I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

Is there anything better than a cold ice cream on a hot day? The answer: NO! Personally, I LOVE ice cream/fro-yo/ gelato and I eat it every day. Thankfully, Brazil feels the same way about ice cream and offers lots of different kinds (see Sorvete Italia)! On almost every block in Leblon or Ipanema you will find some sort of this delicious frozen treat.

Today is my birthday so felt it fitting to post about my favorite dessert:)

There are many ‘pinkberry’ like fro-yo places…. I am not a fan so wont be covering them (sorry guys, I like my frozen treats sweet not tart!) Yogi is fat free fro-yo, but this is NOT average frozen yogurt…

They have 2 frozen yogurt flavors: regular (ie vanilla) and chocolate.  Now you can have it the regular boring style in a cup with some toppings, but with Yogi you actually can design your own flavor! Step 1- pick your flavor.  Step 2- select 3 ingredients that would create your perfect frozen dessert from frozen fruits (they get crushed in), fresh fruits, candy toppings or nuts.  Step 3- they mash is all together, creating YOUR personalized treat! My fav is chocolate base with frozen strawberries, coconut and some peanuts mmmm good!

Gelato is also extremely popular here in Brazil (again see Sorvete Italia)!  Personally, nothing compares to 16 Handles in NYC, but I would say that the gelato version in Buzios: Sorveteria Square comes pretty close.  As you can see above there are many flavors of gelato to choose from, so grab a scooper and start creating your favorite flavor combination! After you are satisfied with your flavor selection, head over to the toppings bar: This is the BEST part! It feels like you are in the ‘Sunday Bar’ line at a Bar Mitzvah but no one is pushing and shoving you out of the way and as a bonus there are way more toppings:) That marshmellow fluff gets me every time!

Whether you crave soft serve or gelato, while in Brazil you will never feel deprived of your favorite frozen treat

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Best Restaurant in Buzios: Bar do Ze

After a day of beach, head to Rua das Pedras, where you will find tons of cute stores (this is the spot to pick up your Brazilian bikini if you don’t already have one!), and TONS of restaurants!  Including authentic Brazilian, American, Asian, Mexican, Seafood, and French.

My Favorite place Bar do Ze:

When you walk by Bar do Ze, the first thing that comes to mind is- what a charming, romantic restaurant with a great view of the bay. It is way more than just that! First off, since I am only a few Portuguese classes in, I was pleasantly surprised by the very friendly staff which spoke good English:) Ok, now to the food…

The food was INCREDIBLE!!! We started off with a nice bottle of wine (which isn’t the easiest thing to find in Brazil) and a warm goat cheese salad (perfect way to start a meal in my opinion), but it was the lobster pasta that sealed the deal for me.  The huge chunks of fresh delicious lobster in a very light but flavorful tomato sauce was so unbelievably good, my mouth waters whenever I think about it! Mmmmm! On to dessert: Fresh chocolate dipped strawberries with gelato! Honestly doesn’t get much better than this, was a perfect meal, and I plan on going back!

Usually, come 10pm Bar do Ze turns into a more trendy, fun atmosphere, however it started to downpour the night we were there… and when it rains here, it POURS! As you can see the staff was kind enough to ‘make us’ rain coats, and provide a bag so I could ‘save’ my shoes:)

If you find yourself in Buzios… this place is a MUST try!

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Enjoying the food..

Cafeina is a great spot for salads and sandwiches! Huge list of both, plus they even have English translation under each item- first place I have been to that I have seen English since I got here… it is VERY exciting! The restaurant itself is on the corner of Av Ataulfo de Paiva and Rita Ludolf (a nice tree lined street) and open so you can sit inside or outside.

Off to Ipanema for the afternoon I discovered Casa do Pao de Queijo (apparently it is a chain and scattered throughout Brazil, but I happened to discover this one). For those of you who don’t know what Pao de Queijo is, it is a type of ‘cheese bread’.  They come in a variety of sizes, and are baked, cheese-flavored rolls (the inside is chewy and moist).  They are a very popular/typical snack in Brazil (and one of my personal favorites!). If you have never had it, I highly recommend trying it. If you are reading this and not near a Casa do Pao de Queijo (since they are in Brazil, you are probably not near one) Pão de queijo can be bought frozen at supermarkets to be baked personally, look for brands like Forno de Minas, and Casa do Pão de Queijo. Additionally, cheese puff mix packages are easily found in most supermarkets,super easy to make on your own (if I can make them, ANYONE can!) look for brands like ‘Yoki’ and ‘Hikari’ (those are the more popular ones in the states). If you are in NYC visit Buzios Brazil Boutique located at 20 W 46th St (second floor) to get the frozen kind or the mix, otherwise try it the next time you are at a Brazilian restaurant!

For those of you who know me well, a day is not complete without ice cream…. and while searching for my favorite comfort food, I stumbled upon Sorvet Italia

think I struck gold with this find! I can say with confidence I have never had such incredibly delicious, amazing, wonderful chocolate fudge brownie ice cream in my life, each bite was loaded with brownie! They don’t skimp out like they do at Ben & Jerrys does (you know what I am talking about, you dig and dig and maybe get 2-5 bites with brownie in it and are a little disappointed when you realize you’re left with just chocolate) well not here, you will be completely satisfied! They have a HUGE selection (I of course tasted a few flavors before deciding) and everything I tried was delicious, I will def be heading back there again!