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Feijoada: Chicago communal take-out on April 25

RST | Apr 21, 200301:19 AM     15

This feijoada take-out will be on Friday, April 25 (this Friday!). Pick-up time is after work, from 5-7 p.m. The area is Western and Fullerton. Silvana's is close to the Fullerton exit of the 90/94 so those headed home to the suburbs can swing off conveniently. Parking on Western for a quick pick-up shouldn't be too much of a hassle. For those dependent on buses, the Fullerton bus, the Western bus or the blue line to the Western stop (walk north 3 blocks) will bring you here.

The price is $15 per portion. Cash only, payable directly to Silvana. This is a complete feijoada, with farofa, couve, orange wedges and so on.

I urged her to keep the packing as simple as possible so each order will probably end up in one or two containers.

The only thing you have to bring is your own favorite hot sauce. Otherwise, you can buy small bottles of the deadly malagueta peppers at her store for about $2.50. But be forewarned: malaguetas ARE deadly! If you want to make your own caipirinhas at home, cachac,a is available at Pepe's #2 Brazilian Food and Liquor (at 2333 N. Western, just up the street) or at Joe's Liquors at 3626 W. Lawrence. Someone on this board probably has a recipe for a great caipirinha.

Mag says that the current Saveur cover stroy is actually about Brazilian influence on world eating but I was also told (and I haven't seen the actual issue) that there's quite a bit of very high quality discussion in it of the different ingredients that go into an authentic feijoada, the regional styles etc

I had this feijoada for dinner tonight and tasted some 8-10 different kinds of meat, including smoked loin, various sausages like linguica and paio (these are also available for sale separately from their fridge), tongue etc. Other traditional cuts such as pig's ear and pig's feet (basically the skin, not the entire feet) are also in there, but there is so much meat that if you dislike a certain texture, you can simply chuck that piece and still have plenty left to eat. Silvana is from Rio and the style is carioca.

My email is OppLicario@aol.com. Please headline your mail with either the word feijoada or chowhound. All I need to know is how many orders you want. Lurkers are welcome. We love lurkers. Specially ;) Tonya. I won't be able to reply individually but will send a batch-confirmation and details/address on Wednesday late night April 23 after I come home from the Stan Brakhage memorial.

Richard (Oppiano Licario)

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