If you're watching the World Cup in person, you'll need some sustenance to tide you over between games. Fortunately, Brazil is a food-lover's paradise, with plenty of regional gastronomy that's (almost!) as exciting as the matches themselves. Here are a few highlights not to be missed.
Pão de Queijo
These light cheese rolls are similar to popovers, with rich, chewy interiors dotted with craterous air pockets. They’re usually served at breakfast or as snacks throughout the day.
These popular packaged biscuits come in two iterations: sweet and savory. They’re sold as snacks at beaches and on the street.
This Brazilian seafood stew is still light and fragrant, thanks to a coconut milk base and plenty of herbs. The seafood in question is usually a blend of prawns and firm white fish, and it’s often served with rice.
This is a heavier stew, made primarily of black beans and either pork or beef. Feijoada is often served for lunch on Sundays, and its been called the national dish of Brazil.
A churrascaria is a type of restaurant that specializes in barbecue—beef, pork, fish, lamb, chicken, and more. They’re typically all-you-can-eat, and servers may come around with platters of the different foods to sample.
These traditional candies consist of a marshmallow fluff-like filling encased in chocolate. Made by the Kopenhagen chocolate company, their popularity in Brazil is on par with American Peeps.
A blend of sweetened condensed milk and chocolate, this creamy dessert can either be served as-is and eaten like mousse, used as a pastry cream, or rolled into bonbons and coated with chocolate. In any form, it’s almost guaranteed to make an appearance at events and parties.
After Coca-cola, guarana-flavored soda is the most popular soft drink in Brazil. Guarana is a tropical fruit boasts a mild, berry flavor.
This delicious, potent Brazilian cocktail is made with cachaca (a spirit made from sugarcane), lime juice, and brown sugar. Different fruits are sometimes added for variations on the classic.
Água de coco
This is no tetra-pak’ed sports drink! In Brazil, coconut water means drinking from a freshly cracked-open fruit.
Acai na tigela
This is frozen, mashed acai fruit (a type of berry), and its consistency is smoothie-like. It may be served with granola or other fruit mix-ins.