A saber tooth tiger, fangs bared, greeted us at the entrance to the La Brea Tar Pits, but his menacing grin wasn’t about to deter us from pressing forward to enjoy the culinary treasures at Brazilian Day L.A., an annual festival from the Brazilian Consulate.
Hundreds of native Brazilians showed up dressed in yellow and green to groove to live music on the temporary dance floor. After the crowds built up a good sweat, they lined up for Brazilian-style pizza from Bella Vista, plus food from Angela’s Catering, Pastel de Feira, Zabumba and Luciene Peck, the force behind Rio Brazil Café, which recently closed for business. Plenty of people indulged in feijoada, the national stew of Brazil, featuring black beans and multiple meats, but the regional Brazilian dishes that are hard to find in L.A.’s Brazilian restaurants were more interesting. Street Gourmet L.A. founder Bill Esparza originally unearthed Sabor de Bahia, a regional Brazilian catering duo that’s based in Culver City, and he was at the festival to introduce me to the wonders of Reni Flores and Ilma Wright’s cooking.
Sabor de Bahia also sold Moqueca de Camarão, Flan and Abará, which is Acarajé’s tamale-like cousin, split and stuffed. If it wasn’t three hours until dinner, we almost certainly would have devoured the rest of their offerings. Sabor de Bahia doesn’t feature a brick and mortar location, but they’re well worth calling in advance for catering or takeout.
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September 30, 2010 at 9:05 AM
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