RIO Carnival…a Robber’s Best Friend

We’re in the thick of it!  Feathers.  Music.  Food.  Non-stop dancing.  But in 2006, RIO Carnival was more than a celebration.  It was the perfect diversion for a group of robbers who used Carnival as the perfect cover-up for the robbery that landed on them on the FBI Top Ten Art Crimes list.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/26/how-the-rio-carnival-aided-a-multi-million-dollar-art-heist.html

We’re Only Warming Up!

If RIO’s warm-up style is any indication of whether the city will BRING IT for the main attraction, then RIO’s bloco game means that Carnival is going to blow your socks off!  Tomorrow marks the official start of Carnival 2017, but the streets have been blazing for WEEKS.  Check out the parades lighting up RIO streets tonight as we count down to Carnival!!!

Blocos Welcome Carnival 2017 to RIO’s Streets Tonight

Bloco Besame Mucho will kick off tonight's festivities in Santa Teresa, photo by Isabela Vieira/Agência Brasil. Brazil, Brazil News, Rio de Janeiro, Carnival, Carnival 2017, Carnival blocos, blocos da rua, blocos

 

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…Invite ‘Em to Carnival

RIO Carnival 2017 officially begins today.  Some may say that such a huge celebration has no place in a country currently struggling with government woes, a recession, drugs and other major troubles.  But performers and revelers alike pay no mind to the naysayers.  Instead, through creative costumes laced with political satire and protest, they’ve invited some of the most polarizing topics (and the public figures behind them) to the celebration!

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/02/19/516134840/rios-carnival-is-a-glitter-filled-euphoria-even-if-brazils-government-is-not

Partiers have pOodles of Fun at Copacabana Bloco

Days ahead of the official start of Carnival, a Copacabana Beach bloco hosted partiers AND their pooches–dressed in the most adorable costumes.  Check out this video!  Is your pup getting festive for Carnival?

http://abcnews.go.com/International/video/pets-owners-fill-streets-colorful-costumes-ahead-rio-45604709#-/web/search/rio%20de%20janeiro-1487682447281-trackingCode-Athohjq203dMfkYRc1ZT+Q==-articleId-391274581-vv-be7b1950-10fe-4b09-81e4-5bb44e20f1e5

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Snack Brazilian Tonight!

Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, food blogger Oliva of Olivia’s Cuisine deserves the Golden Skillet Award (this MAY be a make believe award that we just made up) for this authentic Brazilian Cheese Bread recipe.  Whether your New Year’s resolution was to cook more or you just want to try something different, this 30-minute recipe is sure to please.  And remember to share a pic of your dish!

AUTHENTIC BRAZILIAN CHEESE BREAD (PÃO DE QUEIJO) RECIPE

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