Turning forty!

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Yesterday was my birthday! I turned forty years old! I can’t believe how life goes so fast.I remember when I was a kid and I thought that everyone who was 40 years old were old!

Now I think different!  I see many forties looking so great that I really don’t care about reaching this age! To be sincere, getting old is something that doesn’t scare me, although I know I may change my mind when I start to feel the weight of an advanced age, but there is still a long way until I reach that moment in life.

Anyway, age is a state of mind, and besides the grey hair that now is  making me visit the Hairdressers more frequently to get the hair colored and a backache that is disturbing me lately, I feel myself very young!

I always loved to celebrate my birthday and in the last year I had planned so many things for my 40th birthday ! A birthday party was one of the items of my last year’s bucket list. The party was already arranged in a nice bar in Rio, I had hired a DJ to guarantee good and lively music, so that me and my friends could dance and have fun all night long. But unfortunately unexpected happenings made me change plans. The lost of my father, two months ago, made a celebration like that doesn’t make sense anymore. So I just cancelled everything and decided to have a very intimate and quiet celebration just with my husband and son.

My day began early in the morning, with a nice surprise! My husband and son woke me up singing Happy Birthday and holding this beautiful red roses bouquet. But it was a busy day. My mother and I had a business appointment that lasted almost all the afternoon and I couldn’t enjoy my birthday the way I would like to. At least, I spent the whole afternoon with my mom and after our appointment we did our private celebration in a small cafe close to my apartment, having a cup of cappuccino and a piece of cake.

In the evening, a couple of nice friends came to visit me and I prepared a quick dinner for us. We chatted, toasted with wine and sang happy birthday.  It was a lovely night!

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Last week summary

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Pedra da Gávea, seen from the car window while riding Lagoa-Barra highway

Since my father passed, two months ago, I’ve been really very busy with different things. Spending more time with my mother to keep her busy and doesn’t feel so much his lost, which I don’t think it is really possible. And then there was the visit of my sister and her family from New York, when I spent 15 days spending the most time I could with them, taking them out, taking care of my nephews which I miss so much, as we usually see each other once in a year. Family business which are demanding a lot from myself lately, and obviously all the regular routine of  my “full-time-mommy” life.  Well, all of these explain a little why I’m not updating the blog so much as I would like to. And maybe explains also why I’m feeling so tired and stressed the last days. Or maybe it is just my “astral hell” (those 30 days or so before one’s birthday).

Anyway, I’m feeling so tired lately that last week I decided I deserved some time for myself. So on Wednesday I just headed to the beach with a good book and my canga, and for one hour and a half my I rested my mind a little bit.  Just me and a book, looking to the sea between one chapter and another, and I felt a little better.

The next day, I paid a visit to ArtRio, one of the biggest art fair of Latin America, hosted in Pier Maua, which happens every year in September. Even not being an art expert, I like visiting this art fair to have the opportunity of seeing pieces of the great masters like Dalí, Picasso, for example, and also works of art from new artists. ArtRio is a success and has the participation of Art galleries from places like Barcelona, New York, London, Paris and São Paulo,  just to mention some of them.

On Saturday, we ended the week with a trip to Barra da Tijuca beach to enjoy the beautiful sunny day, when I took the picture above from the car window, while my husband drove.

Tomorrow,it is my birthday!  For me each birthday it is like the end of a cycle and beginning of another one. Energies are renewed and another phase begin! Hoping for good things to happen on my way!

Have a nice week everyone!

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My favourite italian restaurant in Rio

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IMG_9724 IMG_9720Once in a while, me and my family enjoy weekend days in Barra da Tijuca. We like not only going to the beach there, as I already mentioned before, but also because my favourite italian restaurant in Rio is located there.

Of course I have not tried all the italian restaurants in Rio, but I can say that I have tried enough, of all price ranges, to elect Fratelli, the one in Barra da Tijuca, as my favourite one. (They have also a branch in Leblon, but I didn’t try it yet.)

I love the food, made with very fresh ingredients, the very attentive staff, the location, just in front of Barra da Tijuca beach and the great view!

Another highligh it’s their wine list, with bottles from different countries like Italy, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, Portugal, Chile, France.

The prices can be considered something between medium to high, but for the quality of food and service I find it very fair.

The menu has a great variety of dishes from pasta to fish. I have already tasted the Gnocchi with fresh asparagus, saffron and brie cheese, the Lasagna alla bolognese, the Steamed sole filet with lemon sauce, served with spinach cream. All of them very tasty!

But my favourite dish is the Raviolli alla Caprese, so simple dish, but so delicious! A raviolli stuffed with buffalo mozzarella and cottage, in a tomato sauce and basil.

For dessert, our choice is always the Petit gateau of chocolate and almonds with ice cream and a cup of espresso coffee.

Another good point of Fratelli Barra is that they are a kids-friendly restaurant. On Sundays it is common to see many families with kids having lunch their.

Although it might look a little sophisticated restaurant, the dress code is quite casual at lunch time. We can often see people who just left  the beach, wearing their flip-flops and going to Fratelli for lunch. At dinner time, following the smart casual dress code is a nice choice.

If you have the chance of being in Barra da Tijuca, give a try for Fratelli !!! I bet you won’t regret it!

Fratelli Barra da Tijuca –  Av. Sernambetiba 2916 – Tel: 2494-6644

 

 

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Brazil’s Independence Day

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Brazil’s National Flag

Today we celebrate Brazil’s Indepence day.  The date celebrates Brazil’s Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves. On September 7, 1822, after receiving orders from the Portuguese parliament limiting his powers in Brazil, Dom Pedro I declared Brazil’’s independence near the Ipiranga River in São Paulo.

The September 7th is a national holiday, when our independence is celebrated in all the state capitals and in many cities throughout the country, where military parades are held.

In Brasília, the capital of Brazil,  the celebration takes place at the Ministries Esplanade with a military parade in the presence of the President of Brazil.

In Rio, the Independence Day Military Parade takes place at Avenida Presidente Vargas, in the city centre of Rio .

When I was a kid, I remember that I liked to watch the Military Parades shown on the TV in the mornings of September 7th. Besides thoses military Parades, it is not so common to see other patriotic demonstrations among Rio citizens.

If you wanna know a little bit more about Brazil’s History, take a look at here.

Enjoy your Sunday!!

 

 

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Worldless Wednesday

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