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Brazil Travel – Visiting a Favela by Chelsea Schmidt

29 Jan

From Wikipedia

From Wikipedia

A new, unique Brazil travel experience is to tour the favelas of Brazilian cities. Is this type of “slum tourism” helping or hurting the local people? Find out yourself by reading this great blog post by Chelsea Schmidt from 


Cooking like Brazilians! Salpicão Recipe

3 Jan

Brazilian Chicken Salad – Salpicão

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Whether you are going to the north, south, east or west of Brazil, you will find this easy and delicious chicken salad dish with a Brazilian twist. Except that Brazilian will not call it Chicken salad, so you should learn the real name: “Salpicão”.

This recipe, like many such recipes for salads and cold dishes, is just a guideline – feel free to substitute and modify. If you want the final product to be original Brazilian Salpicão, you may NOT omit the packaged shoestring potatoes. They’re what makes it salpicão and what prevents it from just being chicken salad. Enjoy!

RECIPE – Brazilian Chicken Salad (Salpicão)

1 whole chicken breast, boneless and skinless, poached, cooled and shredded
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels, cooked and cooled or canned corn kernels
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas, cooked and cooled, or canned sweet peas
2 small green apples (Granny Smith or similar) cored, peeled and cubed
1/3 cup seedless raisins or sultanas, or dried apricots or dried figs ( make sure to cut them into small pieces)
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cup good-quality commercial or homemade mayonnaise
1 standard package shoestring potatoes
1/2 cup of olives
1/2 cup of heart of palms (cut in cubes)
1/2 cup of shred ham (optional)- I dont always use ham.
Salt and pepper

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients, stir well with wooden spoon to combine. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste (remember that the shoestring potatoes and already salted, so be careful not to over salt). Put into a large serving bowl, or onto a serving platter, and sprinkle the shoestring potatoes over the top. You should be

You should find the shoestring potatoes at the Supermercado Brasil-Brazilian Market in Culver City ( – you can buy it online), or any other Brazilian market around you. Please let me know if you can find the shoestring potatoes anywhere else besides the Brazilian markets, I always have such a hard time finding it.

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Brazil Vacation Giveaway from

13 Dec


From website

Are you in need of a beach vacation? How about a free trip to Rio de Janeiro? We’re sending one lucky person and a guest to Brazil. This grand prize includes round-trip airfare for two, four nights hotel accommodations, lunch for two at the Academia de Cachaça, a city tour and daily breakfast for two. See more information and enter to win by going on:

Do You Scuba Dive?

4 Dec
Fernando de Noronha: One of Brazil’s Most Treasured Destinations for Brazil Scuba Diving
By Joe Naab October 9, 2012
Looking for Brazilian Scuba Diving? Hidden way offshore in the Atlantic, nearly two-hours by plane, is the small, gorgeous and nearly uninhabited island of Fernando de Noronha. I had never heard of it before I got here and I expect that few foreigners and even many Brazilians have never heard of it, either. Let me share the basics.

Fernando de Noronha is simply stunning. Due to the careful preservation of this island, there are only 3500 inhabitants and only they and their families are permitted to live there. Not even Brazilians can simply up and move there. The island contains 17 square kilometers of land. Tourism is restricted to about 1000 tourists at a time. In order to discourage tourists from staying long, a daily tax is paid that doubles in value each week. For example, when I was there the daily tax was R$14. Let’s guess that today, five years later, it’s about R$20. So, for your first week there you’d pay R$140 in the occupation tax. If you stay an extra week, you’d pay R$280 (R$40 per day). For a third week you’d pay R$560 and so on, doubling every week. See the rest here

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!

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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!

Hello World!

5 Oct

Hello all!

My name is Jacqueline, I am Brazilian and I have been living in California for over 6 years now. As a school project for my Social Media and Marketing class at UCLA, I decided to start this blog. But guess what? It can be very helpful for you my reader! If you are considering to go visit my beautiful country, but do not know where to start gathering information, you are in the right place! I will be posting all the tips for your trip! From when and where to buy tickets for the World Cup games, to what to wear to hang out in Copacabana! Não Fala Português?” Can’t speak Portuguese? No problem, I will post Portuguese tips too! Stay tuned, I promise you will like it!


Jacqueline Marinho