Sunday Market At Bairro da Liberdade

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I love street fairs. We’ve got lots of them in NYC, and I always enjoy checking out other city’s fairs. So, I went to check out Bairro da Liberdade in Sao Paulo. Head over here on Sundays to check out local vendors, trinkets, crafts and food. Since the fair is in the heart of their Little Tokyo, most of the food there is Japanese and Asian cuisine. Rookie mistake, I didn’t realize there would be so much amazing looking and smelling food, and I ate before coming here. Word to the wise, save your appetite for the fair and load up on all of the street fair goodness. 

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But, there’s a special pocket in my stomach that’s always reserved for desserts. And so, I paid a little visit to one stand, serving Imagawayaki. Here, they’re serving up fresh Imagawayaki (aka Doce de Faijao Azuki) (sweet bean buns). These super affordable treats get handed to you fresh off the stove. And, they’re totally delicious. The bun is light and airy, almost like a hybrid between a doughnut and a pancake. It has a light taste, not quite sweet, not quite savory, leaving it a nice and neutral casing for the sweet bean filling.

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Also, not overly sweet, but just sweet enough, the filling is a paste consistency, making this a substantial and filling little bun.

The Shorts:
Name: Imagawayaki stand at the market
Location: Bairro da Liberdade, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. I would definitely go back to the Imagawayaki stand, and loved walking around the other vendors.
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon. And don’t make my mistake, have lunch there from the different food vendors.

Rothko

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Another day in Sao Paulo, another brunch. Gotta optimize my opportunities. And this time, I was off to Rothko in Vila Madalena. There’s a solid hipster vibe here, low key and relaxed.

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The brunch menu is pretty consolidated, but they have a more extensive menu written across the bar chalkboard wall. But small menu or not, you’ll get some free popcorn served right up. And I do love popcorn. 

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For my entree, I ordered the Omelete com Home Fries e Salada. You get to choose your fillings, I went with peppers, onions and mushrooms. The Omelet is served atop a thick piece of brown toast, crisp around the edges, but softer and a bit soggier from the eggs in the middle. So, there were good and not so good parts to this meal. The food, overall, was pretty salty. I do like salt as a means to bring out the flavor of a dish, but, when something is too salty, it can easily taint it. The mushrooms, on the other hand, were really delicious, and maybe my favorite part was actually the potatoes. They were on the spicier side, which, I really like, but also surprised me since Brazilian cooking doesn’t usually include a lot of spice. 

The Shorts:
Name: Rothko
Location: Rua Wizard, 88 – Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? I would, they’re lunch and dinner menu looked good, so, I would be open to trying something from there.
Would I recommend it? The neighborhood is great, almost reminding me of parts of Los Angeles, but based off my meal alone, I might go another route.