Archive for April, 2008
Box 32 at the Municipal Market in the centre of Florianópolis, is one of the best known bars in all the region. As popular wisdom states no visit to the market is complete without a stop at the Box 32, we decided to pop in for a quick drink and a snack.
We won’t beat around the bush: the bar was quite a bit of a let down. We ordered the famous and smallish pastel de camarão (a kind of pastry filled with shrimp), price R$5,90. The snacks, on the best McDonald’s fashion, are already prepared, waiting for the customer to place an order. Our pastry came from the shelf of the pastries that had been prepared quite a while ago. It the truth be told, the pastry is filled to the brim with shrimps. But they were probably frozen shrimps, as any hint of tasty flavour was absent from them. We washed down the pastel with an incredibly expensive draught beer (R$5,10).
When it comes to taste, most of the bars at São Paulo’s Mercado Municipal would make the Box 32 extremely jealous. It could well be a bad day at the kitchen. We don’t know. We won’t find out as this was our first and last visit. But check out for yourselves. The wing of the market where the Box 32 is located is quite interesting, with a few fishmonger’s displaying their most recent catches.
Website: Box 32.
The Brazil Travel Blog brings you every month a calendar for you to use on your computer desktop.
Here is the May 2008 calendar, with a house from the village of Ribeirão da Ilha, in Florianópolis, where many Portuguese inmigrants settled decades ago.
Remember, a new calendar every month!
Spectacular sunrise today – actually, less than an hour ago. With the end of the rainy season, magnificent sunrises become more of a common occurrence in São Paulo – during summer chances are the sky will be all covered with clouds. Mind you, you have to get up early to enjoy nature’s show (the photos were taken at 6:10 am).
Two airlines announce new flights to the capital of Peru, Lima.
TACA announces a direct flight to Lima from Rio de Janeiro from July 2 (the company has already direct flights from São Paulo to that destination). At the beginning, there will be four weekly flights.
LAN is increasing the number of flights from São Paulo to Lima to 10 weekly flights. It also promises improved connecting times in Lima for passengers flying to Caracas, Bogota and Quito.
Read at Aquela Passagem!: TACA: Tarifa Promocional do Vôo Rio de Janeiro/Lima, LAN Aumenta Frequências para Peru.
Oh, how I love going to the sacolão (the greengrocer’s)! There are always plenty of photo opportunities and, if that wasn’t sufficient enough, hardly a visit goes by without the discovery of a new and strange variety of fruit (and believe me, there are far more exotic varieties of fruits and vegetables than the yam shown on the following photograph).
Last Sunday the guys at the greengrocer’s had piled up a phenomenal amount of oranges, on an obvious attempt at defying gravity. Actually, the sacolão has all to do with masses of piled fruits, everywhere. Do not miss the chance to visit a sacolão during your stay in Brazil.