Himalayan rock salt is well-known. However, few people are familiar with the other big source of non-sea salt in the world: Sal de Maras (salt from Maras). The pink salt, harvested in the Peruvian Andes, is increasingly appreciated in Peru as well as by its foreign visitors. Add it to your shopping list when visiting the Sacred Valley and you'll have some original (and sought-after) gifts when you get home!
On your stroll in São Paulo’s historic center, the sight of an ornate, vaulted building with stained glass may stop you in your tracks. O Mercadão, as it’s known, is large and imposing, inviting you to take a closer look. Once inside, you'll find plenty of wonders to stock your kitchen.
Brazilian pizza may vary from the American and Italian versions, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as tasty. On the contrary, Brazil's pizzas are often topped with fresh greens and veggies like arugula and hearts of palm. And for dessert, there's pizza with chocolate and sweet condensed milk.
Do you know of any food that can be bright orange, pale yellow, green, black, or pink? Meet ulluco, a popular staple in the Andean countries but little known, if at all, elsewhere. You’ll come across these tubers as you travel in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. Colombians like to eat them as well and call them chugua. Let’s see how Colombians prepare ullucos.
Many countries in the world live on coffee. Venezuela is one of them. Coffee marks the beginning of a new day and is enjoyed at all hours as a means of welcoming guests, ending meals, and taking a break.
Expect greasy fingers, expect to ask for seconds, and expect to be surprised by the comingling of tastes and textures when you sink your teeth into Bahia’s most iconic snack: acarajé. While it can be found in Rio de Janeiro, acarajé is not prolific in Brazil. To appreciate this fritter, travel to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil’s center of Afro-Brazilian culture.
Salvador de Bahia, in northeast Brazil, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is especially popular with visitors for its old, colonial, and largely restored center with cobbled streets, called Pelourinho.
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