The cuisine in Brazil is diverse, especially in the cities where food from around the world can be found. Although traditional meals in Brazil tend to consist of meat and black beans and the favourite national dish is 'feijoada', a tasty meat stew cooked with black beans and manioc flour.
Brazil is famous for its Churrascarria (BBQ) restaurants where every meat under the sun is served on giant swords by waiters who repeatedly top up your plate with generous slices. Fish and seafood is also plentiful in Brazil and two local specialities are 'moqueca', a fish or seafood stew made with palm oil and coconut milk and 'vatapa', a dish with shrimps, chicken, coconut milk, manioc paste and rice.
Cachaca is the local firewater in Brazil and the national drink is 'Caipirinha' (a mix of cachaca, sugar, crushed ice and muddled limes).
Safe eating while travelling in Brazil
Being a thoroughly carnivorous country, Brazilians know how to cook their meat properly so, generally speaking, you should not have any problems with poorly prepared food. Travellers should keep an eye out for salads and fruit that hasn’t been peeled as these might have been washed in unsanitary water and could make you unwell. Street food is normally fine to eat but be wary of anything that looks like it might have been sat in the sun for too long.