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Brique da Redencao

Our last day in Porto Alegre, a bunch of us went to the open-air market at Brique da Redençao, which runs every Sunday from 9 or 10 am. The official booths even take Visa, though you have to go to one of a handful of special stands to use it, and ONLY Visa is accepted Read More…

Our last day in Porto Alegre, a bunch of us went to the open-air market at Brique da Redençao, which runs every Sunday from 9 or 10 am. The official booths even take Visa, though you have to go to one of a handful of special stands to use it, and ONLY Visa is accepted (this is true of many places in Brazil, as we had found).

It’s a combination of artisans’ fair and flea market, with some very interesting things. I bought a mate cup (cuia), a little wooden carving of a jaguar, a stunning jasper necklace, and something very special for my daughter – all of which  got me grief upon arrival in Australia (they’re very strict about quarantining wood and animal products, to protect their fragile ecosystem). But nothing has been confiscated. Yet.

O Teatro Magico

The night of June 25th, Bruno took Teresa, Lynn and me to see O Teatro Mágico, a cross between a band and Cirque du Soleil. They were one of many groups in town for FISL because they release their music under a creative commons license – you can download it here. As you can see Read More…

The night of June 25th, Bruno took Teresa, Lynn and me to see O Teatro Mágico, a cross between a band and Cirque du Soleil. They were one of many groups in town for FISL because they release their music under a creative commons license – you can download it here.

As you can see in the above clip, there was plenty going on. Our toes kept tapping and our bodies swaying, although we’d already been on our feet most of the day working the Sun booth (my legs were very, very sore the next day).

Cachaça Tasting

^ this photo by Ludovic Poitou reminds me of Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergére. Another group activity in Porto Alegre was an evening of cachaça tasting at Água Doce. Brazil’s national drink is made from distilled sugar cane juice, but beyond that there’s plenty of scope for variety in distilling and aging methods and Read More…

^ this photo by Ludovic Poitou reminds me of Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergére.

Another group activity in Porto Alegre was an evening of cachaça tasting at Água Doce. Brazil’s national drink is made from distilled sugar cane juice, but beyond that there’s plenty of scope for variety in distilling and aging methods and flavor additions.

Some of us tried a few during dinner; I especially liked a coconut-flavored one that Eduardo got. Then we had an official tasting of five different types (aged in oak, aged in cherry, “plain” as used for mixing caipirinhas…). Most of us bought a bottle or two to take home, my choice was a sweetish liqueur version.

Churrascaria

Of course while we were in Porto Alegre we had to go to a churrascaria. This method of cooking  originated with the gauchos of southern Brazil and is mostly about all kinds of very good meat, though there’s also a buffet of salads and vegetables, and you can get grilled cheese (in large, melty chunks, Read More…

Of course while we were in Porto Alegre we had to go to a churrascaria. This method of cooking  originated with the gauchos of southern Brazil and is mostly about all kinds of very good meat, though there’s also a buffet of salads and vegetables, and you can get grilled cheese (in large, melty chunks, not sandwiches).

Truly some of the best meat I’ve had in my life (there are times I am thankful not to be vegetarian), and the tableside capirinha service helped to wash it all down.

I was delighted to learn that the Fogo de Chao chain is of authentic Brazilian origin and considered good, so there are a few places in the US where I’ll still be able to enjoy churrasca.

OpenSolaris Installers at FISL 10

We decided at some point to document all the people who installed OpenSolaris at the Sun booth at FISL, but we did it with several different cameras. Here’s my collection of happy customers! You might also like: Ben Rockwood & Deirdré Straughan: A Conversation at LISA ’09 O Teatro Magico The Twitter Diaries: 2009-06-28: Brazil Read More…

We decided at some point to document all the people who installed OpenSolaris at the Sun booth at FISL, but we did it with several different cameras. Here’s my collection of happy customers!