Now that I’m back in the U.S. of A. with my laptop, I finally feel that I can give my Brazil posts the credit they deserve! (It was getting tricky trying to blog from my iPhone.)
So travel back a week in time with me to last Monday night when Tuna and I boarded our plane to Rio.
I knew international flights were meant for me when I sat down in my seat and immediately saw this gem:
I shall take several glasses, por favor.
Tuna was jealous of my mad skills to sleep anytime, anywhere, so the plane ride wasn’t too bad (for me).
Once we got to Rio, Tuna’s parents immediately took us to their sweet beach three blocks away from their apartment in Leblon.
Please observe the below picture of Leblon Beach. This is where we got to spend the week. I seriously almost cried when I got home. How amazing is the landscape?
The two mountains right in the middle are called the “Two Brothers” and a favela (slum) is scattered along the rocks. The sociological side of me would love to study the social issues of Rio. Seeing everything the entire trip really made me realize how lucky I am and how lucky we are to have the opportunities we do here.
We walked down about half a mile to Tuna’s parents’ usual coconut stand to buy some coconuts to drink for 3 real each (pronounced reais) which is about $1.50. I was a little skeptical because I didn’t think I liked coconut. But after drinking these, I realized I love coconut!
What I don’t like is processed coconut – the shredded white stuff doused in sugar. Real, natural coconut is where it’s at.
I’m definitely ready to be on Survivor now.
After you drink your coconut water, they cut it open for you with a machete and you can peel off the white stuff to eat.
When I got home from Brazil, I immediately went to Whole Foods and bought
a shit ton of coconut water.
More pictures and new foods I tried to come! We’ve got a whole week to cover with this view from our window.
Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!
7 thoughts on “[Real] Coconut”
Great shot of your “beach leap!” In the window view, is the tall thing on the peak at right what’s called the “Christ of the Andes”? What a trip! (And glad you realize how lucky you–all of us–are.)
Thanks, that pic is courtesy of Tuna! The tall thing on the peak is called Christ the Redeemer (maybe it’s called Christ of the Andes too?) – more on that tomorrow.
Does the real coconut taste just like the coconut water back here in the US? It’s sort of a funky taste, but I’ve started to adjust. 🙂
Real coconut doesn’t really taste like coconut water back in the US to me! (It tastes a lot better, haha). I’m trying to get used to the funky taste too! I think it helps if you water it down a little.
Ahhhhh!!!! Bliss!!! I have yet to find a delicious tasting coconut water. Which brand did you buy at Whole Foods? Dammit, I was just there today.
Bliss is right. I’m ready to go back now! 🙂 I’m still working on what coconut water I like best too. I bought coco vita, which doesn’t taste quiiite like the coconut water I had in Rio. Which brand have you tried?
I tried Zico- don’t do it, tastes like bad cough syrup and another one I can’t remember the name of. Sobe coconut water is my favorite, but I can’t find it anywhere 😦