How to snack like a local at the Rio Olympics

If you have travelled to Brazil for the Rio Olympics you will definitely find the time to enjoy the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. While meandering through streets, walking along Copacabana beach or visiting the pão de açucar, at some point, you will need something to snack on. The culinary delights that Brazil has to offer are endless, but what should you eat for a quick snack? And, how do you order it?

(If you are enjoyng the Rio Olympics from the comfort of your own home you can make some of these delicious snacks for everyone to enjoy!)

A common place to stop for a snack is a lanchonete, snack bar. Or, one of the many beach stands. Anywhere you go, you are likely to find the same snacks. Here are some MUST-TRY snacks.

Everybody has heard of the Brazilian drink, caipirnha, probably your local bar is now serving it. But, while in Rio you HAVE to drink at least one. Grab one at Copacabana or Ipanema beaches, breathing in the salty sea air, squishing your toes in the sand and brushing off the constant bombardment of beach vendors.

The traditional capirinha is made with cachaça and lime, but nowadays there is a myriad of different caipirinha options. You can have it with vodka or cachaça, lime, passion fruit, pineapple, strawberry…the list goes on. So, how do you order the traditional caipirinha?

how to order caipirinha in portuguese

I suggest you stick to the cachaça. If you want a different fruit just substitute the limão with: abacaxi (pineapple) or morango (strawberries) or maracuja (passion fruit).

And, if one capirinha is not enough (which, it is likely not to be). Just say: “mais uma, por favor.”

CLICK HERE for the traditional recipe! And HERE for one made with blackberries!

Pão de Queijo
These are all the rave in the USA at the moment. But, you have to try the real deal. Anywhere you go in Brazil you will find pão de queijo. Any lanchonete, padaria or beach stand will serve them. Sometimes you will find large single serving pão de queijo and other times they will be small bite-sized. There is no difference between the two in flavor, just the way you order.

Brazilian Cheese Bread

If there are large pão de queijo being sold you will ask for how many you would like, um, dois, tres or quatro.

You: Eu queria um pão de queijo, por favor. (I’d like one pão de queijo, please).


You: Eu queria dois/três/quatro pães de queijo, por favor. (I’d like two/three/four pães de queijo, please).

Now, if the padaria or lanchonete is serving bite-sized pão de queijo, you will need to order by weight. Remember, in Brazil we use the metric system, so you will be ordering in grams. Don’t panic, it is not that difficult. Let’s see how it is done.

You. Eu queria 100g (cem gramas) de pão de queijo, por favor. (I’d like 100g of pão de queijo, please).

Simple, right? 100g of bite-sized pão de queijo will be about 10 units. Think of each one as weighing 10g.

Now you’re ready to go onto the streets of Rio and order pão de queijo like a local.

CLICK HERE for recipe #1! And HERE for the blender recipe!

Empadinha de frango
Finally, we have a popular Brazilian snack that you may not have heard of. The empadinha is a small, cupcake sized, pie. Popular fillings are frango (chicken), palmito (hearts of palm) and queijo (cheese). You will find this common snack anywhere. Brazilians like to eat it with an expresso or cappuccino. Let’s learn how to order an empadinha and how to find out what the filling is.

Chicken Pie

How to ask what the fillings are:

You: Essas empadinhas são de quê?

And ordering:

You: Eu queria uma empadinha de frango/palmito/queijo, por favor.

Now go out, grab an empadinha and a coffee!

CLICK HERE for my delicious recipe!

Another popular coffee time snack: coxinha. Translated this means ‘little thigh’. You will be able to easily identify it in any display window as it is shaped like a chicken thigh. This is a deep-fried chicken and potato snack. Shredded and seasoned chicken is wrapped with pureed potato, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. What could be tastier than that? Sometimes you will find the whole drumstick wrapped in pureed potato, but I recommend going for the more common one with the shredded chicken.

