Culinary Delights of Brazil
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Approximately 2½ Hours
The state of Espirito Santo is famous for its seafood and Capixaba cuisine. The most famous dish is Moqueca, made with shrimp and fish. Locals claim it is similar to the cuisine of Bahia but offers a more refined taste as it does not use coconut oil or milk. Start with a panoramic drive past Vitoria’s beaches on your way to visit the pot makers cooperative (panaleiras). Here you will watch women shaping earthenware pots and drying them in the sun. They are given a distinctive color using mangrove bark; then are fired to harden. Panelas (the clay pots of Espirito Santo) are an intrinsic part of traditional Brazilian cooking and are used to make the famous Moquecas. Now, you will head to a typical local restaurant for a cooking demonstration led by a local expert. Try Casquinha de Siri (stuffed crab shells), Capixaba Moqueca, and traditional coconut sweets. You’ll also try a Guarana soda or fresh chilled coconut juice.
Your guide will do his/her best to speak English, but please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure of Vitória is part of the city’s charm, and bear with any language difficulties he/she may encounter. Tour may be conducted by a Portuguese-speaking guide and an English-language translator. Bring sunscreen, local currency, a hat, and water. Wear comfortable shoes. Minimum age is 12 years.