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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazilian BBQ

I may have mentioned in previous posts that I think it’s fantastic when I get to try the foods of the country that it is known for in the country itself. No exception here when we checked out a Brazilian BBQ restaurant!

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We were seated with our tour group at one long table. The restaurant itself wasn’t a huge space, but we were cozy with ample space to make it to the salad bar…

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… and for the people carrying the different meats on swords to pass through. There was A LOT of meat! Mind the swords and skewers =)

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So mister and I have this term “happy full”. It’s used to describe how you feel after eating a meal. If you eat the perfect amount to the point of being full without over stuffing yourself, we say “happy full”. We were waay past that point after totally gorging ourselves here =/. It was slightly regretful and yet amazingly delicious! Total gluttons at the worst.

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Towards the end of the lunch meal/marathon extravaganza, they came around to our table carrying this gigantic jug (if you consider it that) of cachaca. a spirit made from sugarcane juice, and also an ingredient used in the national drink, the caipirinha.

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We did not part take, however, I did enjoy the fact that it was in such a large jug. The people of Brazil sure know how to eat and have a great time! Happy travels friends!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Oldest Bar in Santa Teresa

In the area of Santa Teresa in Rio, there is a small bar called Armazem Sao Thiago. It’s literally one of those hidden gem places, because without our friend driving us around, we probably wouldn’t have found it.

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It’s one of the oldest bars in Rio, being founded in 1919. And the interior of this bar gives it that vibe and feel.

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Our drinks of choice for the evening were the local beer, Brahma, and the national drink, the caipirinha.

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The highlight was meeting the owner of the bar, and he has a large pen collection, some of which he clips onto his apron. Dad gave him a new pen to add to it.

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This bar was where I heard the most engligh, or other languages other than portuguese. I don’t have anything to say about the food since all we ordered was drinks. But, it was pretty laid back and no one was in a rush, which I enjoyed. So, if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, this bar would be it! Happy travels friends.