Take breakfast, for example. Each morning, her dining room table is decked out with fresh juice, coffee, hot milk, guava paste, bright yellow butter that's so soft you could swim in it, honey, jam, marmalade, requeijão, mini baguettes, sliced wheat bread, and queijo minas, a light, fresh cheese that sort of squeaks as you eat it.
But some mornings, we find the strength to get dressed and go out for breakfast.
And luckily, one of our favorite places for café da manha is literally just seconds away. Part padaria (bakery) and part mercado (market), Rio Lisboa is a great place to sip a cup of coffee, buy fresh bread, or have a casual meal. Many customers even stop by on their way to and from the beach, so it's not uncommon to see a few speedos.
When Daniel and I have breakfast at Rio Lisboa, it's always a 2-course affair. We start by splitting um misto quente (grilled cheese) and um pão na chapa (a mini French baguette that's grilled and slathered with butter).
And for "dessert," there's always um pão doce, a thick, brioche-like bread that's covered with an egg and sugar glaze.
Paired with an extra milky café com leite, it's a wonderful way to start the morning.
And on the days when I'm feeling really motivated (or maybe still full from a dinner the night before?), we postpone my favorite meal of the day just a little bit longer and walk (very quickly!) to Confeitaria Gavea, about 15 minutes away.
And upon arrival, we sink our teeth into these deliciously soft and pudgy sweets.
Another bready breakfast treat, meia-luas are stuffed with an egg an sugar filling and covered with a sweet and sticky glaze. They too taste great with a cup of coffee, and as I learned while studying Portuguese at PUC, a university just a few blocks away, they're good at just about any time of day.
If you'll be in Rio soon, make sure to visit some padarias. You can mingle with locals, pick up freshly baked bread, drink coffee, and satisfy your sweet tooth. And of course, they're the perfect place for breakfast.
On the corner of Rua General Artigas and Ataulfo da Paiva
On Marques de São Vicente, in between PUC and Shopping da Gavea