Category Archives: 366 day Brazilian Challenge

Tio! The City Bus

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Ok, it’s official. Despite my comments to the contrary, I’ve kind of given up my daily challenge. I’m just too far behind now to imagine catching up. However, I must say I did make it 233 days (if you count … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 233: Jesus

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Sao Paulo has a brand new mall!! Yes Paulistanos, someone did a research study and determined that the demand for retail shopping in SP could absorb yet another luxury shopping center! Oh wait, it is Brazil, so perhaps that study … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 232: Dog Walking

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So our little puppy has now had enough vaccinations to be able to go outside for a walk. Problem is, our neighborhood sidewalks are dirty and my apartment is clean. Oh yes, and she has all this fur around her … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 231: Full time Babá

Yes, it’s true. The Brazilian culture finally has me in its clutches. Sunday, Day 231 of my challenge to be more and more Brazilian, I hired a full-time, live-in nanny. I don’t know… the stars were alined in terms of … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 230: Celebrating the Scots!

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Saturday night I was able to celebrate one of the many aspects of my own heritage – Brazilian style (kind of)! Day 230, we attended the Winter Ceilidh at the Brazilian British Centre. Sure there was Scottish dancing instead of … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 229: Malling

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On Friday, Day 229, I spent a good amount of time at the mall in Higienópolis. I had time to kill during my daughter’s Friday afternoon activities so I thought I would see what was up in, hopefully, what will … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 226 – 228: Apartamentos

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We are looking for a new apartment to live in. Right now, we are in Jardins Paulista. It’s a great neighborhood for shopping and restaurants. The area was very convenient because my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, with my daughter’s cousins, lived … Continue reading

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Mexican vs Brazilian Challenge, Day 224 & 225

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No, I’m not referring to the Olympic soccer upset on Saturday. I’m talking about food. As I had smuggled in stacks of authentic, corn tortillas from my U.S. trip, I was inspired to make some Mexican dishes. But even in … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 223: The Mortadela Sandwich at Mercado

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Sure, I had tried Mortadela (the “light” version, from a package). Sure, I had a sandwich at the Mercado. Yes, buddy and fellow blogger Ray had specifically recommended the MORTADELA sandwich at the MERCADO. Sure, I scribbled it down on … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 222: O Presente

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On day 222 I was forced perform the task I most despise in Sao Paulo – buy a present. No, it’s not that I’m not a giving person. It’s just that choking back the idea of spreading my money out … Continue reading

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I’m baaaacccck!

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Well, ok. I was back last week. But settling in, social engagements, and two days with the flu (or food poisoning from one of the previously mentioned social engagements – not sure, symptoms are the same) kept me away from … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 196: VIP Theater (Magic Mike)

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On day 196 of my Brazilian challenge, I was able to indulge in one of my favorite Sao Paulo pastimes – going to see a film at the VIP Theater. Who knew this concept had arrived in the States! There … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 195: Bye Bye Brazil

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On Day 195 of my challenge to continuously immerse myself in all that is Brazilian, I took in a Brazilian movie from 1980 – Bye Bye Brazil. If you are one of those people who at one point in time … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 194: Sushi Samba

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Sticking with the food & beverage theme, Day 194 of my plight to be more Brazilian, we had dinner at Sushi Samba. Sushi is big in Sao Paulo. There is a traditional restaurant service called “rodizio” which you’ll find at … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 193: Carnivale

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It was time to get back to some Brazilian cocktails. So on Day 193 of my challenge to keep up my Brazilianess while in Chicago, we went to Carnivale. It is located on Fulton Market in an up-and-coming trendy area … Continue reading

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Day 192: Birthday Party Planning

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No, my daughter is not going to have another birthday party extravaganza this year. But yes, I’ve started planning four months in advance. There is definitely now some Brazilian stuck in me when it comes to birthdays. It’s not my … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 191: Mist of the Earth

