Cultured Palate: International Dishes from Brazil

If you’ve been dreaming of an escape, Brazil may be calling your name. With an average yearly temperature of 77° and diverse regions that include beaches, rainforests, mountains, and savannas, Brazil is a place that’s unsurprisingly diverse in its population as well. As a result, their culinary tradition has evolved to encompass a vast variety of different dishes, including European, African, and even Asian influences.

If you travel to Brazil, make sure to check out a few of these dishes. Brazilians love to eat and the more you know before you go, the easier it will be for you to fill your belly with amazing and authentic cuisine.

1. Pão de queijo

One of the most popular snack foods in Brazil is pão de queijo tiny cheese buns made with cassava starch which originally came to Brazil via African slaves in the 19th century.

While they’re found in many groceries stores throughout the country, the best pão de queijo are either homemade or bought from a bakery. You can also find excellent pão de queijo sold on the street, where it can be bought as a cheap and easy snack. Eat them on their own or with a cup of coffee, but watch out — it’s impossible to eat just one.

Iuliia Timofeeva / Shutterstock

2. Vinagrete

A typical Brazilian condiment that can be found on tables all over the country is vinagrete, a salsa-like concoction that’s made of chopped veggies (mostly tomatoes, onion, and peppers) tossed with vinegar, oil, and salt. Unlike the vinaigrette we know in North America, the Brazilian vinagrete refers to the entire dish, rather than just the dressing.

One of the reasons why it’s so popular is because it provides a much-needed palate cleanser during meat-heavy Brazilian meals, and can be spooned on top of almost any dish to give it a bit of extra flavor.

Image via Vix

3. Salpicão

A dish that’s most often found on buffet tables, salpicão is a classic Brazilian salad that’s known for being either amazing or truly awful, depending on who made it.

At its heart, salpicão is a basic chicken salad, made with shredded chicken, peas, corn, and fruit, dressed with a mayonnaise dressing and topped with fried shoestring potatoes. If it’s made well, the salad is a perfect balance of sweet and savory, but if it’s made poorly, it can easily turn into a mayonnaise-loaded disaster. Look for salpicão that’s light on dressing and made with fresh veggies, rather than frozen.

Image via Ana Maria

PAGE 1 OF 5
SHARE ON

Advertisement

The Best Comforting Drinks for Fall from Around the World

As the weather starts getting colder, we start looking for comforting drinks that will help keep us warm.  Some of the most popular options in America are also the easiest to find — there are more than 13,000 Starbucks locations in the United States alone, and they have a huge percentage of the market cornered already — people love their pumpkin spice lattes! However, there are a lot of downsides to visiting a café every day, especially if your go-to order is a sweetened latte or Frappuccino. It’s easy to make delicious warm drinks at home, which allows you to flavor them to your taste, saving both money and calories

The 12 Best European Holiday Towns to Visit this Fall

The temperatures in Europe soar in August, and many businesses close their doors as workers seek breezes and cooler temperatures elsewhere. This leaves only the tourists in these larger cities, wondering where everyone went. Instead of heading to Europe in August, when most of the city has left for summer vacation, travel across the Atlantic in September and October, and visit all the cities that European holidaymakers have recently vacated. These holiday destinations are hidden gems that have mostly been overlooked by North Americans — until now.

The Most Beautiful University and College Campuses in the World

When it comes to picking a post-secondary school, there are a lot of factors that should be considered. Schools are generally assessed for the quality of their academics, as well as the various other factors that affect student life, like housing, food, athletics, and extracurriculars. One factor that many people fail to consider is the look and feel of the campus itself — after all, students will be spending at least three or four years there.