How to order? Just ask for a coxinha as we have practiced with the other snacks.
Brazilian Coxinha

If all of these savory snacks are getting a little bit too much for you, head over to the sweets section and pick out this delicious dessert. Pudim is a Brazilian staple and is a must-have. It is a flan-like dessert made from condensed milk, milk and eggs. Accompanied with a delicious caramel sauce, it is eaten cold.

condensed milk pudding

CLICK HERE for the recipe!

Pastel com caldo de cana
If you pass-by anywhere that is selling pastel STOOOOOOOOOOOP! You will want to go and get one of these popular Brazilian street foods. Commonly, pastel is sold at the neighborhood vegetable street markets or feiras.

So, what is pastel? Well, it is a light, deep-fried, pastry that is filled with any kind of filling you can imagine, cheese, ground beef, hearts of palm, escarole, pumpkin, jerked beef, just to name a few. You can even mix and match. Anything goes.

Pastel com caldo de cana

And, there you have it, some tasty snacks that you will find anywhere in Rio de Janeiro during the summer Olympics. Or snacks which you can make at home while watching the Rio Olympics on TV. And, you now know some portuguese!

Want some more snacks for all of you Rio Olympic watching? Here are some more suggestions:
Fried Manioc Balls
Feijoada (Brazilian Bean and Meat Stew)
Broa (Sweet corn breads)
Avocado ice-cream
Fried Rice Balls
Passion Fruit Mousse


100 Things to Try When You Come to Brazil PART 2

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Crystallized Fruit Sweets
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Last week I shared with you the first part of a list of 100 foods to try when you visit Brazil. This list was originally posted on O Onivore’s and I absolutely love this list. But, as I went through it I noticed some of my favorite foods were missing; there were foods missing from the list that I rave about to friends and family and which I thought just HAD TO be on a list of what to try when you come to Brazil. So, what did I do? I edited this list and added foods that I want all of my friends and family to try when they come to Brazil!

When traveling around Brazil you do need to remember that Brazil is a country full of many, many, many delicious foods and to shrink these tasty foods down into one list of only 100 is a challenge and really can’t quite be done. Wherever you are in Brazil there will be different regional foods that you MUST try. This list is just an attempt to select the best from all over the country. Not having travelled all over Brazil I definitely cannot do all of the regional foods justice.

My simple goal is to help you learn a little bit more about what the MUST HAVE foods are in Brazil. And hopefully over time I will learn to make the majority of foods on this list!

OK, here goes, PART TWO of 100 things to try when you come to Brazil!

