Brazil’s vibrant culture is widely recognised all over the world. With its famous carnival and lively samba, it should come as no surprise that their food reflects this energetic spirit. Brazilian cuisine is especially exciting as it’s a combination of multiple influences: indigenous, European (mainly Portuguese and Spanish) and African. The sheer size of the country and its population means its cuisine can vary greatly regionally, but there are frequently staple foods easily available across Brazil that are incorporated nationally, providing a commonality. Ingredients like coconut, palm oil, lime and peanuts appear often across their food palette. Here’s our guide on what to eat in Brazil if you’re ever lucky enough to visit, or even try at home!
Caipirinha - An easy cocktail to make if you’re looking to bring a Brazilian flair into your own household! Much like other tropical drinks, it uses a classic trinity that is found as a base in Margaritas, Mojitos and Daiquiri. This beverage has just three ingredients: cachaca (a Brazilian equivalent of rum), lime juice and sugar! A refreshing drink to get into to the Latin spirit.
Feijoada - This is a hearty stew with black beans and smoked pork or beef as a base, from Portuguese origin. Served with rice, it is widely considered a national dish but the the precise recipe varies in different regions. Feijoada can have an array of other ingredients added, such as cabbage, kale, potatoes, carrots, okra, pumpkin, chayote and even banana. The stew tends to be cooked over a low heat in a thick clay pot. A labour of love, for best results it takes 24 hours to make, and is traditionally served on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Chicken Xim Xim - If you like Chicken Satay you are sure to love Chicken Xim Xim. It shares several base ingredients such as chicken (obviously) and peanuts, but then traditionally also has prawns, chilli and coconut milk. This dish is from African origin, in fact the name comes from an African word for ‘stew’. The combination of chicken and seafood may seem odd at first, but if you consider more westernised dishes it’s not unheard of, for instance Paella!
Moqueca - In essence a fish stew, this exquisite dish contains various kinds of seafood, coconut milk, lime, tomatoes, onions, garlic, fresh cilantro and palm oil. Any country with a coastline has their signature seafood dish. In Peru they have the delicately delicious Ceviche. In the UK simple battered fish, chips and mushy peas. In France they have a fish stew called bouillabaisse. In Brazil, its Moqueca!
Brigadeiros - The ultimate Brazilian party food resembles our chocolate truffles, but is adorned with sprinkles. A rich treat, made with condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter, it is excessively rich and sweet. For more mature versions alcohol can be added into the mix, and sprinkles are often replaced with pistachio or almond flakes.
Pão de queijo - Essentially cheese bread, this is a national delicacy. And good news for celiacs, the gluten intolerant and the health conscious, you don’t have to miss out as it’s gluten free! Instead of wheat, it is made with tapioca flour.
Quindim - A set custard, much like a flan, made with eggs, sugar and ground coconut. This delectable dessert definitely has a Portuguese influence, and like many Brazilian treats is intensely sweet and dense.
Feeling inspired? You can find recipes for a lot of these online, from top chef’s such as Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart. Happy cooking (or just eating)!
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So, let’s dive in and explore some of the dishes that you must try on your next trip to Portugal!
With beaches that seem to go on forever, stunning temples, and a friendly culture, Sri Lanka is a hidden gem that many people miss. Unmatched however, are the flavorful dishes that await you in Sri Lanka. From seafood, to curry, to everything in between, there are countless meals to try that will fill you up but leave you wanting more! Without further ado, here is some of the best food in Sri Lanka.
Fresh and simple, Cuban cuisine possesses its own flavor and flair. And on top of that, it’s delicious. Here are the top foods you must try when visiting Cuba!
When you think of Greece, you likely picture breathtaking coastal scenes, like those straight out of “Mamma Mia.” But Greece offers so much more than sunny beach days and lovely panoramas. A country rich in cultural and historical heritage, Greece connects us to the past in a tangible and powerful way. And what better way to discover a country’s culture and history than through its cuisine? After all, what we eat tells us a lot about a place. Feasting on Greek food makes that all too obvious.
