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San Rafael: Brazil Marin – Enjoying a caipirinha, feijoada, knockout cheese bread and live music on a sunny plaza … and when she eats there, each time she eats there, she goes "a-a-ah!”

rworange | Aug 11, 200904:22 PM

…. How can she tell you she loves it …

On my first visit, the baseball-sized cheese bread was just out of the oven. They said in Brazil cheese bread is larger and meant to be enjoyed as a morning snack with coffee. They also have a ham and cheese version.

The thin, crackly, yeasty crust held an oozy cheesy center. With a cafezino, Brazilian coffee and a shot of steamed milk on the side, it was the perfect start to the day. For a nice finish … two bon bon sized sweets.

Vanilla cake was covered in very sweet coconut which, given the small size, is a nice accompaniment to coffee. The soft chocolate and vanilla sweet was like eating tasty cookie dough. This is an idea of what they look like

I’ve only seen these sweets at local Brazilian festivals where they are sold at booths manned, so to speak, by the housewives who make them.

A large screen TV played the excellent DVD “Grande Encontro” a concert performance by Elba Ramalho, Ze Ramalho, Alceu Valenca, and Geralod Azevedo which according to this link are four of the best artists of Northeastern Brazilian music

With Brazilians stopping by to pick up baked goods and chatting in Portuguese, it was easy to lose a sense of place and feel like this was a small neighborhood café in Brazil.

I ordered a frothy, refreshing cacao Brazilian fruit drink to go. Frozen Brazilian fruit is blended with milk and it reminded me a bit of the texture of an Orange Julius. These drinks are one of my favorite Brazilian beverages. The cacao is not the part of the plant that provides chocolate. It is subtle with a similarity to real white chocolate.

When I learned there was live music and feijoada on Saturday from 11:30 – 7 pm I knew I’d be back

… Continued in the first reply.

Brazil Marin
1435 4th St, Suite E San Rafael, CA 94901

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