Agua de Coco….yes please!

My friend from Rio just informed me via the global connectedness of social media, that Unidos da Tijuca are the Samba School Champions of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval!!!  I was fortunate enough to be a part of this electrifying spectacle in 2011 and it was honestly an event in which I could compare to no other.  I’m talking jaw dropping effects and fantastic people watching, did I mention it lasts all night long!
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Turmeric Tea

I’ve been on the prowl for natural anti-inflammatory remedies and found that turmeric is a strong contender.  It’s benefits are slowly beginning to make their presence stateside but in the East the therapeutic prowess of turmeric is ancient news.
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Oxtail

Classified as offal oxtail is exactly just that– a tail from an ox.  Nowadays oxtail comes from regular beef cattle and has a resplendent culinary history.  Not an uber-popular piece of meat but it can be found at specialty butchers, ethnic meat counters and gourmet restaurants particularly in European nature.  I was fortunate to have gotten mine from my family’s locally raised grass-fed highland cattle.

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