestyle with a focus on travel and tourism, culture with gastronomy and business. BBMag is distributed to London-based readers at no cost, ensuring that the reach and impact of our advertising partners are maximised amongst this very specific and niche audience. We print twice a year with 20,000 copies per issue and over 200 distribution points in London…

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The British Summer Time (BST) has officially ended today, Sunday 25 October 2020, and the clocks have gone back one hour In the UK the clocks go back 1 hour at 2 am on the last Sunday in October and go forward 1 hour at 1 am on the last Sunday in March. The period when the clocks are 1 hour ahead is called British Summer Time (BST), there’s more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings (sometimes called Daylight Saving Time). When the clocks go back, the UK is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Did you know in Britain the…

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Brazilian arts and crafts vary up and down the country, but they tell the story of a nation’s creative culture  Arts and crafts in Brazil represent an artisan industry that puts the means of production and manufacture at the hands of a community or family. There is no specialisation or mechanisation of the work involved, which makes the handiwork that much more important culturally as it often represents the artistic history of a given region. This is also why arts and crafts feature so prominently on community tourism itineraries, and why pieces are sold at local fairs and events. …

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So we all know that 12 October is Children’s Day in Brazil, but did you know that it is celebrated on different days in different countries? Historically speaking, 1 June was first established as Children’s Day at the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva in 1925, the same date as the closing of the conference and signing of treaties. Naturally, the same date has been adopted by many countries, such as Portugal and the US. Later, the Universal Declaration of Children’s Rights, in 1959 and the Convention on the Children’s Rights, in 1989, led the UN to…

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A remarkable achievement and a real honour of her extraordinary gastronomy skills We are incredibly happy and thrilled to announce that BBMAG’s very own Brazilian gastronomy chef/food writer the super talented Luciana Berry has become the winner of this year’s Top Chef Brasil! After an emotional dispute with César Scolari and Lara Carolina during the event entitled Menu da Vida (Menu of Life), Luciana was chosen as the best chef by Felipe Bronze and the judges Emmanuel Bassoleil and Ailin Aleixo. From all the team at BBMAG, congratulations Luciana on winning this esteemed title as the best at Top Chef…

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– Bananas for bananas!  The annual production of bananas in Brazil is 6,953,747 tons. This is the equivalent weight to 88 (Yes, eighty-eight!) Boeing 737-800s with maximum take-off capacity (79 tons). Brazilians consume around 20 kilos per year/per person of this delicious and energetic tropical fruit.  – A tasty world record  According to the Guinness Book of Records, the world record for the largest distribution of free food took place during the 2010 carnival in Salvador, the capital city of Bahia, when more than 623 thousand free samples of Club Social biscuits were handed out to the public.  …

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– Snake Island  The island of Queimada Grande is overrun with snakes, with an average of five snakes per square metre! For this reason, sensibly, the Navy prohibits people landing there. The island is located on the coast of São Paulo.    – Pizza, pizza, pizza, pizza, pizza…  According to data from the Brazilian Pizzeria Association, Brazilians eat ONE MILLION pizzas a day, or ONE BILLION pizzas every 2 years and 9 months.    – Man, a woman’s name; Woman, a man’s name  In Brazil, there are 23 men with the name Mulher (Woman). And just one woman with the…

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One of the most important days in the history of Brazil is 7 September, the day independence was declared. After the Portuguese royal court had returned to Portugal, Dom Pedro I insisted on staying put in Brazil, making life difficult for his relatives over in Europe, who gradually lost their grip on the colony. Letter after letter, the Portuguese implored Pedro to come back, but he stood firm, proclaiming “If it is for the common good and general happiness of the Nation, tell the people that I am staying”. The now famous saying was uttered on 9 January 1822, and…

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Welcome to another edition of BBMag, the only London-based bilingual Anglo-Brazilian publication! This time around we seek to temper some of our more traditional themes, such as tourism and culture, with the rather peculiar context in which we find ourselves. For this reason, we have several articles that explore the health crisis currently gripping our world.  Unable to visit museums and galleries in London during the Covid-19 pandemic? No problem—check out My London for a selection of virtual tours available during these restricted times! You won’t regret it. And speaking of health, we can’t fail to mention the true heroes of the hour:…

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– The largest beach in the world  Brazil is famously home to some stunning beaches, many renowned the world over. But the country also lays claim to the world’s longest beach in the world, Praia do Cassino in the city of Rio Grande do Sul, which stretches 200km along the coastline.  – A lasting word  The longest word in the Portuguese language is pneumoultramicroscopicossilicovulcanoconiótico, a disease caused by the inhalation of volcanic ash.  – What does Pará have to do with Henry Ford?  Pará, the largest state in Brazil, is home to the city of Fordelândia, which nowadays is somewhat of a “ghost…

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Reach the Brazilian and Portuguese-speaking communities in the UK, Brazil and Europe, as well as Brits and international audiences BBMag is the only London-based bilingual Anglo-Brazilian publication dedicated to lifestyle, travel & tourism, culture with gastronomy, food and drinks, music and business. BBMag is distributed to UK based readers at no cost, ensuring that the reach and impact of our sponsors and advertising partners are maximised amongst this very specific audience. Our readership and distribution are mostly made up of Brazilian governmental entities, industry organisations, bars and restaurants, art centres, schools, cinemas, theatres, shows, festivals, event venues and more. Why…

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Pizza, as we know it, is an Italian culinary speciality. It is famous around the world, but some historians believe that its origin is not Italian. Some six thousand years ago, the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews used a similar type of dough. However, the pizza as we know today was invented in the 1600s, when the tomato was introduced into European culinary culture. Since its arrival in São Paulo at the beginning of the 1900s, via Italian immigrants, the consumption of pizza has been steadily growing. Today São Paulo is known as the national capital of the pizza, which has…

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