51. Espresso/café com leite/media Go to a padaria (bakery) and order espresso, coffee with milk, or media which is half coffee half milk. Brazil is known for their coffee and you can’t miss out when here!
52. Quindim A popular dessert made of egg yolk, sugar, and ground coconut. This is one of MANY egg yolk desserts you can find in Brazil.
53. Sorvete de milho Sweet corn ice cream. Best when it is a popsicle!
54. Bolinho de chuva Literally translated “little rain balls.” This is a deep fried dough sprinkled with icing sugar.
55. Caruru Common in Bahia this is made from okra, onion, shrimp, palm oil, and toasted nuts.
56. Frango com quiabo This is chicken with okra.
57. Leitão á pururuca A suckling pig. Called pururuca because the skin is all crackly!
58. Canjica doce Sweet corn pudding with milk and peanuts.  Delicious.  Often served in the June festivals — festas juninhos – or to new mothers.
59. Pinhão A nut from the Araucária tree. Delicious to eat right after they have been boiled!
60. Vinho quente Warm red wine. Common during the June festivals – festos juninhos.
61. Choppe Beer. Simple beer served at a bar. Ask for claro (light) or escuro (dark).
62. Cachaça artesanal de qualidade Artisan quality cachaça. Cachaça is sugar cane liquor!
63. Moqueca A fish stew made from the north of Brazil, Espirito Santo and Bahia. Made with fish, tomato, garlic, onions, and cilantro. Some recipes use coconut milk! One of the best seafood stews you can get.
64. Mandioca frita Fried yucca/cassava.
65. Broa de fubá Small yellow corn bread, commonly eaten with coffee.
66. Requeijão cremoso No way to really explain this, accept that it is the Brazilian version of cream cheese (but it is NOTHING like cream cheese)
67. Queijo de Minas fresco Fresh cheese from Minas Gerais. It is sold in other parts of the country. White, soft, and mild in flavour!
68. Misto quente Simple sandwich, this is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich.
69. Doce de leite cremoso & em cubos Made from sweetened condensed milk this is sold in a creamy form or in cubes. You can find the ‘creamy’ doce de leite with bits of fruit in it, so delicious.
70. Tutu a Mineira A full meal, this comes with beans that are mixed with manioc flour and have a heavier consistency than the simple Brazilian beans, rice, collards, sausage, fried egg, deep-fried pork belly, and pork chop.
71. Brigadeiro A sweetened condensed milk and chocolate bonbon.
72. Acerola A small berry-like fruit with lots of vitamin C. Order suco de acerola (acerola juice) or for even more vitamin C try suco de acerola e laranja (acerola and orange juice).
73. Bobó de camarão A shrimp stew.
74. Pudim de leite condensado “Condensed milk pudding.” This is similar to flan but sweeter!
75. Manjar de coco A sweet coconut pudding.
76. Refigerante de Guaraná Antartica Guaraná soft drink!
77. Coxinha Potato pastry filled with chicken and deep fried. It is shaped into a chicken drumstickJ!
78. Caldo de mocotó Bone marrow broth.
79. Romeu e Julieta A slice of goiabada, guava jelly, and fresh cheese. This is commonly served as a dessert.
80. Chimarrão Very common in the south of Brazil. This is the maté tea drank from a gourd with a metal straw. Really great on cold days!
81. Bem Casado A small sweet snack usually sold wrapped in colored crepe paper. This is a doce de leite sponge sandwich!
82. Jabuticaba A deep purple grape-like fruit that grows on the trunk of the tree. You do not eat the skin, instead pop the gelatinous pit inside your mouth and eat it. Delicious and tons of fun to eat while picking off the tree!
83. Bolinho de Bacalhau Deep-fried cod balls. Great to eat by the ocean, for an appetizer, or with beer!
84. Beirute Usually a large sandwich made with pita bread, ham/roast beef/largato fatiado (eye of round), cheese, fried egg, lettuce, and tomato.
85. Caldinho de feijão Bean broth!
86. Milho assado Grilled corn. This is not the sweet sweet corn of the northern hemisphere. Instead is a little duller in color, has a harder consistency, and a milder sweet flavor. Very tasty when lounging on the beach.
87. Caju The fruit, not the nut!
88. Maracuja Passion fruit. Served in many different dishes, try this as a juice or mousse.
89. Americano The PERFECT lunch sandwich: ham, cheese, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and lots of mayonnaise!
90. Pão na chapa Basically toasted bread! Commonly served at padarias and a perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. You can order it with butter!
91. Kibbe A Lebanese snack made with bulgar, onion, and usually ground beef. Very commonly eaten in São Paulo, and one of my personal favorites!
92. Batida Sweet fruit drink, this is made with fruit, sweetened condensed milk, and cachaça!
93. Croquete A savory snack, deep fried dough filled with meat!
94. Beijinho Sweetened condensed milk and coconut sweet. Delicious and excellent when craving a sweet snack.
95. Pão de batata com catupiry Potato bread filled with catupiry ( a soft cheese).
96. Doce crystalizada de frutas Crystallized fruit sweets. These are made with all fruits and even vegetables. All are delicious and worth trying, although they are very sweet. Here are my suggestions: coconut, coconut with passion fruit, red potato, pumpkin!
97. Queijandinha Sweet snack made of coconut, condensed milk, and egg!
98. Agua de coco This is the real thing when at the beach. Usually served in the green coconut itself, this keeps you hydrated and tastes wonderful on a warm day.
99. Picole de Abacate Avocado popsicle. Delicious to eat at the beach!
100. Bananada A banana sweet.

