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Armandinho, Brazil’s biggest reggae star, is coming to London on Friday 2 August 2019 Brazil’s biggest reggae star joins us for his UK debut this summer Armandinho has become known the world round thanks to hits like ‘Lua Cheia’ and ‘Semente’. For his first ever show in London he will be performing a very special stripped back show, with him and his guitar front and centre. To buy the show tickets, all you have to do is access The Jazz Cafe website. When: Friday, 2 August 2019 Where: The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PG

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The Caipirinha has several versions, changing the lemon by strawberry, pineapple, kiwi, lychee, cashew or mixing all the fruits. You can also change the distillate, but in this case it will no longer be a Caipirinha. When the distillate is changed it gets other names: if Vodka is used, it is Caipiroska and if it is Rum, it is called Caipiríssima, and prepared with Sake it is called Saquêrinha.

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An important fact for Caipirinha’s worldwide fame happend in 1993, when the president of the Brazilian Association of Bartenders (ABB) and Vice-President of the International Bartenders Association (IBA) at that time, Derivan de Souza, argued that the legitimately Brazilian cocktail should be part of the IBA Popular Cocktails list. Apparently, the word Caipirinha was originated from the Tupi of “caipora” or “curupira”. Caipora means “inhabitant of the bush”. Curupira is a fantastic being, a devil who wanders in the forests.

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Caipirinha is already considered one of the seven classics of the Cocktail world by the International Bartending Association. An interesting version for the appearance of the caipirinha is in the book “The Xango of Baker Street” written by Jô Soares: it was when Dr. Watson, friend of Sherlock Holmes, created the caipirinha to avoid Sherlock felt unhealthy if tasting the cachaça with lemon. Worth watching the film of the same name.

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Many believe that Caipirinha was invented because the interior of São Paulo had many lemons, so it was necessary to find a way to use them. Caipirinha was registered as an officially Brazilian recipe in 2003 and its registration presents the correct way to prepare the drink: alcoholic graduation of 15% to 36% in volume, at 20º Celsius, mixed exclusively with cachaça, plus lemon and sugar.

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Several cities in the interior of São Paulo lay claim to the drink: Matão, Jaboticabal, Monte Alto and Taquaritinga are just a few. One of the most celebrated Brazilian artists, Tarsila do Amaral, produced a painting in 1923 in which the central figure is clutching a caipirinha. The name of the painting? The Caipirinha! The official recipe for a caipirinha is protected by intellectual property law, meaning that variants of the cocktail are not officially recognised as caipirinhas. So if you decide to use vodka as the base instead of cachaça, it is no longer an authentic Brazilian caipirinha. People…

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Your favorite brazilian curiosities are back! Nobel Prize for Children’s Literature Brazil has won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, thought of as the “Nobel Prize for Children’s Literature”, three times: In 1982 and 2000 with authors Lygia Bojunga and Ana Maria Machado respectively, and in 2014 with the illustrator Roger Mello. “Salvadoran” and “Soteropolitan” In addition to “Salvadoran”, another word used to refer to people born in Salvador is “Soteropolitan”. The term comes from the Greek form, so they say, of the word Saviour, which is Soteropolis. Perhaps it’s just easier to refer to everyone as “Baianos”? Where did…

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– Amazonian fish 1,500 species of fish have already been discovered in Amazonian rivers, but estimates suggest that there is probably at least double this amount. This would equate to 15 times the number of species found in European rivers. – A gift from Norwegian people The Christmas tree displayed in Trafalgar Square each year is an annual gift from the people of Oslo, in gratitude for the London’s support during World War II. – They don’t make them like they used to Worldwide, Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest palace still in regular use by…

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– Pico da Neblina, Brazil’s highest point Rising to a height of 2,995m above sea level, the Pico da Neblina is the apex of the Imeri mountain range in northern Amazonas, and the highest point in Brazil. The name, quite literally “The Peak of the Mist”, refers to the climatic tendency in the area—the mountain is often shrouded in mist and fog. Although most of the mountain range lies on the Venezuelan side of the Brazilian border, the highest peak, the Pico da Neblina, is in Brazil. – The first tourists in Brazil The first official tourists to…

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Discover the origins of some of the more curious and amusing expressions that the Brazil’s northerners gave the rest of the country Any language, given its constant evolution, can be said to have a life of its own. If the UK, a relatively small country, is home to several distinct dialects, imagine what is possible in a country the size of Brazil. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, Brazil is home to some of the most peculiar and surreal popular expressions when it comes to the Portuguese language, much in the same way that English has grown to incorporate some quite unusual idioms…

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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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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 Massas Beans   *Feijoada is a traditional Bean Stew, with pork cuts, served with farofa (seasoned manioc flour), fried cabbage and sliced orange. UNITED KINGDOM Steak Pasta Chicken Curry Pizza Chocolate…

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With the objective to promote Brazil and Brazilian suppliers to British consumers and the travel trade VBRATA – Visit Brazil Travel Association, the British/European Travel Trade Association Specialised in Brazil, has launched today in London its 2018 calendar of events. Below is the schedule of promotional activities designed to promote Brazil in the UK, which has the support of the Embassy of Brazil in London, save the dates in your diary: 1. VBRATA Brazilian Road Show for Travel Agents: 15 to 17 May in Bristol, Brighton and Manchester 2. London Caipirinha Festival 2018 – Travel Trade and Press Seminar: 5…

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Buildings recognised as historic state patrimony by Condephaat (São Paulo State Council for the Defence of Historic, Archaeological, Artistic and Touristic Patrimony) preserve and promote the history of the State of São Paulo and take visitors on a trip into the past. Among highlights are the São Luiz do Paraitinga Historic Centre, São João da Boa Vista Theatre, the Coffee Museum in Santos and the Felícia Leirner Museum in Campos do Jordão. SANTOS Coffee Museum (Originally the Official Coffee Stock Exchange) The Coffee Stock Exchange was founded to be of service to the coffee business in Santos, the city being…

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The Night Tube is running Fridays and Saturdays on the Victoria, Jubilee, and most of the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines The night tube service has been made possible thanks to the continued modernisation of significant parts of the Underground network and improved levels of reliability. Independent research into the economic benefits of the Night Tube found that the service has boost jobs and helped maintain London’s status as a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and visit. See below service details so you can enjoy you night: Victoria line – trains run on average every 10 minutes across…

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