Let’s talk about food…

Most of the daily cuisine is arroz and feijão (rice and beans) with macarrão (spaghetti noodles) and sometimes verdaduras (vegetables: but this means like some tomato, iceberg, onions, potatos, carrots, or beets, not all but in different combinations)

Juice and fruit here is GREAT!! I wish we had fruit this good in the states:


My number one right now is abacate (avocado)—I know what you’re thinking, avocado as a drink??? But it is so good. First of all the avocados here are huge! And then they take the avocado, some milk (powdered or regular), sugar, and ice and blend it all up—DELICIOUS! But it’s a meal alone that leaves your stomach ready to burst

  • cajá
  • caju (the fruit of a cashew plant)
  • maracujá (translates to passion fruit)
  • abacaxi (pineapple)
  • manga (mango)
  • graviola
  • cupuaçu
  • açai
  • acerola (has as much vitamin C in one little piece as does an entire orange)
  • goiaba com leite (guava with milk)

Fruits: the same as listed above, except with the addition of ATA—very sweet and tasty:

Ata (aka: pina)

Thursday nights are crab nights in Fortaleza, but mostly at Praia do Futuro- so last week we went and got crab at the beach. They give you an entire crab: it’s a totally different breed of crab and you take apart the body and extract the brain and then drink the fluid around the brain of the crab (I guess that would be cranial fluid). They also give you a block of stone and a big stick to hit the crab with to get the meat. Different.

caranguejo (crab)

Salgados: they’re sandwhiches sold all over the place with different things inside, but salgado actually translates to “salty”

Cashews: they’re everywhere because they come from brazil, but they’re still quite expensive

Cachaça: brazilian rum—very tasty, especially as a caipirinha, the drink of brazilians

Tapioca: really great as little flapjacks with just butter or with bananas and cinammon, or with condensed milk (which goes great with everything here!)


Pé de moleque: it’s a kind of cake that loosely translates to ‘foot of moleque (street kid)’ I thought it was kind of gross, but the funny thing was when I asked my host family why it was called pé de moleque, they responded, porque é preto (because it’s black), and when they think of street kids they think of afro-brazilians.

pé de moleque

Banana Pizza: enough said, delicious!

Pastel: fried bread pockets with different things inside, puts hot pockets to hell!!

Creme Crackers: pronounced (cremee crackee) are very popular along with all the other biscoitos. There are so many crackers/biscoitos here.

Guarana: is a plant that’s put into a lot of drinks; such as all of the energy drinks that college students consume. It has 2x the amount of caffeine as coffee and is a very effective weight loss supplement: (Guaraná, leite em pó, açúcar e polpa da fruta) Here it also comes as a soda

Antartica: the beer to drink around here.

Can’t forget about Diamante Negro: really good chocolate