Monday, July 13, 2009

Brazilian Birthday BBQ

This past weekend, we were in DC to celebrate our brother-in-law, Ben's, birthday. As a nod to Ben's childhood years abroad in Brazil, we celebrated with an incredible churrasco or Brazilian BBQ. Ben's wife, Kristen, did an amazing job organizing an authentic and festive evening.
A gaucho manned the BBQ and churned out traditional fare of meat and cheeses, my favorite being the Pao de Queijo or cheese buns! The drink of the evening was, of course, the national cocktail of Brazil, the caipirinha. Here is an easy recipe if you want to try and recreate this refreshing summer cocktail at home:

Ingredients: (1 serving)
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • approx 8 lime wedges
  • 2 1/2 ounces of cachaca or sagatiba pura (sugarcane liquor)


Muddle the sugar into the lime wedges in a glass or shaker, fill with ice cubes. Pour cachaca into the glass and stir well.

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Meg said...

FUN! I have a really close Brazilian friend who introduced me to Pao de Queijo, Caprinias and Frejoiada! I love Brazilian food!!! If you're ever in Paris or London there is a great Brazilian place, Favela Chic, that has all of these goodies plus fun live music!!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Let's go get Caprianias instead of coffee!
Hope you had a great weekend.

Megan said...

Meg, one of my best friends in Auckland is a Brazilian and they have such a passion for the food, you can't help but love it, right? I'd love to check out the place in Paris.
Laura, YES! If we can find a place, let's go!

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Maria Johns said...

This BBQ looks so mouth-watering!! Thanks for your lovely comment! We were dying to get to New Zealand while in Okinawa but only made as far south as Australia! Can't wait to explore your blog further especially any clips of NZ!!!


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