Food & Drinks

This recipe is super-fast and comes exclusively from my Cordon Bleu school. There’s one type of dish that’s always guaranteed to keep you warm during the cold winter months: Soup! Everyone here in London, often on their way home from work, at some point stops and wonders what they’re going to cook for dinner? This is when laziness can get the better of us, and we end up buying some ready meal from the supermarket. Well, don’t! This recipe is delicious and super practical! Better still, it only takes 10 minutes to prepare! Whenever I do cooking demonstrations at…

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A union of authentic dishes, wines and culture One of the best wine-growing regions in Italy unites local recipes, wine, historical tours and dramatic landscapes. Quality cheeses, cured meats, wines and olive oils make Veneto one of the most prominent Italian regions for Enogastronomy. Set among a backdrop of sea, lagoons, plains, hills and ridges, the area is famous for a range of products that have come to represent the local cuisine. From starters to desserts, from appetisers to wines, there is a long list of specialities attributed to Veneto. Veneto raises the bar when it comes to quality gastronomy…

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A quick and refreshing cocktail for any occasion! The summer is here, and nothing is more fun than frequenting the many cocktail bars that London has to offer. With the sun out and those long balmy evenings, we are powerless to resist. The choices of cocktail are many, but a caipirinha is always a good option in the heat. The classic – made with cachaça, lime, sugar and ice – has successfully conquered fans the world over, but how might we give our beloved cocktail a special summer twist I wonder? One version that we’re keen on, which can take…

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Banana & Cinnamon Caipirinha Ingredients 60 ml of cachaça 1 ½ tablespoon of sugar ½ Banana Method: Put the banana and the sugar in the shaker, muddle then add the ice and the cachaça Spicy Mango Caipirinha Ingredients 1/2 a chopped mango 2 shots of cachaça 1 tablespoon of sugar 1 finger pepper in strips (deseeded) Method: Place the mango in the bottom of the glass, along with the pepper and the sugar. Muddle lightly. Add the cachaça and stir until the sugar dissolves. Fill the glass with the crushed ice.

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The preparation and quantities are nearly always the same, but by varying the ingredients you can surprise your friends with different types of fruit The traditional caipirinha, known universally by Brazilians, is made with only a few basic ingredients: 50ml of cachaça, 2 table spoons of sugar, 1 lime and some ice. Simple enough, but be warned, if you don’t know what you’re doing your cocktail might not go down quite as expected. Preparing the perfect caipirinha is an art, and today we will show you how to be the artist. Let’s get started. Glass – use a classic tumbler,…

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Inspired by a typical “boteco” evening, Brazil’s renowned international chef and UK Masterchef Semi-finalist, Luciana Berry, hosts and prepares a seven course meal of authentic brazilian bar food Memories, laughter, warmth, and delectable food these are all the amazing factors of a traditional Brazilian “boteco”, a classic pub/bar in Brazil that customarily shares dishes amongst passionate food lovers. So come join this rare cultural food experience of “boteco” style, taste delicious dishes full of the rich flavours and spices of Brazil, connect to those around you, and listen to beautiful beats. There will be no other event like it in…

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The darlings of today’s fast-food industry, food trucks continue to win over legions of avid fans The food truck movement is mostly an urban phenomenon and evermore present in the major centres across Brazil, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Fortaleza. Seen very much as the natural evolution of the fast-food industry, these vehicles—which are not in fact trucks but vans—offer expertly-prepared food and drink from a surprising range of cuisines, and anything from a common hamburger to artisanal breads and craft beers. Food trucks congregate in open and communal areas to create unique food events—often referred to…

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Today Brazil celebrates its National Cachaça Day! Cachaça, the all time favorite alcoholic Brazilian spirit distilled from fermented sugarcane juice, has its national day today, September 13th, in Brazil. The cachaça 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 distilled from the actual sugarcane juice itself (rum is made from molasses, a by-product). This distinction gives cachaça its unique grassy flavour and robust aroma. Like rum, there are…

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In keeping with this edition’s feature article about Brazilian cuisine, here is a super simple Brazilian recipe that’s easy to prepare. The tapioca crackers take a bit of patience, but they are well worth the wait. It’s also worth noting that I didn’t have to buy these ingredients in a specialist Brazilian retailer. These days it is increasingly easy to find foodstuffs from other cuisines, just hotfoot it down to any Asian or African markets or food halls and you’ll find it all. “Chuchu”, for example, is called “chow-chow” in Asian stores. The French call it chayote, and this is…

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Brazilian steakhouses are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. Understand why Food makes up an important part of the culture and identity of Brazil, and churrasco (barbecue) is a central feature. Churrascarias (steakhouses) are always fully booked and “barbecuing a little meat” at home with family and friends is not reliant on the weather: come rain or shine, it is a popular choice all year round. Barbecued meat is, alongside feijoada (meat and bean stew), one of the foods that typifies Brazilian cuisine. The link between man and meat dates back to the dawn of humanity, to the time of…

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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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Quick tips to find Brazilian products in London There are some things that only Brazilians are capable of, and one of them is authentic Brazilian cooking. But some products – or lack of – create a significant void in the day-to-day lives of the Brazilians living in London. Worry not, we are here to help and have selected some of the best places to find various Brazilian products in London. Here you’ll find food, snacks, drinks, sweets, cosmetics, CDs, DVDs and many more of your favourites, to help you satisfy your cravings for that quintessential taste of Brazil – that…

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Longing to cook some traditional Brazilian food? In London you can find everything you need, often without having to leave the house The UK is home has the largest population of Brazilian immigrants in Europe. Studies suggest that the steady migration of Brazilians to the UK began in the 1980s. However, this phenomenon has seen considerable growth in recent years, especially in the nation’s capital, London. As the UK’s Brazilian community expanded, so too did the demand for domestic Brazilian products, especially food and drink. Therefore, BBMag decided to do some research and discovered a universe of options. Take Brazilian…

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The London Caipirinha Festival 2017 (#londoncaipfest) is the largest competition of Brazilian drinks and cocktails in London, created to stimulate British consumers to learn about Brazilian culture and to promote cachaça in the United Kingdom. With several London-based bars and restaurants competing in various categories, including the title of “London’s Best Caipirinha 2017”, consumers visiting the participating bars and restaurants, after sampling their caipirinhas are required to vote online on the festival website. As no big event or good idea comes becomes reality on its own, VBRATA have some important sponsors in this year’s edition. Meet the London Caipirinha 2017…

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The London Caipirinha Festival 2017 is the biggest Brazilian cocktail and gastronomy competition in London, designed to encourage interest in Brazil and raise the profile of cachaça in the United Kingdom. With London-based bars and Brazilian restaurants competing in various categories including the “London’s Best Caipirinha 2017”, voting requires the participation of cocktail fans who having sampled the caipirinhas of participating establishments, to cast their votes online on the festival website (www.londoncaipfest.co.uk). HOW THE COMPETITION WORKS: The competition will be open to a selection of participating London-based bars and Brazilian restaurants Customers visiting the participating establishments will evaluate several…

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