Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Honeymoon Hop - São Paulo Day 2

São Paulo

Good morning Guaraná!

São Paulo

Alysson, Dylan and I were set for another adventurous day in São Paulo. We started our day out early and headed straight to the subway station.

São Paulo

When we got back from our honeymoon the first thing people asked was, "Hey, are the people in Brazil beautiful like everyone says?" The answer is yes. They are beautiful in so many ways. I think the way they live is very beautiful. Music, food, drinks, work and dance ALL in moderation. They live a balanced life and it shows.

São Paulo

Pão de queijo (cheese bread)! I had to have a daily dosage of chewy and cheesy pão de queijo. 25 cents at the subway station.

São Paulo


São Paulo

Hello craziness at São Bento Station.

São Paulo

Everyone and anyone was in and around São Bento station to shop for last minute Christmas gifts. This place was so shady. Tons of illegal vendors. Police walking in groups kicking down vendor stations. Once the police turned the corner, the vendors were back in business. Nice.

São Paulo

Mercado Municipal

Once we got closer to our destination, Mercado Municipal, things started to cool down. Thank God. It was so tiring walking uphill dodging shoppers, vendors, and the police.

São Paulo

Mercado Municipal is a great foodie destination. The 135,000-square-foot space is loaded tropical fruit, bacalhau (salted cod), cheese and a great Mortadella sandwiches.

Mercado Municipal

Mercado Municipal

Mercado Municipal

Mercado Municipal

The workers are eager to get you to try any of their fresh fruits. When I woke up Alysson made us a cashew smoothie. This is the cashew fruit. It was sweet and juicy, but it's after effect is not to be loved. Think very green banana effect. Totally sucks all the saliva out of your mouth making your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth like hot wax to a hairy body. No fun.

Mercado Municipal

Mercado Municipal

Brasil's beloved bacalhau. Dylan and I like how the word 'bacalhau' rolled off our tongue. Poor Al had to listen to stupid Americans repeat bacalhau over and over and over. It was like Dumb and Dumber Goes to Brasil.

Mercado Municipal

You'll find some food stalls on the first floor. But don't stop here. Head upstairs.

São Paulo

Forget Westfields. THIS is a food court. There were about 4-5 sandwich spots on the 2nd floor at Mercado Municpal. We stuck with this one, the Hocca Bar, most known for their pastéis de bacalhau (think Brasilian Hot Pockets...without the back pains) and Mortadella sandwiches.

São Paulo

I grew up eating mortadella. I love the fat blobs, the sliced pistachio, and the amazing firm bite. My mom would toast two slices of bread with butter in a fry pan and add about four slices of mortadella after it was perfectly toasted. The combination of warm toast and cold mortadella made this my most favorite sandwich growing up.

Mortadella Sandwich at the Mercado

Mortadella Sandwich at the Mercado

This sandwich, on the other hand, was not great as I hoped. The mortadella was a bit mushy...and there was A LOT OF MEAT. Al watched us eat the mortadella sandwich in disgust. It's equivalent in Los Angeles is probably like watching someone scarf down a Manuel's special at El Tepeyac. With the heat and humidity, Dylan and I weren't feeling the mammoth of a sandwich, so we took over half the meat out and suprisingly, it was a lot tastier. With less meat, we were able to appreciate the great mortadella bite.

São Paulo

Pastéis time. I didn't know until afterwards that the Hocca Bar was known for their pastéis de bacalhau Don't you hate when that happens? Anyways, we ordered the minced beef and shrimp pastéis.


São Paulo

São Paulo

Add some delicious Portuguese olive oil and these pastéis are nothing but beautifully fried bites of juicy YUMMMMM. Olà colesterol!!!

São Paulo

Mercado Municipal

Even after our mortadella and pastèis, Dylan could not resist the corn man waiting for us outside.

Brigadeiro Doceria and Cafe

After we got back to Pinheiros, we all needed to cool down and relax at the famous Brigadeiro Doceria across the street.

Brigadeiro Doceria and Cafe

Brigadeiro

Brigadeiro yells out that C word. CUUUUTE!

Brigadeiro Doceria and Cafe

The cafe has pets all over the place. Lovebirds, bunnies, turtles - all named after their desserts. Cute...in a twisted way.

Brigadeiro Doceria and Cafe

Bolo de cenoura, Brasilian carrot cake quickly became one of my favorite cakes while we were in Brasil. It's the perfect cake to drink with your coffee in the morning.

