Taste of Brazil: Taste Brazilian Style Gourmet

This past Friday involved another team virtual lunch! If you remember the Nguyen’s Kitchen Adventure then you know I was given a Door Dash gift card to get lunch. Since I had received a Door Dash gift card for my birthday I decided to spend a little extra on this Adventure.

Drink and a Fire

Before we get into the food let’s fast forward in time to later that night to feature the drink that I had. It was definitely one long Friday, so I figured it would be a great opportunity to get a fire going and enjoy the glowing embers. Plus being by a fire smelling the crackling wood with a drink in hand is always a perfect evening.

Daiquiri Ingredients

These three ingredients are all one requires to make the simple daiquiri. The drink may be simple to make but that does not mean there is nothing special about it. It’s all about the refreshing citrusy juice of a lime, with the sweetness of the simple syrup and then shaken with some Caribbean rum. All of those notes together create a symphony in every sip.

Daiquiri

  • 2 oz Rum

  • 1 oz Lime Juice

  • ½ oz Simple Syrup

  • Ice

Menu

The restaurant that I ended up choosing for this Virtual Team Lunch Adventure was Taste Brazilian Style Gourmet. It’s been a while since I’ve had some Brazilian food so this was the perfect opportunity to jump on it.

Empada

Here you have something known as an empada. I personally have never heard of this savory mini pie before. My first impression by sight alone was that the crust alone was baked to golden perfection. I’m sure you are all curious about what is inside this mini pie though, so let’s break into it.

Peek Inside

You had the option of choosing a chicken or hearts of palm empada. The chicken ended up crossing the road to my mind, so that is the direction I went. Along with the chicken, I tasted notes of the olive present in the dish as well. It was quite a little surprise! The crust was definitely flaky and buttery, but the chicken was not as moist as I was hoping for. In the end, it was kind of dry when biting into the empada.

Coxinhas

In the second round of appetizers, I picked Coxinhas. Coxinhas are essentially chicken croquettes. The unique thing about Coxinhas is that the cooks shape it into a teardrop form. A perfectly fried exterior encasing the chicken filling waiting inside.

More Chicken

One can see all the many different textures and ingredients of the filling in the Coxinhas. As with most croquettes, as you bite you get the crunch as the fried bread crumbs fall around you. The filling didn’t blow me away. I was hoping for something that would make a Coxinhas different from your normal croquettes. But it was everything one would expect.

Brazilian Steak

Now off to the main course and the final food item of this Adventure. The rice was actually quite flavorful because, at first sight, it looked like it was just rice pulled straight from the rice cooker with no enhancements. The beans were the perfect companion for the rice because one could mix them together to bring about the perfect flavor profile. Plus the beans had chunks of sausage throughout, which was a nice little surprise. The steak may not have been on the same level as the one you would get from a steakhouse, but it met my standards. That nice sear on the outside with a perfect pink inside made it a great Medium finish. Although I definitely prefer Medium Rare myself depending on the steak.

I know, this was a lot of food! But don’t worry I split it in half so I could have a second meal. Speaking of which I might actually have it for dinner tonight as I write this since it definitely made me crave steak.

Website: Taste Brazilian Style Gourmet

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Obviously, I had quite a bit of leftovers after this Adventure, so I ask you this. Are you someone that loves leftovers or forgets about them in the fridge?

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends and family that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!

 

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