My 3 best choices for an amazing breakfast in Rio!

Good morning!!!

Wake up for this new post! By following me in this blog, you will see that I love to eat great food and find special places to appreciate the food, the local environment or the view (in many cases when it comes to beautiful Rio!). And nothing better than begin a day with a great breakfast, and by great I mean a perfect combination of food, place and service. 

I will mention 3 places that I really appreciate and if you don’t wanna go there for your first meal of the day, you can go when you want because they always have the options of everything you can eat in an usual breakfast. The order here does not mean preference, okay?! 😉

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You can find Cafeína in some neighborhoods in Rio – Copacabana, Botafogo and Leblon. I personally prefer going to Cafeína Leblon (there are 2 in Leblon, and I’m talking about the one located at Rua Ataulfo de Paiva 1321, the main street, corner with Rua Rita Ludolf) if I want to sit and relax seeing people walking by, passing with their dogs or going towards the beach, just a few blocks away.

In the photo above you see exactly how it comes the breakfast I usually order, and serves 2 or 3 people, depending on how starving you are! Comes with a diverse types of breads, toasts with butter and jelly, fresh cheese and curd, and mini cakes and cookies. I always drink their cappuccino – delicious! This choice comes with one hot drink and one juice. If you go with some frieds is just to order more drinks. Also, they have a varied menu of sandwiches and I have already tried some of them – Yes, I put my “fat thinking” to work!!! Italian, brie with apricot (if you like a great balance between saltiness and sweetness) and pastrami are my favorites!

And my “real crime” is eating the traditional waffle – OMG!!! I love it with butter, jelly and honey. And to complete, a chocolate milkshake, please! Let’s move on in this breakfast tips! haha

DA CASA DA TÁTA 

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Da Casa da Táta is a small but very cozy place, that makes me fell at home or in my grandmother’s home! A quiet and rustic place in a very busy Gávea neighborhood, close to Shopping da Gávea (local mall). The first time I went there was to give a special “gift” to my sister on her birthday, and she loved the place and the food just like me. That is, you will have a great day beginning it with your breakfast there.

I chose the “Café da Táta” option, the one in the picture above. Home-made breads with butter and jelly, pão de queijo (cheese bread), chocolate bread or with raisins, one cake to be chosen as your preference, one juice and one hot drink. Enough and very delicious to share! And I can’t say goodbye to this place without telling you to taste their pamonha, a wonderful corn-paste wrapped in husks, creamy and sweet! Neeeeeext…

EMPÓRIO JARDIM

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This brand new restaurant is a mix of bistro, deli and bakery, opened in March/2014 and headed by chef Iona Rothstein (ex-Quadrucci e Le Pré Catelan – two renowned restaurants in Rio, and bakery certified by French Culinary Institute, Nova York). When you get there you find also a cozy place, that is focused not only in the food quality but also in its décor, with a cute garden in the entrance. I love when a restaurant mix all the aspects in order to take care of their customers. After all, I want to “feel at home, but outside” in a pleasant atmosphere, and the Empório Jardim (jardim = garden) is in the right place, at Jardim Botânico neighborhood, close to the main Garden of the city.

They have a varied menu and the big thing is of course the good home-made breads. And what I like the most is that you can checklist in a special menu what you wish for your breakfast, what makes it easy to customize it as much as you have more “room” to eat “pieces” of yummy food! I ordered different breads such as the croissant and one with nuts, slices of cheese, fruit (the mashed banana with oatmeal and honey was so good that today is part of my breakfast at home) and a special home-made butter flavoured with fig. Their tapioca (a starch extracted from manioc) is also a must-order, stuffed with goiabada (guava) or nutella. Yummy again!!! One cappuccino and the bill, please!

These 3 amazing places accept all credit cards. Fair prices, I guarantee!

And there is a fourth option that I have already mentioned here in a previous post: La Bicyclette. Marvelous too! Inside the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico). See here! 

And you? Tell us where you experienced your best breakfast in Rio. I would love to hearing from you!


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Cafeína >>> Av. Ataulfo de Paiva 1321, Leblon. Mon-Sun, from 8am to 11pm. http://www.cafeina.com.br

Da Casa da Táta >>> Rua Professor Manoel Ferreira 89 – N e O Stores, Gávea. Mon-Fri, from 8am to 8pm. Sat, from 8am  to 6:30pm. Sun, from 9am to 2pm. http://www.dacasadatata.com.br

Empório Jardim >>> Rua Visconde da Graça, 51, Jardim Botânico. Mon-Sun, from 8am to 10pm. http://www.emporiojardimrio.com.br

Copacabana Fort + Confeitaria Colombo: great combination!

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Which one is the best to visit? The Confeitaria Colombo  (Colombo Confectionery) at Copacabana Fort (Forte de Copacabana) or at Downtown city (Centro)? Touch question, man! Both are great to see and enjoy a good cappuccino. In the first one I am pretty sure you will be delighted with the magnificent view of Copacabana Beach. But if you appreciate architecture and decor, you can not miss the opportunity to see the stained glass, mirrors and brocade marble countertops of Confeitaria Colombo in Downtown, where presidents and many celebrities had visited in the past. Definitely they have different proposals! Take one, or both if you have time!

This week my aunt celebrated her birthday at Confeitaria Colombo in Fort Copacabana and I took some photos for you. It was at lunchtime, and during the week they usually have a menu of the day.

See the history of the Fort here!

At the entrance, you need to pay the admission ticket to visit the Fort and its museum (and also to get at Colombo). The price is BRL 6.00. It really worthy!

