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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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We are currently working at full steam to produce the next issue of BBMag Bossa Brazil Magazine, your Anglo-Brazilian bilingual magazine in London BBMag is the only London-based bilingual Anglo-Brazilian publication specialised in lifestyle with 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 is 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 and surrounding areas reaching 60,000 readers per issue; 40% Brazilians…

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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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A romantic date, celebrated the world over. A boom time for business in any capital city. Sales of cards, chocolates, flowers, teddy bears and restaurant bookings increase significantly at this time of year. However, this date represents a number of different stories and meanings. Valentine’s Day, known in Brazil as the Dia dos namorados (Sweetheart’s Day), was originally celebrated on the day of St. Valentine. The history behind the date is a source of some debate, but it is believed that Valentine was a Bishop who carried out secret weddings in the Roman Empire (given that Emperor Claudius II had…

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Summer in Brazil—winter in the UK—is party season, and culminates in the biggest cultural celebration in the world: The Brazilian Carnival There is a general acceptance in Brazil that o ano só começa depois do carnaval, or that “the year only gets going once the Brazilian Carnival is over”. For the uninitiated, Brazilian Carnival—to use its international moniker—is a superlative expression of cultural distinction. The festivities mark the beginning of lent and, traditionally speaking, Brazilians’ abstinence from meat, or carne, not dissimilar to any other Western pre-Easter observance. The difference being, of course, is that Brazilians opt to throw a…

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The curiosities about Brazil that, we bet, you did not know! You can tell friends, at family reunions or impress your British friends with interesting things about the country. A “LENGTHY CURIOSITY” Avenida Sapopemba in São Paulo is the longest street in Brazil: it’s 45km long and home to 1,786 streetlights. It starts in the Água Rasa neighbourhood in the eastern district and runs all the way to the next municipality, Ribeirão Pires. TECHNOLOGY AT GREAT STRIDES The city of Campina Grande, in the northeast state of Paraíba, has been dubbed the “the Silicon Valley of…

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NUMBER 1! Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world. Brazil has held the top spot for the last 150 years, but several other countries have increased their production significantly in recent times. CARNIVAL One of Brazil’s most famous carnivals, in Bahia, dates back to the 18ͭʰ century! FROM UP HIGH Brazil’s first skyscraper was the Martinelli Building, in São Paulo. Designed by Hungarian William Fillinger, construction of the 30-floor concrete structure began in 1924 and was completed five years later, when it was inaugurated in 1929. BRAZIL’S TOP 10 MOST POPULAR SPORTS (BY NUMBER OF…

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Curiosities about Brazil Macapá, the capital of Amapá, is the only capital in Brazil that’s split by the Equator, making it one of the best places in the country to observe the astronomical equinox. The capital of Maranhão, in São Luís, is the only Brazilian city that was founded by the french. Its historic centre is a UNESCO world heritage site and its coastline includes some of the most stunning beaches in Brazil, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Brazil has 2,498 airports. The second most of any country in the world, behind the…

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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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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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