The Amazonian fish is the main ingredient of the tasteful regional cuisine. Fish types are divided into three major groups: the ones with scale, others with ''skin” and finally the ‘‘thick-skinned” ones (fish covered with thick bone plates). The conventional restaurants generally include on their menu only the big fish with scales (tambaqui, pirarucu and tucunaré). The small ones, very tasteful, as the matrinchã, curimatá, jaraqui, pacu and sardinha, may be sometimes found at the small restaurants, which offer ''homemade'' food. Among the ''skin fish'' surubim and dourado are the most tasteful ones. Bodó and tamuatá are the favorite ones with ''thick skin''. - Other typical food from the Amazon Region: Tucupi duck: Duck baked in an oven and afterwards cooked in a liquid extracted from manioc (tucupi) with jambu leaves and shrimp. Tacacá: Type of soup prepared with jambu leaves cooked in tucupi, dried shrimp and manioc starch. Cupuaçu: Very smelly and large fruit of peculiar taste. With the pulp they prepare juices, refreshments, ice creams, jams, candy and liqueur. From its nuts chocolate can be produced and it’s considered as more tasteful and even healthier than the one produced from the cacao. Pupunha tucumã, açaí, buriti, bacaba and patoá are some of the palm tree fruit very appreciated in the region. Pupunha is eaten boiled; tucumã is eaten raw. The açaí wine is a thick juice extracted from the pulp of these little purple nuts. Buriti, bacaba and patoá also produce wines with specific colors and tastes. Guaraná: A bush fruit from Amazonas, largely used by the indians who say that it can make life be longer and keep the body energy. It is sold as soft drinks, sticks, capsules and syrup.
You will find this very-nearly-lifesize replica of NY/NJ's own Statue of Liberty, here in Manaus, next to a school, from what I've been told. Nice to see we have some friends in the int'l community these days...:-O!!...
The capital of the state is Manaus, which has been nicknamed “The Paris of the Jungle”. The Portuguese founded it in the 16th century, but Manaus remained a small village until the success of the rubber plantations. It was during this period that the main features of the city, such as the Grand Opera House (Teatro Amazonas, see picture) and the small Palaces of the British plantation owners, were built.