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Dia dos Namorados: The Brazilian Valentine’s Day

Dia dos Namorados (Lover’s Day) takes place on the 12th of June every year and is celebrated across the Portuguese speaking world. In Brazil, it is the equivalent of Valentine’ Day which is February 14th in Europe and the English speaking world. How is Dia dos Namorados celebrated? Dia dos Namorados is celebrated the same …

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Beautiful Historic Fazendas, Plantation Homes & Engenhos of Brazil

What is a fazenda? Fazenda is the Portuguese word for farm. However, it specifically refers to a plantation. Fazendas were found across Brazil in the 16th to 19th century. Fazendas were typically established to grow sugar cane for sugar refinement and cachaça distillation. However, by the 19th century, many fazendas re-tooled to produce coffee. The …

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How to cook Feijoada: Brazilian soul food

What is Feijoada? In Brazil, there is one dish to rule them all.  One dish, passionately cooked and eaten with great pleasure, all across Brazil. That dish is Feijoada, the national dish of Brazil. Feijoada is so popular with Brazilians that even the vegans and vegetarians will confess that they truly miss this only meat …

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The Salvador Grower’s Market – Feira de Sao Joaquim

For a truly authentic experience, stray from the tourist path and find your way to the Feria de Sao Joaquim – the historic grower’s market in Salvador, Bahia. Located between All Saints Bay and Oscar Pontes Avenue, the huge and historic market complex is like a labyrinth into the heart and soul of Bahian culture. …

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