Brazilian gauchos are known for their deep knowledge of high-quality meats, butchering techniques and special cuts. In Brazil, the most prized cut in all churrascarias is the Picanha, the signature steak of Fogo de Chão .
The founders of Fogo de Chão grew up on a traditional Southern Brazilian farm in the Serra Gaúcha. It is here that they learned to cook in the churrasco grilling tradition that would become the backbone of our story. The founding brothers left the quaint, mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul to Rio and […]
So much more than just a superfood, kale has been a quintessential part of Brazilian cuisine for generations. While typically much more flat-leafed in Brazil (versus the curly kale found in United States), kale pairs perfectly with the sweet, juicy citrus flavors of oranges and honey in this light, delicious salad – perfect for a summer barbecue or seasonal dinner party.
Desserts in Brazil tend to be homemade or made in-house – pre-made carrot cake or cheesecake will not be easily found. Some of the most popular desserts are pumpkin and coconut mousse, crème de papaya (papaya cream), guava jam and bolo de fuba (sweet cornmeal cake). Tip: Fresh fruit always goes along with dessert in […]
Dining in Brazil is really all about one thing – family. Churrasco lunch on Sundays is not only a widespread tradition going back for centuries, it’s also the biggest (and most important) meal of the week! And, when it comes to taking care of the bill, the family patriarch will often handle the honors in […]
Brazilians love tourists! Servers, restaurant and hotel employees tend to be very outgoing and enjoy interacting with their guests – especially in those guests’ native languages. Tip: Make sure you ask for directions or information before you leave your hotel or restaurant. Hotel staffers, for instance, tend to be very well trained and are among […]
This fresh twist on the Caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil, marries Passion Fruit puree with Cachaça to add an extra tropical layer to this cocktail. Fun fact: roughly 350 million gallons of cachaça are consumed by Brazilians each year, which equates to around two gallons per person!
The national cocktail of Brazil, the Caipirinha, is made with Cachaça, ice, limes and sugar – and best served on the beaches of Brazil! Fogo de Chão imports its private label cachaça directly from Brazil; the traditional Caipirinha remains one of the restaurant’s most popular beverages.
Pão de Queijo, also known as cheesy bread, is both a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil. Warm, soft cheesy bread rolls are served throughout an entire meal, and this irresistible recipe from São Paulo is both easy-to-make and entirely unmissable. Made with sweet and sour yucca flour and Parmesan cheese, these rolls are naturally gluten-free.
Don’t let the caramelization fool you – these bananas make for the perfect side dish to enjoy alongside any Brazilian-inspired lunch or dinner! The balance of sweet and salty is crucial to Southern Brazilian cuisine, and these caramelized bananas help prepare and enliven the palate throughout the meal.
The mint-based marinade is what truly elevates these lamb chops into unchartered taste territory. Whether prepared for special occasions or just an afternoon barbecue with friends, this coredeiro assado recipe is perfect for both lamb lovers and those curious to try it for the first time.
Sunday night is pizza night in Brazil due to the influence of Italian immigrants. Enjoy a wood-fired pie with the locals, indulging in all the various savory – and sweet – toppings that the country has to offer. Some restaurants even offer rodizio-style pizza service with pizzaiola chefs bringing samples to guests throughout the dining room.
No two classic flavors pair so perfectly together as Picanha, the signature steak of Fogo de Chão, and Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha. The combination of the Picanha’s rock-salt seasoning and the sweet and tart citrus flavors of the Caipirinha are not only a match made along the beautiful beaches of Brazil (i.e., heaven), but also capture the very essence and spirit of what it means to be Brazilian.
With a single sip of Fogo’s Argentinian Malbec, notes of sweet cherry, rich plum and tart blackberry will excite your palate with a balanced acidity. Pair this enticing wine with a masterfully grilled, tender Filet Mignon for the ideal combination of savory and robust flavors.