Gringa Kitchen

Another popular street food in Rio is popcorn! You can get a decent individual-sized portion (think a US-movie theater “small” size) for just R$2!
If you want it sweet, made with coconut flavoring and sweet condensed milk, ask for pipoca doce. If you want the salty kind like the photo (which comes with bacon a lot of the times!) you’ll order pipoca salgado.
Gringa tip: If you’re a “regular” who’s super-nice to your pipoqueiro (the guy who sells the popcorn), he may give you all the bacon like he does for us!

Another popular street food in Rio is popcorn! You can get a decent individual-sized portion (think a US-movie theater “small” size) for just R$2!

If you want it sweet, made with coconut flavoring and sweet condensed milk, ask for pipoca doce. If you want the salty kind like the photo (which comes with bacon a lot of the times!) you’ll order pipoca salgado.

Gringa tip: If you’re a “regular” who’s super-nice to your pipoqueiro (the guy who sells the popcorn), he may give you all the bacon like he does for us!

One of my favorite salty snacks are Mendorato - O amendoim japonês dourado (golden Japanese-style peanuts)…whole peanuts with a crunchy, salty coating.
I like the Santa Helena brand and we pay just $0.70R for a 40 g packet at the “banca” (magazine store), which is a totally satisfying adult-size serving. The bag in the photo is a rather absurd portion. I mean, you can do it (I have), but it’s completely over your daily peanut limit. ;)

One of my favorite salty snacks are Mendorato - O amendoim japonês dourado (golden Japanese-style peanuts)…whole peanuts with a crunchy, salty coating.

I like the Santa Helena brand and we pay just $0.70R for a 40 g packet at the “banca” (magazine store), which is a totally satisfying adult-size serving. The bag in the photo is a rather absurd portion. I mean, you can do it (I have), but it’s completely over your daily peanut limit. ;)

I’ve been told that Cremogema is something they give babies in Brazil as their first solid food, but it makes an easy, cheap dessert for any age in my opinion!
It comes in chocolate flavor, but I’ve found the original flavor mixed with a tablespoon of Toddy (which is similar to Nestle powdered chocolate milk mix in the US) is much tastier and more chocolate-y.
You simmer two tablespoons of the Cremogema with a tablespoon of sugar and about a half cup of milk until it turns into a pudding-ish texture.

I’ve been told that Cremogema is something they give babies in Brazil as their first solid food, but it makes an easy, cheap dessert for any age in my opinion!

It comes in chocolate flavor, but I’ve found the original flavor mixed with a tablespoon of Toddy (which is similar to Nestle powdered chocolate milk mix in the US) is much tastier and more chocolate-y.

You simmer two tablespoons of the Cremogema with a tablespoon of sugar and about a half cup of milk until it turns into a pudding-ish texture.

My mom sent me the Travel Spice Kit from Grapevine Trading Company and I love it because it has all my favorite basic spices, plus a ton of international options I’ve had neither the need or nerve for buying a full-sized bottle of. 
I love Americanized-Chinese takeout (which I haven’t found any of in Rio), so I’m coming up with some of my own recipes at home. For this spicy, sweet and sour chicken stir fry, I coated chicken breasts with a mixture of the Jamaican Jerk spice, Kosher Salt and Crushed Chili Flakes (I’m subbing the Chinese 5 Spice powder mixed with Cayenne Pepper now that I’ve used up all the Jerk spices!), then browned them in a nonstick skillet with a little EVOO and a handful of chopped onions.
I add a tablespoon of apricot and passion fruit jelly to simmer it in until fully cooked. Apricot jelly works fine if you can’t find this blend. Serve over steamed rice.

My mom sent me the Travel Spice Kit from Grapevine Trading Company and I love it because it has all my favorite basic spices, plus a ton of international options I’ve had neither the need or nerve for buying a full-sized bottle of. 

I love Americanized-Chinese takeout (which I haven’t found any of in Rio), so I’m coming up with some of my own recipes at home. For this spicy, sweet and sour chicken stir fry, I coated chicken breasts with a mixture of the Jamaican Jerk spice, Kosher Salt and Crushed Chili Flakes (I’m subbing the Chinese 5 Spice powder mixed with Cayenne Pepper now that I’ve used up all the Jerk spices!), then browned them in a nonstick skillet with a little EVOO and a handful of chopped onions.

I add a tablespoon of apricot and passion fruit jelly to simmer it in until fully cooked. Apricot jelly works fine if you can’t find this blend. Serve over steamed rice.

Pastel (singular) or pasteis (plural), are a common junk food in Rio. They can be found in walk-up restaurants (often run by Chinese immigrants) on the beach, and on the street either from carts or from a Kombi (VW Van) converted into a kitchen on wheels. Typical fillings are ground beef (carne) or cheese (queijo), but at home, I experiment with all kinds of fillings. One of my favorites is grilled chicken with hot sauce and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese.

Pastel (singular) or pasteis (plural), are a common junk food in Rio. They can be found in walk-up restaurants (often run by Chinese immigrants) on the beach, and on the street either from carts or from a Kombi (VW Van) converted into a kitchen on wheels. Typical fillings are ground beef (carne) or cheese (queijo), but at home, I experiment with all kinds of fillings. One of my favorites is grilled chicken with hot sauce and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese.

Grocery Shopping 1/12 - $18.50US
  • packet of penne pasta 500g 1.89R
  • Requeijão Paulista 200g 2.99R
  • shredded Parmesan 50g 1.99R
  • dried oregano 30g 0.70R
  • butter 200g 3.29R
  • dried lentils 500g 3.20R
  • sliced mozzarella .234 kilo 3.72R
  • sliced beef bologna .146 kilo 1.45R
  • sliced light smoked turkey .166 kilo 4.63R
  • Knorr caldo 2 (feijoada, costela)   2.30R
  • 16 French bread loaves 6.64R
Grocery Shopping 1/9 - $26US
  • 12 oranges 2.88R
  • 4 heads of garlic 0.74R
  • 12 eggs 3.79R
  • large zucchini 1.14R
  • 12 limes 1.05R
  • 1.5 liter citrus soda 2.79R
  • 3 liters of milk (2.29R each) 6.87R
  • 14 ounces of heavy cream 2.58R
  • cashew juice mix 500ml 2.59R
  • pastel dough 200g 3.19R
  • tomato sauce 340g 0.85R
  • sliced mozzarella cheese 9oz 2.71R
  • shredded Parmesan 50g 1.99R
  • coffee 500g 6.25R
  • cotton swabs 4.18R
  • cotton balls 3.15R