Monday, August 23, 2010

Saudade Do Brasil

Did you see Eat Pray Love yet?

It will make you want to catch the next flight out for Bali...

It made me want to run back to Brazil... And not just because Javier Bardem (who is Spanish) plays such a terrific Brasileiro. But the EAT PRAY LOVE soundtrack has at least 3 Brazilian songs that break your heart.9. Samba Da Bençáo / Bebél Gilberto 4:47
10. Wave / João Gilberto 4:42
12. 'S Wonderful / João Gilberto 4:11

Especially if you went to Brazil 5 times in the '80's and haven't been back...
About a week ago I went to see FELA and they insist the audience get up and dance, which is alot like being back in Brazil again...

Francois Simon of Le Figaro is talking about Brazilian food this weekend, so maybe the stars are aligning and trying to tell me something? The food in Brazil is unbelievable! The fruitas! OMG You can get avocado milkshakes on most street corners in Rio, while hanging out in your bikini... And the meat! I don't eat much meat anymore, but in Brazil, I would eat it everyday... You put a kind of salsa on the meat called Brazilian vinegrette...
Wendy said...In 2006, I met Carla daudt, a girl who studied patisserie in Paris and now sells macarons here in Rio! The result of this was that in marriage I contracted a table full of macarons instead of the traditional pastries. It was a success! So I went searching in the bottom of my closet for the one lone souvenir left from my 5 trips to Brazil... This tiny vintage' bikini which hasn't a snowballs chance of fitting me anymore. BUMBUM IPANEMA is still in business though... Can we arrange an exchange BUMBUM?
I don't think I ever had the nerve to wear this anywhere. Not even the crazy beautiful beaches of Brazil...
I do think I could fit into Gisele's flip flops though...
Maybe Rio sometime in January..?
Bom Dia Adriana, Pedro-Paulo, tudo mondo
Tudo Bem
If you're PB Brazilian reader give a shout-out!
Saudade do Brasil pronounced (so-dag-ji) a Brazilian word for a feeling of nostalgic longing for something or someone that one was fond of and which is lost...


  1. It was great to read you talk about my country, I've been following your blog for quite a long time, i love it. By the way I don't live in Rio but fortunately i'm visiting it now in September.

  2. I love Paris and reading your blog reminds me the good times I had there. I am brazilian and I am glad you post this entry highlighting the good things about our country.

  3. Hi Carol,

    I love your blog! And I can't believe when you mentioned Brazil in your post. I'm from Rio and will be a pleasure to have you in this beautiful city. If you really came to Rio, tell me, I can give you some tips and take you for a ride.

  4. Hi Carol, I'm Brazilian, and I'm delighted with your post about Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, city where I was born and live. I love Paris the way you do and I hope I can be there again next year.

  5. leticia castro10:53 AM

    seems that you have many readers from Brazil!!! :) i'm brazilian too! and if you come to Brazil you must visit others cities too! we have many gorgeous beaches on the northeast coast!!!!

  6. Just saw the movie this past weekend and yes, Javier Bardem was perfect *though I really wanted to give him a bath, nice thought* and while I'm not Brazilian, I grew up listening to my folks play Joao Gilberto and doing the samba...And I'd walk the beach in a cute coverup just so I could have one of those avocado milkshakes!

  7. Ooo-la-la....gotta see this movie and read the book, too!

  8. I;ve been a lot of places in Brasil:
    The Nord Est to paint for a resort,
    Sao Paulo only 1 day,
    Minas Gerais

  9. Carol,
    Love the Brazilian post today. They reminded me of a few illustrations done by an old family friend, now long deceased.

  10. Hi, I'm Olivia from Brazil, and I loved your blog. I want to present mine:
    I hope you enjoy.

  11. Your blog post today made me smile—which they usually do. Speaking of avocados, on my last visit to Hawaii, I had a delicious slice of avocado pie at a local restaurant on the island of Kauai. Much to my delight, the April 2010 issue of Food Network’s magazine included a recipe. I made it and it is truly heaven!
    à bientôt!
    Avocado Pie
    For the Crust:
    • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    For the Filling:

    • 2 medium hass avocados
    • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • Pinch of salt
    • Whipped cream or confectioners' sugar, for garnish (optional)
    Make the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush an 8-inch springform pan with some of the melted butter. Mix the remaining butter with the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and salt in a bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool completely on a rack.

    Make the filling: Halve and pit the avocados, then scoop out the flesh and chop. Transfer to a bowl, add the cream cheese and beat with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the condensed milk, lime and lemon juices, and the salt and beat until fluffy, scraping the bowl as needed.

    Pour the filling into the crust, press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface and chill at least 4 hours.

