Category Archives: Brazilliant

Things in Brazil that are Brazilliant.

Corruption, Criticism and Cupcakes, Today’s Paulista Protests

Today in São Paulo, as in many cities across Brazil, people took to the streets to protest and complain about pretty much everything they could think of – but mostly how government corruption and mismanagement is eroding Brazil’s economy. The … Continue reading

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The Magic of Missing Mailboxes

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My brother, who lives in Los Angeles, recently went on a rant about the excessiveness of direct mail. I’m not sure what timeline the above photo he posted represents, but even if it’s a week’s worth, it is annoyingly much. … Continue reading

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The Surgery

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First, I would like to acknowledge that it has been an absurdly long time since I have posted. Call it blogger’s block, or just a complete disorientation and disillusionment regarding what is happening these days in Brazil (more to come on … Continue reading

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The Creepy Side of Campos do Jordão

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  So, I’m not sure what the big whoop is about Campos do Jordão. We went this past weekend and it seemed to me that it was just like any of the other over commercialized small mountain towns, only even … Continue reading

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Me Hace Bien

My new favorite song and video! Not Brazilian… but still Latin.

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Five More Great Gifts to Bring from Brazil (Sao Paulo Specifically)

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For more lists and insights into Sao Paulo, see American Exbrat in São Paulo. You’re coming all this way to experience the Brazilian culture and São Paulo scene, naturally you’ll want to return with something special in your suitcase. There are … Continue reading

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Why Figurinhas are Awesome for Little Kids

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Hey world! Are the rest of the kids out there as crazy about collecting and trading World Cup figurinhas as the kids in Brazil are?? (And, ahem, their parents are??) If you are not yet aware of this craze, this … Continue reading

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Traveling to Brazil for the World Cup?

Here is some great information for those traveling to Brazil for the World Cup by Total Futeblog: 50 Days to Go: Brazil 2014 Travel Tips   Coming soon… how to stay safe (i.e. not get yourself in trouble (i.e. robbed … Continue reading

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What’s A Confederate to Do?

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Last week, we attended the Confederate Festival in Santa Barbara Oeste. I mean, really, how could we not? While I don’t claim any Confederate loyalty, nor do I believe my ancestors were among those that hung around the South, a … Continue reading

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What Can Carnaval Tell Us About Brazilian Business Skills?

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In Brazil, each Escola de Samba, or Samba school, works all year long to develop their portion of the Carnaval parade. The people who put together these elaborate affairs are not the wealthy of Brazil. In fact, some of the … Continue reading

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What You Can Buy on the Beach in Rio

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Did I mention that I drove all the way from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro? I’ll admit, after avoiding this type of task for so long, I’m feeling very empowered. We’ve spend the week back and forth between my … Continue reading

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Rachel’s Giveaway: American Exbrat in Sao Paulo

Hello all! Heads up – Rachel’s Rantings in Rio is holding a contest and the prize is… a copy of American Exbrat in São Paulo! Get a glimpse inside with “Ten Terms You Should Know,” and see if you can … Continue reading

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Podcast with Live in Brazil’s Kevin Porter

Check out my podcast with Kevin Porter from “Live in Brazil.” We discussed life in Brazil and what it means to be an “exbrat.” http://www.liveinbrazil.org/lib-10-why-you-should-move-to-sao-paulo-with-maggie-foxhole/ Kevin has inspired me to possibly start podcasting. Thoughts?

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If You Are Coming to São Paulo… you’ll need a bit of info

When I was doing a semester of grad school in Barcelona, my friend and I would jump on a train last minute on any given evening and wake up in yet another glorious European country ready to be explored (ok, … Continue reading

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Five Uses for the Stadiums After the Games

Now that Brazil has achieved a victory over Spain, there is definitely no canceling the World Cup in this country. But the problem remains… how to maximize use and revenues of the very expensive stadiums once the World Cup (and … Continue reading

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Ponta do Corumbau and Martine Renwart

The road to Ponta do Corumbau was even more complicated than that to Espelho, but more beautiful. The 52 km, bumpy, dirt path up a mountain, over hills and around corners took two and a half hours to travel from … Continue reading

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Praia do Espelho, Bahia

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills The road to Espelho was not just unpaved. It was not just unmaintained, but a nearly treacherous path through forests and fields. It was especially damaged through the … Continue reading

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The Road to Bahia: The Road

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São Mateus was a welcome resting point. While the city doesn’t have much, it does have this ruin of an ancient Jesuit church right in the middle of it. I couldn’t find much information about it, but there was a decent … Continue reading

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The Road to Bahia

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We are taking a break from the city life of São Paulo, and maybe the protesting, and headed to the state of Bahia. Driving. Yes today, we – myself, my husband, a five-year-old and a maltese – are loading up … Continue reading

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Protest Messages and Why You Should Help

In anticipation of the protests starting right about now, I wanted to round up some of the videos out there that explain what is happening. As well as some damn funny videos from some damn funny Brazilians (how can you … Continue reading

