Romeo and Juliet, minus the JulietWhat's travel without the discovery of new foods? My favorites from the trip are specific to Minas Gerais: 1.) Pão de queijo (aka cheese bread): tiny rolls served fresh from the oven with a dollop of melted cheese baked inside, 2.) Tutu à Mineira: mashed cooked beans, served hot alongside rice and fresh vegetables, 3.) Romeo and Juliet, a dessert consisting of a wedge of mild cheese served with guava puree and dulce de leche, and 4.) Fried coconut served from a street cart: freshly fried and still piping hot. It's called beijo-something, which translates to hot kiss. Mmmm.
Pão de queijo
My favorite drink, of course, was the caipirinha, the country's most famous cocktail, made with cachaça and muddled sugar and limes.