Monthly Archives: April 2012

Day 119: Pano de Chao

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Today we bought pano de chao, or rags to wash the floor, from a guy in a parking lot. I actually have some of these in my apartment, I just had no idea where they came from. I’m guessing the … Continue reading

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Day 118: Fish Market

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We are in Rio de Janeiro, Barra da Tijuca. Today we went to the fish market. The fresh fish market. I mean how much more fresh can you get? The result was a delicious monk fish moqueca!  Yum!

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Day 117: The Sympathizer

Yes, I was mad at my four-year-old daughter. Yes, four is miraculously easier than 3 or 2 or 1. But we are embarking upon a real rebel for independent thinking stage. She was crying because she wanted to rinse her … Continue reading

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Day 116: Close Encounters

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So last night we went to a Japanese-type restaurant (not one I would recommend) and we took on the suggestion of a few and challenged ourselves to sit next to each other on the same side of the table. In … Continue reading

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Day 115: Pornographic Angel

“I am a child who sees love through a keyhole. That’s all I’ve ever been. I was born a child, and am bound to die a child, and the keyhole is my lens as a writer. I am, and have … Continue reading

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Another Delicious Find: Brasero Amatxu

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Hidden gem is probably the best way to describe this Spanish restaurant located in Jardins (SP). I must have walked by it 100 times on J. Maria Lisboa, but to be honest, never noticed or recognized that it held the … Continue reading

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Day 114: Caquilicious!

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Yesterday, day 114 of my challenge to become more Brazilian, I enjoyed one of the finer things in Brazilian life… caqui! One of our purchases from the organic market, the caqui looks kind of like a tomato (my daughter is … Continue reading

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Day 113: Planetário

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Day 113 of my challenge to expand my Brazil experience, we went to Sao Paulo’s planetarium. I’ll be honest, after the aquarium experience (see AquariScari), my expectations were low. Being from Chicago, I’m used to the Adler Planetarium with its super … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Brasília

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Not sure why I haven’t gotten around to writing about our trip to Brasília yet. But today, the official birthday of Brasília, seems as good a time as any. The city is an easy flight from Sao Paulo, only a … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Lost Sambista:
Gafieiras have been a strange constant in Rio’s life. Strange is a strong word but in this case it is true, because they have been in a constant re-discovery process since the late seventies, the…

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Day 112: Organic Market & Parque Agua Branca

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Today, Day 112 of my challenge to be more Brazilian, we did like the health conscience Brazilians do… we went to the Feira Orgânicos do Parque (Organic Farmer’s Market). There are actually two spots where you can buy fresh organic … Continue reading

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Day 111: The Federal Police

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At some point in every Brazilians life they must make a pilgrimage to the Federal Police. Today was my day. I had been there only once before with our lawyer (or, someone who works at the office, who happens to … Continue reading

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Day 110: Picanha and Pickle Pizza

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Yes, that’s right. Smoked picanha and pickles. And buffalo mozzarella. Day 110 of my challenge to be more Brazilian we ate this odd assortment of toppings on our pizza.  I’d never seen this at another pizza restaurant – ever.  Picanha is the top … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 109: Babá Brokering

So the SIL and crew are making a move back to the ole homestead – Rio de Janeiro. This means that they will be leaving two very excellent nannies behind. One thing my SIL is pretty good at is hunting … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 108: Gyno

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Yes, sadly, I’ve been in the country a year and nine months and I still had not been to see a gynecologist. The first thing I thought after I got the appointment (that my husband made for me) with this … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 107: Coca Cola Light Plus

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Yesterday, Day 107, I enjoyed a Coca Cola Light Plus. Never heard of it? Well it is basically a Diet Coke… with vitamins! Yes vitamins! I guess the Coca Cola people got tired of people like Dr. Oz knocking their … Continue reading

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Originally posted on born again brazilian:
A mercearia is a small grocery store, one you would most likely find in a small town and perhaps the only place to buy a variety of items. Yesterday, we went to the evolution…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 106: Museu Afro Brasil

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There are a lot of great museums in Sao Paulo, but today we went to Parque Ibirapuera and stopped into the Museu Afro Brasil. This museum totally exceed my expectations. When I first went in, I went to the right. … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 105: Saturday Birthday Marathon

