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BELO HORIZONTE, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Many of the most well known chefs and cooks in Brazil are from Minas Gerais state, and they are known throughout Brazil for their food. In this Brazilian food tour of Belo Horizonte, we ate some seriously meaty dishes, and spicy chili peppers.
Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte - To begin we started at the central market, a beautiful and very clean and organised market where you can get all the produce and artisanal foods of Minas Gerais. The chili peppers in particular stood out to me, of all different kinds and we couldn’t help but buy a bhut jolokia (ghost chili).
Rei Do Torresmo - King of Crackling - We continued on to Rei Do Torresmo for some serious pork cracklings and fried pork belly followed by liver sauteed with onions and scarlet eggplant - this was my favorite dish of breakfast. The owner also poured us a glass of cachaça - sugarcane spirit which is famous throughout Brazil, but possibly most famous in Minas Gerais. Total price - 40 BRL ($10.10)
Pão de queijo - Another Brazilian food you have to eat in Belo Horizonte is cheese bread, and this one filled with turkey as well - it was cheese on cheese, a cheese lovers dream. Price - 11 BRL ($2.78)
Nonô - O Rei do Caldo de Mocotó - Another dish to eat in Belo Horizonte is Mocotó, a cow hoof stew of soup that’s basically melted liquid meat. It was rich and hearty and so meaty and delicious. I especially loved their spiked hot sauce. Price - 10 BRL ($2.53)
Café Palhares - One of the legendary restaurant cafes in Belo Horizonte is Cafe Palhares, and you must order their KAOL - an acronym for cachaça, rice, eggs, sausage. It’s a one plate meal deal and represents the food of Belo Horizonte. Price - 18.80 BRL ($4.75) per plate
Mirante do Mangabeiras - In the afternoon to take a food rest, we took a drive up the side of the mountain for an amazing view of the city.
Bar Do Careca - For dinner on this Brazilian food tour of Belo Horizonte, we went to Bar Do Careca an actual bar, but more of a restaurant than a bar. Along with a few other local Minas Gerais dishes, we tried feijão tropeiro, possibly the national dish of the area. Watching it being made was spectacular, and it was just as good as it looked. Total price - 156 BRL ($39.41)
Belo Horizonte and the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, is a fantastic city in Brazil that’s passionate about food.
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