Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Eat It: "Oi, tudo bom?" ("Hey, is everything good?") is how you might be greeted in Brazil. The answer is "Yes!" when it comes to food. Let's start with Rio de Janeiro's churrascarias, where waiters roam the restaurants with skewers of meat, stopping by your table to slice off as much as you'd like. A meal typically starts with a visit to an immense salad bar. Porcao, Majorica and Plataforma are all popular churrascarias. We're also smitten with pan de queso, chewy little cheese pastries made with tapioca flour. And then there's the national dish, feijoada, black beans stewed with pork or beef and smoked sausages, served with toasted manioc flour.

Experience It: Cook in Rio gets high marks for teaching culture as well as cuisine in its classes. You may also learn to make a wicked caipirinha, Brazil's favorite cocktail.

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