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Recognition: We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. Here are some sites that show you where and when you can see the solitary tinamou, the southern bristle tyrant and the swallow-tailed hummingbird.
Rick Simpson gives us a good report on urban birding in and near Sao Paulo (http://ricksimpson.wordpress.com/jeremy-minns-site-notes/sao-paulo/)
The Urban Birder (theurbanbirder.com/urban-birding/sao-paulo/) is a site that covers the full birding spectrum in Sao Paulo.
Here’s your hook-up info for Birding Pal in Sao Paulo (birdingpal.org/Brazil.htm)
Grape Experience – Wine produced in Brazil and the Sao Paulo areas are using a local variety of grapes such as Izabel, Niagra and Bardo.
Transportation: Getting around Sao Paulo is a breeze. Check out this site (sptrans.com.br)
Shopping: Sao Paulo city is one of the richest cities in the world that offers a large selection of shopping centers and boutiques. Check out (sao-paulo.com/v/shopping_centres/)
Business Information: Here is information in regard to business Sao Paulo: (biztradeshows.com/brazil/saopaulo/business.html)
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
U.S. Embassy: Go to this site to contact the U.S. Embassy for an emergency: (http://brazil.usembassy.gov/appt-sp.html)
Day One: Our Cousin suggests a visit to the Museum of the Portuguese Language – Tu-Su: 10-5, Praça da Luz, s/nº, Centro, 55 11 3322-0080
The Museu da Língua Portuguesa (Museum of the Portuguese Language) is one of the few museums in the world dedicated to a language.
It exposes speakers and non-speakers alike to the sinuous, fluid sounds of Brazil’s beautiful mother tongue.
Even though the exhibits and installations are all in Portuguese, newcomers to the language can pick up its rhythm and flow through videos, recitations and interactive presentations.
At the Museu Paulista (closed for refurbishment)– Tu-Sa: 9-5, Parque da Independência Ipiranga 04218-970, 55-11-2065-8000 we continue our education on Brazil and Sao Paulo.
Museu Paulista, also known as Museu do Ipiranga, in São Paulo was built between 1885 and 1890 as a monument to the proclamation of Brazil’s independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822.
Museu Paulista features over 125,000 items, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, maps, clothing, objects and archives.
The original gardens were designed by Belgian landscape artist Arsenius Puttemans who was inspired by the gardens at Versailles.
Lunch is Mani – B,L,D: Daily, Rua Joaquim Antunes, 210, 11 3085-4148
Start with the maniocas which are baked roots with coconut milk, cassava juice and white truffle oil or the grilled tuna with quinoa, blackberry chutney, ginger foam and shisso.
Other possibilities include beef cheeks with white carrots or the lamb with toasted Brazil nuts.
The coconut panna cotta with rum and pineapple is a must for dessert. We suggest getting acquainted with the kiwi-infused caipirinha for your beverage.
The Center of Culture and Leisure SESC Pompeia – Tu-Sa: 9 AM-11 PM, Su: 9 AM – 10 PM, Rua Clelia, 93 | Pompéia, 11 3871 7700 has a little bit of everything for your pleasure.
The SESC Pompeia is a center of culture and leisure in Sao Paulo, Brazil which includes theaters, sports fields, a swimming pool, a snack bar, a restaurant, exhibition spaces, a taproom, workshops and free internet among other services.
Its architectural design was developed by the architect Lina Bo Bardi in 1977.
A Japanese influence is prevalent in Sao Paulo and Kinoshita – L: M-F, D: M-Sa, Jacques Felix, 405, 3849-6940 reflects this well.
Simple but delicious starters are grilled scallops with green onions and butter and the sliced octopus with olive oil.
They offer several sashimi and sushi choices. The baby back ribs are marinated in miso and grilled. The udon noodles come with mixed seafood.
They have a large sake menu, or perhaps you might enjoy a Kirin beer.
A well-matched wine is bottle of the Berte Tre Soli Nebbiolo de Barolo. For dessert try the tofu with caramel and lemon in a ginger crust.
Day Two: Breakfast is at Casa Mathilde – B, L: Daily, Praca Antonio Prado 76, 11 3106 9605
Today’s breakfast special is Portuguese custard pastries and coffee.
Visual Arts Museum of the State of Sao Paulo – Tu-Su: 10 – 5:30, Th: till 10, Praca da Luz, 2, 55 11 3324-1000
The Pinacoteca de São Paulo is a museum of the visual arts with an emphasis on Brazilian art from the 19th century until today.
The collection holds about 9,000 works including artists such as: Almeida Junior, Pedro Alexandrino, Antonio Parreiras and Oscar Pereira da Silva.
Botanical Garden of Sao Paulo – Tu-Su: 9-5, Av. Miguel Stefano 3031, 011 5073 6300
The mission of the Botanical Garden of São Paulo is the preservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in São Paulo and Brazil through conservation “in-situ” and “ex-situ”.
