Can’t make it to Brazil this year for Carnaval? It’s all happening right now at Toronto’s Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse on Danforth.
The celebration officially began on Friday and ends on Fat Tuesday. Once Ash Wednesday arrives one must abstain from all bodily pleasures until the end of Lent. Carnival is a celebration and a farewell to the pleasures of the flesh.
Caiparihnia is the drink of the day, made with Brazilian Cachaca (a kind of rum/brandy from sugar cane), fresh lime juice, and a bit of sugar.
- ½ lime quartered
- 1 tsp white sugar
- 2 ½ fluid ounces cachaca
- 1 cup ice cubes
- fresh mint leaves – garnish.
In a large rocks glass squeeze and drop in the lime. Add sugar, crush and mix with a spoon. Pour in the cachaca and plenty of ice. Stir. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
You can drink a few of these before they sneak up on you and boom, you find yourself on the dance floor, joining in the Samba Parade with the scantily clad, feather-dressed dancing girls, and the band of drummers. But you should hesitate before trying the Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music. These muscular males we admire from a distance.
And then there is the food, served Rodizio style. First, samplings from the vast salad bar, and then, the waiters ring roast meats on huge skewers and slice until you say Enough! Enough! And turn your place card to red. When you want more, just turn your place card to green, and a waiter will be at your elbow in seconds. What a night, what a night! Mardi Gras, Carnaval, or just a great evenings entertainment.
For more info on Brazilian dining in Toronto, go to the Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse
* Photos provided by Parmjit Parmar