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Brazil is the largest country in South America with such a wide variety of attractions that it may be a logistical challenge to see everything you'll want to in the time that you have to travel.
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Brazil's food varies by regions but you will typically find three things at most meals: white rice, black beans and flour made from manioc root which can be sautéed in butter (farofa). Grilled meats, churrasco or grelahdas, are frequent accompaniments and may be beef, pork or chicken. A common dessert is fruit, pudding or quindim which is similar to flan. Portions tend to be large everywhere even in restaurants.

The national dish, showing its Portuguese roots, is feijoada, a meat and bean stew that is served with rice, kale, farofa and orange. One can sample this in Rio de Janeiro as well as the extremely popular codfish (bacalhau).

Sao Paolo is the place to go to sample both Brazilian and international cuisine, particularly Italian and Japanese. Of the latter, sushi is quite popular. International cuisine is even more popular in the south due to German and Italian influences.

In the Amazon, you can try caldeirada which is a type of fish stew or pato no tucupi, which features duck, herbs, garlic, lemon juice and manioc juice. In the Southeast, there is frango ao molho pardo which is chicken that's been stewed in its own blood. Queijo minas is a soft and somewhat sweet cheese. The cheese is often served with guava paste as a dessert.

Bahian cuisine, frequently served in Brazilian restaurants outside of the country, was influenced by the cooking style of African slaves. It includes an oil from the West African palm, coconut milk and a spicy pepper called malagueta. Specialties include a seafood stew called moqueca and, on the streets, fritters composed of shrimp and brown beans, acaraje.

Fruit juices are a great treat as there are some fruits from the Brazilian Amazon that are rarely found outside the country. The açai berry has been touted as a superfood. Another berry, guarana, is well known for its stimulative properties and is used in an extremely popular soft drink. Coffee, strong and sweet, is an institution here.

Beer is commonly enjoyed and there are even stouts and black beers that can be sampled. As with many countries on this continent, Brazil has it's own version of sugarcane alcohol called cachaça, pinga or aguardente. It is very high in alcohol and one should beware the cheaper varieties and their effect on you the morning after. One of the most common mixed drinks is the caipirinha made with cachaça, sugar, ice and crushed lime.

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