Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Cafe Brasil on Venice, pt 2


It's amazing how time flies!

I can't believe that it's been over six months since I started this online journal of good eats, and to celebrate the good times, MS and I took it back to one of our first hangouts - Cafe Brazil.

This time, I took pictures of the vibrant bowls of oranges that sat with you on the cozy tables inside or outside on the green terrace.

The same great Guarana 2.50 Brazilian sodas complimented our lunches full of flavor. I got the original, but this time MS ordered the Diet version. So instead of getting what we ordered the first time we came here, we dared to be a little different. MS with the Picante Cat Fish that was marinated with Brazilian spices with the standard fare of white rice, black beans, salsa, fried plantains and salad for 13.95. His dish was absolutely delicious! Tender and moist, with just enough spice to "kick it up a notch!"

I, however, was intrigued by the Traditional Feijoada or "pork stew" that's only served on Saturday and Sundays only. Cooked overnight and served with black beans, rice farofa, collard greens, and an orange slice - this special menu item is yours for 14.95. I wasn't too impressed with this dish, but then again, I'm not a huge fan of black beans either. Little did I know that the stewed pork was stewed in a pot of black beans!

After doing some research, I learned that it's a mix of beans and all parts of pork or beef (including ear, tail, snout). Served during lunch, it's usually known as "O Prato do Dia" or the day's special. According to general belief, this dish was introduced to Brazil as early as the 16th century by black slaves, and is quite a traditional country dish. It's also only served during the lunch hour because it's a pretty heavy dish. Little did I know that you're really supposed to eat it with a Caipirinha - a strong sweet Brazilian cocktail that's like a margarita. And that you're supposed to NAP after such an extravagant meal.

Lucky for me, I didn't find any distinguishable body parts in my pork bean stew. Just a couple pieces of meat on bone and pieces of sausage were picked out of the black bean mixture. And lucky for me, I got to trade with MS for some of his well seasoned catfish that we lathered with their house salsa.

Note to self: If ever I get the Feijoada again, take an afternoon siesta!

Cafe Brasil
street: 10831 venice boulevard, los angeles 90034
t: 310.837.8957
open every day 11a-10p / take out available
parking: lot behind restaurant or street

10 comments:

Jeni said...

Congrats on your SIX months of blogging! I look up to you girl! I'm celebrating my FIRST month! Yaaaay!

rick james said...

i love fejioada!

have to give cafe brasil a test run...my friend is brazilian and she says its legit brazilian...

nice pics! tempted to put pics up on my site too, but that means i would have to buy a digital camera!! problem is... i'm pro communication but anti-technology.. ;( what to do kristy? enlighten me...

Makobe 8ryant said...

wow, has it been 6 months already? what a great run. Looking forward to the future full of more fun and suprises.

Xericx said...

I wasn't diggin' the Fejoda either. Just wasn't as hearty as I expected it to be from the description on the menu. some of the other stuff is not bad though.

BoLA said...

Hey Jeni! Thanks for stopping by. Can't wait to read more about your good OISHiiiii eats! ;)

Hey DietCCF! Ooo...I'm somewhat anti-tech too but having a digi cam is muy importante! Mine is a year old Sony CyberShot.

Hey Makobe! You so silly! Yup! A little over six months...definitely a ton of fun and full of unexpected good surprises!

Hey Xericx! Yeah, I definitely like some of their other menu items (minus the beans).

Kirk said...

Hi Kristy - Mucho congrads on your 6 months, and for all the hard work and great posts.

BoLA said...

Hi Kirk! Thanks! It's definitely been fun and I love looking back at all my pictures from last year!

BoLA said...

Hi Kirk! Thanks! It's definitely been fun and I love looking back at all my pictures from last year!

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Congrats Bola. Time passes by when you're doing what you enjoy. I'm stoked -- my new agency is like down the street from Cafe Brazil. I'll be ther for sure atleast once a week for the lunch specials.

BoLA said...

Hey EDnbM! Congrats on the new job! I'm so jealous that you get to walk to Cafe Brazil for their lunch specials!!! ;)

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