Why I Love Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil – Part 1

At Christmas I will go to Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil for the 5th time. I have been asked many times before what I love about the place, so I decided to put it all down here.

First on my list of loves had to be THE FOOD. Being a complete foodie means that I can be compelled to take a trip somewhere just because of the food, case in -point; New Orleans. I heard about the cuisine down there, dreamt about it, decided that I needed to sample it and took a trip down there and ate for England. Of course I had to spin it to the friends I was travelling with some shit about the French Quarter… The marvellous culture yadda yadda yadda, but the simple truth is, I just wanted to eat. I still make some gumbo every now and then.

When I looked into going to Salvador it wasn’t so much the food that drew me to the place, but the history and culture… In fact I didn’t even think about food when planning the first trip there (well not much) I never imagined that I would fall in love with the food, but fall I did! And hard!

I LUV THE FOOD

I LUV açaí for breakfast, despite thinking it was chocolate ice cream with banana the first time seeing someone else eat it. (the pulp from the açaí fruit is often served with iced with banana/strawberry or granola for breakfast)

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I LUV the smell of acarje frying in palm dende oil com vatapa, okra, shrimp and lots of pimento pepper. (It is made from black eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in palm oil. It is served split in half and then stuffed with spicy pastes made from shrimp, peanuts and palm oil. Akara (as it is known in southwest Nigeria) was a recipe taken to Brazil by the slaves from the West African coast and is a popular breakfast dish, eaten with millet porridge.)

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I LUV Feijoiada. Black beans + pork + sun dried beef + bacon + smoked sausage = yum yum!

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I LUV Moqueca Seafood Stew (Palm oil, coconut milk, prawns, fish and tomatoes)

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I LUV it when I hear the yell of “Catalina Catalina” or “Picole Picole” because then I know its peanut ice lolly time. Before the box of lollies hits the sand the words are on my lips, “Amendoim picole peanut lolly por favour.” The peanut lollies are lush because the liquid used is so creamy and thick.

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I LUV hearing the cry of “Queijo Queijo coalho!” from the men/women/children that scour the beach with their small pots of coal and grilling cheese. When I hear the cry I am immediately alert and reach for my cash stash. I am even happier when I see super sized blocks of cheese ready for grilling! I thought it was gross at first to just eat lumps of cheese like that, but now I love it either plain or with oregano, honey or tomato jam.

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I LUV Caipirinhas with poucinho açúcar very little sugar. It was the first drink I drank on my arrival in Brazil and practically all I drank for the first trip as it was the easiest thing to order apart from a cerveja beer. I loved em so much the first trip I bought home 6 bottles of cachaca; the sugar cane rum used with limes to make Caipirinhas. My friend brought back half as many and all of her bottles smashed… Oooops!

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I LUV Kiwiroska’s even more than a Caipirinhas. Vodka + kiwis = yummy!

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I LUV the burger bars in brazil because not only do you get the meat and burger but you can throw in cheese, egg, bacon, ham, sweetcorn, peppers, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, olives alongside some freshly squeezed mango, guava, grape, cherry, melon, passion fruit juice for less than McDonald’s prices.

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I LUV being able to eat three course meals at upmarket restaurants for a fraction of the price it would cost here.

I LUV

I LUV…

I LUV THE AMBIENCE

The colours so vivid.

Surrounded.

Free from the concrete grey that has owned my life.

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Burning Palm oil

Baianas in bright white

Headwrapped by the roadside

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Hearing the waves lap the shore as the sunrises/sets over you is a feeling that can’t be beaten.

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Except by being beaten by the rain

Hot showers

Shining Sun

The beach, which starts filling up by 8AM

Crunk everyday

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Party time every Tuesday night in Pelourinho

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Waking up at 9/10 in the morning to the sound of a marching band.

just.

because.

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No time to lay in

Off Club… just throw your head back.

And swallow…

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I LUV

I LUV…

I Love SO MUCH MORE… Next is Part 2

Comments

  1. Emm says:

    Oh wow – what a brilliant tribute to a gorgeous town! It sounds really awesome and I can certainly see why you like it!! December is their summer, isn't it?

  2. Thank you Em… IT is a beautiful city indeed and yes Christmastime is summertime over there… perfect!

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