Any discussion of Brazil’s iconic dishes is incomplete without an in-depth look at the country’s national dish- feijoada completa. Feijoada is more than just a bean stew… it is a cultural rite of passage. Opting for a taste of carioca style feijoada, we travel to Ipanema to pay a visit to a true Rio classic - Chef Gilberto Araújo’s Casa da Feijoada. Many legends mistakenly attribute feijoada to the slave kitchen, but the Portuguese consumed feijoada before they ever colonized Brazil. Feijoada completa refers to the “whole meal,” served with the principal dish of stewed beans cooked with 11 different types of smoked or cured pork meats, and sausages.

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