The conference rooms in the San Paulo office are named after traditional Brazilian dishes – Churascaria and Feijoada. Upon learning that Feijoada is a black beans and meat stew that is traditionally enjoyed as a Wednesday or Saturday lunch in Brazil, I would salivate every time I entered the conference room, just imagining how wonderful it would be to enjoy a big bowl of the hearty stew.
Unfortunately, my work ended at an odd time on Wednesday and had to miss lunch, but I was still determined to try Feijoada somewhere (anywhere!) before lunch hour was over and dinner began. Around 3:00 p.m., I walked by a restaurant that still had some patrons dining, so I decided to see if it had the dish I was looking for.
Lucky for me, this place offered food buffet style, and customers would pay based on the weight of the plate. This was very convenient for me for several reasons. First, the obvious reason, is that I didn’t have to exercise my meager Portuguese (all two words I learned) and order something expecting it to be one thing and turning out be something completely different. And second, because it gave me the chance to nourish my body with much-needed vegetables.
After mounting the plate with salads and side dishes, I finally arrived to the bean stew and poured a ladle-full of it on the bed of flavored rice. The stew had bits and pieces of everything – from beef chunks to sausages – and looked very hearty … and it certainly was. It was a total comfort food, and a good temporary departure from all the heavy meat dishes that I’d been devouring for days.
this place looks good! i wish i was there!
so that soup in shown on the right side? they look sort of solid (dry) than a soup?
i’m curious for place like this, how much did it cost in $?
do they have the same tipping system there? were things more pricey (like tokyo and paris?) or more reasonable?
i’d love to visit brazil one day!
Yeah, Feijoada is on the top portion of the plate. I didn’t take much because there were so much other delicious food to choose from 🙂
Food in Brazil wasn’t cheap so if you expect it to be less than what you would pay in LA, you’d be surprise and disappointed. But I think the food is worth it. The tips are included in each meal, but I left a few dollars here and there.
but i bet you can write off all your meal! right?
afterall, it’s on your business trip!!!
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