Food & Drink
The traditional Christmas feast in North America culminates in a big slice of pie and in England everyone wants to finish their meal with steaming hot Christmas pudding. But when it comes to dessert, Brazil steers its own course. No pie, no pudding. In fact, nothing that many would consider dessert at all.
Brazil’s national dish is unofficial, though if you ask Brazilians what their country’s national dish is the response is almost always something called feijoada. The Portuguese word feijão means bean, so one could translate feijoada as “bean dish”, but that’s to sell it very short. Feijoada is a tableful of dishes, in fact an entire meal.
Last Saturday I was invited together with two other friends to the Cookbook Cafe, an informal eatery located on the ground floor at the five-star InterContinental Hotel London Park Lane, which is currently hosting a Colombian Gourmet Festival.