Bandeira do Brasil

Bandeira do Brasil

Monday, December 15, 2014


Brazilian style pizza is extremely different from American pizza in many ways. The entire experience of pizza is something unique in Brazil. Pizza is traditionally eaten with a fork and a knife, which is unfamiliar to Americans. Americans usually use their hands unless they are attempting to eat a particularly large slice of pizza or the pizza is extremely messy. The pizzas are also not pre-cut by pizzerias and the pizza eater is meant to do that themselves. Occasionally, some pizzerias will provide small plastic pizza rollers, but often it has to be cut by a traditional kitchen knife.

The crust on Brazilian pizzas are typically very thin. Thicker crusts are sometimes offered, but they are rarely ordered that way, unless it is by tourists from Europe or America. The sauce on the pizza is also very thin. It is not common to be able to see the sauce underneath the cheese, which happens often with American style pizzas.

The toppings on Brazilian pizzas are very different from what an American is used to. Though we do occasionally top pizzas with traditional toppings such as olives, ham, bacon, oregano and tomatoes, we prefer to add more unique toppings as well. Some of the non-traditional toppings that Brazilians enjoy include: corn, quail, curried chicken, beets, eggs, raisins, bananas, hearts of palm and potatoes.

Pizzas in Brazil are also often topped with catupiry cheese. Catupiry cheese is a soft tangy cheese that has a similar consistency to cream cheese, but has a less sweet flavor. This cheese was invented by an Italian immigrant named Mario Silvestrini and has become a very popular Brazilian staple food. This cheese is also known to be spread on crackers and french bread, shrimp and salmon. Catupiry cheese is also often paired with sweets as a dessert

Though we Brazilians love savory pizzas, we also truly enjoy dessert pizzas, which are also sometimes called “sweet pizzas”. These pizzas also have a very thin crust and often are topped with catupiry cheese. Other dessert pizza toppings can include: plantains, chocolate, dulce de leche, guava paste, bananas, mango, strawberries, chocolate and even ice cream.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

FERNANDO DE NORONHA: a place to put in your bucket list

Photo by Henrique Neto

The government of Pernambuco charges a daily stay preservation fee for visitors to the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago. The following site (in English) might clear out any doubt: OFFICIAL SITE

Two-thirds of the archipelago are located in the Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park its access is restricted. The most beautiful beaches on the island are within it and to visit them you need to buy the ticket valid for 10 days. You can buy it online here.

By paying the ticket online you will earn an extra hour without being kept at a boring line to fill out papers on arrival at the airport. These papers are compulsory both in and out of the main island.

Should you decide to stay longer, you have to pay the extra fee at the customs station. Beware! Fine on overdue stay permit is heavy.


Sunblock, mosquito repelent, sun shades, snorkelling gear and a hat. Products go to the island by boat therefore elevating their price tags, specially sunblock and repelent.

WARNING: Noronha is a volcanic island and sun rays are exceptionally stronger there. Sunblock is of the utmost importance, especially behind the ears, even on a cloudy day, which is rare.


It requires some reasearch work, for prices vary tremendously. Both domestic airlines, Gol and Azul operate daily from Natal and Recife. 


Accomodation in Noronha is threefold: hotels, lodges and B&B. Camping is not allowed. Daily rates at hotels and lodges are around R$700,00 (approx. $290), but the downside is you´re going to pay the price of a five-star hotel in return for a three-star service. On the other hand, locals offer rooms at their homes with air conditioning, frigobar, cable TV, hot shower, fluffy towels, a substantial breakfast, all served with a welcoming smile.

Avoid doing tours by yourself. It may end up being a nuisance; the minimum stay period recommended is 5 days, so that you do not end up feeling like you´ve been through a marathon - you will get to know all beaches without time constraints and will have saved yourself $50.

The island fits within barely 17 sq/km. The main hamlet can be stridden easily and the 16 beaches, 4 at the Outer Sea (Mar de Fora), which face Africa, and 12 at the Inner Sea (Mar de Dentro) facing the Brazilian coast are within a walking distance.
Moving from one place to another can be done by means of buses, taxis or buggies ($67 daily rent). The most expensive taxi ride costs $15 (from the harbor to southeast of the island), and the bus which fares along the island is barely $1. Hitchhiking is also very common.

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