** Pit dog- These sandwiches can be found in little shops all over Goiania, Mineiros and I am sure other cities in Brazil. Hamburger or Chicken with a mix of toppings to create a hamburger like experience unlike any other. Toppings to choose from include - lettuce - tomato - corn - egg - heart of palm - potato sticks - spicy mayo- mayo - ketchup - hot dog - bacon - all or none - they are a simple treat. Really not much to do with coffee or very small - I needed to share about them somewhere. Most popular in the evening and early morning. (No Waffle House here)
** Mane Pelado -- this cake is made from yuca which is the starchy root of the yuca plant grown in South America. Be careful if you venture into cooking with yuca as you must cook it properly to remove the roots toxicity. The yuca in this cake makes it extremely moist and the texture a little bit grainy. At first bite I thought it had coconut in it but it did not. It has an unique flavor and I can definitely appreciate and accept it when offered the next time without reserve.
** Baked Pastel - We stopped for coffee in Rio at the famous Confeitaria Colombo and I had this delicious baked pastel (which I am sure it was much more healthy then the fried pastel I ate at the street market). It was a perfect compliment to the environment as we sat and relaxed in the nestaljic surroundings Oh the history of this place, but back to the bite size pastry. The pastel was filled with cheese as a lot of Brazilian pastries are. It is light and fluffy and would compliment coffee perfectly even if coffe was really the coke zero I was drinking today.
** Jilo This is a locally grown green fruit in the eggplant and tomato family which is cooked like a vegatable. (Imagine how confused it must be). My friend Suely has been a proponent of me trying new tastes and every time we visit her there is something new in the kitchen ready for me to try. One day when we arrive Suely had prepared Jilo and onions. I had not seen this before and I would compare the looks to brussel sprouts or okra. I liked the Jilo and flavor wise would describe it as similar to an eggplant with a slightly bitter flavor. (recipe from "the perfect pantry") It's a must try if you ever get the chance. Thanks Suely.
Well, I hope you have enjoyed experiencing Brazilian bite size snacks with me and I look forward to trying some more. My one wish is that you could not only see the photos but smell and taste the bites as well. But since you cannot, I will continue enjoying them for you and sharing my experience as I have already started on the second posting of bite size treats. Brazil truly loves it coffee and compliments it with a wide variety of little bite size treasures - there are plenty to share!