Investigates: A Vegan Breakfast
at Home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
plus a Fun Day at Rio's
Before enjoying a breakfast at home with
family, let me share a bit about the local
da Gávea is one of Rio's
best malls, if not the best. There's a great
variety of shops, restaurants, and also a
nice medium-sized stage theater.
So you can have it all in one place...
grab some coffee in a charming café,
enjoy dinner with friends, then end the night
with a live play at the local theater.
But I had alot of catching up to do with
family, so a vegan breakfast at home was first
on the list. ;)
A Classic Brazilian
+ Vegan Options
Here are some top vegetarians and vegan breakfast
ideas you can enjoy in Brazil + some tips.
- Pão de Queijo (cheese bread),
the most popular snack and now
even available in the USA at Costco, Whole
Foods, and many other markets. We eat these
for breakfast or anytime of the day... kids
grab them at the "Padaria" (Bakery)
before school, after school, really anytime!
Vegan Tip: We shared a
Vegan Pão de Queijo recipe from
Vegan Survival Guide" (VSG)
so that you can make it at home.
- Pão Francês (French
Bread), which is enjoyed with some
butter, honey, cheese, etc. Vegan
Tip: Vegans can enjoy with some
local fresh fruit jellies. Plus:
My cousin Lelé made the
best for me... she cut the bread in half
and fried the top and bottom in some coconut
oil. Tasty and crunchy!
- Pamonha (corn + coconut tamale
cake). A vegan gluten-free dish
made of corn and coconut. It's kind of a
cross between cake and a tamale. Love it!
There's also an oven baked version called
"Pamonha de Forno"
which is more like cornbread.
- A Slice of Cake! Popular
cake flavors are chocolate, carrot and orange.
Cakes are available at most Bakery Shops,
but they are generally vegetarian... not
vegan. Vegetarian Tip: When
at the bakery ask for "Bolo de Chocolate"
or some "Bolo de Fubá"...
kids love these flavors.
"The Vegan Survival Guide" we
also included detailed nutrient charts,
so you'll learn how to get the most from each
of your meals.
Vegan and Gluten Free
My niece Carolina is the best!
She got me some Pamonha at
the local bakery and we enjoyed it at home.
for Fun at the Mall:
Shopping da Gávea
My niece Carolina then took
me to the mall for some Japanese food and
Well, the restaurants with
vegan options were just the Asian restaurants.
Here they are:
The funny thing is, after
renting the Pig and Kangaroo Carts (photo
above) the kids saw the fun... and all
the other Animal Carts got rented out...
So the mall was overrun with Dog Cars,
Cat Cart, Bear Carts, and their parents
running after them, lol.
The Gelato Ice-Cream Shop... can
vegans enjoyed it too?
Gelato, an Italian word for
ice cream, are craft ice creams prepared
with organic sugar, organic milk, fresh
fruit, nut purees and other selected flavorings.
So I asked them...
ice cream options? Without dairy? (In
Portuguese: Algum sorvete vegano? Sem
Yes, we have one,
let me show you... oops, sorry, the
vegan mango flavor sold out today. Come
What??? Only 1 vegan flavor and it's SOLD
some of the flavors vegetarians
- Abacate =
- Banana com Canela
= Banana with cinnamon
- Caqui = Persimmon
- Coco = Coconut
- Fragola =
- Goiaba =
- Limones =
- Manga = Mango
= Passion Fruit
- Pera = Pear
- Pitanga =
- Uva = Grape
- Doce de Leite
= Milk caramel sauce
- Fior d'Arancio
= Orange Blosson (Italian)
- Fior di Latte
= Milk Cream (Italian)
- Mousse de Maracujá
= Passion Fruit Mousse
- Mousse de Limão
= Lemon Mousse
= Hazelnut (Italian)
= Peanut Candy
- Tapioca =
Tapioca (starch extracted from
- Yogurte com Amarena
= Yogurt with Amarena Cherry
- Yogurte com Limão
Siciliano = Yogurt
with Sicilian Lemon
Have you visited Brazil?
What's your favorite Brazilian vegan
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share your thoughts and comments
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