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SERVICE

What >>> Confeitaria Colombo at Copacabana Fort

Where >>> Located at Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, nº 1 – Posto 6 of Copacabana Beach – Phone: (21) 2287-3781

Map >>> Google it here.

Time >>> Exhibition Halls: Tuesday to Sunday – from 10 am to 6 pm // Observatories, Souvenir Vitacura, Confeitaria Colombo and 18 do Forte Coffee Shop: Tuesday to Sunday – from 10 am to 8 pm.

Price >>> Admission to enter the Fort is charged at the entrance. Adults – R$ 6,00, Over 60 years old – R$ 3,00, Students with Student ID – R$ 3,00.

Payment >>> Cash only (BRL).

Website of Confeitaria Colombo >>> Click here. 

Bar D’Hotel: Great food, tangerine chopp and a spectacular view!

Hello guys!

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Rio and I had the opportunity to have lunch in a really great restaurant and bar that I would like to recommend you! Bar d’Hotel is on the second floor of Marina All Suites Hotel, in Leblon… better, in front of Leblon Beach! It must be said that it is not a paid post. I really loved the food, the atmosphere, the service and the view!!! 😉

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The retro-modern décor is amazing,  with a special lightning done by Maneco Quinderé – a famous “light designer” of Brazil – that you can apprecciate if you go there at night. But in a daylight you will feel amazed by the view of the beach. The place fits perfectly with the contemporary cuisine, that leverages creativity with the  Brazilian ingredients.

I confess that it is not easy to talk about food in English, but let me try! I ate a wonderful risotto jerky (dried meet) and a marvilous dessert called Pão-de-ló, kind of cake soaked in milk served with dulce de leche ice cream, that melted in the mouth. Hummm… I guess the picture explains by itself!!!

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What >>> Bar D’Hotel – Marina All Suites Hotel

Where >>> Av. Delfim Moreira, 696, Leblon – Phone: (21) 2172-1112

Time >>> Monday to Sunday from 12:00pm to 02:00am

Payment >>> Visa, Credicard, Dinners and American Express, cash or check

Rio Restaurant Week: the best way to eat great food (begins today!)

Restaurant Week

The 8th edition of the Rio Restaurant Week takes place from TODAY until June 2nd with over 60 registered restaurants!!!

The purpose of the event is to provide a unique opportunity for everyone to appreciate delicious creations of some of the best restaurants in town, at discounted prices. For this, the dishes offered at lunch will cost BRL 34.90 and BRL 47.90 at dinner,  including entry + main course + dessert. Each restaurant registered for the event will offer two options for each item and it’s up to you choose your preference. Drinks, cover charge and service are not included in the price.

In addition, the event also has a social purpose: by giving a (optional) contribution of only BRL 1 (R$1.00 real) per meal, the customers will help the projects of the Ayrton Senna Institute.

See the list of restaurants below. The whole list is really good… All restaurants are well-known. So, it’s difficult to tell you where to go. The best thing is to choose the kind of food you prefer and go to any of the 60 restaurants listed.

Bon appetit!

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Website and restaurants list >>> http://www.restaurantweek.com.br/videos/rj/lista (Only in portuguese, but you can check the name and the address of registered restaurants).

Botanical Garden is a green treasure of Rio (better, of Brazil!)

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The Garden is located in Jardim Botânico district, nearby Gávea and Lagoa. Is a serene and quiet place where you will see many families walking by with their children, people doing exercises, nannies taking care of babies, and brides, young couple and models taking pictures to make a photo catalogue with a beautiful scenario.

Botanic Garden is a huge green area (142-hectares) with over 8000 plant species, part of the Tijuca National Park (Floresta da Tijuca), and was designed in 1808 by order of Dom João, the Prince Regent of the United Kingdom of Brazil and Portugal, later known (1816-1822) as Dom João VI, King of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves. In 1996 the Garden became the Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro Research Institute. Since then, its mission has focused on conservation and scientific research of Brazilian plant biodiversity.

On weekdays is less crowded than on weekends because this is not only a famous tourism site but also is a place where the locals like to hang out with their families to enjoy a peace environment after a working week.

If you want to have more information about the history, the plants and so on you can arrange a tour by making an appointment with at least 24-hour in advance – make a call to +55 (21) 3874-1808 / 3874-1214. The guided visit happens from Monday to Fridays, beginning at 10am or at 2pm, and the duration is about 90 minutes.  It can be done in English or Spanish.

Also, you can visit the whole area using the local electric cars. To this, you only have to make a reservation when you get there, at the Visitors’ Centre. It takes 40 minutes by car, including Saturdays and Sundays.

The main entrance of the Garden is located at Rua Jardim Botânico 920, where you will see from the outside a huge row of palms.

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Tip #1: Take an insect repellent with you!

Tip #2:  Better to visit in a sunny day, of course, and use sunblock.

Tip #3: Is easy to get there by bus and taxi. Through Lagoa, by foot, turn to General Garzon Street, go ahead and in the end of this street turn to the left side at Jardim Botânico Street.

Tip #4: Take a coffee or have a snack at La Bicyclette. I love the sandwiches with homemade bread  and its delicious cakes (chocolate cake, walnut cake, the pain au chocolat… hummm). It’s inside the Botanical Garden area, but you do not need to pay the entrance of the park if you want only to eat there.  They have French and English menu.

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Time >>> From  8am to 5pm, Mon-Sun.

Rates >>> Adults – BRL 6.00; Children under 7 years of age – Free; Seniors living in Brazil or in Mercosul countries – Free, with ID.

Payment >>> Cash payment R$(real) only.

Main Entrance >>> Rua Jardim Botânico 920, Jardim Botânico.

Website >>> Poor service… Information on web is available only in Portuguese. http://www.jbrj.gov.br