If there’s one set of vocabulary words I didn’t care about while in the classroom, it was always “food” no matter what language I was learning. But after visiting Brazil, doing a home stay, and staying with a Brazilian family twice, I realize that food and cuisine in any country is really important to learn.
“Important cuisine items” change with each country. Something like “rice” is really important in Japan but might not be as important in the United States. I’d also like to note that cuisine items differ depending on what region of Brazil you’re in (in this post I’m focusing on the more general items you can find throughout the region).
Some vocabulary words will be accompanied with pictures because I definitely did not know what a freaking “coxinha” was when I was in the U.S. ;)
Abacaxi - Pineapple Banana - Banana Goiaba - Guava Laranja - Orange Limão - Lemon/lime* Maçã - Apple Mamão - Papaya Manga - Mango Maracujá - Passionfruit Melancia - Watermelon Melão - Melon Morango - Strawberry Uva - Grape **For some people “limão” could be either lemon or lime, but lime could also be “lima” and lemon could be “limão.”
Churrasco - “Barbecue” (but the Brazilian type) ; The people who work at the churrascaria usually come around with different meat/different parts of the animal meat and cut pieces right where you’re sitting.
Calabresa - Pepperoni Camarão - Shrimp Carne de boi - Beef Frango - Chicken Peixe - Fish Porco / Carne de porco - Pork Presunto - Ham Salsicha - Sausage
Pão de Queijo - Cheese bread Pastel - Crunchier, crusty meat pie/pastry** Polenta frita - Fried polenta Risólis - Doughy meat pastry** Salsicha - Sausage (corn-dog esque) **Pastel, Esfiha, Risólis - These three are all more or less breaded pastries but each one is made with a different dough and/or has a different process of being made. You can pick what’s inside or whatever is available to you (e.g. ham and cheese, chicken, “carne” - beef, camarão, etc.)
Água - Water Café - Coffee Chá - Tea Cerveja - Beer Coca - Coke Guaraná - A flavor of Brazilian soda Refri (Refrigerante) - Soda Suco - Juice Suco de [insert fruit here] - [Fruit] juice Vinho - Wine
I was watching a "Taboo" about love in prison and a portion of the show focused on a murderer and his wife in Brazil. In Brazil they allow conjugal visits and the show claimed it helped with prison violence and returning to a normal life after prison. I was wondering what your educated view on conjugal visits is...
That sounds quite interesting! I’ll need to check that out. I certainly agree with that statement. In fact, many studies have supported it.
For example, in 2012, a study showed that states which do not allow conjugal visits have more than four times as many incidents of sexual violence between inmates compared to states that allow conjugal visits. These visits also improve the inmate’s behaviour in the same way that other benefits such as classes, books, exercise, and jobs have been proven to do. Prisoners that offer these benefits have time and time again proven to be safer environments for not only the inmates but also the guards.
Conjugal visits are a powerful incentive for good behaviour. Furthermore, conjugal visits pave the way to a successful rehabilitation, making readjusting to life on the outside much smoother thus a slimmer chance of reoffending.
On this day in music history: November 19, 1977 - “Serpentine Fire” by Earth, Wind & Fire hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 7 weeks, also peaking at #13 on the Hot 100 on February 11, 1978. Written by Maurice White, Verdine White and Reginald “Sonny” Burke, it is the fourth R&B chart topper for the legendary R&B/Funk band led by drummer and vocalist Maurice White. Following the release of Earth, Wind & Fire’s seventh studio album “Spirit” and the extensive tour that follows, Maurice White takes a much needed vacation in early 1977. White visits Brazil during his sabbatical, soaking up the culture and the countries’ unique sounds and rhythms. Also having an avid interest in Eastern philosophy, metaphysics and all things spiritual, all of these influences make their way into the bands’ music. Collaborating with his younger brother, bassist Verdine White and musician Sonny Burke, the trio come up with “Serpentine Fire”. The song is a metaphor describing a person’s life force, primarily their sexual impulse and energy. Issued as the first single from Earth, Wind & Fire’s landmark eighth album “All ‘N All” on October 5, 1977, it hits the charts and rises to the top quickly. Like their previous R&B chart topper “Getaway” the previous year, “Serpentine Fire” is edited from its original recorded length (to fit the confines of the vinyl LP’s time limit) of 5:02 to 3:51. The full unedited version is released on a white label promotional 12" single for club and radio DJ’s at the time of its original release. It is belatedly issued commercially in 1989 as a CBS Mixed Masters 12" reissue (on the B-side of “Boogie Wonderland”). The chart topping success of “Serpentine Fire” and duration on the chart makes it top R&B single of 1978, as ranked by Billboard Magazine. It also helps to propel the accompanying album “All ‘N’ All” to the top of the Billboard R&B album chart, into the top five on the Top 200, selling over three million copies in the US alone.
Ayahuasca, spiritual surgeries, and shamans… sounds like the perfect day on vacation! Visit Brazil through the eyes of Marina Abramović in MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ IN BRAZIL: THE SPACE IN BETWEEN, now on Vimeo!
So: I was trying to get some more info on that negligee picture that circulated earlier today and to do so I googled some shit that… well, has probably landed me on some secret service weirdo list now. Of course tons of republican picture manips and idk real weird stuff came up: sadly I didn’t get any more info on the hows and whys someone had that negligee (because really? that’s creepy), but… I’ve found this video from the Associated Press and it’s a story to behold. I can only hope Hillary took it well and wasnt too embarassed about it, poor thing!
From the youtube description of the video: A Brazilian lingerie company has withdrawn an advertisement featuring Hillary Clinton. The Duloren campaign had been using a picture of the US First Lady, showing a tiny glimpse of her panties. The controversial picture of Hillary Clinton was taken during her recent visit to Brazil. If
you look carefully at the lower part of the grainy newspaper ad, you
can just see a tiny patch of what appears to be her panties. Accompanying the picture was the slogan: “Mr. President of the United States: You don’t imagine what a Duloren is capable of.” The White House was not amused, but there’s been no direct comment from Hillary herself about the advertisement - or the lingerie company’s decision to drop it.