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Another wacky RVO photo travelogue

This is a discussion on Another wacky RVO photo travelogue within the The Outback Terrace Bar forums, part of the Land Plants category; Last night 3 members of my company got together to go out for dinner. We ...

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    Default A Fabulous Brazilian Restaurant

    Last night 3 members of my company got together to go out for dinner. We went to a place that is highly recommended as a true Brazilian style eatery. It is called Fogo de Chao - which phoenetically is Foe Goe dew Shou (like out). The wait staff are dressed as Gauchos - pronounced Gow Cho in Argentina, but Gow-ew show in Brazil (portugese). There are similar type restaurants in Argentina, but we did not visit any.

    In the pampas, the traditional way to cook meat is to dig a shallow pit and build your fire in it. Then you make vertical supports around the edge of the pit and stick them in the ground. You skewer your meat and lean it against the supports. This slowly cooks the meat from the flames of the fire.

    Here they are a little more modern in the structure of the cooking, but the concept is all the same. You start with an all you can eat salad bar, which in this part of the world includes dried meats, cheeses, olives, pickles, whole roated garlic, heats of palms and artichokes, pasta salad, onions and then the more traditional lettuce, tomato and such. Plus couscous, potatos, shredded cheeses, nuts and a few unidentified items. The problem is not to eat too much salad bar because the meat is also all you can eat!

    We started with a traditional drink that is very much like a margarita, but made with a local liquor. Very tasty! You have a small coaster type thing next to your plate. One side is red, the other is green. When the green side is up they will keep coming and bringing the skewers of cooked meat to you. You tell them if you want that particular cut and if you do, they slice it off the skewer on to your plate. If you don't want that particular item, another variety will be by shortly. There were 10 different cuts of beef, 3 or 4 pork items, 3 lamb and then pierginas - pigeon. Once you are full you turn the coaster over to the red side and they will stop bringing the meat. You also get potatos and other side dishes as well as some of the best popovers I have ever eaten. They were made with some cheese and garlic. Yumm!

    It is quite a sight to see all these young men dressed as Gauchos moving from table to table with skewers of meat and very sharp knives! We enjoyed ourselves tremendously. We even gorged ourselves with desert and a wonderful after dinner liquour called "Liquor 43". Sort of a vanilla flavored Aquavit. It was all delicious. And the cost was very reasonable, about $40 per person US for everything. (Of course, they have some of these restaurants in the US and I doubt you can get it as cheaply there). A wonderful time was had by all!

    And just a slight reminder that we were in Sao Paulo - before leaving the hotel both the doorman and our locally based co worker checked to make sure that I was not wearing any jewelry... Too tempting to theives.

    So now we finish up our visit and depart at 9:40 pm local time for home. Yippee! I hope the cat and the orchids will be happy to see me.

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    Hope you have a safe journey home!

    Cheers,
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    What a restaurant! I would be getting off my diet there for sure! It's so awful that crime is such a presence in those countries--I hadn't realized that.

    Guess when I go for my plastic surgery in Buenos Aires, I will leave my diamonds at home. Cough!

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    Diane,
    Thank you so much for sharing all this with us. I have looked forward every day to reading your posts. Have a safe trip home.
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    Default Back home at last!

    Home, sweet home!! Yippee!!



    It was a very lonnnnnngggg day and a half - but here I am, back in the USA. It was an uneventful trip home, except for a rather terrifying taxi ride to the Sao Paulo airport - - these guys make US drivers seem tame!! And, my luggage is still somewhere between Dallas and LAX

    Everything seems to still be alive, but the rest of the day, for as long as I can stay awake, will be spent watering the 'chids. (with appropriate breaks for cat snuggling).

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    Welcome back, Glad that your trip was a safe one.
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    Glad you made it home safe! I hope your luggage does too!

    Cheers,
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    quite an 'interesting' trip, Di. Glad you came back safely.

    Was quite an eye opener for me as to how 'risky' being the cities could be.

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    Thank you for sharing the trip with us Diane, and here's to lots of cat snuggling!

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    Default I enjoyed your trip, vicariously.

    Your narrative commentary tells me you are a storyteller at heart.

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