I’m emerging from the World Cup this week. After a long month of late night soccer game watching, and a great time last weekend celebrating the German victory with some German friends (how better to enjoy it, right?), life is back to normal around here. Today, I wanted to share an example of the high Swiss prices that I think will resonate with Americans (and which will make it clear why eating out is a special treat!): Subway sandwiches. In the […]
Experiencing the food culture is one of my favorite ways to get to know a place. I love sampling the local favorites, learning what’s in the grocery stores, and seeing the seasonal changes. Here in Zurich, we have been enjoying asparagus season. Of course, asparagus is a common feature of spring in the US as well, but they really get excited about it here. Every grocery store has a prominent display of local white and green asparagus–and every restaurant has a special asparagus […]
The variety of fresh fruit native to Brazil is amazing, and I love getting to try new ones. My friend Maxine recently brought me a couple of these crazy-looking green fruits. This is called a sugar apple. It’s chock full of large seeds with sweet, white, slightly slimy flesh around them. You eat it by cracking it open and then sucking the fruit off of the seeds. Delicious!
This might be my favorite packaging ever! As you might have guessed, jacaré means alligator in Portuguese. You can be sure that I’m researching some new recipes for dinner next week. PS. You might have noticed that my blog has a new look to it. What do you think?
It’s official. Duff Beer has arrived in Brazil. I spotted this in the store the other day, at a whopping US$6.50 per bottle. D’oh! After doing a little digging, it turns out that there are a couple of enterprising entrepreneurs/criminals (depending on your perspective) who have started Duff Beer companies in various countries, including Germany, Columbia, and Mexico. None of them have the blessing of 20th Century Fox or Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons where Duff Beer is the brew […]
There are a number of things that define the holidays in Belo Horizonte…the supermarket shelves overflow with panettone, the main public park is lit up like the Vegas strip, and people give each other Christmas baskets, cestas de Natal. You can buy them in supermarkets, bakeries, liquor stores…you get the idea. And some of them are HUGE. We’re still enjoying the one that Scott received from his work as an end-of-year present. It’s great. One of the things that I think […]
My last few posts have been a bit weighted towards the negative…so I wanted to remedy the situation with something positive. Bakeries! No one loves a good bakery more than my mother, so I’m hoping this post will distract her from any perceived threat to my personal safety from my accounts of murder statistics or my pictures of unsafe situations. There are some really fantastic bakeries here, including the bakery inside the fancy grocery store I like to go to, Verdemar. […]
One of my favorite new Brazilian foods is pão de queijo or cheese bread. It is available in every little lunch stand and cafe, ranging from miniature donut hole size to large bun size. It is usually served warm, is made with corn or tapioca flour, and is light and moist, with a great cheese taste that isn’t overpowering. While available all over Brazil, it’s originally from our home state of Minas Gerais and typically made with Minas cheese. You can […]