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Trump Hotel Rio de Janeiro

NEW YORK – TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION, the next generation of luxury hospitality, and LSH Barra S.A. announce the development of Trump Hotel Rio de Janeiro. Located in the posh Jardim Oceanico sub-district of the famous Barra da Tijuca borough and facing one of Rio’s most magnificent beaches, the 13-story, 171-guestroom Trump Rio will be TRUMP […]

Rio de Janeiro sunrise, when the nightlife goes to the beach..

Rio de Janeiro Sunrise

The very first time I stayed in Rio was between Christmas and New Years Eve, on Barra da Tijuca in a nice condo across the road from the beach. All along the beach there are small cabana kiosks called Baraccas (check spelling), and every morning before the sun comes up, the nightlife comes to the […]

Garota de Ipanema

The Girl from Ipanema

Brazil enjoys the largest recording industry outside of the United States, so the number of brilliant artists and the wide variety of genres (most people have never heard of), is truly staggering. Perhaps the first time I’d ever hear this beautiful language was by vinyl record, as my father had a huge jazz collection, and […]

Cachaça and Caipirinha

The Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail made with cachaça, ice, sugar, and lime. It is the drink most commonly associated with cachaça. The major difference between cachaça and rum is that rum is usually made from molasses, a by-product from refineries that boil the cane juice to extract as much sugar crystal as possible, while […]

Churrascaria the Brazilian Barbeque

Churrascaria, the Brazilian Barbeque

A churrascaria is a place where meat is is cooked in Churrasco style, which translates roughly from the Portuguese for ‘barbecue’. Distinctly a South American style rotisserie, it owes its origins to the fireside roasts of the gaúchos of southern Brazil traditionally from the Pampa region, centuries ago. In modern restaurants rodízio service is typically […]

Praia do Leblon

Leblon is an upscale neighborhood in the southern city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Located between the Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, Morro Brothers and Canal Garden of Allah.  The neighborhood is bordered by the Gávea, Lagoa, Ipanema and Vidigal . Its inhabitants belong mostly to the upper class, including some of the elite names […]

Macumba in Brazil

Until I first visited Macumba Beach I’d never heard of this type of magic but from seeing the evidence of it’s practice, there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s a serious “black witchcraft”. It’s surprising to me, how different the explanations of this ritual or religion of African origin were, from one Brazilian to […]