From Santa Teresa, we cabbed back to Lapa for dinner and nightlife.
We wandered around and found this restaurant which served feijoada, Brazil’s national dish.
Feijoada is a slow-cooked stew made up of black beans and pork.
It came with rice, veggies, fried pork skin and some yellow bread crumb powder?
The fried pork skin tasted exactly like the Chinese version! IMO, the bean stew was a tad too spicy.. while the meat was too tough…
ordered the national “pop”.. didn’t really like the taste…
FAIM? un peu..!!!
Boteco da Praça
Rua Imp. Leopoldina, 8 loja A
From our outdoor seating at Cafeico, we saw a lot of people lining up at this cafe across the street. Obviously, I had to check it out!
Everyone was holding this cup of chocolate slushi? I asked what it was and apparently it was açaí, an Amazon super fruit with antioxidant properties.
açaí with granola… the customer behind me was kind enough to tell me to add granola… making this a super healthy snack! This was soooooo good! the cold slush with a berry taste (not too sweet) and the crunchiness of the granola.. perfect! I ended up having 2 cups!!! This was also the best açaí I had in Rio… I went açaí crazy after this and stopped at almost all the juice bars for açaí, por favor… but those were all too artificial-tasting and too sweet. None could match the 2 cups I had at Cultivar
everyone in line also bought some cuidado quente (cheese balls).. pretty good! warm and cheesy!
There wasn’t really much to do in Santa Teresa.. we walked around and found this amazing view of Sugarloaf mountain, Guanabara Bay and the nearby favela.
FAIM? OUI OUI!!!
Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno 124
Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
We did some sightseeing around the city center and then headed to Lapa to take pictures at the famous Escadaria Selarón.
The artist, Jorge Selarón, used over 2000 tiles to build this masterpiece!
I found a tile of FC Barça’s mascot….I saw the real human alter-ego at the Barça game!
Afterwards, we cabbed to Santa Teresa , the artsy hilltop neighbourhood.
It used to be accessible by the iconic yellow trams but has been suspended after a series of accidents.
We saw this really cool treehouse-like cafe and decided to take a break here to write postcards.
such quirky interior design!
ordered a guarana juice.. a fruit native to the amazon..it tasted a bit bland..
FAIM? un peu!!!
Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno 121Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro 20240-290
We spent our first morning walking around Ipanema and saw this cafe that was packed with locals.
What is better than eating where the locals eat?
It’s like a fast food place when you order the food at the bar…
didn’t know what each was food was.. so we just picked randomly…
sausage, roast pork and veggies.. the veggies tasted like the asian veggies!
adjacent to the cook food bar is the snacks bar for juice and empanada (pies)
ordered the juice+empanada set… soooo delicious! I had the sweetest guava juice (not from concentrate!) and the flakiest chicken empanada! I had too many hard non-tasty empanadas on the trip so this was a surprise.
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 627
For our last destination, Rio de Janeiro, we decided to ball it up and stay at a penthouse at Copacabana beach! Actually, we stayed in a tiny room in Marta’s 3 storied penthouse……
nighttime view of Copacabana beach…
We didn’t get settled in till really late and we were extremely hungry at this point. We ended up going to a restaurant across the street on Avenida Atlântica.. right by the beach!
baked lasagna …
spaghetti carbonara.. kinda watery.. but it had thick bacon bits
caipirinha… This is Brazil’s national cocktail and it’s made of sugar-cane hard liquor, lime and sugar. It was really really really strong!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
Copacabana Posto 5 restaurant on Avenida Atlântica and Rua Francisco
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
From Buenos Aires, we flew to Puerto Iguazú. We only had 28 hours to see the Iguazu falls from both countries. We went straight from the airport to the Argentinian side of the falls, left our backpacks at the entrance, and spent the day being in awe of the beauty of one of the world’s New Seven Wonders of the World.
The view from the Argentinian side… we were so close to the falls that we got all wet!
That afternoon, we took a bus from the falls to the city center, then switched to a cross-border bus which took us to Brazil! We went to the Cataratas JL Shopping Mall for currency exchange and had dinner at the food court. It’s like the food court in North America… cause it has Asian Wok!
I’ve never been that excited to see Asian food, let alone mediocre unauthentic Asian fast food.. but since all I’ve been eating is chicken and pizza, this is a wonderful surprise! While my friends were walking around the food court to look at options, I gravitated towards the Asian WOK. I picked fried noodles, sauteed beef and vegetables and fried rice. This was a ripoff at $8 USD! Even though it tasted pretty bad, I was beyond happy to find Asian food and was extremely satisfied!
The next morning, we went to the Brazilian side of the falls. The views were breathtaking……. Never have I ever seen such grand waterfalls scenes. It’s was worth flying there just to see the falls for a day!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
Cataratas JL Shopping Mall in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
To increase our country count on this trip, we took a day trip to Uruguay! It’s only a 1.5 hour ferry ride from Buenos Aires!
It’s a charming small town with cobbled streets and colonial buildings.. and it’s on UNESCO World Heritage List.
We were running low on money..so we packed simple lunch of banana and plain bread.
bread endorsed by Messi!
I found a dulce snack in Uruguay! Obviously I had to try it!
it reminds me of Viva Puffs.. instead of a marshmallow filling, it’s dulce!
We splurged on a dulce frap! Disappointingly, it wasn’t cold enough.. and didn’t have enough dulce flavour…
FAIM? OUI OUI!!