Visit the Rio Gastronomia Festival This Week

Last weekend we (Lance, David, Sergio and his wife, Viviane, along with a couple of our guests at Casa Cool Beans) enjoyed a visit to the fantastic Rio Gastronomia Festival at Píer Mauá, the port area.

It was an amazing experience!  Dozens of food booths and food trucks.  Samples of some of the best local restaurants and latest culinary trends.  Classes and lectures presented almost hourly by top chefs and hospitality influencers from around the city. The setting along the water front, just off of Olympic Boulevard.  Phenomenal. The icing on the cake, if you will: a stage featuring DJ’s and live music!

David and I both fell hard for the sandwich de pernil (pork sandwich) from Lasai, Chef Rafa Costa e Silva’s Basque-inspired modern cuisine restaurant located in the Botafogo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. The accompanying sauce has been added to my “must have list” to go in my coffin. We went back three times!

There was booze, booze and more booze…to include one of my very favorite Brazilian brewers, Colorado Cerveja (beer). There must have been several dozen cachaça brewers represented, so with the free flowing samples you needn’t even buy a drink–if cachaca is your poison.

Don’t miss this one!  In addition to last weekend, the festival will be open Thursday through Sunday (Aug 23-26th).  Event information can be found here: (typed in Portuguese, but your web browser should be able to translate, if needed).  I supplied a short video of our experience as well–check it out:

Our Visit to the Rio Gastronomia Festival

Breakfast at Casa Cool Beans

Today we’re showing off our breakfast preparations at Casa Cool Beans.  Check out the video!

The Most Important Meal of the Day…

Greetings from beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! We wanted to show all of our future guests a quick video of our breakfast preparation. This video was recorded on Friday, August 17, 2018. It was a little cloudy with some rain, but the sun always returns before too long! We hope this short video gets you excited for your stay–see you soon!

Posted by Casa Cool Beans on Monday, August 20, 2018

Luxurious Adventure-Themed Journey Through Brazil

In 2019, you can experience the remote wetlands of Brazil’s Pantanal in a way that combines the “luxe experience” with the “thrill of adventure”.  Read on for more about this small group tour of Brazil that includes exploring the Amazon by canoe, taking a nighttime safari in search of nocturnal wildlife, and visiting an isolated village on the Rio Negro:


Photo by Oliver Sjöström on Unsplash


Former UFC and PRIDE Champ Presents: Minotauro Steak

Former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has retired from the MMA, but he’s not resting on his laurels.  Watch as Nogueira shows off the famous “Minotauro Steak” one of the featured menu items at Chez Heaven, the Rio restaurant he opened alongside his girlfriend and chef Heaven Delhaye”:


Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash

CCB Love ❤️

Checkout what guest, Bharath R. has to say about CCB.  And guest, Valoma snapped a cool pic of our breakfast table.  Thanks for the love, Bharath and Valoma!  And here’s to all of our guests for making CCB the #1 Rated B&B in Rio for 8 Years! ❤️ #ccbguests4life

CCB Love ❤️

Guest, Mark B. calls CCB a “Tranquil welcoming oasis in Rio de Janeiro.”  And guest, Michael A. shared this cool pic of the view from our pool area.  Thanks for the love, Mark and Michael–right back at you!  And here’s to all of our guests for making CCB the #1 Rated B&B in Rio for 8 Years! ❤️ #ccbguests4life