Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Churrasco in the Oliveira House!!

Churrasco (pronounced shoo-RAS-koo) or Brazilian barbecue was the traditional staple food of the gaúchos or cowboys of Southern Brazil for centuries before it spread to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

It has become very fashionable and there are excellent churrascarias (restaurants specializing in Brazilian barbecue) all over Brazil and around the world. These are called churrascaria de rodízio because waiters move from table to table bringing different types of meats on skewers from which they slice portions onto your plate.

The meat was originally cooked over a grill with coals, usually in a pit dug in the ground, skewered in metal spits. The only seasoning was coarse salt and each gaúcho had his own churrasco knife which he used to cut pieces of meat from the spit. People in southern Brazil have churrasco pits built in their backyards with bricks or incorporated into a wall with decorative tiles around the edges.

I LOVE THIS STUFF!!!... It tastes amazing yet so simple!!..
I'm bringing this recipe back home for sure!!..

The day starts like this..........
Magno, Saulo, Tiago, Luis, Rufino and I had a great day of surfing!

We woke up early at 6:30 and heard the waves were good. Rufino and Saulo came past to pick us up.
We arrived at Setiba to some nice waves, offshore winds and the occasional barrel.

I was first into the water, couldnt wait. Everyone else was still on the beach about to enter into the water when i got my first wave and it turned into a nice small Barrel that spitted out. My first barrel of Brazil!!.. Wooohoooo!!..

hahaha, I've progressed alot with the bodyboarding its awesome!.. Thanks Magno!!..

The rest of the day the boys had an awesome fun surf.
The wind picked up around lunch time so we decided to call it quits and head home.
We had a great day, Family and friends were over back home and we had a nice afternoon BBQ!..

Unfortunately there was no photos as we were all in the water all day :D

It was time for the Churrasco!!..
These Brazilians know how to cook endless amounts of food!..

My plate was packed with all this food it was crazy!!.. And Magno just kept putting more and more on until i said OI i cant eat anymore man seriously!!!..

Check out the pics below... An awesome day had!!

The Grill!!
Traditional Brazilian BBQ
The Chef!!
Our plates and never ending food!
Top level of Magno's house
View from the 3rd level (top) of the street
Top level 
I Gots the big piece of meat!!

By then it was late afternoon and the sun had settled. The full moon was here.
We went down to the beach and watched the moon rise. Took some pics..I know its the moon but yes I tried to be creative. :D

Impressed with this shot.. Better than NASA!

A Day Of NO Waves!

April 17

Well, we woke up hoping to surf. The day before bought us some nice fun waves. We all had some great surf sessions.
But today was not the case. Woke up checked a few spots and it was pretty much almost flat!.

Setiba usually has bigger waves than the other surf spots so we went to check that out.
Bummed, nothing to surf.

So i had the camera in the back and I asked Magno to stop at a few places and took some photos!..
Check out Setiba!

Magno's head is going crazy, NO WAVES, NO WAVES!!!!!

The lonely log!

On the way home we have to cross this old bridge. FUnny enough its in the middle of a small community and is still standing.
Most of the community are fishermen and family. It was low tide, so i snapped a few shots of the river and the boats!.

A Street on the way home. Alot of streets around here are dirt and sand with billions of pot holes!
Flower for my Mum!! Love ya Mum!!

Another beach on the way home with no waves!
Has a nice view in the background of the mountains.

Below is the Main traffic lights they have here. Pretty weird!.. They work on countdown timers and they show you so you know when your time is up for the red or not :P...

Big Speed camera on the way home.
Magno got done by this one one time i believe ;)... hahaha
Natural power!
Guarapari Main Street
Traffic Jam, man these Brazilians drive like its a sunday. So frustrating, the traffic here was banked up 15 cars long because the guy in the black trucked just stopped his car to unload something.. lol

Friday, April 18, 2008

Support A1GP Team Australia!

It would be much appreciated if you could help out Team Australia.
My Father is the Press PR & Media Manager for the team.

Help them win this award!..

Check out the link below and vote for A1GP Team Aus!!!..

Much Appreciated,


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Waterfalling In Guarapari!!

Yesterday was a day off really.
No waves, overcast weather and an inside working day.

But late in the afternoon Magno had the inspiration of going and visiting a friend.
So we did.

Ruffino picked us up and off we went, driving into the Mountains.
Unbelievable views!..
We drove further into the mountains and came to this gate, Magno opens and we drive, through mud, rocks and a small trail...
We then come to this dodgy bridge with 5 planks of wood spreading over a lake, 2 pieces of the wood were broken, one was rotten and there were 2 left for our 4 wheels to go on.

Magno directs Ruffino over the bridge, all is good!!!... Off we go further into the bush of the mountain, passing through windscreen high grass, more rocks, mud trails and through the trees.. Come to another gate, Magno opens!..

Off we go, once again further in... Finally come to this house. Magno's friend is home and we have a little visit.
Idea of the travels here was to say hi and also do an interview of Magno to get some news.

So now i know what its like to own your own personal waterfall!!!....
Magno's friend has a very nice piece of land, personal waterfall, own water producing electricity setup and beautiful scenery.

So, i conducted the interview and then it was time to play for a little.
Snapped a few photos, played around with the settings and managed to get the water looking very milky!..
As you can see in the first photo this is the basic settings, the next are my personal camera settings. Hope you enjoy!!..

On the way back, we could see a HUGE storm picking up, big cold front it was amazing. Bought back some fresh water from the place which we named the "Good Vibes" water!!.. ;)