Can you actually describe the flavors of such a diverse and complex nation in just one word? We are certainly going to try. The flavor of Israel is fresh. Why fresh? Fresh is alive with possibility. Fresh is joyful. Fresh is young, welcoming, bountiful, and so much more. Fresh is life-giving, and when you are primarily a desert nation, fresh is as good as it gets.
The cuisine in Lisbon centers around seafood, which comes as no surprise as the capital city sits at the mouth of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean! This city is also well-known for its delectable cheese and wine, and, of course, the famous pasteis de nata – the egg custard tarts. Let’s take a look at some of the popular dishes to eat and what to drink while in Portugal!
Throughout the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Japan, the world’s largest and most populated metropolis has plenty of food options to offer. While Tokyo offers a ton to see and do, most can agree that the main attractions are the restaurants and the main activity is eating as much as you can. Here are some of the top restaurants in Tokyo.
Located in East Africa, Tanzania is widely known for its amazing safaris, breathtaking hikes and delicious local cuisine. Take a look at the top 11 food picks when dining in Tanzania!
Schnitzels and sausages and roasts, oh my! We are salivating over Vienna’s dedication to a hearty meal over here. Now, it’s not just Vienna, but the capital city of Austria is known for being a cultural epicenter. However, we’ve been all over the country and can confirm that a Wiener Schnitzel can still be expertly made in Graz and Salzburg as well. Just what is it that makes Austrian meat so craveable?
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Brazil’s vibrant culture is widely recognised all over the world. With its famous carnival and lively samba, it should come as no surprise that their food reflects this energetic spirit. Brazilian cuisine is especially exciting as it’s a combination of multiple influences: indigenous, European (mainly Portuguese and Spanish) and African.
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China is calling all foodies! China has a landscape of grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers, and coastline. The vast landscape allows this Asian country to offer many types of cuisine. Some are simple while others require some courage to try. Here are 5 things you should try while visiting China!
When you think of “travel” foods, chances are you think of fast food drive-throughs or over-priced airport sandwiches and snacks. After all, when you’re “on-the-go,” it’s tempting to just grab something quick and easy that doesn’t require too much thought or preparation. But healthy choices aren’t always available in airports or on the road, which leaves you with few options besides fried foods, sugary drinks, and empty-calorie snacks. The good news is, whether you’re travelling on a plane or on the road, there are a few simple and effective strategies that can help you maintain your health while traveling. Continue reading to find out how!
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They say that Cuba wears its history on its sleeve. And if history is the outerwear, the cuisine of Cuba is the heart and soul. A blend of Native American Taino (indigenous peoples of Cuba) food, Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisines, Cuban food is not spicy, but it is filling and flavorful. Unlike most dinners that are served over the course of several dishes in turn, traditional Cuban meals are served with all items at once.
Trattoria Perilli is an authentic, old-school Roman dining experience. You are quite likely to be served by the 90-something year old owner who not only makes authentic Roman carbonara, but will serve you wine that you can only get in Italy. You won’t find many tourists inside these walls, but you will need to make a reservation to make sure you have a seat at the table.
Like much of the continent of Africa, Tanzania has several distinct influences from outside cultures. Unlike most of Africa, and even though Tanzania was under British and German colonial rule, their cuisine influences comes primarily from the Middle East and India due to centuries-old trade routes. The spices of Tanzania are very reminiscent of flavors you will find on the streets of Mumbai, rich and warm with a focus on fruits, vegetables, and grains.
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My Culinary Trip with Acanela Expeditions was worth every Penny! Acanela had connections with people and places I could have never found on my own. In fact, many of the cities we visited I had been to before but still felt as though I was visiting a new city. My dreams came true being able to learn to cook at a real Italian Farm To Table Restaurant! We were able to attend many food tours at try some of the most famous foods at some of the best restaurant venues! I loved my Culinary Trip to Italy and would highly recommend that everyone visit Italy!
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