Maasdam was at the exciting port of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for three days this week. Guests got to experience some of the city’s Carnaval flavor. Read about the “ABC’s” of Rio’s culinary scene from an article that appeared in Mariner Magazine.
Rio de Janeiro
By Scott Mitchem, published in Holland America Line’s award-winning Mariner Magazine
Açai for the Active – One part juice bar, one part lunch counter, Rio’s lanchonetes are a way of life for locals, and the best places for a bowl of açaí, the energy-boosting Amazonian berry with incredible antioxidant properties. Visit Poli Sucos in Ipanema for açaí the traditional Brazilian way, blended with bananas and topped with granola.
Bounty of Botecos – Botequims, or botecos for short, are lively pub-like cafés that serve draft beer and savory bar snacks, called salgadinhos. Popular chains include Botequim Informal and Devassa. In Leblon, Chico e Alaíde has advanced the concept, taking a decidedly gourmet approach to the traditional menu. Don’t miss the empada de bobo de camarao, a type of pastry filled with shrimp stew.
Click HERE to read the rest of the article and find out the best place to order a Caipirinha.