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Day 191 of my challenge to be more Brazilian, Chicago edition, I was able to admire the works of a Brazilian artist. Denise Milan, a multidisciplinary artist, ecological and art education activist, and Sao Paulo native, currently has an exhibit … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 190: Navy Pier

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Day 190 of my Brazilian Challenge, Chicago edition, I took my daughter to a tourist attraction in my own home town – Navy Pier. For those of you who might have missed out on this city in the last 10 … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 189: Kinder Eggs

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On Day 189 of my challenge to now continue my Brazilian quest while on a trip to Chicago, I passed out the kids’ favorite treat. Yep, the Kinder Surprise eggs. Despite their rather dangerous reputation, and their U.S. ban, the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 188: Three Shower Day!

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Yes, Chicago has been HOT! I mean, over a 100 degrees and at one point, the humidity was up in the 90%. On Day 188, I did something very Brazilian and took three showers in one day. Yep, one in … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 187: Prohibited Picnic

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Ok. Once again I am waaaaaay behind. I blame it on all the great U.S. distractions, like Bravo TV and Trader Joe’s. On Day 187 of my challenge to maintain my run of Brazilianess, Chicago edition, I let my Brazilian … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 186: Cap and Capture

Day 186 of my Brazilian Challenge I bought my first touristy item – a souvenir cap. Cute right? So with my city cap on my head and a camera around my neck, I captured some images of downtown Chicago like … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 185: Cultural Crossroads

Day 185 of my challenge to be more Brazilian, Chicago edition, was our country’s national holiday, the 4th of July. On this day, Americans act much like the Brazilians do on their holidays. We barbecue with family and friends. So … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 184: Caipi- what?

One of the many things Brazil is famous for is the caipirinha. In it’s purest form, the drink consists of crushed lime wedges, cachaça – a liquor made from fermented sugarcane – and sugar.  In most places, you have the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 183: The Apple Store

No self-respecting Brazilian would miss an opportunity to hit the Apple Store while in the States. And that is just what we did on Day 182 – and not just to get my laptop fixed.

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Brazilian Challenge Day 182: Miolo

After a fun-filled, action-packed long weekend in Hoopeston, IL, I yanked open a bottle of the Brazilian red I had lugged with me to the States. Miolo is a famous wine maker in the Vale dos Vinhedo of the Rio Grande … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 181: Brazilian BBQ Central Style

Day 181 of my efforts to keep up my challenge, despite being back in America for a bout, we did a Brazilian barbecue central Illinois, small town style. Hot dogs, hamburgers and some local brats and pork patties were on … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 180: Caipirinhas by the Pool

I know, I’m waaaaaay behind in posting. I blame it on a period with no internet connection and a trip back to the Genius Bar at the Apple store for my laptop. On day 180, I entered the Central Illinois … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 179: Outlet Malls

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Every wonder where the Brazilians get all those Polo shirts they are walking around with in Sao Paulo? Yep, on Day 179 we hit BOTH the TJ Maxx and a Premium Outlet Mall. We stocked up on all sort of … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 178: Make Out!

So on Day 178 of my Brazilian Challenge, Wisconsin edition, we made out in public like the Brazilian young’ins. Since we were right in the middle of Wisconsin’s retirement population, at Fred and Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar, we actually were the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 177: Farofeira

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In Brazil, “farofeira” is the unsavory act of bringing your own food and drink to the beach. The upper class and aspiring upper class do not roll coolers and picnic baskets onto the sand. Instead, they slip bills out of … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 176: Best Buy

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Like any smart Brazilian visiting the U.S., on Day 176 we loaded up on electronics and accessories at Best Buy.

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Brazilian Challenge Day 175: Bolo de Brigadeiro

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For Day 175 of my challenge to become for Brazilian, now in Chicago for the next few weeks, we (it was a family event with my daughter and nephew) made a bolo de Brigadeiro. While we scoured the internet for … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 174: Kiss A Brazilian

On Day 174 of my Brazilian challenge, Chicago edition, I got to kiss a Brazilian. In public, at the airport, as my husband successfully arrived in the country. Hooray!