So here was our Saturday, Day 105: – Wake up and get ready for birthday party #1 – I go early to help set up – Birthday party from 11:30 to 2:20pm – Go home and get ready for birthday … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 104: Coxinha

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  A coxinha is a rather large chicken croquette. If lucky, the one you select will be breaded and baked, not breaded and deep-fried. The meat inside tends to be quite tasty, generally seasoned with bacon broth and surrounded by … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 103: babá para a festa

So on day 103, I did the unthinkable. I took a babá to a birthday party. And it was pretty nice. Sure, if the parents have to work or are too busy (or smart) not to accompany their children to … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 102: Cheese on a Stick

Sticking with the cheese theme, today on day 102 of my challenge I made Queijo de Coalho, also known in American households as Cheese on a Stick. Queijo de Coalho is a salty, yummy cheese with a squeaky kind of … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 101: Pão de Quejo

I’ve been challenged by a reader to take on some “real” cheese topics (you know who you are). So yesterday, day 101 of my challenge to be more Brazilian, I ate a nice, big pão de quejo. Pão de queijo … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Modernworldtown:
I’m going to delve into the past a little bit today. This blog is mainly to analyze current music trends, I know, but I just finished writing a paper on Bossa Nova for my Brazilian Culture…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 100: O Estado de S. Paulo

Day 100 I read the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo. Well I read some economics and business articles. Well, I read the beginnings. I included it in my Portuguese lesson so my teacher and I dug through and discussed … Continue reading

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CBD Award

As regular readers of my blog know, I’ve documented my discovery of a strange phenomenon here in Brazil – the creepy baby doll. Well, fellow Brazil blogger Shelley of Give Us This Day Our Daily Mango wins the Creepy Baby Doll … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 99: More Cheese

Yesterday, being a bit hungover, I had a strong craving for hamburger. Yes, this former vegetarian really, really wanted a hamburger. So I ordered one. Because we were not going to leave the house – See BAB Easter vs. BAC … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 98: Easter Eggs

Ok, so I’m not really sure how popular coloring Easter eggs really is here in Brazil. All I know is there is no specific equipment to do it. My entire childhood we were lucky enough to have a product called … Continue reading

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BAB Easter vs. BAC Easter

For those of you who read my blog on a regular basis, you know that it is not about religion. Born Again Brazilian refers to my efforts to become more Brazilian, not more Christian (though becoming more Christian isn’t a … Continue reading

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I’m not looking forward to the day my daughter no longer believes… though I suspect she’s suspects…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 97: O Clube

In Sao Paulo, the social and sports clubs are a way out of the chaos of the city. You either have a club membership or you have a friend with a club membership. Lucky for us… we have friends. So … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 96: Easter Purchases

Yes, I broke down and did it. On day 96, like many Brazilians, I filled my shopping cart with large chocolate eggs complete with toys inside. Yes, the quality of the chocolate is probably lower than the Dead Sea. Yes, … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 95: Community Parenting

Today, walking with my daughter home from school, a lady decided to make a comment, give a warning actually, because my daughter was walking on her toes. The funny thing is that her cousin actually has a problem that caused … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 94: Cheddar

So I finally did it. I gave in. The cheese department of the Ministério do Desenvolvimento, Indústria e Comércio Exterior finally got my reais. Today I coughed up the cash like a good Brazilian for a block of stupid expensive … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 93: Birthday Gift

So I ran out of boy birthday gifts from my U.S. purchased stash. That means I had to go out and buy one. Ugh. You might have read on my blog about how ridiculously expensive toys are in Brazil.   … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 92: Another Day at the Park

Sunday seems to be “park day” in Sao Paulo. Today we tested out a new locale – Parque do Cordeiro in Santo Amaro. This little neighborhood park has almost everything a family could want for fun. A bike path for … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 91: Facebook Pic

So yesterday, day 91 of my challenge, I aligned myself with Brazilian artist Ziraldo on Facebook. Ziraldo Alves Pinto is a Brazilian artist, journalist and author as well as a comic book creator. We saw an exhibition of his work at … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 90: Buffalo Butter

For day 90 of my challenge to become more Brazilian, I grabbed a tub of buffalo butter off the cooler shelf at the grocery store. Just one of those things you’ve gotta try. Right? I honestly had never seen buffalo … Continue reading

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