THE NATURE IN THE URBAN CHAOS
First do not think that São Paulo is a chaos, if it is a chaos, I would say it is a pleasant one :) São Paulo is modern and the progress here has no breaks, but we have some green territories here where the birds can swim, where the birs can fly and where the birds can sing!
I found that interesting chap when I was in Ibirapuera Park!;)
November 8th, 2004
Hey hey it is Easter time again,well almost and here in the city of Sao Paulo it means a big business,hundreeds of easter eggs hunging on the roof of a special section in the store,photographing is not allowed... Cheese and Easter eggs All the money you have and more
Best way to try local food!
Kilo restaurnts are everywhere in São Paulo - from the simplest and cheapest to very sofisticated!
They are common in the business areas (Av. Paulista, Brigadeiro Faria Lima) and are usually open only for lunch. This is where people eat everyday when working out and is a good way to try "everyday" food. Just take a plate, serve from the buffet and pay for the weight. There will be a salad section then hot dishes (usually two or three meat or chicken selections and side dishes). There will usually be a brown bean stew (feijão) that is eaten with rice by everyone and, on Wednesdays, the tradicional feijoada (black beans stewed with dried meats).
And you can see all the locals as well!
Oppulent Cantina And Refined With Live Jazz
These two heavens for lovers of italian cuisine (and don't forget , at least 35 % of São Paulos 18 million inhabitants are of italian descendence) are across from each other at the beginning curve of one way Avanhandava Street in Bela Vista , Famiglia Mancini being the oppulent , richly decorated cantina with an incredible self service antipasti buffet with at least 35 items , from sun dried tomatoes to mouth watering colds and cheeses , fresh salmon , artichokes , funghi , just beauuuuutifull..... If you still have space to eat more afterwards , the waiter will come and put a big tissue napkin around your neck , so the tomato , meat or pesto sauce from the excellent home made pasta will not drip on your clothes.....
Across the street , a spin off , Walter Mancinis restaurant , same food , but the place is ultra chic , post modern , live jazz music every night , distinguished , expensive but not stuck up at all...
Both restaurants are first class , each in its own theme , I highly recommend for their unpretentious approach to italian food and highest quality in food and service.
( Don't even try Famiglia Mancini on Sundays for lunch , there are always like 50 people waiting in the street to get a table.....) I love the antipasti buffet , I can't resist those goodies and the fresh , crunchy italian bread.....
Every once in a while I might eat a pasta dish which always is delicious...... It's just that I avoid any calorie bombs if I can do without.....
But they make the food with so much know how and affection that everything just tastes too good..... Try as a dessert in any of the two places Crème Brulée and you'll be done for the rest of the day.....
standing in a queue to buy a ticket
Very interesting thing to standing with the Brazilian. They are kind hearted and keep telling me how to buy a ticket and how to enter the play ground in Portuguese and from some of their words I guess they just think I am a Japanese.