Recipe: Bahian Coconut Shrimp

Recipe: Bahian Coconut Shrimp

By Lindenberg Junior Many types of fish, shellfish and chicken can be made into moquecas. It’s native from the state of Bahia, in the northeast of Brazil, where cooking with creamy coconut milk is a part of daily life. Other common ingredients used in this State...
Same Old Song

Same Old Song

By Peter Ludwig There’s no accounting for why we each repeat the same pointless ritual every day, despite failure after failure.  Every day we spin and spin through the radio dial trying to find original and interesting music.  Click…heard it,...
Political Corruption Embedded in a Nation

Political Corruption Embedded in a Nation

By José Ricardo Aguilar Brazil is highly known for its diverse and dynamic culture. This population is the product of a long-going “melting pot” that has combined ethnicities from all over the globe. This mixing of cultures resulted in a nation unlike any other. Here,...
Divine Instruments and the Magic of Music

Divine Instruments and the Magic of Music

By Lindenberg Junior As the Middle Ages wise men used to say, to play an instrument whether you have musical skills or not, or just to participate in a musical ritual regardless of the instrument you play, enhances your chances of establishing a connection with your...
Cultural Beat

Cultural Beat

By Claudia Lyra During the time of carnaval, everyone talks about samba and axé music, but in this article we’ll remember some other long forgotten or, at least, not very well exposed rhythms that show a colorful Brazil. They are Maracatu, Côco, Bumba Meu Boi,...
The Brazilian Way

The Brazilian Way

By Jana Lessa It’s charming, its’ cultural, its’ all about being a Brazilian. The “O Jeitinho” can be described as the way Brazilians live their life, the way they make decisions, the way they love and so forth. For us Brazilians,...
Uncle Sam-Ba!

Uncle Sam-Ba!

By Julia Melim Brazil is becoming more popular each year due to our economic growth, which is now among the 6th strongest economies in the world, surpassing even England. President Obama makes sure to include Brazil in his addresses to the nation regarding foreign...
Brazilian Faith

Brazilian Faith

By Katia Moraes In the beginning of November I heard that my friend Daniel had a nervous breakdown. Some people brought him to a hospital after asking a doctor to evaluate his problem. This made me think about how melancholy some Brazilians get in the end of the year....
The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

By Richard J. Maybury How well do you know the story of Thanksgiving? The official Thanksgiving story has the pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America, and establishing the Plymouth Colony in the winter of 1620-1621. This first winter is hard, and half the...
Men with a Brazilian Accent

Men with a Brazilian Accent

By Carol Mendes | Translation by Julia Melim Optimistic, happy, caring, charming… so many adjectives to define the Brazilian man. According to Sergio Buarque de Holanda Brazilian critic, historian and journalist, the male from the tropics acts on his emotion and his...
Pífanos of Brazil

Pífanos of Brazil

By Rebecca Kleinmann The Pífano, pifaro or pife is a wind instrument of the Northeast region of Brazil. Usually made of bamboo or “taquara” wood, the pífano has seven holes: one for the embouchure, and six finger holes. Flutes of this basic design are some of the...
The Brazilian Spirit

The Brazilian Spirit

By Alejandro Gedeon It was 1989 and I was a student at Cal Arts when I saw this dark bottle from Brazil with an incredible art deco label on it. Opening it was painful. It was like opening a treasure you could only find on a shipwreck. After pouring the golden liquid...
Live and Dance!

Live and Dance!

By Sonia Imenes | Collaboration by Sandra Domingos Translation by Una C. Proença Dancing is nutrition for the soul, it relaxes the spirit. It brings out the joyful truth of recognizing and expressing the needs of the soul in a simple and direct manner. Men, women,...
“Churrasco”, The Brazilian Barbecue

“Churrasco”, The Brazilian Barbecue

By Livia Caroline Neves; Translation Una P. Cavalcante The primitive barbecue have been important in the concept of what, today, we call community. Since then, the barbecue crossed boundaries and reached the world. BBQ to Americans, Parrillada to Argentineans or...
From the Amazon to the World

From the Amazon to the World

By Lindenberg Junior | *English Edition by Ann Fain The North of Brazil, which includes the states of Para, Amazon, Acre, Roraima and Rondonia, is most known for its Indian influence. They have a diet rich in fish, root vegetables like yams or yucca and powerful and...
Fashion is Timeless

Fashion is Timeless

By Aldo Mencatto From the glamour girl to the free-spirit bohemian the favorite 1970’s style stereotypes are back for a new day. Fringing, floral and shine beats, larger shoulders and volume. It’s came around about every five years bringing along a distant sense of...
Brazilian Soul Flavor

Brazilian Soul Flavor

By Lindenberg Junior | English edition/review by Ann Fain The Brazilian cuisine has been strongly influenced by Portuguese colonization, the African roots brought by the slaves during the eighteen century, as well the Italian, German, Syrian and Lebanese immigrants,...
Bahian Soul Food and Magical Music

Bahian Soul Food and Magical Music

By Lindenberg Junior | English Edition by Ann Fain My last visit to Salvador, Bahia was only for a couple days for a business meeting, but in that short time, I experience Bahia’s soul food and its magical music. The music caressed my spirit, sang in my heart,...
The Come Back of Pokemons

The Come Back of Pokemons

Back just few years ago, let’s say, seven or eight, 99.5% of the world population could not believe what our smartphones can do these days. None of us could to believe that our cell phones were going to be our constant companions. This was before Siri. This was...
Feijoada: One Meal, Three Cultures

Feijoada: One Meal, Three Cultures

By Lindenberg Junior The most famous Brazilian dish was created by slaves on a sugar plantation from black beans and scraps of dried meat from the master’s table. The accompanying side dish, “farofa” (fried manioc flours) is an Indian touch, while the shredded...
All Time Popular National Preferences

All Time Popular National Preferences

By Lindenberg Junior | English Edition by Ann Fain Feijão or “Beans” is with no doubt a popular preference on the tables of Brazilian families, especially for lunch, which is the principal meal of the day. The Feijao Mulatinho (similar to the Mexican Pinto...