Miam Miam, cozy restaurant and comfort food

Botafogo neighborhood has plenty of good restaurants,  and Miam Miam is one of them. This small restaurant is housed in a small white colonial building and is fully furnished with vintage pieces, which gives it a relaxed vibe and a cozy atmosphere.

Last week, me and my family decided to go there for dinner. We didn’t have a reservation and we were lucky to find one last table left.

It wasn’t our first time there, but it was our first time with my little boy.  The staff is very nice and was very attentive to my little boy order. (I don’t know till when I will still be calling him “little”, he is already almost the same height as I am)!!

The menu is inspired in the “comfort food” concept and has a good variety of dishes! I ordered the eggplant lasagna , my husband the file mignon and gnocchi, and my son an option from the Kids Menu.

We had a lovely time ! Delicious food for a quite fair price!

It is a nice place to go for dinner with friends or just for drinks! Recently. Miam Miam was highlithted in the “Guide Michelin Rio e São Paulo 2015”, in the “Bib Gourmand” category, for restaurants that offers “exceptional good food at moderate prices”.

It is recommended to make a reservation because it is usually crowded, even during weekdays.

If you have a chance, pay a visit there and then stop by My Little Rio Journal to tell me your impressions about it.

Miam Miam – Rua General Goes Monteiro, 34 – Botafogo

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



Casa Momus, a sophisticated option in Lapa

Last night, me and my husband went out for a happy hour with a couple of friends! It was a special night! My friend, the guy, would introduce us to his fianceé and give us their wedding invitation. I know this guy for 14 years, and although we don’t see too much lately he is a very good friend and I was very happy to know that he is getting married soon. We worked together in two companies and he ended becaming a close friend. Although we have the same age, I consider him almost as an older brother and he was one of the groomsmen on our wedding. So there was plenty of reasons for a happy hour celebration!

We didn’t know very well where to go, and we ended up in Rua do Lavradio , in Lapa neighborhood, looking for a bar to have a couple of drinks. But we were seduced by the atmosphere of an apparently new house in Rua do Lavradio, called Casa Momus.

The soft lightening of the place invited us in and we decided to stay and try this new place.

This restaurant/bar is in a preserved old house, from the 19th century. The decoration is modern and cozy, and the music is relaxing.

The menu is based in mediterranean influences. I’ve tried the bruschettes trio and the asparagus risotto. Both of them very tasty!

Although they recommended for drinks  the Spritz, an italian drink, me and my friends fiancée decided to toast the night with a glass of wine. While the boys, preferred beer.

The happy hour turned out in a lovely dinner, with a combination of tasty food and lively conversation with good friends! We couldn’t make a better choice than Casa Momus for last night.

It is a great option in Lapa, totally different from the samba houses and botecos from the neighborhood. It has a great atmosphere and the prices are quite fair.

I’m definitely planning another visit!!

 Casa Momus – Rua do Lavradio, 11 – Lapa – Rio de Janeiro

Kontiki, the island restaurant in Paraty

In this busy december, I’m still dreaming about the mini vacation we had on november. The day we spent in Paraty was definitely one of the highlights of this little car trip.

And the special restaurant we had lunch, the Kontiki Restaurante, was one of the best moments of that day.

This restaurant is located in a little island on the Paraty bay, “Ilha Duas Irmãs” (Two Sisters Island).

To get there we took the boat service offered by the restaurant. The restaurant little boat departures from the Paraty pier, and on the end of the pier you will find the Kontiki’s girl that calls the little boat to take you to the Kontik island in a 10 min boat ride.

Arriving  there a nice woman was waiting for us on the small island pier and welcomed us to the restaurant.

There we found a quiet restaurant, with a cozy living room and a balcony with a great bay view. The restaurant was empty, it was a Wednesday in the middle of november and besides another couple that were already finishing their lunch, there was only the three of us, me, my husband and my son.

While we were ordering , the other couple left the restaurant on their own kaiks, and we had this little piece of paradise only for us. It was perfect for exploring the little island and taking pictures while we waited for our lunch to be ready.

The restaurant specialties are spanish paella and sea food, but we ended up ordering something lighter and simple, a grilled fish with roasted potatoes and broccoli rice.  Everything was nice, from the meal and dessert to the service.

Although Kontiki is a little overpriced, it was totally worth it for the whole experience of having lunch in a little island.

For those visiting Paraty and want to try a different and charming place to eat, Kontiki is the perfect place. But if you plan to go on a weekend, make sure to make reservations, because they usually get crowded.

Kontiki Restaurante – Ilha Duas Irmãs – Paraty – Rio de Janeiro – S 23°12’36”-W44°41’21” – Phone Number: +55- 024 -9999-9599 – email:

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Night photography practice

Guanabara Bay view in front of Restauranta and Bar Urca, Rio de Janeiro

Guanabara Bay view in front of Restauranta and Bar Urca, Rio de Janeiro

Now that I finally bought my tripod, I will start practicing night photography. I still don’t have any skills on that field, but I would like to share with you just one photo by now.

This one I took while walking in the sidewalk of Urca neighborhood with my husband and kid, after having a lovely time and delicious meal last night in Bar Urca, a very traditional restaurant in Urca, Rio de Janeiro.  Their specialties are seafood and fish dishes, all of them very tasty and well served!

Bar Urca is famous for the crowds that in hot days buy their ice-cold bottled beer on the counter and taste delicious finger food by the wall in front of the Restaurant and Bar Urca at the margin of Guanabara Bay.

Does any of you guys has already heard about it? If you don’t, when you have the opportunity go and check for yourself. You won’t regret it! I promise!!

Bar e Restaurante Urca – Rua Cândido Gaffrée, 205 – Urca – Rio de Janeiro