Gastronomy

Mocotó is a standout Brazilian dish that continues to win over new fans Mocotó is another signature dish of Brazilian cuisine and one that is not dissimilar to feijoada. Mocotó means, quite literally, “paw of animal” and is a word that is derived from either “mukoto”, from the Quimbundo language, or “mbo-coto” from tupi. It might seem a little odd, but in fact this is precisely what the dish consists of: boiled cow’s feet served with various condiments. Alternatively the recipe can centre on some other limb or extremity, depending on the cook’s preference. A close relation to the fabled…

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Acarajé is one of the signature dishes of Brazil’s Northeast, and now you can try out this tasty delicacy by following this simple recipe Acarajé is one the most emblematic foods of Brazil’s Northeast. African in origin, it is fundamentally a patty made with beans, onion, salt and garlic, and then fried in dendê (palm) oil. It can be served with chillies, tomato sauce, vinaigrette or even shrimp, among other accompaniments. An interesting fact: acarajé is the ritual food of orixá Iansã, the ruler of the winds and storms in the Candomblé religion. In Africa, in the Yoruba language, àkàrà…

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The success of this year’s festival opens the door for Brazilian products, especially cachaça, looking to trade in Europe The London Caipirinha Festival 2018 (#londoncaipfest) was the largest Brazilian food and drink event of its kind in Europe this year. The annual festival was created by VBRATA (Visit Brazil Travel, Cultural and Business Association) as a means of driving increased public interest in Brazil and its unique culture, through the promotion of Brazilian food and drink (and of course cocktails), and profile cachaça as a Brazilian import across European markets. Building on the success of 2017, 2018’s festival saw an…

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London calls for heightened innovation and increased creativity when it comes to the cocktail industry As far as the world of cocktails is concerned, London has become one of the most important cities on the map. It’s little surprise then that four of the capital’s bars placed in this year’s list of The World’s 50 best bars, released in October. The multi-award-winning barman Ryan Chetiyawardana, better known as Mr. Lyan (The World’s Best Bartender in 2015), is solely responsible for having his bar (The White Lyan, opened in London in 2013) at the top of any list. Lyan’s inspiration comes…

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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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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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