Monthly Archives: January 2012

Brazilian Challenge Day 31: Bossa Nova

As per Anna’s suggestion, I listened to some instrumental Bossa Nova during my evening yoga routine and got myself a few notes closer to being Brazilian. Bossa Nova music makes me feel like I should be in a oceanside jazz … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 30: Jornal Nacional

To satisfy my 366 day challenge to be a bit more Brazilian every day, I watched Jornal Nacional. This evening news program was waaaayyy less ridiculous than Fantastico, in fact, it is a regular news program that included financial, economic … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 29: Feira de Antiguidade

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My Brazilian experience for today was going to be to learn how to use a pressure cooker. But as soon as the phrase “…and then it could basically become a bomb…” left my husband’s lips, I had to walk away. … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 28: Open House

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Today, the Brazilian experience involved an apartment sales pitch. As promised, we attended the open house from the fruit juice postcard we received in Vila Madalena (see Another Strange Marketing Strategy). The strategy grew stranger still. First, the address on … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 27: Powerless

Yesterday, I was going to watch Jornal Nacional as my Brazilian task for the day (yes, I’ve lived here for over a year and a half and no, I haven’t seen it yet). But just before the program began, we … Continue reading

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Seu Boteco

As I might have mentioned, I’m not (yet) so enamored with the dining options in Sao Paulo. But we came across this great boteco in Vila Madalena, Seu Boteco, that is worth trying out. The large glass windows and doors … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 26: The Play Date

Today a little Brazilian girl from Sophia’s school came to play. I had planned a number of activities – painting, princess costumes, making dolls’ hair pretty. But shortly after the mother left, I realized it wasn’t going to go as … Continue reading

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Another Strange Marketing Strategy

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Guess what this ad is for. Just guess. For smoothies? No. For fruit? Another beverage perhaps? Nope. Paint? It’s for apartments. A couple of girls came into the boteca in Vila Madalena we were sitting in and passed these postcards … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 25: Trilha da Cachoeira

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Today’s Brazilian experience was one with nature. We went to Parque Estadual da Cantareira, one of Sao Paulo’s state parks, and hiked the Trilha de Cachoeira. In the U.S., we used to hike quite a bit. I had also done some … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 24: Orkut

I thought that today, to be a bit more Brazilian, I would check out the social networking site popular with Brazilians – Orkut. But I was a bit late to the game. Orkut is owned by Google and was very … Continue reading

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Mulheres Ricas, week 4

Disclaimer: I’m not normally a mean-spirited person. But I feel that if a person offers herself or himself up on television for something as talentless as being rich, I get to make fun of that person. So if you feel any … Continue reading

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Yes, Brazil has serial killers

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As I’m writing today’s Brazilian Challenge post about Parque Ibirapuera, my husband casually mentions how at another park, the city largest park, “they found those bodies from that serial killer, you know the one I told you about…” No. No, … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 22: Parque Ibirapuera

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Like many good paulistanos, we spent a Sunday afternoon in Parque Ibirapuera. Ibirapuera is the second biggest park in Sao Paulo and one of the largest in Latin America (The largest park in Sao Paulo is Parque Estadual Fontes do Ipiranga, … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 21: Caipirinhas!

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Here is an effort toward my Brazilian goal that everyone can benefit from – I made caipirinhas! First, a traditional recipe as dictated to me by my Brazilian husband: 1 lime – cut into quarters. Be sure to slice off … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 20: Loteria

At the suggestion of Danielle, I bought a lottery ticket! As recommended, I played the Mega-Sena, which, if I understood correctly, will be pulled on Tuesday. The Brazilian lottery seems to work much like the American lottery. You pick six … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 19: Xepa

The “xepa” is a phenomena that occurs when the vendors at the feira (the fresh market) realize that they will NOT sell all their produce that day, usually sometime after 1pm, and heavily discount the goods so that they don’t … Continue reading

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Mulheres Ricas, Week 3

Disclaimer: I’m not normally a mean-spirited person. But I feel that if a person offers herself or himself up on television for something as talentless as being rich, I get to make fun of that person. So if you feel any … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 18: Unha Fala

To be a better Brazilian, today I chatted it up with the manicurist. This appears to be a very Brazilian thing to do. Whenever I get a manicure, the other clients are  non-stop yapping at the manicurist, sometime to the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 17: Amiga Brasileira

Today my road to becoming more Brazilian took me to hang out with a real Brazilian. No, my other Brazilian friends, I’m afraid you don’t qualify as a “real” Brazilian in my book. You’ve lived outside of Brazil for ten … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Suggestions from Mulheres Ricas!

According to Guia Folha, the women of Mulheres Ricas are passing out tips on how to be more Brazilian! Well, maybe not more Brazilian but more… self-consumed, needlessly extravagant Brazilian. Regardless, I’ll take on some of these tips for the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 16: Livro Infantil

My daily challenge to be more Brazilian was satisfied tonight as I read my daughter a book entirely in Portuguese. It was a challenge for both of us, and I won’t claim to have understood all of it, but we … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 15: Veja

Today for my Brazilian challenge, and this one was a challenge in itself, I read the magazine Veja. There were a lot of familiar topics – Robert Downey Jr., Michelle Obama, Mitch Romney, Rita Hayworth… and of course Brazilian issues. … Continue reading

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Street Vendors

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The Brazilians are an entrepreneurial lot. It seems anyone with an idea can start work on the street. One phenomena that’s interesting is the street vendor. I’m not talking those people that open shop along the street in a stand, … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 14: Sabado no Mercado

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Today’s attempt to be more Brazilian was an afternoon at the Mercado Municipal (thanks Anna for the suggestion). The building, designed by the famous Brazilian architect Francisco de Paula Ramos de Azevedo, was originally used as the central military barracks during the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 13: Futebol Commitment

As Anna suggested, for my Brazilian challenge today I selected a Brazilian futebol team to be loyal to for the rest of my life. I did not take this task lightly. With much research, which included reviewing team statistics, watching … Continue reading

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Netflix Brazil!!