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Brazilian Challenge Day 173: The Rio

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Lucky for me, my sister’s place in Chicago is near a Brazilian restaurant! Sabor Express offers an array of classic Brazilian cuisine and a variety of “Brazilian style” hot dogs, each designated by a destination. Now, nearly two years in Brazil and … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 172: Maria Mole

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Day 172 of my challenge to keep up being Brazilian while on my trip, I “made” pudim de Maria Mole for my sister’s book club meeting. Instructions appeared simple enough. Mix up a caramel sauce and then the pudding. We … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 171: Baby Culture

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On Day 171 of my challenge (Chicago edition), I got to meet my beautiful new baby niece! It was also a great opportunity to be a bit Brazilian. As soon as I had her in my arms, I asked my … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 170: Pão de Queijo em Casa

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So Day 170 of my challenge to be more Brazilian, Chicago edition, I made homemade pão de queijo. Well, it kind of depends how you define “homemade.” Say you buy a box of Betty Crocker cake mix, mix it up and … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 169: So… what?!

Brazilians like to cut corners. Except for, or perhaps because of, Brazilian bureaucracy, the fastest and easiest way is the only way to get to something. They do the same in regards to names. No matter what the name, they … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 168: Bacon Pipoca

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Yoki probably sells their bacon flavored popcorn in other countries. But I’d never seen it in the U.S. So as far as I know, it’s Brazilian. So on Day 168 I broke out the Brazil bacon pipoca. In case anyone … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 167: Brazilian Coffee

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Day 167 of my challenge to experience Brazilian every day this year, and day 1 of my new challenge to do it outside of Brazilian for six weeks, I drank a nice, big cup of Brazilian coffee. Of course, I … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 167: Immigration like a Brazilian

Last night, day 167 of my challenge to do something Brazilian every day this year, I got to go through immigration like a Brazilian. That’s right, for the first time, I went through the short line, the one for citizens … Continue reading

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Rain Day Reality

In case any of you didn’t believe me about how ridiculous rainy days get in my Sao Paulo neighborhood of Jardim Paulista, take a look at how my Monday morning was going:

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Brazilian Challenge Day 165: More Souvenirs

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So Day 165 in my efforts to be more Brazilian, I went shopping for Brazilian souvenirs to bring to the Americans! Nope, not baseball caps and t-shirts with “Brazil” on the front (although I did get a Sao Paulo Starbucks … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 163: Have Cachaça Will Travel

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So, as I mentioned via the post Upping the Ante, my daughter and I are going to the U.S. this week. I’m a bit of an anxious packer. So I’ve already started the process this week. Of course, what do … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 162: Mandioquinha

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So, thanks to my Brazilian husband, Day 162 of my focus on Brazilian immersion, I ate the most delish side dish – mashed mandioquinha! This is different than the mandioca root. How? Don’t ask me, I was too busy stuffing … Continue reading

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Upping the Ante!

As many of you have caught on, I’ve committed myself this year to doing something Brazilian every, single day, each of the 366 days of this leap year, in order to connect better with the culture that surrounds me. However, … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 161: Goiabada com Queijo

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Saturday, day 161 of my Brazilian challenge, we enjoyed a delicious dessert – goiabada com queijo. You may not find this delicacy much around Sao Paulo, it is typical of Minas Gerias and the proper cheese partner comes from the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 160: Elevator Service

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Have any of you in Brazil ever heard this? “Just send it down in the elevator!” Aye, aye, aye. Sends a chill down my spine. I would have never considered sending a possession down unaccompanied in a semi-public utility. Yet … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 159: Entrepreneur

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In the U.S., if you want to work for a company as an independent contractor, all you have to do is type up an invoice on some made-up letterhead, pay quarterly taxes, maybe get an accountant. I did this while … Continue reading

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