A city famous for its churrascarias (grilled meat restaurants), Rio de Janeiro is culinary heaven for the committed carnivore. Restaurants such as the legendary Porcao chain serve lavish meat feasts, with waiters bringing cut after cut of top quality carne to diners' tables until even the most determined of meat lovers has to admit defeat.
Seafood fans fare well in Rio too - with some 200 kilometers of coastline surrounding the city, it is possible to feast on salmon at upscale restaurants or enjoy simple fried sardines at open air kiosks on the beachfront.
Vegetarians needn't panic though - the tropical climate makes for more varieties of fruit and vegetable than one could imagine, and the groaning salad bars at most churrascarias means that even the staunchest of veggies can load up their plate.
While fine dining in Rio is unquestionably expensive, there are plenty of opportunities for cheap eats, with the pay-by-weight lunch restaurants of Centro generally offering excellent value for money.
Lucy is a British freelance writer living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007. While there are some things she misses about her home country, the lure of year-round sunshine has proved too powerful to resist.