Lifestyle

The differences between Brazil and USA

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That Brazil is different from the United States everybody knows, but today I’m going to share 5 points that I noticed in this one year and (almost) half that I’m living here in US. To make it clear, I am not judging or saying one is better than the other, but my point of view of the differences.

Que o Brasil é diferente dos Estados Unidos todo mundo sabe, mas hoje vou colocar 5 pontos que eu mais notei nesse 1 ano e (quase) meio que estou morando aqui nos Estados Unidos. Para deixar bem claro, não estou julgando ou falando que um é melhor que o outro, mas sim o que eu mais senti diferença quando me mudei para cá.

1- Hugs and Kisses

IN THE USA – When meeting someone for the first time, it’s normal to shake hands, no hug or kisses. When someone is your friend is OK to hug, but for me it always seems a bit weird (maybe it’s just me!).

IN BRAZIL – Brazilian and other Latino cultures, are very friendly and affectionate towards each other. It doesn’t matter if it is the first time we meet or no, we will greet you with a kiss on the cheek. I know, as I think that it is weird in US, you are probably thinking the same!


NOS ESTADOS UNIDOS – Quando você conhece alguém pela primeira vez ou não é muito amigo seu, normalmente você só cumprimenta com um aperto de mão, nada de abraço ou beijo na bochecha. Se a pessoa é seu amigo é normal dar um abraço (para mim, sempre o abraço é meio estranho!).

NO BRASIL – Como sabemos brasileiros e pessoas de países latinos são mais afetuosos uma com a outra. Não importa se é a primeira vez que nos conhecemos ou não, vou te cumprimentar com um beijo na bochecha. Eu sei como eu, que acho estranho nos EUA, você (se não é brasileiro) provavelmente está pensando o mesmo!

2- Tipping X No Tipping

IN THE USA – Although not mandatory, most people feel obligated to pay a tip (between 18% and 20%) for almost all services.

IN BRAZIL – Restaurants will charge a service fee (normally 10%), but most people (taxi driver, delivery man, etc.) won’t expect anything from you.


NOS ESTADOS UNIDOS – Embora não seja obrigatório, a maioria das pessoas se sentem obrigadas a pagar uma gorjeta (entre 18% e 20%) para quase todos os serviços.

NO BRASIL – Os restaurantes cobram uma taxa de serviço (normalmente 10%), mas a maioria das pessoas (taxista, entregador de delivery, etc.) não esperam nada de você.

3 – Whatsapp X Text Message

IN THE USA – Whatsapp? What’s that? If you have a mobile phone in the US, you most likely have flat rates for SMS and free minutes, and that’s why Americans don’t use Whatsapp, or even hear about it, they don’t need it!

IN BRAZIL – Texting was always expensive so when Whatsapp (messaging app that lets users text, chat, and share media, including voice messages and video) appeared in Brazil , everybody start using, literally everybody, even grandmas and grandpas have it!


NOS ESTADOS UNIDOS – Whatsapp? O que é isso? Se você tem um celular nos Estados Unidos é quase certeza que você tem um plano com mensagens e ligaçōes ilimitadas e é por isso que os americanos não usam Whatsapp ou nem escutaram sobre, porque eles não precisam!

NO BRASIL – Todo mundo sabe que a um booom tempo atrás, como ficava caro ficar mandando um monte de mensagens no celular, por isso quando surgiu o Whatsapp no Brasil, todo mundo começou a usar, literalmente todo mundo neh? Quem não tem grupo da familia que tem até os avós?

4 – Units

IN THE USA – I can’t understand the units here, that’s all I can say, I’ve been living for a year and a half in US and I still don’t get it, pounds, miles, Fahrenheit… Too complicated for me!

IN BRAZIL – We use the international system, that instead of using, pounds, miles and Fahrenheit, we use kilogram, kilometer and Celsius. And for someone that always have used those measuring units, it’s hard to adapt, for example, each mile is equals to 1609.34 meters and each kilogram is 2.20462 pounds.


NOS ESTADOS UNIDOS – Eu não consigo entender as unidades de medidas daqui, isso é tudo que posso dizer. Eu moro aqui à um ano e meio e ainda não decorei, libras, milhas, Fahrenheit … To sempre procurando no Google as conversōes!

NO BRASIL – Usamos o sistema internacional, que ao invés de usarmos, libras, milhas e Fahrenheit, usamos quilograma, quilômetro e Celsius. E para alguém que sempre usou essas unidades de medida, é difícil se adaptar, por exemplo, cada milha é igual a 1609,34 metros e cada quilograma é 2,20462 libras.

5 – Food To Go

IN THE USA – Everyone has a habit of having food to go, order the food in the restaurant and take home to eat and (sometimes) eat in the car. And yes, there is delivery here, like Uber Eats… but people are just used to do it.

