So in the few hours in between work, taxi and sleep I've managed to sample a few Brazilians meals. Every single one contained meat of some kind, the majority of which were huge chucks of dead cow. Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for a hunk a steak now and then, but this is taking it to the extreme. Where in the UK, the meat portion is smaller than the vegetable portion by quite a lot, hear the opposite is true. Huge steaks with a spoonful of salad to help you along!
The 'traditional meal' of the Brazilian people is a beef steak (of some sort), rice, black beans and a little salad. Its pretty good, only problem is:
- The meat is also always well-done to the point of being able to bounce it
- So much salt is used it burns my lips.
Bangers, mash and onion gravy every time for me I'm afraid!
I have discovered that desserts are not really that common (unless its ice cream) and chicken nuggets (I forget the Portuguese translation) are looked on as some kind of food of the gods (wtf!?!)
I've also tried some new (to me) fruit - Kaka, which looks like a tomato but is almost toffee-like in taste and sweetness, papaya (heard of, but not had before), which I found to be mleh to eat and very bleugh to drink as juice and finally guarana, which is a Brazilian berry sold as a caffeine soft drink (and very nice it is too).
The street sellers can also be seen pushing cart loads of coconuts around as well - these still have their original green husks around them and the sellers just drill a hole and plonk a straw in and your away!
I've been taken out a couple of times by the guys I'm training, which has been fantastic - the first occasion I was forced to try cachaça - a cane sugar liquor that tastes and resembles ethanol. Lets just say that doing the training the next day was very hard work...
Finally, the sun comes outToday was the first day this week that the sun shone for longer than about 10minutes. It also didn't rain. As a result I've done some wandering and managed to fit in a 10k run first thing. I may have at last earned a steak this evening...
|Paulista Avenue used to be lined with Mansions like the this one (apparently), unfortunately now all mostly cleared for ugly tower blocks. This building is in a sorry state, but is beautiful|
|What you can't quite see is the 3 metre wide cobweb stretching from the statue to the tree...|
|Welcome to the Jungle, we've got fun and games...|