The Museu da Cachaça was recently inaugurated on December 20, 2012, in Salinas, situated in the North of Minas Gerais. The city counts with the country’s largest production of cachaça. The museum shows the production procedure and the characteristics of „cachaça artesanal“ by fotos, videos, audios and an exposition of 1.750 bottles of cachaça produced in Salinas. In the „ Sala do Aroma“, the visitor may also learn to recognize different types of cachaça by smelling their aromas. In the archives of the museum, material and information had been collected about the history of brandy production, from the cultivation of sugar cane, the handicraft production of cachaça by destillation up to its commercialization in Brazil and in the world. Pay a visit to the “Fazenda Vargem Grande” (Tel. 38 – 3841-1589), producer of the brand SABINOSA. Oração do Pau D’Água Santa Cana que se extrai da roça, purificado seja o teu caldo. Aguardente sem mistura, venha a nós o vosso líquido, a ser bebida à nossa vontade, assim no boteco como em qualquer lugar. Cinco litros por dia nos dai hoje, perdoai o dia em que bebemos de menos assim como perdoamos o mal que a “marvada” faz. Não nos deixeis cair atordoados e livrai-nos da rádio-patrulha. Amém. Hic! Museu da Cachaça Av. Antônio Carlos, 1.250, Salinas/MG (38) 3841-4778 Open: Wednesday – Sunday from 9 am to
Great national artist Luiz Gonzaga do Nascimento was born in Exu, State of Pernambuco on December 13, 1912 and became a very prominent Brazilian folk singer, songwriter, musician and poet. Born in the countryside of Northeastern Brazil, he is considered to be responsible for the promotion of northeastern music throughout the rest of the country. He is also known as the “king of baião” and “Gonzagão”. The son of a peasant and accordion player, Gonzaga was attracted to the 8-bass accordion at a very early age, but at that time he used to accompany his father by playing the zabumba (type of bass drum) and singing at parties and religious celebrations. He left home in 1930 to join the army, and toured Brazil with an army band until 1939. Gonzaga decided to remain in Rio de Janeiro with a recently purchased accordion. He used to perform in the streets and in bars, playing boleros, waltzes and tangos. After noticing that the northeastern immigrants missed the music from their hometowns, he started to give listeners the sort of music they craved to hear: xaxados, baiões, chamegos and cocos. The baião is a Northeast Brazilian rhythmic formula that became the basis of a wide range of music. Forró, côco, and embolada are clear examples. The main baião instrument is the zabumba, a flat, double-headed bass drum played with a mallet in one hand and stick in the other, each striking the
The Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge – or shortly “Ponte JK” – was inaugurated on December 15, 2002. It became Brasilia’s third bridge connecting the Lago Sul area with the “Plano Piloto”, thus reducing the distance of that housing area with the business and commercial area significantly. The bridge also helped to develop the Lago Sul region in terms of real estate property from former height QL 26 to today’s QL 29 and the total region around the Botanical Garden, with the impact of exploding prices for land and housing. The bridge has a total length of 1,220 m and 24 m of width, sustained by three arches based upon 48 steel cables. With its three traffic lanes in each direction, nowadays it already gets to its limits during rush hours, facing the growing traffic volume caused by continous construction activities (condominios) and increasing number of cars per capita. The design by architect Alexandre Chan was awarded the Gustav Lindenthal prize as the “most beautiful bridge in the world in 2002”, chosen by the Engineering Society of the State of Pennsylvania, United States, in 2003. Happy Birthday Ponte JK!
The next “Ladies’ Night” will take place on Tuesday, December 11, at 8 p.m. at the restaurant „L’Atelier du Chef“, 405 SUL Chef de cuisine Lionel Ortega created this special menu for HOM-ing: Entrada: salada de tomates marinados ao manjericao, bolinhas de queijo e vinagrete do castanha do para Prato principal: (2 opcoes) – File de linguado assado, pure de abobora e legumes ao molho de curry OU – File mignon saute, risotto de tomates secas e molho de cebolas caramelizadas Sobremesa: (2 opcoes) – Carpaccio de abacaxi e mango, sorvete de limao e biscoito de laranja OU – Brownie acompanhado de calda de morango e sorvete de creme Bebidas (incluidas): Agua, refrigerante, cafe, cha e vinho rosé. Manobrista e taxa de servico incluidas. Special HOM-ing price: R$ 95 Please make your reservation with HOM-ing until Monday evening (December 10)
Lionel Ortega (age: 37) from France is married to Alice Rocha da Silva and lives in Brasilia since 2010. They have one son, Rafael (1 and a half year old), born in Brasilia in 2011. Lionel is a “chef de cuisine” and runs his own restaurant “L’Atelier du chef” in Brasilia 1. Where and how did you meet your wife? I met my wife in France when she did her master in law. I knew her during a birthday party in a jazz club in Aix-en-provence. 2. What was the reason for you to chose Brasilia as your domicile? The reason of my choice was simple, Brasilia is the city where my wife comes from. 3. What was your profession in Paris before moving to Brasilia? I was a private chef-de-cuisine for an English family. 4. Which hurdles did you have to overcome to continue your professional career in Brasilia? The difficulties were to learn a new language, to discover a new city, a new culture, to learn and understand all about the habits of the Brazilian people. 5. What was the most impressive experience at the beginning? The most impressive experience at the beginning was to adapt my style of cooking for Brazilian people and others, too, using Brazilian products / ingredients. 6. Do you miss anything from France? I miss