IN BRAZIL – Either we ordered delivery or eat at the restaurant, or maybe some times, we go to the drive thru of some fast food, but it is very difficult to go to a restaurant and order a meal and go back home to eat.


NOS ESTADOS UNIDOS – Aqui todo mundo tem mania de pedir comida ou bebida, não para comer no restaurante mas sim para levar e comer em casa ou comer no carro mesmo. E sim, aqui existe delivery como Uber Eats, mas as pessoas têm esse costume.

NO BRASIL – Ou  pedimos delivery ou comemos no restaurante, no máximo passamos no drive thru do Mc de madrugada, mas é muito difícil chegarmos até um restaurante pedir uma comida e voltar para comer em casa.

 

Do you live or have lived here in the United States? Is there something you thought was different? Or if you’re American and live in Brazil, what’s the biggest difference to you? Leave in the comments, I would love to know!

E você mora ou já morou aqui nos Estados Unidos? Tem alguma coisa que você achou diferente? Ou se você é americano e mora no Brasil, qual a maior diferença para você? Deixe nos comentários, vou adorar saber!

Food

10 Brazilian Foods that You Need to Try

One of the things, I miss the most about Brazil, besides family and friends, is the food! But luckily for us here in Atlanta, there are tons of Brazilian restaurants and shops! If you ever go to Brazil or want to go to a Brazilian restaurant here, you should definitely try these 10 picks that are my favorites.


Uma das coisas que eu mais sinto falta do Brasil, tirado claro a família e os amigos, é a comida! Mas sorte grande dos brasileiros que moram em Atlanta, é que aqui temos alguns restaurantes e mercados com comidinhas que amamos tanto! Fiz uma lista das minhas comidas, petiscos, sobremesas e bebidas que mais gosto e dicas de lugares para comer por aqui.

Brazilian Churrasco

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A typical “Brazilian barbecue” will be made by family and friends, beer, caipirinha (Brazilian cocktail made of cachaça, lime, sugar) and a charcoal grill. The meats are seasoned with no more than coarse salt, you will also see sausages, queijo coalho (squeaky cheese-on-a-stick), garlic bread and chicken hearts. For sides we have farofa ( yuca flour that is sautéed with bacon, sausage and light seasonings) and vinagrete salsa.

Where to eat: Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

Feijoada

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The most famous Brazilian dish, feijoada is a stew of black beans, sausages and cuts of pork. Rice, kale, orange slices, farofa and pork scratching are served on the side with a great caipirinha.

Where to eat: Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

Coxinha

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Raindrops shape of fried dough filled with chicken and a very creamy cheese called “catupiry”, that is somehow like a cream cheese. It has a crispy texture outside and it is soft inside, it’s hard to stop at just one.

Where to eat: Brazilian Bakery Café

Pastel

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A pastel is a stuffed pastry that is deep-fried, it is filled with either a sweet or savory filling, the most traditional ones are beef and cheese, almost always served with a glass of caldo de cana (freshly pressed sugar cane juice).

Where to eat: Brazilian Bakery Café

Pão de Queijo

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This is so much more than just cheese bread. They are crispy on the outside, squidgy on the inside and filled with cheesy flavor, they are great to eat with requeijão, a Brazilian kind of cream cheese!

Where to eat: Brazilian Bakery Café

Brigadeiro

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It is more than just a chocolate fudge ball made of condensed milk, butter, cocoa powder and covered in chocolate sprinkles, it is the most popular and beloved ‘candy’ of Brazil.  There are also white chocolate versions, Nutella and much more!

Where to eat: Brazilian Bakery Café

Açai

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Served as a sweet, you eat like frozen sorbet or a smoothie. Pro tip: blend with banana, granola and my favorite leite ninho, that is a dry milk.

Where to eat: Brazilian Bakery Café

Mousse de Maracujá

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Passion fruit mousse, made of condensed milk and passion fruit. One of my favorite desserts, you can also put some chocolate in it!

Where to eat: Brazilian Bakery Café

Quindim

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Quindim is a baked dessert made of egg yolks, sugar, and ground coconut flakes. It is soo sweet but also sooo good!

Where to eat: Brazilian Bakery Café

Caipirinha

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The caipirinha is a simple cocktail made of cachaça (Brazilian distilled spirit made from the fermented juice of sugarcane), lime and sugar, and it is as refreshing as it is potent. Like I said before, great to drink with a churrasco or a feijoada!

Where to eat: Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

EXTRA:

Guaraná

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Guaraná soda has a sweet taste, fruity and it is made of the seeds of guaraná plant. Essentially, the seeds are dried, ground, and brewed into tea or processed as an extract.

Where to eat: Brazilian Bakery Café

If you like some of the foods, I can do a post of some recipes so leave a comment bellow if you want it!