the berimbau is a single-string percussion instrument, a musical bow, from brazil. the berimbau consists of a wooden bow (verga â?? traditionally made from biribã¡ wood, which grows in brazil), about 4 to 5 feet long (1.2 to 1.5 m), with a steel string (arame â?? often pulled from the inside of an automobile tire) tightly strung and secured from one end of the verga to the other. a gourd (cabaã§a), dried, opened and hollowed-out, attached to the lower portion of the verga by a loop of tough string, acts as a resonator.
the pandeiro is a type of hand frame drum popular in brazil, and which has been described as an unofficial instrument of that nation. the drumhead is tunable, and the rim holds metal jingles (platinelas), which are cupped creating a crisper, drier and less sustained tone on the pandeiro than on the tambourine. typical pandeiro patterns are played by alternating the thumb, fingertips, heel, and palm of the hand. a pandeiro can also be shaken to make sound, or one can run a finger along the head to produce a roll.
my dh just returned from a trip to brazil with a panela de barro, a traditional clay cooking pot. i've never seen one before but a quick google suggests it's a pretty ancient type of cooking vessel, so pretty primal!
when proto-brazilians first learned that many foodstuffs were improved, or even simply made edible, by the application of heat, they basically used two ways to apply that heat. indirect exposure involved placing the food in some sort of fired clay container and heating the food in liquid inside the pot or pan. even the most primitive tribes of amerindians seem to have known the technique of firing clay to make ceramic products and to have learned that once fired, ceramics can be exposed to high levels of heat without damage.
the acai berry is a rich purple palm fruit indigenous to the amazon rainforest. for hundreds of years, these small dark berries have been integral to the diet of native amazon people.
this is a nice gift from brazil, something to remember it by. layered sand in a glass bottle in a variety of designs. i have no idea how they make them so well.
you can find people selling these brazilian hammocks on the beach or the streets. if you haggle you can defiantly get them for a good price and they make nice presents. they come in a multitude of colours and designs and really nice for home.
this candy is as brazilian as it gets. the original paçoca (pa-sso-ca) is made with peanuts, sugar and cassava flour and it is ground in a mortar. the name paçoca comes from a brazilian native dialect (tupi-guarani) and it means "to crumble". that is because this candy crumbles down easily either in your hands or in your mouth. this candy is found at just about any grocery store, street markets and school's cafeterias around brazil. there are two types of paçoca. one that is drier and crumbles easily and normally comes in a cork shape. the other one is slightly denser, moister and it is normally shaped into squares. the last one was always my favourite and it's the one posted here. there is an old tradition amongst brazilian christians of eating paçoca during lent or on good friday, since peanuts are naturally high in energy. my grandmother used to mashed them with bananas (for moisture) and eat it with a fork.
brazilian wish ribbons or “fitas do senhor do bonfim da bahia,” as they are known in brazil, have been in existence for many years. it is believed that they were created around 1792. they are worn as a fashion accessory as well as a good luck charm. all you need to do is tie the ribbon around your wrist with 3 knots. make a wish for each of the 3 knots you tie. once the wish ribbon wears out and falls off your wrist on its own, it is believed that your 3 wishes will come true. these bracelets were previously known as "the measure of bonfim" because their size (47 centimeters) corresponded to the length of the arm of a christ statue located at bahia's most famous church - the church of senhor do bonfim. in the 19th century, the bracelets were silk made and the writings on them were done by hand with ink or silver. they were worn on the neck as a necklace, upon which were hung medallions and holy images. nowadays, the bracelets are polyester made and are tied around the wrist rather than around the neck. in brazil, these popular bracelets have received many names: ribbon of bonfim, little ribbon, miracle ribbon, wish ribbon... worn by generations and generations, these bracelets are a symbol of faith and good luck!
cachaça is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice. also known as aguardente, pinga, caninha or other names, it is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in brazil
this unique brazilian flag design canga is the beach wrap with tassled edges that both brazilian men and women wear in many different styles at the beach. by wearing this fantastic sarong, be sure to bring brazil with you to the beach, no matter where you are. being very light, you may carry it around and you may use it either to lay down on the beach or as a saragon, just like brazilian people do.
cheese buns, cheese breads, pão de queijo, chipá, or cuñapé, are a variety of small, baked, cheese-flavored rolls, a popular snack and breakfast food in bolivia, brazil (specially in the state of minas gerais), paraguay and northern argentina. its origin is uncertain; it is speculated[by whom?] that the recipe has existed since the eighteenth century in minas gerais (brazil), but it became popular throughout the country after the 1950s. it's also widely eaten in northern argentina. in countries where the snack is popular, it is inexpensive and often sold from streetside stands by vendors carrying a heat-preserving container. in brazil, it's very commonly found in groceries, supermarkets and bakeries, industrialized and/or freshly made.
