Navigating Brazilian Markets

One of my favorite things about traveling to new places is exploring the markets. We had a fabulous experience at the farmer's market here in Rio and I will post those photos once I download them from my camera. From the many varieties of banana to the giant avocados and sweet-tart maracuja (passion fruit), it was an absolutely delicious experience.

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In the meantime, we also visited the grocery store, which was eye opening for my kids. My eldest was stunned to see how many products were produced by Nestle here in Brazil. 

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We bought quick oats to make for breakfasts and dates for snacking. Many of the products available in the grocery stores are super-processed so we tried to avoid them altogether. The kids are missing some of their favorite foods from home but have thus far been game to this new food experience. 

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The grocery store fruits are beautiful. We bought marvelously juicy tangerines, a sweet melon and more mangoes and avocados to replace what we had already feverishly consumed in just two days following our farmer's market visit.

My littlest one is currently obsessed with crackers and was screaming for them in the store (which was probably mildly amusing to the majority of folks in the store who don't know what "kah-kahs" means).

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I quickly scanned the labels for leite and açúcar (milk and sugar), two products that have no place in the crackers I serve my dairy-free 20 month old. Tough task, but we landed on these toasts that all three of my kids seem to love.

I tried to purchase all of the ingredients from this dairy-free chocolate cake to make for my son's 4th birthday (this Sunday) but I have to make some substitutions.

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I couldn't find unsweetened cocoa or vanilla extract (only the beans) and I'm not sure whether this product (below) is white vinegar so we'll see how the cake turns out. Stay tuned. Undoubtedly the day will be festive no matter what.  

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