My husband and I both have complicated birthdays. Mine is close to Christmas, his close to Carnaval, so our birthday celebrations normally get thrown into the holiday mix, which has its pros and cons.
But this year he is turning 40, so we need to commemorate with something special! Celebrating a birthday with a barbeque is quite common in the U.S. Hot dogs, hamburgers, corn-on-the-cob… All-American ways to celebrate any event, really. Sometimes just to celebrate the weekend.
So this year we had a poolside birthday barbecue. In Brazil, a backyard barbecue is called a churassco, and instead of burgers and hot dogs, the main entree is picanha (see Day 47: Meat).
You will also find farofa, toasted manioc flour, with a green pepper salsa, sausages, and of course, cheese on a stick. The countries also share some BBQ cuisine classics, like chips and dip.
My daughter wanted her daddy’s party to have a theme and she chose Cars 2.
So I added my own American touch, McQueen cupcakes!