Black Forest (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte)

You’ve probably tasted or heard about this delicious and outstandingly beautiful cake before, but have you ever tried the traditional German recipe? The dessert is named not directly after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in Southwestern Germany but rather from the specialty liqueur of that region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser) and distilled from tart…

Tereré al pomelo (Terere of Grapefruit)

This is a refreshing and healthy beverage to enjoy in the company of your sweetheart or your friends on a lazy Summer weekend afternoon. Tereré or Tererê is an infusion of yerba mate (botanical name Ilex paraguariensis), similar to mate but prepared with cold juice or water rather than with hot. It’s highly consumed in…

Pholourie

There are just some foods that evoke feelings of happiness and nostalgia, inevitably causing waves of pleasant memories to wash over you. Pholourie is one such snack for me. I was born and raised in Trinidad, and this snack was a favorite at parties and family gatherings. But the fondest memory it rushes back to me…

Brigadeiro

Brazilians and fellow expats who lived in Brazil have had a long-standing love affair with this chocolate treat. It’s called Brigadeiro (bri-ga-DAY-roo) aka brazilian chocolate truffles or brazilian fudge balls ( I personally called it “diet plan exterminator” or “gourmet xanax”). Once you let this silky, chocolatey, chewy treat melt in your mouth, you will wonder how…

Refreshing Pineapple Mint Juice

Survive the hot, summer days with this delicious and nutritious juice! With the sweet, tropical pineapple, and the refreshingly cool mint, this juice hits the spot for quenching thirst. This fruit is enjoyed as a tropical delight by many and is often known for its festive Pina Colada treat and Caribbean flavor. But pineapple is actually indigenous to Brazil,…

Tan Boosting Brazilian Juice

  Boost your tan – and your health – with this tasty and colorful orange carrot juice! This delicious blend is the Brazilians’ little summer secret for a gorgeous tan and luminous skin. It’s the perfect match because its nutrients work in harmony delivering great benefits: the carrot contains sugar that softens the acidity of the orange,…