Food and People: Brazil

Brazil is a country full of rich sensations and experiences to be feasted upon. The crowded streets are abuzz with the smell of food, colorful artwork, and the vibrant energy of millions of people.

The busy boulevards and alleyways create a lush street-market culture and much of what is available is food. Many dishes originate not only from different regions of Brazil, but also in the places from which large groups of immigrants are from, such as the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Frequently, though, such cuisines will show a great Brazilian influence, utilizing locally popular cheeses and meats.

Don't miss out on delicious, finger-licking favorites like the national dish of pork and beans, feijoada (FEY-SHO-A-DA) or the famous Brazilian barbeque, Churrasco, served by waiters in an all-you-can eat fashion.

Portuguese influence is not only heard, as it is the national language, but also seen. One incredible piece of art to see is a set of tiled steps in Rio de Janeiro -heir in to a long-standing Portuguese ceramic tradition, but with a distinctly Brazilian twist.  Each piece was a testament to Brazil's diverse history: Amazonian butterflies, a Chinese dragon, a colonial ship, and Brazilian sayings.

Every view in Brazil arouses the emotions. It seems nearly impossible that such swarming urban centers can exist in the same nation as the placid view of Cristo Rey.  These contrasts are what bring out Brazil's complex beauty.

Every Thursday, we'll be posting snapshots from different spots around the world and encourage you to do the same. You can share your photos by emailing us at FoodandPeople@SamuelssonGroup.com You can also submit a post on Tumblr which we review before posting our favorites here on MarcusSamuelsson.com

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