Rice and Beans are essential for a good and solid brazilian dish. Feijão are brown beans, served in a light brown sauce. Usually either flour of manjok or coarse grained flour of sweet corn is trickled upon. These are to be found on the table, along the small salt and pepper cellars, inside a dark wooden container. Fried and salted manjok or chick-peas are other popular side dishes. Along these standard side dishes, there's either a piece of chicken meat coated with breadcrumbs, beef with onions or baked fish. As salad there's usually green lettuce and limon.
PF: Prato Feito
In former days, mainly simple workers have been eating the known menu of "PF" (Prato Feito = readymade dish). However, by the time PF conquered all social layers. A true PF consists of a heap of rice and feijão, a big piece of meat, limon and salad. Usually, PF is just available in simple and popular restaurants - for an absolutely low price. No wonder why surfers do prefer PF - since nobody will get up the table still feeling hungry.
Cooking in the North
The more north you go in Brazil, the more spicy the dishes get. Baianos (inhabitants of Bahia) with african origins love sauces burning like fire along with fresh fish. Other typical bahian side dishes are fried bananas.
Condensed milk with lots of sugar: the essential ingredient of a good brasilian dessert. They are tasty, some of them even a little too sweet. Brigadeiros are darkbrown and creamy candies of cacao, decorated by chocolate crisps.
Especially during the brazilian summer, people like to take cooled and refreshing desserts. Amongst them are whip of gojava and gelatine with cherry flavour and fruits inside.
Fresh fruit juices
In Brazil, there are a lot of these inviting places, a combination of icecream parlour, café and juice bar. Small tables and chairs in the open air of the street - and a comfortably cool interior with its floor covered by black and white tiles. Especially in the brazilian summer, the side walls are widely opened, letting enter a light breeze. Everybody goes there, people that take a break from their shopping tour, others that simply want to take a fresh up on their way home.
On the wall behind the counter are listed the available fruit juices. Together with the rattling sound of the electric mixer, mixing ice cubes and fruits, you get a terribly strong desire to taste such a juice. Tropical fruits in abundance, some of them have never been seen in Europe. My favourite juice : orange mixed with acerola, a small red and very sour fruit. Its tree is rather disliked by gardeners as its permanently maturing fruits just lie on the ground, having to be collected.