Brigadeiro Doceria and Cafe

Fuba Molhadinho, simple white cake made with corn meal and milk tea!

Brigadeiro Doceria and Cafe

Brigadeiro

Dylan and I admired all the groping sugar packets. Go gropers.

Brigadeiro

Piraja -

Dylan and I headed over to Piraja while our friend Al had to finish up stuff at work. Piraja is a corner neighborhood restaurant where the fashionable Paulistas go for happy hour.

Piraja

When entering some bars and drinking establishments, you'll be handed a ticket which is used to track your consumption throughout the night. When you're ready to bounce, you pay for your goods and then you get another ticket, the ticket to exit.

Piraja

Feijão (Bean soup)

Piraja

Bolinho de bacalhau, my new favorite drinking snack.

São Paulo

For dinner, we headed to Pira Grill, a unmemorable steak house for some bife de picanha, top sirloin with the necessary fat cap.

São Paulo

Dylan and I were devouring our bife de picanha and enjoying every last portion of that fat cap. Lose weight for wedding, gain it back on the honeymoon.

O do Borogodo

After dinner, we had one last stop.... O do Borogodo! It's a gritty, underground samba joint where brick walls meet samba booties.

O do Borogodo

O do Borogodo

O do Borogodo

This was our last night in São Paulo. We stayed up late partying with the Paulistas, but it was definitely time to go to bed. The next morning our friend Alysson was heading back to his hometown of Brasilia for Christmas. Dylan and I had an early morning flight heading to Rio de Janeiro.

to be continued...

Mercado Municipal
Rua da Cantareira, 306
Sao Paulo, SP
www.mercadomunicipal.com.br

Brigadeiro Doceria and Cafe
Rua Padre Carvalho, 91
Pinheiros, SP
(11) 3813-6656
www.brigadeirodoceria.com.br

Piraja
Av. Nova Faria Lima, 64
Pinheiros, SP
(11)3815-6881
www.piraja.com.br

Pira Grill
Rua Wisard ,161
Vila Madalena, SP
(11) 3097-8262

O do Borogodo
R. Horacio Lane, 21
Vila Madalena, SP
(11) 3814-4087

12 comments:

WeezerMonkey said...

Delicious and dreeeaaammmy.

burumun said...

Awww, I was just at the Mercado like 2 weeks ago! I was alone so I got both the Mortadella and the pastel de bacalhau by myself and tried to eat them. was soo stuffed.

These pretty photos bring back memories!

Daily Gluttony said...

i love mortadella too! too bad they stuffed too much of it into that sandwich, taking some of it out was a good idea!

a lovely, lovely post w/ delicious photos!!! makes me want to go listen to girl from ipanema & a bunch of bossa nova right now, which by the way, i'd have as my life soundtrack if i could. LOL!

oh and btw, i hear ya on the "green banana effect" i hate that--i wonder what causes it?

Nanciful said...

CAKE! I want that carrot CAKE!

pleasurepalate said...

Loved this post. Through all the photos, I felt like I was actually there. :)

Anonymous said...

YOU ARE LIVING THE LIFE WHICH I MISSED...I AM VERY PROUD OF YOUR WORKS, KEEP YOUR HAPPINESS ALIVE AND TREAT YOUR BEAU YOUR BEST...ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE...

Marie said...

Wonderful photos (I really liked the corn man one, he was fully stocked and ready to sell some cobs) and props for going to an underground samba place! Sounds crowded and sweaty, but in a fun way!

Anjali said...

Everything looks amazing! I have to say, though -- my favorite photo is of the sugar packet groper. Creepy and hilarious!

Gastronomer said...

I was taken aback when you wrote that there was too much meat in the mortadella sandwich. It's rare for Americans to encounter an overabundance of protein outside our plump nation ;-) Love the vintage quality of the photos. How do you do that?

Amanda Scapini said...

It´s my city!!! :D

It´s delightful to look all those familiar places at the view of a foreign!
Loved!!!

oh, and if you need any of these recipes, just let me know. They are all in our notebooks.

:)

Passionate Eater said...

I love that you take us readers on honeymoon w/you and D. And tee hee, I saw that your Mom left a comment! She is truly a romantic!

SPC Kelly said...

I would like to know the recipe for the mortadella snadwhich! It was the best sandwhich i EVER had! I want to know how to make it as delicious as they do.

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