Archive | November, 2012

Are you going to Belo Horizonte (Beautiful Horizon)?

14 Nov

Belo Horizonte is a beautiful city in between the mountains of the state of Minas Gerais. It is also the capital of the state, located in the southeastern region of the Brazil and it is the third largest metropolitan area in the country. According to IBGE ( Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia Estatistica) Belo Horizonte has a population of 2,395,785 inhabitants (2012) in the city and a total of 5,504,635 inhabitants in the official Metropolitan Area. Click for full research

Belo Horizonte is well known for its great and unique food, beautiful women and very receptive and warm people. You may remember Miss Universe 2007, where Natália Guimarães (from Minas Gerais- see her picture below) was the 1st runner-up, but lost for the Japanese Riyo Mori – so unfair!

Natália Guimarães-

Minas Gerais’ cuisine is famous for its traditional dishes, like pão de queijo ( cheese bread), feijão tropeiro ( side dish made with pinto beans, sausage, bacon, eggs, onions and colar greens), tutu de feijão (made with mashed beans and thickened with toasted manioc flour), pork ribs, chicken-and-okra (served with a rich, brown gravy and rice) and other usually heavy, comfort-like food. The city also abounds with pizza places, barbecue houses, fine restaurants of various nationalities and other options. Belo Horizonte is also well-known for its Cachaça(Brazilian rum), when you are there, make sure to bring some back home! Speaking of Cachaça, Belo Horizonte is considered the bar capital of Brazil. Yes, you can find more bars in Belo Horizonte than anywhere else in Brazil! Please see this interesting article written by NY times “A Town Where All the World Is a Bar” and find out more about it.


Pao de queijo picture

There are direct flights from Miami to Confins (CNF- main airport in Minas Gerais) with American Airlines. But, usually the cheapest options fly to Sao Paulo (GRU) first. The flight from Sao Paulo to Confins (CNF) is usually about $100. If you are flying from Los Angeles (LAX), Korean Airlines now offers direct flights to Sao Paulo (average $1100 – it varies), and you can go to Belo Horizonte from there.

As a good Mineira (that means I am from Minas Gerais – born and raised in Belo Horizonte), I will definitely be writing more about my great city!

Thanks for reading it!


Brazilian Birthday Song

2 Nov

Hello all!

I wanted to share with you one little detail very particular about the Brazilian birthday song: it is loud, people are clapping hands, jumping and so on. You are going to like it!  And if you are celebrating your birthday while in Brazil, expect even the waiter at the restaurant to the same! Enjoy this short video:

Sing along ( same rhythm as the American birthday song):

Parabéns pra você Congratulations to you

Nesta data querida On this cherished date

Muitas felicidadesLots of hapiness

Muitos anos de vida! Many years of life

Thanks for reading!