Tags: books


On the Red Carpet at the Premiere

How to Be a Carioca recently debuted as a series on Star Plus at the 25th Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. I am gobsmacked! To be at the premiere, seated in the majestic Odeon Theater in downtown Rio de Janeiro with a standing-room-only crowd, watching the whimsical little book I created decades ago come […]


50 Essential Must Dos While in Rio

If you think Rio de Janeiro is only beaches, think again! Museums, parks, bars, waterfalls, hikes, music… the list of what to do while in Rio is infinite. It’s not by chance that Rio’s nickname is Cidade Maravilhosa. It’s a city that embraces diversity and offers activities for all tastes and styles. Being a pseudo […]


Carioca Tip of the Day

How To Survive Your First Churrascaria Rodízio Experience A favorite among the meat-loving Cariocas, these round robin steak houses offer you the unique opportunity of eating all the meat you can stuff inside yourself for one set price. It’s traditional not to eat for the entire day, and then go to a rodízio and gorge. […]


The Best Brazilian Beaches: Why are They So Special?

Sparkling sand, translucent water, stunning natural beauty, coupled with year round sunshine and a unique atmosphere that is pure magic. Brazil and beaches go hand in hand like Havaianas, caipirinhas and beautifully golden-tanned bodies. With thousands of pristine, unspoiled beaches nestled within nearly 8 thousand km of breathtaking tropical coastline, Brazil is the sun worshiper’s […]


A Smile and a Thumbs Up

Are you ready to speak like a carioca? Beleza! Whether you’re wandering around a Rio 2016 FanZone, cheering your team on at an Olympic venue, or simply ordering an água de coco (coconut water) at one of the many kiosks lining Rio’s beaches, you’ll want to interact with the natives in their local dialect. You’ll […]


Yes, I’m a Carioca. Yes, I’m Happy!

“…being a carioca is, first and foremost, a state of mind.” As much as I would like to lay claim to this marvelous quote, to be fair I have to attribute it to the most carioca of all, Rio’s eternal poet laureate Vinicius de Moraes. No doubt, it’s a great quote, but what exactly is […]