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The first marketplace aggregator of city guides that also allows user generated content to be shared. @ www.jitt.travel
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10 Carioca snacks you must taste

If you’re thinking of visiting the Marvelous City, don’t miss the chance to taste the delicious Carioca cuisine and enjoy the Boteco experience. Boteco is what the Brazilians call humble establishments serving drinks and affordable, delicious food. They are part of the daily Carioca life; a places for a snack, a cold relieving drink on hot days, or simply to meet friends to chat and relax at the end of a workday. To eat like a local and taste real Brazilian flavors, here are some food tips:

1. Bolinhos de Bacalhau: This fried mixture of potatoes, codfish, eggs, onion and parsley goes back to Portuguese heritage an is still very popular among Cariocas. Slightly crunchy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside, these little oval snacks are perfect with a cold beer.

2. Picadinho: These beef cubes are boiled in water along with onion, potatoes and carrot, and usually served with white rice, black beans and sometimes with breadcrumbs, fried banana or even an soggy egg to link all the elements. A great option after a long night out.

3. Biscoito Globo: This manioc flour biscuit of comes in sweet and savory versions, and are found in bakeries and beaches, where street vendors sell them. They are a typical daytime beach snack, and are even listed as part of the city’s cultural heritage.

4. Feijoada Carioca: This black bean and pork meat stew is traditionally served with manioc flour, white rice and steamed cabbage. It’s a heavy dish best appreciated with a caipirinha.

5. Podrão: Usually sold by street vendors in the surroundings of nightlife hotspots, this is an upgraded version of the traditional hot dog. Besides the bread and sausage served with sauces, the Podrão includes fries, corn, parmesan cheese, peas, olives and even egg. It’s a popular choice when money is low and hunger is huge.

6. Bolinho de feijoada: Enjoy a taste of feijoada in a small portion. These small fried balls are stuffed with feijoada and coated in flour. It is commonly served with pork rinds and accompanied by a caipirinha.

7. Açaí: This smoothie of frozen and mashed açaí palm fruit is commonly served topped with granola and banana, then mixed with other fruits and guaraná syrup. This healthy option is usually sold in the kiosks lining the beaches and juice bars.

8. Caldo Verde: Another dish reflecting Brazil’s Portuguese heritage, this simple soup made with potatoes, kale, olive oil and salt, and served with chorizo slices is the typical comfort food.

9. Filè à Osvaldo Aranha: This filet mignon is seasoned with fried garlic and served with sliced fried potatoes, white rice and crumbled egg.

10. Pastel: This classic of Brazilian cuisine is simply a pastel with a slim and crunchy pastry, filled with almost anything you can imagine. From beans to shrimp, cheese, meat and vegetables, every establishment has its own specialty.

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5+1 ways to explore Rio like a local

It is a rite of passage for every first-timer in Rio to climb to the top of Corcovado Hill and take a picture with the open-armed statue of Christ the Redeemer, or walk along the promenade of Copacabana. When it comes to Rio, you can’t go wrong with any of its clichés. But what are some of the secrets in exploring Rio like a local?

1. Try the legendary Globo Biscuits on the beach
It is almost impossible to talk about Rio without mentioning its beaches. Rio has plenty to offer, but the beaches remain among the city’s main attractions and a daily favorite among locals. Ipanema stands at the top of the list with its white sand and blue waters. Here you can enjoy a true carioca experience: take a refreshing coconut water and eat a famous Globo Biscuit, made of manioc flour, which is in itself an institution of Rio's beaches.

2. Grab a beer at a traditional Boteco
For some years now, the traditional botecos have been classified as local cultural heritage sites, and a major part of Rio's history. These hole-in-the-wall bars can be found all over the city and some are more than 100 years old! From the most modern to colonial-inspired, food and cool drinks remain in the spotlight. After an afternoon on the beach or in need of a night snack, search the menus for the traditional savory appetizers and order a draught beer - or as the locals call it, chopp.

3. Take a walk in the park
Known as one of the main green areas within the city of Rio de Janeiro, Flamengo Park is part of the weekend ritual of many cariocas. With strong sports traditions, it’s a great place to enjoy the sunny days and put some work-out gear to work. The park includes football, basketball, tennis and volleyball fields, as well as bike and running paths. On Sundays and holidays the surrounding high-speed tracks are closed, leaving space cleared for sports practice in a city so naturally suited for outdoor activities. The view over Guanabara Bay is another natural bonus!

4. Explore Rio’s nightlife at Lapa Neighborhood
Since the 1930s, the Lapa Neighborhood has established itself as the cradle of bohemian Rio, as crowds invade the narrow streets and bars her every night, swayed by the miscellany of musical rhythms. From samba to rock, Lapa is full of small bars, pubs and entertainment venues - a favorite nightspot among locals, with something for everyone.

5. Pay a visit to the Maracanã
No trip to Rio is complete without a visit to the Maracanã Stadium. If you have the chance to attend a match between cross-town rivals Flamengo and Fluminense, all the better! This is a massive event with the Fla-Flu derby holding the world record football match attendance. For an after-match celebration and football deliberation, follow the crowds to the most popular local bars and food joints and you can’t really go wrong here! With the spotlight on the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic games, now is a great time to see the Maracanã.

