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Texas De Brazil

After nearly 12 hours of standing on my feet, and having a crap ass lunch, we were all ready for a real dinner. And there is no better way to put food in your belly than to do all-you-can-stuff brazilian style churrascaria. We tried to go to Texas De Brazil last year and there was a ridiculous wait. It was later in the evening so the wait was far less. So we finally made it.
They bring out warm pao de quiejo which is the brazilian style cheese bread. For whatever reason, these suckers are always good, even though all they are is slightly cheese flavored bread.
They also bring out fried bananas, which is normally one of my most favorite brazilian dishes of all time. These ones were only ok. One of these bowls, the bananas were just kinda warmed up. There was no frying. They were just warm bananas with cinnamon and sugar on it. I mean it was still good, but not really quite fried bananas. Not enough fryingto be called fried.
Even though this is a meat brought out on swords and sliced in front of you kind of place, I actually don’t prefer that stuff. I prefer the feijoada and the other items on the salad bar. I love me some feijoada and could eat this every day. It’s not the national dish of brazil just for no reason.
I love all the random things on the salad bar… all kinds of veggies, meats, cheeses, etc. You’ll always find beets. And there’s always lots of differently prepared tomatoes. Cured meats? You betcha. I thoroughly enjoyed this manchego cheese, even though we know that’s spanish. I did eat some of the meat… I particularly enjoyed the pork ribs. Nobody tried the sausage, the sausage slinger must feel bad with all the constant rejection. The chicken options were meh. But it’s always a good time at a churrascaria!

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South American Dinner Party

I love going over to M’s house for dinner because she feeds me so incredibly well. And it’s always gourmet! She also usually prepares a special cocktail to go along with the meal. This drink was called the amazonia, and is made with champagne, cachaca, mint, and others. It was delicious and super strong.
We started off with some black bean and banana empanadas. Yes, it sounds like a strange combination but it was really great. She just made these with store bought phyllo dough so they were also super easy to make.
The main entree was a brazilian seafood stew. This also seemed fairly simple to make. To speed up the process, she had actually prepared some of the ingredients in advance. She used shrimp along with fish and had them marinating in one bowl.
The tomatoes, cilantro, and green onions were also prepped in one bowl.The green peppers, onions, garlic, and crushed red pepper were in another. Then everything was cooked together and coconut milk was also added and fresh cilantro was sprinkled on top. This was so good! It was flavorful and fresh and there was no ingredient that didn’t work in the dish. I typically don’t even like coconut milk in my food either, but I still really loved this. This is definitely something any seafood lover would enjoy, and since I witnessed it all, it is super easy and quick to make.
She also made these ridiculous salted caramel truffles and I ate three of them. And because of how rich and luxurious they were, it was about two too many… but beyond amazing!

Cafe Di Casa – South San Francisco

Ever since A and I went to Brazil together a few years ago, we always try to eat Brazilian food when we’re together. Man, did we have a direction fail when we tried to get to Cafe Di Casa. It’s in South San Francisco, but there’s a big difference between Airport Blvd and South Airport Blvd. So be warned! But eventually, we made it. It’s a teeny little place with a small and slightly confusing menu. They only really have one hot dish a day. And then they have some other more appetizer type things on a daily basis. We were the only non-Brazilians in there. Everyone else looked like total regulars. We were clueless.We weren’t interested in the the hot entree of the day, so we both got some chicken pie. It actually kind of looks like lasagna, but it’s made with pastry instead of lasagna noodles and shredded chicken. It may be odd to describe, but we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We also got a couple of doughey pastry, fried croquette, meat pie types of things. Some had meat, some may have been veggie with potatoes and such, but we enjoyed them all. And we thoroughly loved our guarana soda. Oh, it brought back so many memories! And the guy behind the counter was super nice!

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