    Remove the springform ring and slice the pie. Garnish with whipped cream or confectioners' sugar, if desired, and serve immediately (the top will start to brown as the pie sits).

    Food Network magazine, April 2010

  12. I just saw it this weekend. Love when the man in an Italian barbershop says Americans know entertainment, but they don’t know pleasure, Julia Roberts' no shame declaration of enjoying pizza and not thinking about the calories, and her almost religious experience while eating spaghetti.

    I'm a first time commenter on your blog, but have been enjoying it for a few months after a fellow Francophile sent it to me. Really enjoy the visual feast of your posts!

  13. Whoops! Yes, I saw Eat, Pray, Love with a girlfriend and loved it. We decided that "Eat" and "Love" were fabulous, though "Pray" was a bit tedious...perhaps I just haven't reached that part of my life's journey yet. Anyway, Javier Bardem certainly stole the show! Oh, and I loved your Brazilian themed post!

  14. Hi! I'm brazilian too (I live in Goiania, near to Brasilia) and always read PB! I'm happy to see this brazilian post, I love Rio...

  15. Woohoo, that was a fun post!

    I always get the travel bug bad in the Fall. This has been on my list since I saw Anthony Bourdain's episode on Sao Paulo.

    Happy Monday morning to you:)

  16. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Maybe the stars ARE aligning. Would you believe that the next World Congress on Art Deco is going to be in Rio next summer? I'm most excited to go.

  17. I'm brazilian, from Goiânia near Brasília and LOVE your blog and Paris too. I wait your posts every day in my e-mail box. Please, do return! But notice that we here speak portuguese (similar as in Portugal)not spanish (Spain, Mexico, Argentina)

  18. Hey, any movie with J. Bardem! Yummy

  19. Falla portuguese Fernanda

    It must be the end of summer that makes us dream about taking off again...

    2:27 PM

  20. Anonymous2:37 PM

    I love your blog, and I´m very happy because you writte about my country.

  21. Hello Carol!! Thanks for the visit, I love following your blog, I hope you don't mind me linking you!! If you do come to Brasil, I'll be glad to give you some tips and show you around! I really want to see this movie, but it's not out here yet...

  22. Hi Carol, my country is really beautiful, but it has changed a lot, for better and worse...I'm not from Rio, but I know it is what most foreigners get to know about our country. There are muuuuch more beautiful things and places to go! Thank you for the wonderful words about Brasil!
    You are very nice!
    Ana from Campinas, S. Paulo

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  24. Hey! I love this post!
    You really love my country and i intend to see your "aquarelas" soon talking about Brasil!!!
    Sorry, my inglish is terrible...

    Yes we have Gizelle, Havaianas and now MACARONS!!!
    I live in Florianopolis a city in the south of Brasil with a lot of beautifull beaches and a lovely people
    Paula from Brasil

  25. Well, that made my day!

  26. Hey! Wait for me!!!!
    Carol, you already know I am from Brazil, and from Rio. You made me want to go home so bad!! Look at the churrasco, the meat is so fresh and juicy! The fruits are from heaven, the beaches are paradise, and the bikinis... Well, You can't go without them! So better wear them! I love the bikinis, the hot hot sun, and the beautiful men on the beaches.
    Sorry I don't have a place to offer to you at this time. If I had one, I would welcome you in my house.
    But if you want to visit Ohio.... I am here...(boring here!)
    Beijos (kisses)

  27. Hi Carol.
    It's so funny! You live in NY and dream about Rio, I live in Brasil and dream about Norway.:-)
    I loved this story about Elizabeth Gilbert, she is so lovely.
    This film will come in october hier and I'm waiting for.
    Please, if you have some time in october, make some fotos from Halloween in NY for me.
    When you see my blog and my work, you'll understand.
    Be in touch.

  28. ... saudades do brasil sempre ... merci de l'avoir visité sur le post du blog carol ... bbb ... bisous bisous bisous ...

  29. Oi Carol,

    now it might get complicated.....I'm a Swede, brought up with many different cultures. One of them is as a student of Portuguese in Rio, living the life of a Carioca. Before that there was school in Paris for some years. Miss that ....

    Eu tambem sinto saudade do Brasil.

    I also love the Brasilian music and my bookshelf is stuffed with old vinyls....Nina Simone, Rita Lee, Gilberto Gil, Roberto Carlos, the list is long. Thank God for Spotify!!!!!

    You've been on my blogroll for some tiime, love reading your posts. My first comment though.....

    I have to see this film when it's due in mid October here in Sweden. There is a young talented Swedish actress playing a part, Tuva Novotny.


    Now I really have to listen to some samba!!