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5 Items for Foreigners from the Feira for Feriado

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As an extension of Tuesday’s post 10 Great Gifts to Bring from Brazil, here are five fun items you can buy at your local feira to bring to family and friends: 1. Make Your Own Bolo de Mandioca At our … Continue reading

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10 Great Gifts to Bring from Brazil

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Many of us foreigners in the city are making, or have already secured, plans to travel to our home countries for the Brazilian winter. But what fun items do we bring for friends and family that will represent the culture … Continue reading

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10 Things that Might Shock You in São Paulo

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For more lists of 10 and insights into Sao Paulo, see American Exbrat in São Paulo. The term “culture-shock” wasn’t coined for nothing. I know for a fact that there are many things that shock Brazilians when they visit the States. … Continue reading

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BAB’s One-Day Tour of São Paulo

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The other day, I got to enjoy a single-day tour of São Paulo with a visiting American. There was much back and forth discussion about how the day would go until a schedule was finally settled moments before we left. … Continue reading

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American Exbrat in São Paulo

Definition of EXBRAT:  1. A foreigner living in a “developing” country, spoiled by the conveniences of previous homes 2. An expatriate who refuses to understand the language or culture, but instead spends his/her time watching television programming from his/her homeland … Continue reading

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Arte Urbana at the MuBE

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Our friends recently mentioned that their visiting mother/in-law commented on the amount of “vandalism” in São Paulo. My own mother also mentioned this aspect of the city in a rather distasteful manner. Little do they know that this crime it … Continue reading

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Screen Dream

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Last night we went to see “Silver Lining Playbook” at the new Shopping JK Iguatemi’s VIP Cinema. I still don’t understand why this concept isn’t catching on with movie houses in the U.S., because it is fabulous. JK has even … Continue reading

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Vai Vai Samba Rehearsal

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Last night we went to the Vai Vai Samba School rehearsal for Carnaval. It was great fun to see. But once again, what I had in my head didn’t exactly match up with reality. I guess I though it was … Continue reading

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Bozo in Buzios

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  Well, we are finally back from Buzios. My daughter and I were actually getting a little bored at the end. Amazing how even paradise can become a bit monotonous if you spend enough time there. A big welcome to … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year from Brazil! To all my followers, friends and occasional readers, I hope all that makes you happy takes place for you in this new year. BAB

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SP Night Market!

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  I’m very excited that tomorrow I’ll finally be able to attend the SP Night market! For those in Sao Paulo, come and check out the unique eating and shopping opportunities that this night market offers (only now it starts … Continue reading

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Metro Adventure

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This week I braved the infamous 25 de Março to do some X-mas shopping. And I took the subway to get there! I’d only been on the subway once before, more than a year ago, with a chaperone. But I … Continue reading

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Jabuticaba trees

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This weekend we went to stay with friends at a working fazenda. Aside from a great time, I also experienced my first jabuticaba tree sighting. The fruit of Brazil is usually rather weird for foreigners. I’ll admit, us Americans like … Continue reading

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How Serious is Sao Paulo about Santa?

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Pretty darn, I might say. Yesterday, my daughter and I wandered into the Higienopolis mall – a.k.a. Shopping Patio  Higienopolis. Past the Holiday Houses lining the entrance, we could see a tree in the distance looming in the center of … Continue reading

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Madrugada

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Last night we went to a place that we’ve been wanting to go to ever since we happened upon it more than a year ago. Casa de Francisca is a fantastic little music venue, reminiscent of the old-time blues clubs you’d … Continue reading

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Gaia + Manthus

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Last week I accompanied a friend to a little spa in Higienopolis. She was getting what she thought was a massage special (Sao Paulo has a “spa week” just like NYC!) I had planned on getting a much needed manicure. … 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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10 Tips for Surviving Sao Paulo

Now that I’ve passed the two-year mark of life in Sao Paulo, I feel I’m qualified to dole out a bit of advice. The following are my top ten ways to survive expat life in the big SP. Embrace the … 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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History of Brazilians in Chicago

Here is an article posted by the Chicago Historical Society about the history of Brazilians in Chicago: http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1542.html The population of Brazilians in this city has always been rather small, which is why they never developed their own neighborhood like … 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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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 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 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 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 155: Agua de Coconut

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So we ended our Rio weekend in the best way possible – on the beach! And what’s an afternoon on the beach without a fresh drink of agua de coco. On the beaches in Brazil, the guys that rent you … Continue reading

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Day 148: Fazendinha

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On Sunday, Day 148, I had a lot to do. So I sent my husband and daughter off to the Fazendinha for the day. Ok, so I didn’t actually participate in this particular event, but I’m calling the act of … Continue reading

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Day 146: Group tour

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I know I’ve already posted about the Museu Afro Brasil (see Day 106), but on Friday, Day 146 of my challenge to indulge in all that is Brazilian, I went as part of a group with a tour guide. Yes, … Continue reading

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