Let your Inner Child Out

Day 28:  Brazil

Today was one of my favorite days so far on this journey.  We started out by going to lunch at the cute little restaurant called Comz Cozinha located by Beco do Batman.  The food was delicious and the atmosphere was fun.  I had a Brazilian meat dish that was sweet and savory at the same time.  The meat was tender and was oh so yummy.  I’m not sure if the spaghetti zucchini with a light pesto sauce was amazing or I forgot how good vegetables were.  It had been awhile since I really ate vegetables and as soon as I had the first bite, it was as if my body knew it had been missing it.  I ate them up so quickly. I would highly recommend you check this restaurant out.

When we finished eating we walked around Beco do Batman.  Let me tell you, it is as cool as its name.  Now, I didn't see Batman, but I did see some incredible Street Art.  As previously established, I love and appreciate street art so much.  I was mostly drawn to the bright colored ones. They offered a sense of whimsy that I thoroughly enjoyed.  Some times in life we need to be reminded that whimsy is ok.  We get so caught up in the mundane day to day tasks of our life, that we forget to give into our whimsy.  Being whimsical is a good thing.  We need to let go sometimes and allow ourselves the freedom to let our inner child out.  It is the kid in us that truly holds the key to living our full and rich life.  So let's let them out to play every once in a while.

In continuing with the whimsical inner child theme, Brian and I found a churros van and couldn’t resist.  Brian got a dulce de leche one, but I opted for one with a little more whimsy.  I chose rainbow sprinkles because that is what my inner child was feeling at the moment.

When we got back to the apartment, I decided to walk to the market.  We had been looking for peanut butter since Rio.  Peanut Butter and jelly sandwiches has been our go to lunch because it is easy to make and easy to carry with us.  However, peanut butter didn’t exist in Rio, at least not where we were looking.  After walking up and down aisles for about a 30 minutes, I finally found peanut butter.  The only one I could find had honey in it, but it should do the trick.  I also picked up some cereal, milk and bananas for breakfast.  I insisted on the bananas because I feel like I haven’t had fruit in forever.  Bananas will have to do for now.  Hopefully, we will find some yummy fruit at our next stop.

The last thing we did today was go out to dinner.  We tried this place called Coco Bambu Analia Franco.  They specialize in family style cuisine.  We ordered the breaded shrimp stuffed with cream cheese.  It was like an explosion of cheese with every bite.  If you love cheese like me this is a winner.  Brian compared them to crab Rangoon’s, but with shrimp.  They had a very similar quality.  We ordered the apple pie for dessert, it was scrumdiddlyumptious.  Once again, it was way too much food for the two of us to finish.  We had them pack it up and we gave it to some homeless people near our building.  The homeless population in Brazil is similar to that of Chicago.  However, the amount of food that is wasted in this country is absurd.  I have watched waiters clear tables full of food because people order too much.  It could easily be packaged up and given to the homeless.  It is sad to me.  I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and buy a meal for a homeless person or give them your leftovers.  They will appreciate it more than you know.

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