+1. Applaud the sunset at Arpoador
As another day comes to an end, hundreds of people huddle in Arpoador to applaud what is considered one of the most beautiful sunsets in Rio de Janeiro. Join them in this picturesque tradition and appreciate the end of another day, while enjoying one of the most extraordinary scenarios that the city has to offer.

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Vintage Portuguese Shops

Vintage is hot now in Lisbon, with a few shops opening in the last year selling only quality vintage Portuguese consumer products

Vintage is hot now in Lisbon, with a few shops opening in the last year selling only quality vintage Portuguese consumer products, which is quite an achievement from my reckoning.
These new shops have in them another kind of memories than the ones that I speak about above and are much more turned to the consumer good of this rising vintage trend. In places like “A Vida Portuguesa” in Chiado or the “Loja Portugueza” in Baixa, you have the chance to buy soaps, perfumes, cooking utensils, music, canned food, books and lots more items which are manufactured nowadays with the same unique design from the past century.
If you're looking for a real memento of Portugal, forget about tourist shops and come here. Opened by a former journalist, Vida Portuguesa looks like an old fashioned pharmacy and stocks a jumble of what were once everyday goods - traditional soaps, kitchen tools, jams and sweets, plastic models of saints. Even if you’re not buying it’s worth a look as a living piece of anthropology.

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Vintage goods at the Flea Market

I would like to tell you about the place where you can the authentic real stuff those ordinary persons are selling on the street

I would like to tell you about the place where you can the authentic real stuff those ordinary persons are selling on the street. An open air market called Feira da Ladra (Flea Market). It takes place around the Church of São Vicente de Fora on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6h00 till 13h00. Here you can find everything that is characteristic about the Portuguese culture in objects, which once belonged to someone, and that someone made it a part of their life for a number of years! Now they are almost giving it away....
I remember on one of my first trips I managed to grab a beautiful vintage 1940’s white linen hand braided table cloth that was custom made for the Henrique Family’s new dining room table. I got it from a middle aged woman, who went by the name of Maria Henrique who was selling a few pieces that had belonged to her grandmother. The hand sewn H for the initial of the family’s last name approved for the authenticity of the item and I had no problem dishing out the incredible amount of…5 Euros.

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Smallest Bookshop in the world

About the size of a shoe cupboard

About the size of a shoe cupboard, this little bookshop sits quietly at the start of the Conçeição stairs, from Madalena Street to the Largo da Conçeição on the South Side of Lisbon’s Castle Hill. Despite its small size is boasts a dramatic collection is mostly made of old books about the heritage and history of Lisbon and Portugal, the Jewish influence, the overseas colonies and most importantly the great Portuguese authors who took the Portuguese Language to an international level. Fernando Pessoa and his 70 Heteronyms, Saramago, Camões, Eça de Queiroz are all present in unique collectors editions that a book fanatic would love to get his hands on.

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Pelcor

Portugal is responsible for almost 70% of the world global cork production

It is almost impossible to speak about cork and not mention Portugal, as this tiny little country on the corner of Europe, is responsible for almost 70% of the world global cork production. Pelcor has taken a material that seemed to have a single use and turned into an icon of Portuguese innovative thinking. Umbrellas, purses, Ipad and iPhone cases, belts, pens, shoes with an impressive and modern appeal are the products that make up the selection of their Lisbon Shop. President Obama’s dog is a Portuguese water hound and uses a bespoke collar made by Velcro.

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Lx Market at Lx Factory

Brought to life with the sounds and works of local artists, the LX market is exclusively held on Sundays from noon to eight in the evening.

Brought to life with the sounds and works of local artists, the LX market is exclusively held on Sundays from noon to eight in the evening. Not only a place where local buyers and sellers share second-hand products it is also a prime location to get your hands on some contemporary, hippy-chic and trendy products. Be prepared to find inspirational work by the young generation of Lisbon and Portuguese artists, who know maybe you, will come back next time to sell some of your own inspirational possessions.

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Luvaria Ulisses

This small little wonder of a shop is located at 87 Rua do Carmo, the most fashionable street in Lisbon after the superseding Rua Garret

This small little wonder of a shop is located at 87 Rua do Carmo, the most fashionable street in Lisbon after the superseding Rua Garret. It is the last shop in the whole of Portugal, which is exclusively dedicated to the bespoke hand manufacture of leather gloves. The cream of the Lisbon society has been its avid clientele since 1925, procuring high-quality leather tailor made gloves for those days when the sunshine is not enough to warm the hands.
At about 50€ per pair, depending on the model and leather, you do not have to go to Italy to get a product of this tremendous quality. A woman from Chicago once told me that she had visited Lisbon ten years ago, where she had the opportunity to purchase a single pair. She was so impressed and the gloves had left such a good memory that she was here to get three or four more pairs in case she did not have the opportunity to come back to Lisbon for another ten years.

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