copper is known worldwide for its superior capacity in distribution of heat and high durability, making copper cookware a must-have for cooks around the globe. it is best used for frying and making sweets. the difference in prices here is substantial: shops in the state of minas gerais, where there is a culture of cooking with copper cookware a 1 litre copper saucepan costs usd 45,00. in comparison, in new york, the average price for a 1 litre copper saucepan is usd 200.
the christ the redeemer statue is probably the most famous icon in south america (and maybe the world!). one can pick up a scale model in the souvenir shops next do the statue itself.
guaraná is a guaraná-flavoured soft drink, originating in brazil and manufactured and distributed by anheuser-busch inbev. it was created in 1921 by pedro baptista de andrade for companhia antarctica paulista, now part of anheuser-busch inbev. the drink is produced only in three countries (portugal, brazil, and japan). it is the second best-selling soft drink brand in brazil, behind only coca-cola, an absolute leader in its segment. currently, it is one of the 15 best-selling soft drink brands in the world.
guaraná jesus is a brazilian soft drink produced by eduardo lago, a coca-cola bottler based in são luís. the drink is popular within the region, reportedly outselling coca-cola, and is made from extracts of the guarana plant, which contains caffeine (sometimes called "guaranine"), theophylline, and theobromine. lago has noted that "every brazilian knows that guarana is a stimulant and that means it stimulates everything".the drink is named for jesus norberto gomes, the druggist who formulated the drink in 1920. the drink has a pink color, a cinnamon aroma and a very sweet taste, and is marketed with the slogan "the pink dream".the drink is now a brand owned by the coca-cola company.
it is a really beatiful handicraft statue, that it is going to look great inside our living room.
brazilian traditional handicraft.
a havaianas icon, the brasil features a flag embellishment on a matte strap and a multicolor sole for style. comfort comes courtesy of our signature textured footbed. thong style cushioned footbed with textured rice pattern and rubber flip flop sole made in brazil
comfort comes courtesy of our signature textured footbed and multicolor sole. thong style cushioned footbed with textured rice pattern and rubber flip flop sole made in brazil
jersey of the best football team in the world.
a nice refreshing brazilian beer, good for drinking ice cold on a hot day.
these are hats from way back when there were bandits in brazil. cangaço is the name given to "social banditry" similar to "robin hood". they were mainly found in the north east of brazil in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. this region of brazil is known for its aridness and hard way of life, and in a form of reaction against the domination of the land owners and the government, many men and women decided to become nomadic bandits, roaming the hinterlands seeking money, food and revenge. if you want a good one made from leather then you will have to fork out quite a bit, or you could get a cheap one.
mate is a traditional south american caffeine-rich infused drink, particularly in argentina (where it is defined by law as the "national infusion"), uruguay, paraguay and southern brazil, and to a lesser degree in southern chile, the bolivian chaco, syria and lebanon. it is prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate (llex paraguariensis, known in portuguese as erva-mate) in hot water.
a brazilian kind of poncho that it is used in south of brazil in the winter days.
a great dessert to have with a good cup of coffee. this is a fantastic brazilian chocolate cake. for those unfamiliar with this dessert popular in brazil, pão de mel is a cake made mostly from honey, chocolate spiced spunge which is coated in chocolate to prolong its flavour. it can be filled with dulce de leche, brigadeiro filling, jam.
tapioca flour, also known as tapioca starch, is a starchy white flour that has a slight sweet flavor to it. tapioca flour is an alternative to traditional wheat flours and has a variety of uses in baking. the flour is made from the starch extracted from the south american cassava plant. when the roots have fully developed, they are harvested and processed to remove toxins. the starch is then extracted from the root by a repeated process of washing and pulping the mixture, then separating off the liquid. tapioca flour helps bind gluten free recipes and improves the texture of baked goods. tapioca helps add crispness to crusts and chew to baked goods. tapioca flour is an extremely smooth flour, which makes for a great thickener in sauces, pies and soups since it never discolors and contains no discernible taste or smell. it can also be used to replace corn starch (use 2 tbsp tapioca flour for each 1 tbsp corn starch). moreover, it never coagulates or separates when refrigerated or frozen. use in combination with other gluten free flours for best results.
for the california/french wine grape also known as blanc de cadillac, see burger (grape). for the italian wine grape also known as falanchina, see falanghina. for the spanish wine grape known as gredelãn, see viura.
trebbiano (or ugni blanc in france) is a white-wine grape originally from italy, where it generates large quantities of simple but refreshing white wine. there are in fact a number of varieties that bear the name trebbiano; some are genetically related, some not. this page is about the most common form, trebbiano toscano.