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Jenny first visited Latin America as a student, setting off a longstanding love of Latin culture, vibrancy and musicality that would soon see her return to backpack across South America.

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A
AbacateAvocado
AbacaxíPineapple
AbóboraPumpkin
AçaíJungle berry, typically served "na tigela" ("in the bowl") as a breakfast smoothie topped with granola and fruit
AcarajéBlack bean fritters, sliced open and filled with seafood and chilli garnishes
Acebolado/aWith onions
AcerolaJungle cherry
AçucarSugar
Água (com/sem gás)(Sparkling/still) water
AipimManioc, cassava
AlcaparrasCapers
AlfaceLettuce
AlhoGarlic
Alho e óleoTypical preparation of garlic and oil, for pasta or prawns
AlicheAnchovy
AlmôndegasMeatballs
AmeixaPlum
ArrozRice
Arroz à gregaRice with vegetables
Assado/aRoasted, barbecued
AtumTuna
AzeiteOil
AzeitonasOlives
B
BacalhauCod, saltcod
BadejoWhite fish
BatataPotato
Batata fritaChips (fries)
Batata naturalBoiled potatoes
BaurúSandwich of cheese, ham, lettuce and tomato
BeijinhoBite-sized sweet coconut ball
BeirutPitta bread sandwich
BeringelaAubergine
BifeSteak
BobóSeafood dish with a tomato and coconut sauce thickened with cassava (manioc)
Bolinho de bacalhauSaltcod fish cakes
BoloCake
(Na) brasa(cooked on the) grill
BrigadeiroBite-sized condensed milk and chocolate ball
BrocheteSkewer, kebab
C
Cabro / cabritoGoat / kid
CachaçaStrong cane spirit
CaféCoffee
Café com leiteCoffee with milk
CafezinhoSmall, sweet black coffee
Café da manhaBreakfast
CaipifrutaCocktail of cane spirit, fruit juice of your choice and sugar
CaipirinhaCocktail of cane spirit, lime juice and sugar
CaipiríssimaCocktail of rum, lime juice and sugar
CaipiroskaCocktail of vodka, lime juice and sugar
CajúCashew (often refers to the fruit rather than the nut)
CamarãoPrawn
Canja de galinhaChicken stew
CaranguejoCrab
CarneiroLamb
(Com/sem) cáscara(With/without) shell (eg prawns)
Castanha do ParáBrazil nut
CatupiryBrazilian creamy cheese
A cavaloWith a fried egg on top
CebolaOnion
CenouraCarrot
CerejaCherry
CervejaBeer
CháTea
ChampignonMushroom
ChantillyCream
ChoppDraught beer
ChurrascoCharcoal-grilled meat
Coco (gelado)(Chilled green) coconut
CoelhoRabbit
CogumeloMushroom
Comida a/por kilo"Weigh and pay" – buffet-style restaurant system in which you choose your food, have it weighed and pay according to its weight
ContrafiléSirloin
CoraçãoHeart
CostelaRib
CosteletaCutlet, chop
CouveCabbage
CoxinhaFried snack of shredded chicken and seasoning formed into a rounded cone (also: chicken drumstick)
CupuaçuSweet jungle fruit
D
DendêPalm oil
DobradaTripe
DoceSweet (as adjective or to mean pudding)
Doce de leiteCaramelised condensed milk
E
Empada / empadinhaPasty-like snack
EmpadãoSavoury pie
EspinafreSpinach
Espeto / espetinhoKebab, skewer
F
FarofaManioc flour – a traditional accompaniment used to thicken the consistency of sauces and stews
FeijãoBlack beans (usually not vegetarian)
FeijoadaStew of black beans and meat – the traditional family meal, eaten on Saturdays
FígadoLiver
FiléFillet of beef
FrangoChicken
FrioCold
G
GalinhaChicken
GeleiaJam
GoiabaGuava
GoiabadaGuava jam
Grelhado/aGrilled
GuaranáSweet fizzy drink made from jungle berries
GuarniçõesSide dishes, garnishes
H
(Chá de) hortelãMint (tea)
I
IscaStrip
L
LagostaLobster
LaranjaOrange
Lasanha / lazanhaLasagne
LegumesVegetables
(Molho de) lentejanaSauce of wine, bacon, onion, mushrooms and potatoes
LeiteMilk
LimãoLime
LinguaTongue
LinguadoSole
LinguizaSausage
LomboPork loin
LulaSquid
M
MaçãApple
MacarrãoPasta
MacaxeiraCassava, manioc – north-eastern Brazil
MamãoPapaya
MandiocaManioc (usually refers to manioc flour)
ManteigaButter
MaracujáPassionfruit
MassaPasta, noodles
MatéHerb infusion, similar to a tea
MedalhãoSteak medallions, typically filet mignon
MelaoMelon
À milanesaDeep-fried in batter or breadcrumbs
MilhoMaize
MocotóBeef and bean stew
MolhoSauce
MoquecaSeafood dish in a sauce of tomatoes, onions, pepper and coconut milk
MorangoStrawberry
Mixto quenteToasted sandwich (usually ham and cheese)
N
Na telhaServed on a ceramic dish or tile
NozesWalnuts
O
ÓleoOil
OvoEgg
Ovo estreladoFried egg
Ovo mexidoScrambled egg
OstraOyster
P
PãoBread
Pão de queijoBalls of cheese bread
PalmitoPalm hearts
PassasRaisins
PastelPasty, snack
PeixeFish
PerúTurkey
PêssegoPeach
PicadinhoMince, small beef pieces
PicanhaSteak
PicoléIce lolly
PimentaPepper (seasoning)
PimentãoPepper (capsicum)
PirãoPaste of flour and fish stock
PolvoOctopus
PorcoPork
PresuntoHam
PudimMilk pudding
PuréeMashed potato
Q
QueijoCheese
Queijo coalhoGrilled cheese skewers (similar to halloumi)
QuenteHot
QuiaboOkra
QuibeMiddle-Eastern-style croquette
QuindimEgg and coconut custard dessert
R
RefrigeranteSoft drink
RequeijãoCream cheese
RodizioServed all-you-can-eat buffet in which waiters bring food (usually cuts of meat) to your table
RodovalhoTurbot
Romeu e JulietaCheese and guava jam filling
S
SaladaSalad
SalSalt
Salgado / salgadinhoBar snack, finger food
SalpicãoPickled pork sausage
SalsaParsley
SalsichaSausage
SardinhaSardine
SiriCrab
SobremesaDessert
SorveteIce cream
SucoJuice – you can usually choose whether to have milk ("com leite") or water ("com água") added
Suco naturalPure fruit juice – no added water or milk
T
TalharimLinguini
TapiocaFilled pancake made of manioc flour
Torrado/aToasted, roasted
V
VatapáPaste of coconut, palm oil, peanut and shrimp, a filling for acarajé – north-eastern Brazil
Vinho (branco / tinto) (White / red) wine
VitaminaFruit juice drink
VitelaVeal
X
X-burgerCheeseburger ('X' in Portuguese is pronounced 'shees' and often used as an abbreviation of 'cheese')
Xuxu

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