Monday, January 14, 2019

São Paulo 26.12.18 - 27.12.18

On 26 December we went back to Parque Ibirapuera where we ran our usual 5 mile course. Upon completion of our second lap, we spotted a gorgeous border collie. We spoke to the owners and learned that Marie is 14 years old and only likes fresh coconut water from the vendors in the park, none of that boxed crap. 

After the park we went to spend time with Mae and Pai. They are so wonderful.

After spending a bunch of time with Mae and Pai, we went to Alliance Park where L’s beloved Palmeiras play.

L is a die hard Palmeiras fan, whereas his dad is all Corinthians - the main rival.

We took a tour of the stadium it is only 4-5 years old. It was cool taking a tour in Portuguese and understanding nearly all of it- especially since it’s not conversation Vocabulary I would have experienced before.

The stadium was constructed to look like a basket which helps with acoustics - dampening the sound for the surrounding community and also enabling the stadium to be cooler.

As much as I hate crowds, seeing a Palmeiras game in their home stadium is high on my bucket list.

L was so happy to see the stadium.

It is a gorgeous park.

Next time, we will see a game.

Even got to see their locker room.

It is such a cool stadium.

Post tour, we walked to Trilha brewery to meet up with friends. L has known the brewer/owner Daniel for a while.

The beer at Trilha is amazing. The iPas are juicy and delicious, the stouts are so flavorful. The location is also really cool.

Despite the holidays- we were able to meet up with many of our friends. 

This time of year, between Christmas and new year is summer break and many people travel back home or to the beach.

It was so great seeing so many wonderful people.

We got to hang out in the brewery for a while. 

After a while we took an Uber to iCraft Beer to get food. My pulled pork sandwich was really good.

Seeing our friends was so great.

Another busy day, but that’s the only way to do it here.

On the 27 December we didn’t go to the park because we had to go to Gru Airport to pick up my dad!

On the way back from the airport I was looking out the window towards the river and I saw duas (2) capybaras! Not 1, but 2! 

We dropped my dad at the hotel and we went to the expo to get out Sao Silvestre kits.

When we returned, we picked up my dad and went to Empório Dos Altos Pinheiros for some excellent craft beer.

Then we went to Pirajá for lunch. This was my Daad’s first time in São Paulo!

I had a maracujá (passion fruit) caipirinha. Be still my soul.

We had coxinhas- tear shaped fried things filled with chicken, cheese and potatoes.

We also had pastéis. Kind of like a wonton- these were filled with either meat, cheese or shrimp.

We also had one of my favorites- Caldo de Feijão. Basically feijoada broth.

I also had a caju caipirinha- this is made from the fruit of the cashew.

Later that night we went to meet more friends at another craft beer place- it was open air and my heart was so happy. 

Sunset from our hotel. View of the park and obelisk.

After seeing our friends we went to New Dog for smiley fries and food.

Obligatory smiley fry shot.

I had a burger with mushrooms, onions, lettuce and catupiry cheese.

And had a suco de caju- cashew juice.

It was a great end to my Daad’s first day in São Paulo.

This fry basically represented how I felt the entire trip. My face hurt from smiling so much.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

São Paulo 23.12.18- 25.12.18

December 23 we left Chicago to fly south to Brasil.
But first, L and I ran and got breakfast. 

Then we went Ohare to begin our travel adventure. 

Obligatory plane selfie.

Obligatory photo of steer in Dallas airport.

Just as we were about to start boarding our flight to São Paulo, a mechanical issue was discovered with our plane. An hour later we were boarding a replacement plane and sat at the gate 2 hours while food and everything was transferred from the sick plane to our healthy ride.

During the wait before takeoff, I watched 96% of Crazy Rich Asians.

10 hours of flight time later, we were on the other side of the world.

I was overcome with emotion- I’ve missed my in laws and friends a lot. The last time I visited Brasil was 4 years ago- far too long when family and good people are involved.

We landed on Christmas Eve and went to the hotel to drop our stuff and freshen up after 20 hours of traveling.

We went to the Super Hipper to buy Christmas lunch. We also had a lunch of 2 coxinhas a soda and a dessert- brigadeiro- for a total of $6. Total for 2 lunches!

After shopping, we went to see Mae and Pai. It was amazing to see them in person after so long. We Skype, and email but it’s not the same as giving someone a hug or squeezing their hand. 

I brought a loaf of Rugbrød for my Mae. I baked it the morning of our flight and it only received small attention from TSA who wanted to confirm it was a 4lb chunk of bread. 

Mae loved it! And I was especially happy to unload it from my bag. The nurse also loved it so much that I found a recipe in Portuguese for her and she’s made a few loaves now.

We spent a while at their house and then went back to the hotel for the night. Unfortunately everything was closed (yay catholic country, yay) so dinner was a challenge. Luckily room service was open so we were able to eat dinner. 

The street art is so fantastic here.

We woke up on Christmas morning and went to one of my favorite places in the world- parque Ibiraquera for a run. 

It felt great to run after a long travel day.

The park is a 1.5ish mile loop with various trails cutting across it.

It was great to experience the park being so empty- it can get super busy.

After the park we went back to Mae and Pai’s to cook Christmas dinner. 

The murals under the metro are fire.

We got started cooking as soon as we arrived. I insisted on cooking Christmas dinner the moment we knew we would travel to Brasil. It would be an honor for me to cook for my family. 

We cooked a Chester. It is a huge chicken that ive never heard of before. It was 8lbs! I stuffed chunks of butter and garlic cloves under the skin and put oranges on it. I stuffed the inside with oranges, limes, thyme and rosemary.

We also made a salad.

After a few hours the Chester was perfect.

We also made mashed potatoes, stuffing, mac n cheese and beans.

My in laws had never had “sweet beans” aka bbq beans before- beans aren’t ever sweet in Brasil. They loved them!  We also made traditional American stuffing which they liked. They also loved the cranberry sauce- again- something that does not exist in Brasil.

For dessert, I made a chocolate pudding pie.

With chantilly cream!

After spending time with everyone, we went back to the hotel. This was the first time we encountered traffic. Everyone must have been leaving their families to head home. 

Luckily some bars were open Christmas night- we ended up at boceto São Bento. I had my first caipirinha of the trip there- jatupicaba fruit with lime.

We also had dinner. Delicious sausages with bread and farofa

And more caipirinhas.

And fried things filled with pumpkin and dried meat.

This place was packed!

It was nice to be sitting in open air without freezing.

It was a perfect end to our first 36 hours in São Paulo.