Jacob served as a missionary in Brazil for two years. One of the things I asked about his time there was how the food was. He talked about how beans and rice are an everyday staple, you could get fresh churros at a street vendor, and they have places called “Churrascaria” (basically a BBQ/steak house) that had the most amazing food. I tried my hand at a few different recipes (desserts mainly) over the years, but never the meat. I had no idea where to start.
When we lived in Chicago a few years ago we were fortunate enough to live by a little restaurant called ‘Brazil Express’. It was a pretty classy churrascaria. I was so excited to finally get to try the food. You guys, it did NOT disappoint 🤩. They cook whole cuts of meet on these giant roasting skewers, and they bring the skewer to your table and carve you a piece right there. The meat was amazing! It was salted, seasoned, and so tender. They would keep making rounds to your table unless you told them otherwise. It was amazing!
After I was stuffed and sure no more food could be had, our waiter walked out with a skewer, but instead of meat on it, there was something golden yellow and round shaped. It was pineapple! Jacob told me that it’s customary in Brazil to eat pineapple after a meat filled meal to help with digestion. I figured we’d have a cold slice on a plate, but they actually roast the pineapple too! The natural sugar gets all caramelized and delicious. I wish I would’ve saved more room!
Have you ever had the chance to experience authentic food from another culture? What kind of food do I NEED to try if I get the chance?