For those sitting in Brazil, wanted to make you aware that Netflix has come to our country! In the States, we were on again off again customers of Netflix. But for my daughter, it was great because there were a … Continue reading

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Brazilian Advil Will Make You Younger

I think this is hilarious. The Advil marketing team in Brazil is jumping on the vanity bandwagon. What a way to expand your target market! If I am interpreting this correctly, along with some makeup and skin care tips, Advil’s … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 12: Guarana

As per the suggestion of fellow Brazil blogger Meredith, today my Brazilian experience was to drink a Guarana. A full strength one, not the diet version. I’m not a soda person, so I wouldn’t have come across a Guarana in my everyday life. … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 11: Feijoada and Farofa

Today I decided to take the suggestions made by Danielle and Shelley and made feijoada and farofa. Right off the bat, I’ll admit that I’m not that handy in the kitchen. I’m a bit of a nervous cook, though I’ve gotten better. My timing is always off … Continue reading

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Update: Panetonne Panic

First, one more designer Panetonne on shelves during the holidays… Panetonne shelves today: Obviously, someone over estimated the holiday Panetonne demand this year…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 10: Appearances

Today I had planned to follow the suggestions of Danielle and Shelley and make black beans and farofa for my challenge today! But, I’ll need to soak the beans overnight (yes, I own a pressure cooker and no, I’m not … Continue reading

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Mulheres Ricas, Week 2

Just a quick warning – I’m not normally a mean-spirited person. But I feel that if a person offers herself or himself up on television for something as talentless as being rich, I get to make fun of that person. … Continue reading

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A Bus Story 2

Yesterday, my daughter and I rode the bus back to Sao Paulo from Rio. Again, I have to tell you how much I like this mode of travel between these two cities (see Rio or Bus…t). Like last time, we … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 9: Fandangos

I’ve gotten so many amazing suggestions to add to my list of daily challenges that will drive my being Brazilian. But today, I spent most of the day on the bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo with my … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge: Suggestions Anyone?

While I’m far from running out of ideas to become a bit more Brazilian each day (see Brazilian Challenge), I’m definitely open to ideas and suggestions from others! (Because I’ve got 358 more days to go.) Now this isn’t truth … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 8: Fantástico

Tonight I watched a “news” program on the television monopoly Globo channel called Fantástico. For the Americans, this show is Good Morning American meets Nightly News. It’s hosted by Zeca Camargo and Renata Ceribelli who I believe someone told me are married … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 7: Malzbier

The element that made me a bit more Brazilian today was that I had a Malzbier with dinner. The drink, of German origins, is a low alcohol beverage that is just a little bit sweet but very much enjoyed by … Continue reading

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Sorry, back to Mulheres Ricas

I’m watching “Mulheres Ricas” (I’ve conveniently included the youtube links in case you want to as well) and I’m dying. Hilarious, most of the women have HUGE pictures of themselves all over the house. One has a room wallpapered with a … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 6: Onward James

Today my Brazilian advancements have been driven by me getting driven to the supermarket. By a driver. Not my driver, mind you, but the driver of my sister-in-law’s father (my daughter and I are staying here with her and the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 5: Café Anyone?

Today, as part of my Brazilian Challenge, “tomei um café” in the AFTERNOON. To take a coffee in the morning, after lunch, and even after dinner is very routine for most of the Brazilian population. I normally would not do … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 4: Sushi me again please

One of the more pleasant culinary concepts in the country is the sushi rodizio. It is an all-you-can eat sushi menu. Not the cheesy and often disappointing buffet types you sometime see on the West Coast of the U.S., but … Continue reading

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The Real Housewives of Sao Paulo… and Rio

Yes way. It finally happened. There’s a “Real Housewives of…” type show in Brazil and it premiered this week. It’s called “Mulheres Ricas” and follows the lives of five ridiculously rich women. Actually, it appears to be more specifically like … Continue reading

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American Confession

Amidst my attempts to become a bit more Brazilian, I must confess to something very anti-Brazilian (well, anti- any self respecting middle to upper class Brazilian – see posts by fellow bloggers Danielle and Rachel for an analysis of the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 3: Açaí

Today, to satisfy my daily becoming Brazilian challenge, I had an açaí and a cheese-banana-cinnamon sandwich at Bibi’s in Leblon. Yum! Foi delicioso!  

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More Free Water!

As mentioned in a previous post (see I Got Free Water!), complimentary water in a restaurant is hard to come by in Brazil. But I wanted to give a shout-out to IX Bistrot at Shopping da Gavea for providing free … Continue reading

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Hang Loose

So, in the same mall where we abandoned our daughter for an hour of selfishness (see Reckless Abandonment), there is a store that just sells hangers. Right. Just hangers. Nope. Nothing but hangers. Sure, I guess the mall has a … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 2: Reckless Abandonment

In nearly every mall that I’ve visited so far in Brazil, there is a place where you can drop off your kid while you shop. It’s like a little mini infantil buffet, usually with a small trampoline and a ball … Continue reading

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366 day Brazilian Challenge!

A year and a half into my Brazilian adventure and I’m still obviously, overwhelmingly, desperately all-American. My original objectives had been discarded as I was consistently distracted by daily existence. So this year, I’m setting some goals, putting forth a … Continue reading

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Happy new year!

Happy rainy New Year’s Day from Rio.

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