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Brazil 0 - 2 Portugal

Posted By JK Boogie on Feb 6, 2007 at 3:59PM

The Brazil vs.Portugal has just finished in a very cold London and the Brazilian's lost unfortunately :cry: I blame the cold weather and the fact that Ronaldinho was injured therefore he could not play.

Two late goals by Simao (82 min) and Carvalho (90 min) ended Dunga (the new Brazil Coach) unbeaten run.

Simao (right) is congratulated on his opener for PortugalSimao (right) is congratulated on his opener for Portugal

To cheer up all you Brazilian fans here is a cheeky little Nike ad called 'Ole' from Euro 2004

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Brazil Football (aka Soccer) game in London

Posted By JK Boogie on Jan 18, 2007 at 5:16AM

On Tuesday 6th February Ronaldinho and his Brazilian friends will be taking on Ronaldo and his Portuguese friends in a international friendly match in Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London.

The kick off is at 8pm UK time and promises to be a great game. Passions will be high as the two great footballing nations come face to face for the first time since 2003.

This would have been a great final for the World Cup 2006.

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Bossa Nova

Posted By Sica on Nov 30, 2006 at 4:08AM

My friend wrote a blog about Bossa Nova a few days ago.
There are some videos, really good stuff.

I hope you like it.



Pop Music - Skank - Vou deixar.

Posted By Sica on Nov 14, 2006 at 4:22AM

I know you don't speak Portuguese, but this music is so good!

I hope you like it.

Dances #3 - Samba (Part 2)

Posted By Sica on Oct 31, 2006 at 10:27AM

The escolas de samba

The first escolas de samba were founded in Rio de Janeiro in 1928 (the short-lived Deixa Falar) and in 1929 (Estação Primeira de Mangueira). These were neighborhood groups of blacks and mulattos who wanted to make music and parade during carnaval. The name school apparently has to do with the fact that there was a real school nearby. Some sambistas say that it was chosen because they "taught samba" like a school teaches other subjects...

The first escola de samba left as its legacy the introduction of the very large beat-marking drums. In 1935 this parade was officially recognized by the government. In the same year a group of sambistas (samba composers) founded Portela, the most innovative of the original group of escolas. It introduced themes, floats, the comissão de frente (front commission, usually the most honorable personalities of the escola) and the separation of the public from the parading dancers.

In the last few decades, the parade has become the greatest attraction of carnaval in Brazil and decidedly luxurious and gigantic. Some schools parade with over 4,000 participants and more than 300 percussionists. Every school has a theme and a samba (called the samba-enredo, or theme song) and is divided in alas or units with huge decorated floats in between. The most important individuals are the porta-bandeira (female flag-bearer) and the mestre-sala (the male master of ceremonies, who accompanies her). The puxador de samba or main singer stands on the sound float and sings the theme song while his/her school parades, usually for about 90 minutes.

Dances #3 - Samba (Part 1)

Posted By Sica on Oct 31, 2006 at 5:32AM

A dance and type of music from Brazil originating from African slaves. The dance is very difficult as performed by Brazilians in comparison to formal "ballroom" dancing which is highly stylized. Men and women dance samba differently and together yet without touching. The dance for the women can be characterized as quick symmetrical feet movement with each foot twisting on the heel. This foot movement is accompanied by hip and shoulder gyrations creating a dance that agitates the entire body. Men also perform the same foot motion but not accompanied by violent hip and shoulder gyrations. Men dance around the women incorporating hops, jumps, and spins often accompanied by slapping of the hand on the heels.
Samba music is in 2/4 time (in two) with a high bass drum beat on the first beat, and the lower foundation beat on the second beat. The lower second beat must be the same or of lesser intensity than the first higher beat.


Dances #2 - Lambada

Posted By Sica on Oct 30, 2006 at 4:53AM

That's for Shiloh, I know she loves it! :)

The word lambada refers both to the rhythm - a fusion of carimbó and merengue - and to the dance, which incorporates elements of forró, samba, merengue and maxixe (the 19th century Brazilian dance which was a tremendous success in Europe). The dance is sexy, yes, but it is danced by all kinds of people, of all ages and sexes, without the "dirty" connotations given to it by very bad Hollywood movies. It's very graceful, fast-paced, and believe me, when you have to move your feet and body that fast on the dance floor without tripping all over yourself and falling on the dance floor, the LAST thing on your mind is sex...Anyway, the rhythm originated in the Amazon, was later adopted by Bahians, who proceeded to create the steps...and the rest is history!

