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Sushi? Trinidad? There is a reason that raw fish and Trinidadians doesn’t work!

Sushi? Trinidad? There is a reason that raw fish and Trinidadians doesn’t work!

I have gotten this question in online forums a couple times, as well as seeing that people are actively searching the terms on my travelogue, so I thought I would write a reusable answer for this question. My first question to anyone even thinking about having Japanese food in Trinidad … Why bother???? With the variety and fusion of foods in Trinidad that are excellent, why bother trying Japanese food in Trinidad? It’s not to say that Trinidadians couldn’t import a decent “Itamae-san” to create great sushi and prepare sashimi in the right way; but there is a fundamental problem ... Read More »

At the Copa! Copacabana….

So after a long day’s work, Jeff and I decided to try and head up to Sugarloaf for some nightshooting. We thought that we had enough time to make it from Caesar Park to the mountain but of course Rio’s famous rush hour traffic put paid to that thought. So as a detour, we decided that it would be feasible to try and hit Copacabana beach for a little nightshooting. One of the most palpable things about Rio thus far was how unsafe I felt. Now to me, manageable travel safety is defined as the following: “The combination of high ... Read More »

Feijoada at where else….Casa de Feijoada!

After starting off the trip with wanting to try Feijoada at the Caesar Park (since it is reputed to have some of the best in the city), Laura and I went off for dinner at one of the only places in Rio that serves the meal daily – Casa de Feijoada. With little more than a couple slices of mango and juice in my tummy, we went looking for a late lunch there… it was 5pm btw. I had been practicing my pronounciation of “fay-zho-a-da,” all week, so now the same way I say “Ho-do-via-ree-ah” for bus station and sound ... Read More »

Where’s the girl from Ipanema?

Ipanema and its beach are known for its views, waves and beautiful bodies. Walking along the two mile beach, it was impossible not to notice the Brazilian men with chiseled bodies (If you base Brazil on what you see on this beach, you’ll thing that all Brazilians run, have 8-packs and do weights and exercise on the beach) and skimpy speedos (This must be the european thing to have your junk hanging out) all playing volleyball and tanning. Tall, bronzed, statuesque Amazonian women in even skimpier thongs lay on squares of colourful cotton under the blazing sun, aligned carefully for ... Read More »

Pao de Azucar at night…

Pao de Azucar at night…

This is another one of those tourist attractions that doesn’t need much explaining or blogging. It is pretty much the following sequence of events: You go You ride You take pictures You ponder for a while You have a drink You ponder for while You talk with strangers about the view You take more pictures You ride down Look at pictures Then the sunset comes over and it gets dark and then you have a new beauty … it’s Pao de Azucar at night! Read More »

Daytripping to Petropolis

Updated 29/7/2011: Here is a link to great new hostel in Petropolis that I would stay at : Samambaia Hostel Dec 5th, 2009 Up in the mountains about an hour away from Rio is the historical town of Petropolis. This town was the summer home of the Dom Pedro II and the  Imperial family of Brazil.The climate is fresh and agreeable in the summer, although it today the weather was quite overcast and there was fog everywhere, but from the bus ride up here one gets the sense that the vistas from the mountains would have been beautiful. This town ... Read More »

Oink Oink! Porcao Rios…..

I think this picture captures the essence of Porcao Rios. Porcao means “Big Pig” and they seriously are all about the animal there, as long as it has 4 legs, they will cook it and serve it.  After a long week working, this was the perfect little end of the week here… tons of fresh salads, fresh sashimi (the sashimi was really, really good) and of course, the meat! I had been to Porcao in Miami years ago and it wasn’t that expensive, I think it was about 40$ or so for the service and the food. I had read ... Read More »

Always ask what the hell you’re eating….

Whether one is passing through a city for work or play, hopefully you end up meeting some locals and heading out to a bar or restaurant. The thing is that the first instinct one has when entering a restaurant is to look at the menu and order the most familiar thing on the menu. This is why the average vacationer ends up with a burger and fries; why??? It is consistent You know what to expect You know what the ingredients should be More importantly you know how should typically taste. I have tried to unsubscribe from this most basic ... Read More »

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