Classic things

It is true to say that Frank Sinatra’s version of “The girl from Ipanema” played on an almost semi continuous loop while I explored the songs inspirational suburb, I had barely heard the song before I arrived in Rio, but for some reason I couldn’t get the chorus out of my head as I strolled…

Brazilian inspired

I can’t say I accomplished a great deal in Rio, I spent time at the beaches, visited no museums or historical venues and in spite of my personal safety based paranoia I found myself having a good time. Enjoying the sub-tropical warmth, the mostly empty, just out of season beaches and the relaxed vibe the…

EAT RIO Tom’s tour

Tom explains the premise of his food tour quite well, he wants the tour experience to be like a friend of a friend is showing you around a city they live in. And he nails that description perfectly with a mix of professionalism and approachability that delivers an excellent and enjoyable six hours of food…

Comida tailandesa com amigos

Having spent the morning exploring Belo Horizonte’s market I felt it was only fair that I should return a favour to Marilia for so kindly showing me around her home town. Marilia used to live in London and really missed international foods, so while we were the market I looked to see what produce there…

The Minas touch

The market in Belo Horizonte is a maze of shops and stalls one that I was very happy to have a local showing me around, I didn’t need the help navigating so much but more to help explain the local produce and to talk with some of the shop keepers when she found something specifically…

Pao de queijo

The first impression I had of Belo Horizonte had been gleaned the moment I stepped out of the taxi into the tropical feeling downtown, the pedestrian street where my hostel was located was not far away, the pretty cobbled street was lined with boutiques and the pedestrians on it looked approachable, perhaps the perfect scene…

Mas Mollejas

From the little blue dot on my screen google maps had me in the right place, I had followed the directions correctly, navigated the traffic and crossed over the almost subterranean La Canada river to reach this road running parallel. The street was a little non-descript, but was clean and well kept, I had assumed…

Grabbing the bull by the horns

Travelling in a place where the food culture is simple and uninspiring is a two edged sword, it is liberating in a way and disheartening in another. The liberation comes in the form of freedom, I am free from the relentless research and planning I undertake to try and ensure that I have every opportunity…

Goloso

Argentina’s sweet heart is powered by two tooth numbing sweet items, representative of the two largest immigrant groups that settled the country, the Spanish and more recently the Italians. The Spanish brought dulce de leche with them at some point and the Argentinians have grabbed it, clasped it tightly to their chests and run with…

Grandma style

Intentional distressed walls and doors, classic original floors and simple hearty food designed to be shared communally, this restaurant is aiming for nostalgia with an Argentine country kitchen sort of feel. Part of the nostalgia feel of the place is lost on me, but I love the concept, the idea that everyone enjoys hearty simple…

Pan American cuisine

Sitting inside a restored traditional house in the Villa Crespo district of Buenos Aires I was pretty sure I had made a good choice for dinner. The napkins were well starched and folded crisply, the tables poorly lit and simply decorated, the walls were tastefully decorated with a few features to catch the eye. The…

Before arrival

Before I arrived in Argentina I had a very narrow view of Argentine food, my line of thought extended little beyond beef, empanadas and Malbec. Having spent only a few days here already I can extend that list to include milanesas, dulce de leche and even Argentine style pizzas to the list of foods I…