This past weekend was quintessentially Brasilian. We’re checking a lot of must do and must eat Brazil things off our list. On Friday, we had a traditional Portuguese dinner featuring bacalhau, dried and salted cod, at Bistrô Vila Graziella in Bauru.
I’m still pretty partial to the beefier Brazilian cuisine, but have had many delicious fish dishes here as well, which is good for my cholesterol I suppose. Saturday we went to a traditional Brasilian barbecue, or churrasco, with some friends in the nearby town of Ibitinga. We’ve had a lot of churrasco throughout our time in Brazil, but have heard that a barbecue in someone’s house is always better than even the highest rated restaurant. And this, my friends, is so true. There was so much meat! And cheese! And even some vegetables.
The party was at a friend’s brother’s house so I didn’t snap any photos out of privacy, but trust me when I say the home was gorgeous and the food delicious. After an initial sit-down meal, Tom got smart and stationed himself right near the grill so he could sample the fare as it continued to come out, piping hot.
On Sunday, we took a much-needed break from the gluttony and visited Bauru’s botanical gardens.
Bauru has had gorgeous weather lately with warm, clear days and cool nights. I could certainly get used to it.
The gardens, while not expansive, are well maintained and fun to walk though.
The best part was spotting some wild marmosets in the trees.
There were dozens of them swinging through the trees. It was a trip.