In art & design on February 3, 2011 at 9:00 am
…find me still. This time it comes papered in exotic prints by flavor paper.
lush and tropical this takes me back to the beautifully painted storefronts that are woven throughout the neighborhoods of ipanema. i love the pop of fuchsia and the zing of yellow against the juicy greens and turquoise! the black ground shows off the saturation and makes these colors hum!
the easily recognizable sidewalks of copacabana are beautifully depicted in this earthy print embossed with crocodile texture. quietly sophisticated, the rubbed gold imparts a look that is lux.
this bold black and white print embodies the modernist movement that flourishes in the heart of colonial brazil. it is the very antithesis of the natural terrain.
beautiful and vastly different interpretations of today’s brazil, visit flavor paper here.
In cuisine, travel on January 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm
…where I have to say, I was expecting more of an
education. not to say the drinks weren’t good, because they were,
but typical of brazilian culture, there was no up-sell! cachaça is
brazil’s sugar cane liquor that tastes closest to rum. if you are
familiar with tastes and brands, the lack of attention may be a
plus, but i was really hoping the academia would offer flights, a
descriptive menu or something. we did sample their cachaça batidas,
the coca (uber fresh coconut), the cashew, passionfruit (muito
frutado) and brazilian cherry (i think there was chili in there
somewhere!) but i didn’t leave with bottles and bottles as
the food was perfection (picture the roasted heart of
palm) and the camarao was delicioso (when we FINALLY got it) but
the service was on brazilian time so relax and SIP that drink
slowly because it will be a while. other brazilians were struggling
to get the check so i didn’t feel like i was singled out. again,
i’ve done amazing tequila tastings in mexico which have proven
educational for me and profitable for them! it could just be a case
of different priorities but who wouldn’t enjoy the extra profit?
would i come back? probably not because my buzz was LONG gone when
the check finally arrived. bar monaco downstairs from our rental
flat is friendly and knows how to hook their customers up! the
pastels are to die for and the bacalhau makes me drool like
pavlov’s dog at the mere mention and our attentive waiter keeps the
i’ve included photos of some cachaça varieties
offered at the academia, but sadly, can tell you nothing about
In travel on January 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm
…the fireworks show on copacabana beach was unbelievable! I took footage of that and the batucada parade outside of our window which I hope to post soon.10 million people on the beach and then the walk into the ocean to make seven wishes as you jump seven waves.
In travel on December 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm
…finally arrived after a moderately long flight via no frills copa airlines. We hit the ground running in an effort to stave off jetlag. My partner has never been so after we met up with friends, corcovado and Christ the redeemer came up first on the list. Been there, done that but I went along for the ride. Got our tickets and had a lazy lunch. Unfortunately a heavy fog layer came to the top of the mount and wiped out any view. Took this photo of these beautiful blossoms that grow up on trees. Will identify when I return. Tonight, dinner and live music in the central arts district, tomorrow, petropolis!