Pan Toasted Cheese and Guava Appetizer

Pan Toasted Brazilian Cheese

In Brazil, they have a popular dessert called “Romeo and Juliet” (Romeu e Julieta ). It is a simple preparation of a mildly salty cheese paired with a slice of sweet guava paste. Its name is apparently due to the pairing of these two flavors – they just simply and go together perfectly. I’ve changed up … Read more

Brazilian Seafood Stew – Moqueca Baiana

Brazilian Seafood Stew

When traveling through Rio de Janiero, Brazil, we found that the food was just as colorful as the scenery. You can’t go far without hearing the sound of music or people laughing. And you rarely find people wearing drab colors. This seafood dish, called Moqueca Baiana, lives up to its surroundings with bold flavors and … Read more

Crazy Fun Cooking Class In Rio

Cook in Rio Cooking Class

I read the email twice. It said “You will have a great time with Chef Simone, she is crazy fun.” That’s a lot to live up to (or down to, depending on how you define crazy). Our Chef, we learned, specializes in cooking with alcohol, flamb√© style. Whether she also cooks with alcohol IN her is … Read more

Brazilian Truffles – Chocolate Brigadeiro

Brazilian Truffles Brigadeiro

Brigadeiros are a favorite dessert treat in Brazil. You can find them in stores, restaurants, vendor carts on the street and in homes throughout the country. These lovely chocolate truffles are sweet perfection in three simple ingredients. There are several variations of Brazil’s beloved truffle, but the most common preparation being a cocoa truffle rolled … Read more

The Wine Drinker’s Survival Guide to Prague

Prague River Bar

Prague is a beer city. The Czech Republic is the largest consumer of beer in Europe, and the beer is good, cheap, and plentiful. Pilsner beer is named after the city of Pilsen, just over 50 miles from Prague. But, what do you do when you’re surrounded by beer, but craving a glass of wine? Fear … Read more

Hungarian Potato and Sausage Soup

Hungarian Sausage and Potato Souop

Hungarian Potato and Sausage Soup (or Paprik√°s krumpli) is a favorite peasant soup full of flavor and rich hearty ingredients that is a full meal in itself. Serve it with slices of crusty bread and enjoy the creamy texture, mingling with the spicy paprika and smoky favor of the sausage. It comes together very quickly … Read more

Peruvian Fish Ceviche

Peruvian Ceviche

Peru is becoming known as a “foodie” destination. Part of the reason for this is the incredible diversity of available fresh ingredients, due to the large number of microclimates in the country. Chefs in Peru are able to utilize the freshest seafood as well as exotic foods grown high in the Andes mountains or grown … Read more

Creamy Spiced Chicken – Peruvian Aji Gallina

Peruvian Aji Gallina

Aji Gallina is a classic Peruvian dish with French influence. The name translates roughly to Chili Pepper Chicken, although the flavors in this dish are more creamy and milder than the name implies. French chefs came to South America during the French Revolution in the 18th Century in order to work for wealthy Peruvian families. … Read more

Peruvian Classic Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour

After we arrived in Lima, we were very quickly on the hunt for a Pisco Sour. This is Peru’s national drink, made using Pisco – a white brandy made from distilled wine made from muscat grapes. The cocktail also features the limes that have made both the drink and the ceviche in Peru legendary. The bartenders … Read more

Peruvian Lomo Saltado

Lomo Saltado

When we first arrived in Peru we asked the cab driver who was taking us from the airport toward the center of Lima, “What we should eat in Peru?” His English was pretty non-existent, and our Spanish could use (a lot) of improvement. But despite that we were able to understand a lot of what … Read more