Rio de Janeiro is the Brazilian beach metropolis that invented string bikinis and flip-flops. So what kind of local food would you expect?
Surprise. The chow that Cariocas (Rio residents) live on is as rich as Brazil's gem mines. Deep-frying in dende (palm) oil is popular. So is churrascaria, all-you-can-eat grilled meats served by skewer-brandishing waiters (pictured).
Feijoada meat and black bean stew (shown below) and fried croquetas are delicious...belt-busters. So to stay in Brazilian supermodel shape, you can custom-order a mixed fresh tropical fruit smoothie from a ubiquitous Rio sucos bar. Your bikini will have nothing to worry about.
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Above: A passador meat waiter at Rio's Fogo de Chao. © Max Jacobson.
Right: Feijoada stew, Brazil's irresistible national dish.
© Casa de Feijoada in Rio.