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Brazil Day

Last week while on my way back from a meeting, I stopped by a Brazilian store on 46th st (also known as Little Brazil Street – and little it is) to pick up some frozen pao de queijo (cheese bread) for Kelly. Little stores like this are the only acceptable place to spend what ended up being like $10 for some frozen flour/cheese balls, because you see, it’s authentic. But I did pick up a little information while I was here: The 24th Annual NY Brazil Day was August 31 right here on 46th and 6th!

Brazil Day

Brazil Day

Even after an exhausting Saturday, Kelly and I headed up to attend Brazil Day and were very surprised to find a good 20 blocks of 6th ave shut down. A giant stage had been placed right there in the middle of the street and I’d guess a hundred thousand Brazilians were jumping up and down to what must have been Brazilian pop music. It reminded me of the Macy’s Day Parade, except with many, many more scantily clad girls shaking their booties.

I can’t understand a word of the music but that’s OK because all down 46th street were tons of little Brazilian vendors pushing pastels, fejoida, rice & beans, grilled steak, etc. We stopped at least three times in 10 minutes partaking in all the options. The ham below was perhaps the best ham I’ve ever had. The fejoida was mediocre. We wre stuffed almost immediately.





K Eats

K Eats

We stuck around for about an hour and even ran into our Brazilian neighbors who used to own Chickie Pigs. After that, the H&M on 6th started calling Kelly’s name and it was time to go. It was an impressive festival and much better than the normal street closures you see around here, where all the vendors are the same.


One Response

  1. What happened to Chickie Pigs?? Did it close? Say it isn’t so!

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