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March 14, 2017

Building Blocks: Jambú, Brazil's Magic Herb

By Danielle Renwick
Rio -- Jambú-infused cachaça is bitter and a bit grassy, and newcomers to the drink often grimace at first taste. But seconds later something happens: the liquor's harshness gives way to a gentle tingling, then numbness, first on the tip of the tongue, then to the lips and the back of the throat. Read more
Rio -- Jambú-infused cachaça is bitter and a bit grassy, and newcomers to the drink often grimace at first taste. But seconds later something happens: the liquor's harshness gives way to a gentle tingling, then numbness, first on the tip of the tongue, then to the lips and the back of the throat. Next, the mouth salivates, pulses, and other foods and drinks take on new flavors: a cheap beer suddenly tastes like champagne. The second quaff is often taken much more eagerly than the first.

Jambú, or acmella oleracea, is a flowering herb found throughout the Amazon and other warm, humid climates. Read more
March 1, 2017

Salve Simpatia: Across the Bay

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Rio -- Cariocas don’t give much love to Niterói, joking that the only reason to go to this city across Guanabara Bay is for its spectacular view of Rio de Janeiro. But while less busy and far less popular than Rio, Niterói is full of lovely beaches, great museums, excellent restaurants and hundreds of bars. Read more
Find true love in a cod fritter on our downtown tour.
February 24, 2017

Bacalhau do Rei: Long Live the King

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Rio -- A tourist visiting Rio is very likely to hear mention of Baixo Gávea, or B.G. It’s a very famous square, surrounded by bars and restaurants where young, rich and beautiful cariocas get together. Read more