Curitiba Parks and Private Parties – Travel Deeper Brazil (Episode 13)

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Curitiba, Brazil –

Thanks to some exceptional urban planning in the 50s and 60s, Curitiba has become internationally recognized as a model “Green” city.

Home to over two million residents with more than 150 square miles of public parks and forests, Curitiba has been voted one of the best places to live in all of Latin America.

I spent the first day visiting the Botanical Gardens, Japan Square, Passeio Público, Tanguá Park and the local Curitiba favorite, Barigui Park.

After a full day of exploring the local park scene, I was invited by some local friends to a special culinary event called “Mesa ao Vivo.”

A group of four famous Brazilian chefs created dishes on live TV that day and then presented them to a small group of friends and peers that evening.. and somehow, I was lucky enough to be on the list.

We started off with Rosé bubbly paired with a spin on some local favorites like Coxinha, sausage and steak tartar.

Then it was white wine with Scallops, farofa and a dash of doce de leite.

The main course was red wine and Costela (or ribs) with Pinhao, a local nut and fermented pineapple.

For desert we had a light and fluffy coconut creme with apples and honey over a drizzle of chocolate moose.

It was an incredible evening that opened my eyes to the culinary movement happening in Southern Brazil at the moment and I was so thankful to be a part of it.

The next morning I was up early to go explore more of downtown Curitiba and take in all the sites and sounds of the city.

After cruising around the city, I met back up with local friends for a more traditional approach to Brazilian cooking.

We talked about life in Curitiba over delicious meat and cold beer as my perception of Brazil broadened once again.

Curitiba clean, safe and incredibly refreshing. The people were warm and accommodating and I can definitely see why it’s looked at as such a great place to live.

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