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In 2013, we traveled to Brazil for a milestone birthday. What would normally take about three hours to drive from Paraty - the final destination of our trip - back to Rio de Janeiro/Geleão International Airport stretched into a grueling six-hour return. Learning that my birthday fell during the weekend in November when locals celebrate Proclamação da República do Brasil eased the sting one often feels when good things come to an end, and rather reinforced that I was destined to be there. Our 2013 itinerary included Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande and Paraty, each magical in its own way. This week, KT returns to Brazil's northeastern state of Bahia to experience Afro-Brazilian cuisine, known for satiating seafood stews that incorporate coconut and the African palm oil, dendê. Our preparation of Feijoada, the country's national dish, honors both my birthday and the birth of Brazil as a republic.
"Saudade," not translatable from Brazilian Portuguese, refers to feelings of longing or yearning and dreamful wistfulness.
Acarajé | Vatapá | Coquetel de Caipirinha
Moqueca de Peixe
Farofa de Ovo e Cebolinha | Arroz Tradicional | Feijão Carioca |
Pão de Queijo
Café da Manhã Brasileiro
Tapioca "Beiju" com Manteiga e Coco Rallado | Açai
Farofa de Dendê | Couve | Arroz Tradicional | Laranja
Samba music and dance as we know it developed in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, where today Samba schools from the city's poorer neighborhoods fill the streets during Carnival. While most commonly associated with the pre-Lent celebration, samba's entry into Brazil begins in Bahia, where Portuguese settlers brought slaves from Africa to harvest sugarcane. What began as cultural expression from colonial past continues to shape language, religious practice, music and food.
Kitchen Traveler is the creative brainchild of Michele McMurry and husband Doug, who together recreate global flavors from their cozy galley kitchen in San Antonio, Texas. While our passion for wandering and savoring is not new, our appreciation for such experiences ─ that for now remain on hold ─ is deeper than ever.