16 Brazilian Dishes for Your World Cup Viewing Party
Your predictions have been made, you’re wearing your jersey under your work clothes and sneaking off for “coffee” and “lunch” during game times. You’re almost doing the World Cup right. Now, you’ve gotta throw a weekend viewing party. We couldn’t possibly let you put out chips and dip. Instead, try whipping up some of these Brazilian favorites for your friends. They will be most impressed with your varied use of palm oil, coconut, cassava and seafood.
1. Quindim: These party treats are a favorite among Brazilians because of their coconutty, eggy, sugary deliciousness. And they generally come in sets of four. We’ll take four (sets), please! (via La Casa Sin Tiempo)
3. Pavê de Chocolate (Chocolate Cookie Parfait): Alright, this isn’t a truly authentic version of the dish… but it features cookie dough, so we’re willing to overlook everything else. (via Cookie Monster Cooking)
4. Salpicão (Brazilian Chicken Salad): This easy to replicate dish is diet friendly, has all the South American flavor you’re looking for and is perfect for your World Cup backyard BBQ. (via The Iron You)
6. Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread): If cheese and bread are two of your favorite foods (like ours) then the logical next step would be to put them together to create one warm and gooey ball of NOM. (via Kirbie Cravings)
7. Yuca Fries (Baked Crispy Cassava Fries): Cassava is a starchy root many Brazilians (and people in other tropical regions) use for pasta-y dishes. Even though it’s carb loaded, it’s a much healthier alternative to the fries we eat here. Win! (via Brit + Co.)
9. Pastel Frito de Frango (Fried Pastels): These are like empanadas, only better. Like all the best things to be found in Brazil, these are considered street food, meaning you can order it to go and eat it as you walk along the ocean. (via The Big Field Trip)
10. Açai Bowl: This Amazonian superfruit scores, like, 10,000 on the antioxidant scale. So start your futból-watching day (or any day for that matter) off right with a healthy and delicious meal. Add some berries, oats or seeds to really bump up the nutrition. (via Epicurean Mom)
14. Beijinho de Coco (Coconut Kiss): With the plethora of coconuts in Brazil, it’s not hard to guess why so many things are flavored with them. These sweet coconut balls are a favorite for birthday parties. (via Manu’s Menu)
15. Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Soup): Brazilians are fans of their seafood and their soups, and you should be too since this one is low carb, packed with a ridiculous amount of flavor and seriously velvety. (via The Wanderlust Kitchen)
16. Caipirinhas: And of course, no Brazilian feast would be complete without the signature national drink. Throw some sugar, cachaça and lime into a glass, mix it up well and give an enthusiastic cheer for whichever team you’re rooting for. (via Bon Appétit)
Have you had your World Cup Party yet? If so, Tweet us pics of your Brazilian spread. If not, let us know what you’ll be cooking up in the comments below!
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B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
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I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
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I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
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The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
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I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
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I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
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Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
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One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
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It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
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I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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