Things you have to try in Brazil – Cocoa Milkshake

Ok, there are THOUSANDS of things you have to try in Brazil before you can even start to form an opinion, and one of them is CACAO, or COCOA in English.

No, it´s not the cocoa powder you imagined when I first mentioned the word. I´m talking about cocoa, the fruit, where the beans come from to make chocolate.

My husband in Brazilian and has always lived and worked on farms, so he introduced me to this amazing fruit about 2 years ago.

The best way to eat this super nourishing fruit is in the form of a “vitamina de cacao” or cocoa milkshake. The result is a creamy, foamy, sweet and slightly sour milkshake that will never leave your brain. The taste and texture are totally unforgettable. We prepare the pulp at home, but you can have a cocoa milkshake at most lanchonettes in the north and north-east regions of Brazil. Most Brazilians have not even tasted this amazing fruit this way. Once the beans are stripped of their pulp to make juice, they are dried in the sun and mostly sold to cocoa export companies.

You can also just suck the pulp off the beans or make juice with the pulp using water instead of milk. I still prefer the milkshake, though.

Here are some pictures.

To make the juice, the first thing you have to do is remove all the seeds and put them in a container.

To make the juice, the first thing you have to do is remove all the seeds and put them in a container.

Opening the cocoa fruit.

Opening the cocoa fruit.

An opened cocoa fruit with seeds and pulp, and seeds without pulp in the dish.

An opened cocoa fruit with seeds and pulp, and seeds without pulp in the dish.

Cocoa beans in the container, ready to extract the pulp with a regular mixer.

Cocoa beans in the container, ready to extract the pulp with a regular mixer.

My daughter, eating the pulp from some beans.

My daughter, eating the pulp from some beans.

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A compact architectural guide to metropolitan São Paulo

http://www.sp2014.net/

Enjoy!

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Buying property in Brazil: The Easy Way

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After looking for years, I finally managed to buy a piece of land in Brazil. As I was the buyer, I decided to find the place first and then look for someone to help me with the paperwork. Of course, … Continue reading

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Pinhão Explained

Just read this really interesting article on the pinhão, or pine nut, very popular in southern Brazil.

Weird Vegetables: Pinhão

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Time Out – Brazil

Most people probably know this by now, but if you are wondering what to do in São Paulo or Rio, check out these Time Out Facebook pages (in English).

Time Out São Paulo

Time Out Rio de Janeiro

 

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2013 in review

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 51,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Documentary – Dancing with the Devil

I decided to catch up on my Brazilian films and started off with this highly recommended video, Dancing with the Devil, a documentary on the drug war in Rio de Janeiro. There are lots of similar videos out there, but this one is slightly different because it shows the lives and stories of the member of a drug squad who fights the dealers/gunmen, a pastor and ex-dealer who provides spiritual support, and drug lords, without masks. Rare footage indeed, and almost surreal, especially the scenes of the pastor praying with armed “deputies” of a drug lord.

The lives these people lead make Rambo look like Peter Pan…

The overall message is that these people would have probably thought twice about entering the drug world if they had had more opportunities in life, like quality schooling. It sounds cliché but you almost understand why they enter it and can´t leave. What alse would they do? Who would hire these people? Most of them can´t read or write.

Another interesting fact is that they all mention God almost continuously. One side thinks that God wants them to stay alive to deal drugs, while other thinks that God wants them to catch the dealers. Almost everything is placed in the hands of God, hence the importance of the pastor. Most of the statements are loaded with huge contradictions.

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