They have a key role in the process of conservation education, whose goal is to teach the importance of vegetation, biodiversity conservation, scientific research and sustainable development.
Lunch is at Consulado Mineiro - L & D: Tu-Su, Praca Benedito Cailixto, 74, 11 3088 6055
You’ll enjoy sharing a typical hearty dinner that features meat stews, sausages, eggs, pork cutlets and beans.
The salad has bananas, kale and garlic.
Your beverage is their caipirnhas.
Bank of Brasil Cultural Center – W-M: 9-9, Rua Alvares Penteado 112 | Esquina com a Rua da Quitanda, Call (11)3113-3651/3652 for more information.
The Sao Paulo Museum Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil has everything from exhibition halls and auditoriums to a cinema, a stage theatre, a video room, a café, a gift shop, and a restaurant.
Their programming ranges from music, cinema, literature, dance performances, educational programs and theatre productions to international gallery exhibits of all different varieties of art.
By featuring both live performances and gallery showings, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.
Tonight is a big deal dinner at DOM – L: M-F, D: M-Sa, Barao de Capanema 549, Jardins, 55 11 3088 0761
The Chef Alex Atala (above) is best known for using native Brazilian ingredients to create his haute cuisine. The exotic, weird and wonderful food you’re going to be tasting is from the Amazon and other locales in Brazil.
There is a heart of palm with scallops and a coral sauce, but the reason you’re at one of the top ten restaurants in the world is to experience the Amazonian herbs, fruits, flowers, fish and insects.
The suggested wine pairings are the way to go.
Day Three: Breakfast is at Emiliano Restaurant - B,L,D: Daily, Rue Oscar Freire 384, 11 3069 4369
You can enjoy the usual start of the day choices of fresh fruit juice, coffee, etc. The treat here is the homemade breads and mini-muffins.
Museum of Art of Sao Paulo – Tu-Su: 10-6, Th: till 8, Avenida Paulista, 1578, 55-11 3251-5644
MASP has one of the world’s major collections of Western art, with an emphasis on works from the fourteenth century to the present.
The museum is home to approximately eight thousand objects created by ancient civilizations going back three thousand years.
European art continues to be central to the collection, most notably, the hundreds of masterpieces from the period between the Renaissance and the turn of the twentieth century.
The Italian masters are represented by Raphael, Bellini, Botticelli, Mantegna, Tintoretto, Rocca, Paolo Veronese and Titian.
In addition there are the French masters: Poussin, Delacroix, Ingres, Corot, Renoir, Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Modigliani, Matisse, Picasso, and a collection of 73 sculptures by Degas.
Spanish artists include El Greco, Goya, Zurbarán, Dali and Velazquez. British artists are represented by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Moore, Constable and Turner, among others.
The northern European masters such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Bosch, Cranach, Dürer, Holbein, Rubens, Memling and Van Dormice are also in the collection.
North American artists include: Calder, Torres Garcia, Diego Rivera, De Fiori and Squires.
Brazilian artists include Di Cavalcanti, Almeida Junior, Portinari, Volpi, Anita Malfatti, Brecheret, Rego Montessori, Flávio de Carvalho, Duke Lee, Regina Silver and many others are contained in the museum’s renowned international collection.
Afro Brazil Museum – Tu-Su: 10-5, Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral, Parque Ibirapuera, Portao 10 | Prq Ibirapuera, Portao 10, 5579-0593
The Museu Afro Brasil relates how Brazil’s history is linked to the experience of African slaves and their descendants through culture and traditions.
The Afro Brazil Museum is packed with more than 3,000 artifacts including a permanent exhibit of a Slave Ship (Navio Negreiro) that honors the memory of the Africans brought to Brazil.
The collection at Museu Afro Brasil represents six great themes: Africa, Work and Slavery, Sacred and Profane, Afro-Brazilian Religions, History and Memory, and Art.
It’s time for a feast at A Figueira Rubaiyat – L & D: Daily, R. Haddock Lobo, 1738, Jd. Paulista, 55 11 3087-1399
Oysters and feijoada are specialties. Many of their ingredients come from their farm.
Other dishes that might tempt you are the roasted sea bream, the osso buco with potato gnocchi and the veal chop. Save room for the passion fruit mousse and profiteroles.
The wine cellar has more than 7,000 bottles and 950 labels for you to find something appropriate.
Mercado Municipal Paulistano – M-Sa: 5 AM – 4 PM, Rua de Cantareira 306, Parque Don Pedro
The Mercado Municipal Paulistano has two levels. The first or ground level has hundreds of stalls for fish mongers, butchers, spice shops, cheese shops, sausage makers, sweets shops, and a mind boggling assortment of fruit.
The second level has restaurants and cafes.
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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