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Minhas Crônicas do Brasil “100 Brazilian Dishes – Part 2
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O Onívoro “100 pratos brasileiros para experimentar

100 Things to Try When You Come to Brazil PART 1

Brazilian Feijoada

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So, there is this list, a list of 100 things to try when you visit Brazil. This list has been posted on various blogs and was originally created with the idea that people would mark what they had all tried. It’s a great list and really has some MUST TRY foods on it. But, after going through it, I knew there were things that needed to be added and altered. So instead of following the rules I’m going to take this list and adapt it slightly.

When you visit Brazil you have to remember that this is a BIG country and some of the foods are very regional. Of this list I have probably tried half and am not even remotely close to trying the other half, partially because some of these dishes can only be found in specific regions of the country. Don’t go on a mad goose chase to try all of these foods when you visit Brazil. Trust me, there is so much good food here that whatever you manage to try from this list you will be satisfied with.

So here goes, part one of 100 Thing to Try When You Come to Brazil

1. Pão de Queijo Brazilian cheese bread – this can be found almost anywhere and is commonly eaten with coffee.
2. Doce de batata doce A sweetened potato purée/jam/jelly
3. Churrasco Brazilian style barbecue, or as it is sometimes referred to: eat meat until you pop!
4. Tapioca Made with manioc starch, these are usually cooked like tortillas.
5. Pizza assado no forno á lenha Pizza baked in a wood oven. Definitely order pizza one time in Brazil, especially in São Paulo. Some suggestions of which pizza’s to order: portuguesa (onions, boiled egg, ham, & olives), mozzarella (sliced tomato & basil), garlic (lots of crushed garlic, yum), calabresa (sausage).
6. Feijão tropeiro This is one of the many bean variations you find in Brazil. It is: beans mixed with manioc flour, fried pork belly, sausage, boiled eggs, garlic, onions, and seasoning.
7. Arroz carreteiro One variation of rice that you find in Brazil (again there are many variations), white rice, jerked beef, pepper, garlic, onion, and parsley.
8. Açaí na tigela Purée of açaí or açaí berries served in a bowl with granola. Really yummy!
9. Paçoca de amendoim A peanut sweet usually found in cylinder shape. Really yummy and a great accompaniment to an espresso.
10. Pato no tucupi A duck dish commonly found in the state of Pará in the north of Brazil. It is boiled duck in a yellow manioc sauce.
11. Baião de dois Rice, beans, sausage/bacon/jerked beef, and farofa mixed together to create one big pot of goodness.
12. Acarajé Street food served in Bahia. Made of feijão paste w/ all sorts of goodies and shrimp.
13. Pamonha Sweet corn paste wrapped in a corn lead and boiled.
14. Dobradinha Tripe stew.
15. Rapadura Mostly sold in fairs or street markets (feira), this is basically cubed cane sugar.
16. Farofa Coarse manioc flour fried with butter, onions, bacon/jerked beef, and parsley. Commonly served together with beans, stews, and at barbecues. Recipes vary!
17. Barreado Found on the coast or Parana, this is a bean based dished with cooked meats and accompanied with fruits, like apple and banana.
18. Pastel de feira A must try at the local street market. This is a rectangular pastry filled with any kind of filling you can imagine. It is deep fried. Some good fillings to try: cheese, pumpkin, meat, portuguesa.
19. Couve refogado com alho A very common side dish, this is thinly cut collard fried with olive oil, onions, and garlic.
20. Sanduíche de pernil A pork sandwich. Pernil is pork leg.
