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Brazilian Food: Vamos Comer!

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yvonne hamel

on 4 April 2017

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Brazilian Food: Vamos Comer!
For this cultural experience, I set out to experience Brazilian food. Last semester I did not have enough money to truly experience Brazilian food. This semester, my friends and I visited a Brazilian restaurant in Maryland named Frix's Fire Grill. Overall, it was a good experience.
A Brief History
Brazilian food is a combination of the many cultures that have existed in Brazil: Indigenous, African, Portuguese, Lebanese etc. Each distinct culture has its different level of influence in the many regions of Brazil.
Different dishes from the different restaurants in DC
Larger Reflection
My research into Brazilian food reflected the larger cultural mixing that has occured in the country. It contained the marks of cultures from three different continents: Asia, South America, and Africa.
The food definitely reflected the research. There was a mixture of spices, fresh, well cooked vegetables, and succulent/savory meat. Overall, the experience was great.
European Influence
African Influence
The natives in Brazil use food popular in their local farming industry: ie. cassava, cashew fruit, açai palm, etc

Beginning with colonization, and also involving a lot of immigration, Europeans brought their love of wines, leafy greens, and wheat based foods to Brazil.
Due to the huge amount of enslaved people taken from Africa to Brazil, African style of cooking also left its marks in Brazilian dishes, from flavoring to cooking methods.
Experiencing the Small Plates:
Because I like spicy food, I ordered two small plates that seemed to involve a lot of spice.

Camarão Empanado:
This small plate consisted of battered and fried shrimp with aioli, a side dipping sauce with a spicy yet "garlicy" taste. I enjoyed this because it incorporated two of my favorite things, seafood and garlic, which my mom cooks with a lot.
Jalapeño Poppers:
This small plate included stuffed jalapenos. This was a little too spicy for me, and it didn't go well with the first plate. The combination of the two wasn't good, but I'm sure they would have been good separately.
I ordered the mahi-mahi with spinach and mashed potatoes on the side.
The mahi-mahi was very savory. The sauce tossed over the shrimp and meat was EVERYTHING. The spinach was cooked very well, but the seasoning was off. The potatoes were slightly cold and a little too mashed. The biggest downfall was that the servings were very small.
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