  30. Oh! So sweet your post! I´m brazilian and i live in São Paulo =) You must come back! I love your blog and I love Paris too. Thank you for put a smile in my face every day with your posts!

  31. Carol, you obviously have made some Brasilians happy today! Excellent. I want to see that movie! I wish I'd have time. If I don't get a chance to see it at the theater, I'll have to rent it when it comes out. So busy now. It's supposed to be good!

  32. Ladye S.5:52 PM

    And, as usual, well done.
    I love your voice/and humor.
    Ladye S.

  33. Hi Carole: must go see that film - and avocado milk-shakes!! yes I'd definitely try but not in my bikini
    non non!!

  34. Anonymous7:55 PM

    I found it funny when you say "Saudade" (so-dag-ji) with a heavy accent from the Southeast/South regions of Brazil. Saudade is in fact "so-dag-dee" if you want to say it correctly. The same goes to Vodka, when Brazilians coming from the South would say "Vodjika" - Wonderful post!

  35. Fabiana9:07 PM

    I'm brazilian and love your blog!!!!

  36. Caroline12:28 AM


    Makes me want to pull out my Bossa Nova dvd!

    Great movie if you haven't seen it.

  37. Hi Carol.
    It's not so easy to find your post Alice, I would love to see it, but it isn't my work.
    That you choose that, it must be marvelous.When was that?
    You can write me to if you want.
    I was in Paris for years, lived in Germany and Holland. It was a very good time.
    You are in my blogroll for a while and is like a friend that I visit frequently.
    Health and fun my friend!

  38. Oi Carol,
    adoro seu blog, suas fotos, suas aquarelas e hoje, adorei o post sobre o Brasil, meu pais!
    Eu sou de Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, mas acho o Rio de Janeiro a cidade mais linda do mundo!!!
    beijos e parabéns

    I love your blog, your photos, watercolors, and today, I loved the post about Brazil, my country!
    I am from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, and I think that Rio de Janeiro is the most beautiful city in the world!
    kisses and congratulations

  39. Hi Carol...

    WOW! I had NO idea you have been to Brasil and visited sooo many different places there-- I feel like I'm part Brasilian-- meu corasao - because I grew up listening to Brasilian music and have been very close to the Brasiian community in San Diego for many years and for dancing EVERY Sunday night at Cafe Sevilla in San Diego- on Brasilian night for YEARS!!!!
    I feel this Saudade for those times--- my Brasilian times/friends...
    I've also been to Rio - back in 1987... Love the country and it's BEAUTIFUL people... and the food and music OF COURSE!
    Thanks for this lovely post on a country I love!

  40. Hi Carol!

    Im from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais - Brasil and as you I love Paris! You-re invited to come again to Minas Gerais to eat pao de queijo and macarrons!!!

    Love your BLog,


  41. Andre from Swizerland11:46 AM

    Hello Carol! I'm a brazilian PB'er living in swiss, and i'm back home for a week in Brazil.
    Today I'm visiting my father in Bahia and then back to sao paulo and back to swiss...
    Taking requeijao and pao de queijo back home! :o)


  42. Oh, honey! I'm brazilian and I absolutely L O V E your blog, I mean, I read it every single day. I've been to Paris for my 15th b-day and now I'm 18 and dreaming to go back. Your blog keeps the flame of Paris alive inside of me! Your pictures are great, as well as the paintings and the writing. You're très cool.

    Thanks for writing about Brazil! I was so happy when I saw "saudades do Brasil"... :) come back to Brasília anytime! It's a beautiful city, and I bet you can take the most amazing pictures here! Have you ever seen such a beautiful sky?

    Beijos! :)

  43. Valéria10:24 AM

    Hi! I am already a big fan of your bolg and I am even more!
    I am a brazilian living in the USA since 1987 and I have a passion for Paris.
    Love to see the great things about Brazil in your blog.
    I was debating if I should go see EAT, PRAY, LOVE, but I am definitely going to to see it now (I didn't want to get desapointed since the book was so know how those things are!).
    Well, thaks for all the great posts and specially for the "SAUDADE DO BRASIL"!

  44. Wow! How many Brazilians you gathered here!
    Me too, I live in Rio, lived one year in Paris and love Paris too.
    This is my first visit to your blog and it's very good.
    Of course I think about going to Paris one more time.
    Nice meeting you!
    I will take a look at the Brazilians because I didn't know that there are so many blogging in English.

  45. I'm afraid that Javier Bardem may not be "available", at least not immediateley. He may not give up Penelope Cruz and their new baby immediately!

    I saw him in "Buitiful" a few months ago! Remarkable!!!!

  46. Adriana2:46 PM

    I love this post. Que lindo. I am from Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brasil.

    All the best.


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