Gastronomy

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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When I heard that the theme of this edition of BBMag was “Urban Brazil”, the first thing that sprung to mind was street food In the busiest urban centres street food continues to thrive in so many ways, from street vendors selling soups out of thermos flasks to makeshift eateries set up on street corners. I always say that to truly uncover the cuisine and customs of a city or region, you first need to take a look at its street food. Every Brazilian city has its own specialty. In Pará, for example, tacacá (a soup made from the cassava…

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Here we list some of our favourites for you to put to the test: Well worth every calorie! London’s food markets attract hoards of people every day thanks to the variety on offer, both in terms of cuisine and value for money. 1 – Maltby Street Space is somewhat limited, meaning that only the best restaurants and cafeterias are granted space to sell their exclusive bites. From sumptuous desserts to deliciously prepared steaks, be sure to embark on this mouth-watering adventure. 2 – Boxpark Shoreditch The market has adopted the recent trend of using repurposed containers in retail,…

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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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London’s largest Brazilian caipirinha, cocktails, food and drinks festival dishes out the accolades across a range of categories The 2018 edition of The London Caipirinha Festival, a mouth-watering event created to promote the infamous Brazilian cocktail, has officially announced its list of winners across all categories. The event, which was created and organised by VBRATA (Visit Brazil Travel, Cultural and Business Association), was staged with the support of some prominent partners, including the Embassy of Brazil in London and the Brazilian Tourist Board (EMBRATUR). The London Caipirinha Festival is the largest annual Brazilian cocktails and food competition in London, designed…

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The London Caipirinha Festival 2018 Competition is now on until Sunday, 15 July, with people voting for their favourite Brazilian cocktails and food! There is no shortage of cultural spectacle this summer in London, first the FIFA World Cup in Russia and now the London Caipirinha Festival. So why not celebrate the two at the same time? Until Sunday, 15 July 2018, the London Caipirinha Festival 2018 Competition is in full swing. This provides fans with a unique opportunity to watch the world’s best football while enjoying one of the world’s most popular cocktails, the irresistible caipirinha. Where better to…

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The London Caipirinha Festival makes its return from 5 – 15 July, helping to promote Brazilian gastronomy and cachaça in the capital! Today VBRATA officially announced the dates of this year’s London Caipirinha Festival (LondonCaipFest), in association with the Brazilian Embassy in London, EMBRATUR and other local partners. The event will start on 5 July and run for 10 days later, coming to an end on 15 July. The London Caipirinha Festival (#LondonCaipFest) is the UK’s largest cocktail competition, and seeks to profile Brazil’s no.1 cocktail, the caipirinha, as well as the country’s enticing gastronomy. The broader objective is to…

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The Festival takes place between 5 – 15 July in selected bars and restaurants across central London There is no shortage of cultural spectacle this summer in London, first the FIFA World Cup in Russia and now the London Caipirinha Festival. So why not celebrate the two at the same time? During the last ten days of the World Cup, that is, from 5 – 15 July, the London Caipirinha Festival 2018 will be in full swing. This provides fans with a unique opportunity to watch the world’s best football while enjoying one of the world’s most popular cocktails, the…

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London Caipirinha Festival 2018 set to sweeten Londoners this summer The London Caipirinha Festival (#LondonCaipFest) is the largest Brazilian cocktail and gastronomy competition in London. It was created by VBRATA in London, in 2017, to help stimulate public interest in Brazil and its unique culinary culture, as well as promote cachaça and Brazilian tourism across London and Europe. The results of the London Caipirinha Festival 2017: 19 participating bars and restaurants 578 people voted over the 10 days 3 bars created a new caipirinha menu 2 bars began buying cachaça after the festival 4,000 people “liked” and followed…

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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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