Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Welcome to Bira! If this photo on its own doesn't inspire you for some serious seafood stew, you must be on a perpetual diet.
Why would I write that Bira is only for Cariocas? They will certainly very happily accept your money, but they wont accept your credit cards. Furthermore you will have to take an extremely long cab ride. But I wouldn't be writing this unless it was well worth your time (and money!).
This is where my husband and I had our rehearsal dinner for our wedding over 10 years ago. Our guests are still talking about it, or that which they remembered after too many caipirinhas! So, as I am still married to the same wonderful Carioca husband, and above is one of the mini Cariocas we have since created, take a day on the weekend and make the trek to BIRA.
Now back to this crazy stew they serve at Bira! After the beach at Prainha, ask the cab to go to Pedra da Guaratiba, which is a small town over the hills. The trip on its own is very picturesque, but again our focus here is food! Once you get to the military entrance in Pedra da Guaratiba there is a sharp turn left and you will go up the hill to Bira. Your cab drive will have to ask some people, but it is easy to find.
And last but not least you are basically eating in a tree house! The view from here over another nature reserve is absolutely spectacular. If you are lucky a mico monkey might scamper though the trees (dont worry they hate octopus stew!). And of course I would never recommend this place if it didnt also have fabulous caipirinhas! (you might want to order some shrimp pasteis to start). Bon appetit!
Rua Barros de Alarcão, 476, Pedra de Guaratiba, 2417-1716
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Time to go to the beach!
Easy, put on your Anika bikini, grab a towel, don't forget the sunscreen and off you go, right?
WRONG.Going to the beach in Rio is a true art form, and one to master. I want to help you all fit in, be temporary Cariocas and give you the inside scoop on what is going on in this wonderful city. So that being said I will ask you to first leave that HOTEL TOWEL at home, got it? Put your pareo, sunglasses and sunscreen in your big ol´ beach bag, put on your Havaianas and hit the beach guys.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This has got to be one of the most Carioca (Rio native) establishments out there. You go to the Bar Urca - counter across the street, ask for your beer and snacks, wait, messed up on the order of things here....
FIRST STEP: scout out a good spot on THE WALL (aka muro in Portuguese), which is far enough in the shade for your liking. Leave your buddy to protect the wall area you have staked out.
SECOND STEP: (carefully!) cross the street, remembering that Rio drivers do NOT, I repeat do NOT stop for a pedestrian, they enjoy seeing how fast they can make you run for your life as you cross the street.
THIRD STEP: safely on the other side of the street and at the bar? Good! Order a Bohemia (BOW-EM-YA) beer and 4 (CUATRO) pasteis (PASS-TAYS) de camarao (CAM A RAU). You are about to eat shrimp empada type snacks, but better!
FOURTH STEP: cross the street with all of your yummy food and beer, and please oh please look ALL ways before crossing so you and your beer dont become road kill. Dont forget that this step becomes exponentially more dificult the more beers you have had!
FIFTH STEP: sit on the wall, with your beer, your buddy and pasteis, looking out over the Guanabara Bay and figure out how in the world you are going to get a job in this amazing city and live here for the rest of your life!