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Amazonian food lands in Rio /

Right next to General Osorio square in Ipanema (i.e. Ipanema metro station) a tiny Amazonian eaterie has just opened.

If you won't be able to travel to this beautiful region while in Brazil maybe you can get a taste of its (great) food ....

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Here's the review I found in VEJA Rio magazine :

This is the only place in Rio where you can have açai in its original recipe : i.e. without water and xarope de guaraná. In Northern Brazial the origial recipe comes with tapioca. Of course you can also find açai in typical Rio style with banana, strawberry (morango) or granola.

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And where else can you try ice-cream in bacuri, cupuaçu, graviola or taperebá?

Or drink muruci or bacuri juices?

Also try the food: tapioca na chapa, tacacá (a soup made of tucupi, goma de tapioca, jambu and dried shrimp or the vatapá paraense, much lighter than the baian one (which I love anyway)

And don't miss the Guaraná "Jesus" from Maranhão

The resturant doubles up as a tiny shop where you can buy amazonian food (carne de caranguejo desfiada, maniçoba, tucupi). and articrafts.

Amazônia Soul

Rua Teixeira de Melo, 37, Ipanema

Other Amazonian / Northern Brazilian restaurants in Rio

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Palaphita Kitch (great location in Lagoa)

www.palaphitakitch.com.br

Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, - quiosque 20 (Parque do Cantagalo)

Lagoa

elefone: 2227-0837 ou 7841-7843

(dinner)

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Arataca

Rua Gilberto Cardoso, s/nº loja 4 (Cobal do Leblon...very informal...)

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1. Re: Amazonian food lands in Rio /

And if you can’t make it to Brazil in the near future but still have a hankering for Brazilian food—

http://www.amigofoods.com/brazilianfood.html

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Anyone who says not to miss that yucky pink guarana Jesus (pronounced in the local Maranhao dialect as zhei-ZOI-s) can't have actually tasted the stuff---nasty !!!! (perhaps "an acquired taste" is the most generous comment to make) and not anything like any other guarana, although the paraphenalia (cans and such) certainly make fun souvenirs. :-)

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I haven't tried it but the can is definetly a collector's item

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Funny TCant is that my kid loves the stuff from the first time she had it.

It does however for most foreigners have a very strange taste. The worst Açai I've had ever was in Manaus. Horrible. It even made one of those TV food specialist say it was horrible.

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Yeah, I have a friend in the U.S. who grew up in Maranhao and her family sends her cases of the stuff from Brazil at great expense. As I said, an acquired taste (which your kid apparently has gone and done -- probably ruined her tastebuds forever :-) Moët et Chandon or.......Jesus? Oh, Zheiizois, please.

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I hope the Maranhao's Jesus poison still tastes better than Cherry Coke, the most disgusting thing I've ever drunk

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No comparisson. Cherry coke is waaaaaayyy better. Pure açai is unlike anything I've ever tasted.

@TCant, my kid likes the stuff with bananas and strawberries and such. She was too young when I lived in Manaus to expose her to it.

My wife however, who also likes the stuff with sugar, other fruits and such said it was disgusting

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8. Re: Amazonian food lands in Rio /

Ooh, thanks! Will definitely go check that place out!

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9. Re: Amazonian food lands in Rio /

all I need is some fresh Acai straight form the market for breakfast no sugar needed and bbq tambaqui ribs for a late lunch.

Can almost smell Manaus :)

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