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Brazil is a music universe unto itself,unrivaled in diversity of musical styles,instruments and rhythms.
The world knows samba,a mix of European marches and African drumming;and bossa nova,a slower samba infused with French impressionism and American jazz.
But Brazil's diverse population moves to the beat of many different drummers.
Instruments such as the comical cuíca--a drum that sounds like a dog in heat--are found only in Brazil.
Brazilian portions can be gigantic,often larger than even the standard American plateful.It's not a miscommunication when your waiter brings you enough food for twice your number.
A light breakfast is advised,since you'll consume a lot more than you thought for lunch.
Brazilians don't bury their cuisine in fiery sauces that kill flavor.In fact,aside from Bahians,they steer clear of hot sauces in favor of flavorful seasonings.
They specialize in supertender thin strips of beef and other carnivorous delights,served with rice,beans and fried bananas,washed down with a beer or guaranásoda.
Brazil has the world's widest collection of homegrown exotic fruits,many of which you have never heard of.
Some,like açaíand acerola,both from the Amazon region,have started to become popular outside Brazil for their health properties,but many of the exotic fruits you can experience only in Brazil,either fresh at the market or from one of the many juice bars.
And it's not just in rare fruits that Brazil excels.The country is the No.1 producer of citrus fruit in the world.
Brazilians are experts in especially tasty fruit drinks,or sucos.Just about every other street in Rio has a juice bar.
The art of the bakery thrives in Brazil in the form of the padaria.
These neighborhood temples to the sweet tooth offer a dizzying variety of cakes,or bolo--moist and dense that melt in your mouth--plus an array of tarts,cheesecakes,cookies,brownies,fruit-topped tortes,flans,mousses and the potent mini-coffees known as cafezinhos.
Local padarias keep your budget under control and the palate delighted.
Paderias also offer a wide assortment of fresh-baked bread and croissants and many have deli fare for lunch and dinner,from sandwiches to empanadas to pastels.Some padarias have soups,crepes and fresh juices.
There's only one thing wrong with these one-stop shops for the taste buds:They're in Brazil and not on your block.
Brazil is a realm of the senses,where everything is felt,smelled and tasted more intensely.That goes for one of the country's favorite menu items,churrasco,meaty delights pulled off the barbecue grill.
Churrasco involves spearing slabs of beef,pork,chicken and sausage with skewers.When they're seared just right,the skewers are pulled out and the meat is sliced off in thin sections with surgical precision,unlike the jumbo hunk portions of American steaks.
At the big steakhouses,called churrascarias,servers go table to table,wielding skewers sizzling with meat and carving knives like something out of ancient Chinese swordplay.One has beef,another pork,another chicken.
The choices are tempting,but the diner's goal should be to stand upright afterward and walk out under their own power.