What a great decision! Everyone was so nice, and not a single person asked me where I was from or if I could repeat myself. It's a relatively small market, only about 15-20 booths. But Alexandre explained that everyone is from the area, within about 100kms. I made the mistake of bringing big bills, because all of this:
only cost me about 8 reais.... about 5 dollars. Not only was it cheaper than Wal-Mart, it was supporting the local economy (which certainly needs the support), it was fresh, and it was really and truly organic. The little baggie in the top corner is a bag of spices. A man had a table covered in bowls of spices. I asked him for "o pimento o mais picante," and waved my hand in front of my mouth saying "haahh, haahhh" for emphasis. It's still not that hot, because this is Brazil and not Mexico. But it's flavorful!
Some of the produce resulted in this lunch, cooked* by yours truly:
*except the rice, which Alexandre made. I'm from one of the only cultures in the world that doesn't eat rice on a daily basis, which results in many incidents of rice burning. :o(
And then today, while doing research for a class of biologists that I have, I found this article about the unhealthiest food in America. Fast food gets a lot of flack, but the majority of these meals come from sit-down restaurants. I love TGI Friday's as much as the next red-blooded American, but I know that my all-too-frequent late-night brownie runs probably weren't the best idea. The hard thing about eating healthy in the US is that restaurants are
The point is, my mind misses Applebee's, but my body does not. I don't know how I'll be when I go back and I'm faced with restaurant culture again. Though I've seen some Outback Steakhouse commercials here, I've never actually seen the restaurant, and aside from that, there really aren't the plethora of fatty food restaurants that sit on US street corners. It's much easier to avoid the temptation when it is thousands of miles away.