Forte de Copacabana

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There is a special place at Copacabana beach that I believe that everyone visiting Rio should go, this place is Forte de Copacabana.

The Fort is a current military base and it hosts the Museu Histórico do Exército (Historical Museum of the Army) and is located on the right end of Copacabana beach, the place known as Posto 6.

After paying the ticket (R$6) you can access the Fort area, the museum and the Cafes. The Cafes are one of the highlights of this place in my opinion. It is a great place to have a nice breakfast, a quick lunch or just a cup of coffee overlooking Copacabana beach, in one of the Cafes, the traditional Confeitaria Colombo or Café 18 do Forte.

The last time I was there for breakfast, it was when my sister Quiqui was visiting Rio and we had breakfast with my friends at Confeitaria Colombo, as you can check here. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is usually a big waiting line for tables in those two cafes. So if you don’t want to wait too much time, I suggest arriving like 30 minutes before the opening time to guarantee a table with a good view of the beach.

Although I have already been there a thousand times I never get tired of it, and once in a while I go there. Sometimes only to relax overlooking the beautiful scenery of Copacabana beach.

Forte de Copacabana – Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco n. 1 – Posto 6 – Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro – Open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday.


Saturday in Jardim Botanico neighborhood


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My sister and I had made special plans for this saturday. We would like to have brunch at Confeitaria Colombo, at Forte de Copacabana, a perfect place for having breakfast and lunch outdoors, enjoying the beautiful view of Copacabana beach while eating all the delicious appetizers of the traditional Confeitaria Colombo. But we didn’t count that the weather would be so bad. The weather forecast said that the day would be cloudy with occasional showers during all day. And they were not wrong. When I woke up and saw the heavy and grey clouds in the sky I knew that we would have to change our plans, as we couldn’t risk getting caught in the rain with three children.

So my sister-in-law suggested trying a different and new place in Jardim Botanico neighborhood , Emporio Jardim, a mix of bakery, delicatessen and bistrot.

We were a group of ten, including the three kids, and as we arrived by 12 pm, the restaurant was crowded and we had to wait a little for a table. But the staff was all very solicitous and after a 15 minutes wait we are all set in the table ordering our brunch.

I had a tasteful omelet sided by a green salad and the most delicious gluten-free toast, I have ever had, totally different from those hard gluten-free toasts I’m used to buy in the supermarket. The cappuccino was also very tasty. The place is charming and the food is great, but they still need some adjustments in the service, we found the staff a little confused to handle with orders of big groups. Anyway, we had a lovely time, and it is totally worth the visit!

By the time we finished our brunch we had three little kids full of energy to spend. As it was not raining and as a gift for the kids nice behavior in the restaurant we decided to go to Jardim Botanico , so that they could run around and play a little bit. After a 10 min walk we were all there!

Everybody had fun! Kids playing, adults talking and appreciating nature and me, as usual, photographing everything.

After a while playing in the playgound area we started to feel some rain drops. A light rain, but it was enough to make us leave.

This full day ended in my apartment where my boy played with his cousins and we all ate a good snack: pães de queijo and passion fruit juice!

Have a nice weekend!

Tapioca for breakfast

After 3 months indulging in cookies, lots of ice cream and having pizza for dinner in almost every weekend, besides not exercising in a regular basis you can imagine what happened. I gained back those 3 kilos that I’m always fighting back and that last year I finally managed to lose with a rigorous poor wheat diet and regular running training. So I’m officially back to square one when talking about maintaining my weight.

But last week as school holidays ended and I have the afternoons for myself while my kid is in school I decided it was time to stop giving excuses and start back my ever lasting diet and exercising routine. Since my nutritionist has taught me that tapioca is one kind of gluten-free flour that I can use to substitute wheat flour, I’m kind of in love with it.

Today for breakfast I made tapioca filled with cheese, tomatoes and basil (tapioca is a kind of pancake made with tapioca flour). It is so easy to make and the result is so delicious that I just got a little addicted to it and once in a while I make it for breakfast or for an afternoon snack.

All you have to do is put a non stick frying pan to heat up, and then put the tapioca flour directly on the dry pan until the flour fuses on low heat, to avoid burning. Flip it once and top it with  cheese or as you like it.

The result is delicious!!!

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If you got curious about tapioca flour and want to understand a little more about it , take a look at this post by Saskia in her blog A Taste of Brazil or this other one by Tom in his blog EatRio .

If you ever come to Brazil you got to try tapioca. In Rio you will find them in many street food carts, in some cafes and sometimes in your hotel’s breakfast. Enjoy it!!!




Saturday breakfast

Last night my son asked me ” mommy, when are you going to stop going on this diet?  your diet is so boring”! After that, today  I got up  in the mood of eating a delicious and typical brazilian carbs for breakfast.

So I baked those delicious “pães de queijo” (brazilian cheese bread) to eat for breakfast with my son.


I baked those frozen “pães de queijo” sold  in most brazilian supermarkets.


In only 25 minutes they are ready!


They are crunchy outside and kind of gummy inside.


Pão de Queijo and cuf of espresso are a perfect combination!




And a cup of caffe latte to finish!

Some tips to eat a good “pão de queijo” in Rio:

– You can find “pão de queijo” in every bakery and also in every coffee shop.

– If you decide make them at home you can cook the batter for yourself or use the frozen ones as I usually do.  It is a little complicated to find the right ingredients to make a delicious “pão de queijo” so I prefer to by the bags of frozen “pão de queijo”  by “Forno de Minas”.

– It is better to eat  them right after they come out of the oven, otherwise they will get hard.

Well, if you have a chance, try them! I’m sure you won’t regret yourself!

Have a nice weekend!