Given the soaring temperatures, one might expect Rio de Janeiro dining to be all about light salads and seafood. In fact, the opposite is true, and heavy rice and beans are the staple part of virtually any home-style meal Rio de Janeiro.
The one meal they are not served is at breakfast, which is a veritable feast of breads, cheeses, cold cuts, cakes, coffee, fresh fruits, jams and jellies as well as delicious pao de queijo - an addictive mix of manioc flour, eggs and cheese.
Our top spot for a home-style feast is Bar do Arnaudo, a welcoming and unpretentious little spot in Santa Teresa that serves mammoth portions of hearty Northeastern Brazilian cuisine. The Brazilian national dish, feijoada, sees black beans mixed with all manner of meat cuts and served with spring greens, rice and farofa (seasoned manioc flour). Traditionally served on Saturdays, feijoada can be enjoyed any day of the week at Casa da Feijoada, while a delicious vegetarian version is on the menu at Leblon´s Vegetariano Social Clube, while that other Brazilian speciality, grilled meat, can be enjoyed across the city at spots such as Churrascaria Pampa Grill. And what better way to toast your visit to Rio than with a traditional caiprinha, that mix of rum, lime and sugar that is as intoxicating as the city itself.