21. Palmito Hearts of palm. Eat these in a salad or just by themselves with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt.
22. Cappucino Your regular cappuccino but served with chocolate mixed in.
23. Camarão na moranga A shrimp stew served in a pumpkin.
24. Doce de abóbora Sweet pumpkin jam commonly eaten just on its own. Very yummy and serves as a delicious dessert.
25. Feijoada The national dish of Brazil, this is a bean stew with lots of varied meat. Feijoada is commonly served with rice, collard, farofa, and slices of orange.
26. Galinhada com pequi A chicken stew with pequi fruit. Pequi is a fruit that is popular in the center-west of Brazil.
27. Peixe na telha A baked fish dish.
28. Biscoito de polvilho Little biscuits that come in all shapes and sizes. These are made of manioc flour and are very light and just a little bit sour. Absolutely addicting.
29. Galinha á cabidela Common in the city of Recife this is a simple chicken dish that originated from Portugal.
30. Pão de mel com doce de leite Honey bread with doce de leite. Very tasty and commonly comes in small squares or rounds and is covered with chocolate.
31. Any fish baked in folha de bananeira Fish baked in banana leaf.
32. Queijo coalho nab rasa Usually sold at beaches, this is grilled cheese on a stick!
33. Curau Sweetened corn paste/pudding served with cinnamon.
34. Caldo de cana Sugar cane juice. Drink this with a pastel at the local street market; they are always close-by to each other.
35. Prato Feito This is a cheap lunch dish that comes with your choice of meat, rice, beans, collard, farofa, and fries.
36. Buchada de bode A typical dish from the northeast, it is made of Goat. It is the goats stomach stuffed with small pieces of the other internal organs, cooked with a leg bone of the goat for flavour (Thank you Mu for this).
37. Bolo de rolo Very thin pastry rolled with goiabada jelly, almost like a Swiss Roll. Really good with coffee or to finish off your breakfast with.
38. Chá mate gelado Chilled toasted mate. Go to the center of São Paulo to Rei do Maté and you can order chilled maté with your choice of fruit or other ingredients to be added. Some suggestions: maté com acerola, maté com leite e aveia (w/ milk & oats).
39. Rabada Oxtail stew.
39. Vaca atolada Literally, “stuck cow” this is a type of beef soup.
40. Pitanga A fruit native to Brazil. This fruit is tart and very high in vitamin C
41. Quibebe Mashed pumpkin with fried onions, garlic, and olive oil. A very tasty side dish.
42. Caipirinha A must have drink when in Brazil, this is cachaça, lime, and sugar.
43. Cuzcuz Paulista “São Paulo couscous.” This is not your typical couscous. It is a corn-based dish with all types of different vegetables. Made in a bunt tin it always looks beautiful and is wonderfully delicious.
44. Quebra queixo “Jawbreaker” this is a hard sugar-based sweet.
45. Isca de peixe Small pieces of white fish, battered, and deep fried. Perfect to order as a porção (portion) in a bar.
46. Bacalhau There are many different bacalhau’s, but the main part of the dish is the salted cod and it comes with all different vegetables. If you like fish this is an absolute must have.
47. Torta de palmito Hearts of palm pie.
48. Empada (empadinha) A cupcake sized pie; this is a common snack in Brazil. Come with various fillings: cheese, chicken, hearts of palm are the most common. The pastry is light and crumbly and has the tendency to fall apart when eating…so be careful!
49. Suco de abacaxi com hortelã Pineapple juice with mint, yum!
50. Pão de batata com catupiry Potato bread filled with catupiry, similar to a very runny cream-cheese. Commonly eaten as a snack and can be found almost anywhere!

To Print a PDF for Your Travels CLICK HERE!

Minhas Crônicas do Brasil “100 Brazilian Dishes – Part 1
Brazil Phenomenon “100 Brazilian food items and dishes you have to try
O Onívoro “100 pratos brasileiros para experimentar