February in São Paulo
February is a good choice to come to Brazil. It's "Carnaval", it worth a try .
Good areas to stay are central areas. Jardins, Republica, Consolação all of them near subway station. Take a look at this site: www.alugueltemporada.com.br Refraim from walking alone late at night. Have a good time.
SAMPA KEEPS ON GROWING
São Paulo has two great finatial centres, the Paulista Avenue area and the new Brooklyin Area which are hostelling the main banks and consulates in the city!
The canadian consulate is there!
November 8th, 2004
Lovee's is kind of luxe and...
Lovee's is kind of luxe and elite most nights, so check the calendar and call to see what's going on. Usually it's an expensive club, but when I went they had an incredible drum'n'bass night with lots of friendly local kids and great DJ's. The inside was gorgeously designed, with lots of glitter and plastic Buddha's. Fabiola was an artistic dancing maniac and introduced me to the Sao Paulo D&B DJs. You buy drinks with heart-shaped pastel heart tokens from the front.
GOOD FOOD IN THE BEACH
It is hard to think about beaches when São Paulo comes up in our mind, but yes, in the state and close to the town there are some nice ebaches, and Praia Grande is very popular among the São Paulo's population, but you can find good food in the beach and in the sand, and for all the americans at VT, something to die for, they sell alcaholic drink in the beach! The PASTEIS, all flavors but the best are the SCHRIMP PASTEIS. Shrimps means camarão in portuguese and if you ask it, you will not regret!
February 20th, 2005
My favorite cheapo japanese restaurant in the Oriental District Liberdade , on Rua da Gloria 553 on the corner with Rua Barão do Iguapé . This one ( together with Takó , see next tip ) is my and Camilas favorite... Sometimes we first go in one for the entries ( like , how about 18 BIG fresh oysters for two at Takó...? ) and then in the other for the main course. Okuyama is a very simple and cheap restaurant with DREADFULL service, just never mind.... the food is DELICIOUS (!!!) .. It's funny , the two owners , brothers from Guam , always compliment us , we are long time habitués . And because they know us so well and we know them , Camila always half jokingly - half seriously tells them that the service had been abominable again , but we'll be back again anyway because we just love the place (since years)... And then the four of us crack up and laugh and laugh..... Okuyama is just very rustic , original and totally unpretentious to the point that there is no decoration on the wall....
If you want good traditional japanese food ( don't expect any refinement...) and if you don't mind waiters that... well..... never mind .... then this is a nice alternative , really cheap and good..... I'll be there for sure again this week (and not only because Camila is hooked.... I am too...) Nabeyaki Udon..... a real treat , soup with all kind of goodies , an egg , fishpaste (??), chicken , shrimps , ginger , some green stuff (LOL...) and Udon noodles....
Don't know the name , but it's a soup from Guam , also with noodles and boiled pork ribs....
And MUSHI..... kinda boiled egg in a porcelain cup , also with chicken , that chewy , white and red fishpaste , shrimps and other goodies......
At night sushi festival , you get per person one sushi "cone" , teppan yaki , guioza and then all sushi you can eat , mostly tuna and salmon though..... all this for 10 U$ per person..