Dances #1 - Carimbó

Posted By Sica on Oct 26, 2006 at 6:08AM


The carimbó is a large drum of African origin. It is made of a hollow tree-trunk section - about 1 meter tall and 30 cm wide - covered on one end by a deer skin. The carimbó gives its name to a folkloric dance of the state of Pará in the Brazilian Amazon, in the area of the Marajó Island and the capital city of Belém. It is a circle dance accompanied by heavy percussion and occasionally by string instruments. At a certain moment in the dance, the woman throws a handkerchief on the floor and her partner has to pick it up using only his mouth! It's beautiful, captivating and fun!

It's from the north of the country. I live in São Paulo (south) and it's completely different. That's what I want to show you guys, my country is very big and full of differences...

Enjoy it!


Food and Eating Habits...

Posted By Sica on Oct 25, 2006 at 12:17PM

Breakfast is a simple affair in Brazil: coffee, milk, bread and jam, sometimes cheese and ham, with fresh fruit. My favorite: papaya! In Belém do Pará I also had mangoes and a wonderful avocado cream. In Recife, a tasty, salty grilled cheese (queijo de coalho) I had never eaten before. In Rio, it's also available in certain restaurants and at the beach, kind of a recent fad.

Lunch & Dinner

Whether at home or in a restaurant, meals are sacred: a time to eat, but also to share precious moments with family and friends. Now, here's a Brazilian custom I miss enormously: a decent, sit-down, leisurely-paced lunch and/or dinner. To this day, I have to keep reminding myself... "what's the big hurry?"... and I confess that one of the things I look forward to, when I go to Brazil, are the "family" meals. We have a joke that, if you see people sitting around a table in the US, having lunch for longer than 1/2 hour, it must be a business lunch...And also, this abominable thing of sitting at your desk or in your cubicle, eating lunch while you work is incomprehensible to most Brazilians, who leave their offices to eat with their colleagues and friends in restaurants and cafés. You guessed, lunch is usually a more substantial meal than in the U.S.
For lunch and, depending on the location, also dinner, Brazilians have wonderful, inexpensive restaurants where home-style meals are sold buffet-style by kilo. You just pile the food on your plate and someone will weigh it for you. The same goes for desserts. You order drinks from your waiter and pay him at the end of your meal.

Dinner is served much later than in the U.S. In the big cities, children are a common sight in restaurants at night, since Brazilians will take their kids out to dinner at all hours. As a result of this and the traditional Sunday lunches, Brazilian kids learn table manners and etiquette at an early age. For many of my Brazilian friends (in Recife and Porto Alegre, for instance) dinner is a lighter meal of café au lait, bread, cheese and cold cuts. So expect either type of meal.

Lanchonetes & Lojas de Sucos

When you stop to eat at a lanchonete (snack bar) or at a juice bar like this one, stand around until you finish your food. It's NOT OK to eat on the go...As a rule, Brazilians do not eat while walking down the street or while riding the bus or the subway. Also, they will not have coffee cups and drinks in their cars. They do enjoy stopping at a juice bar or a kiosk for a sandwich and a glass of freshly-squeezed juice, but will stand around until all the food is consumed (even if it's a food cart on the street in Ipanema!). Brazilians find it rude to eat in places that are not MEANT for that...(Usually, they'll have tiny bags of popcorn at the movies, but that's that. It's quite a novelty when you first arrive in the U.S. and find out you can pork out in the movie theaters. On the other hand, all the better theaters have marvelous cafés where you can get fresh pão de queijo and other Brazilian delights.)
Brazilians drink small - but potent - cups of coffee all day long, at lanchonetes and juice bars. We even have a page dedicated to the traditional Brazilian cafezinho.

There are also a lot of lanchonetes that specialize in esfihas, quibes, and other yummy savory stuff of Middle Eastern origin.

Brazilians will usually use a fork and knife for pizza, open sandwiches, and even chicken. They are amused and even amazed at the American way of eating such foods with their hands. The fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right (unless you're a leftie, of course). I still eat that way while my friends across the table will keep switching the fork from one hand to the other...