Hipster Chili

For those of you who don’t know (mom), a hipster is a term used for a subculture of American youth that is as widespread as it is derided. Unlike other subcultures, the boundaries are a bit fuzzy, but they are defined by a distinctive style of dress, and “you know ’em when you see ’em” typecasting.

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Burrito Mexicano Como Te Extraño

If I have learned one thing about myself in the past few months it is that I will jump through hoops to get a taste of “home”…

Something I truly am fond of is a tasty carne asada burrito with a huge side of guacamole. And although you can find very crowded Mexican restaurants in my neighborhood, the overpriced menu and awful cheese wiz seem to miss the point. Where oh where have my $5 taco stands gone?

I found myself really wanting a beef burrito and did what I had to do to make it happen! Filet mignon marinated in balsamic vinegar and mustard with pico de gallo, guacamole and…beans!! For those of you that live or have lived in Brazil, you know that you cannot find frijoles (pasta de feijão) in your average supermarket…here was my first tentative at making them.

(Do not pay attention to the poor aesthetics of this picture)

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Brazil: Churrasco

Brazilians love their churrasco and even more so their picanha. For those of you that are unfamiliar with these terms, I am talking about barbecue and top sirloin (or rump cover), respectively.

After a warm greeting from Helio’s family and a lovely tour of the property, we all reunited at the churrasco area where we ate like kings. Unlimited grilled picanha, linguiça (sausage), chicken and T-bone steaks accompanied with rice, beans, vinagrete (which is similar to salsa), farofa (powder-like substance made from yucca flour) and more! Let us not forget the cerveja estupidamente gelada and home-made cachaça. Very delicious spread of food, something I will surely never forget.

Let me take a moment to relate Brazilian hospitality to their way of eating meat. Always cut into small pieces and shared with all at the table, it makes for a truly enjoyable experience!

To start off the churrasco, a huge chunk of picanha:

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