I think this may have been the best dinner I have ever eaten. We ordered a trio of ceviche, served in cute spoons and prepared in different styles. We also had a seared Ahi tuna dish which was nice – buy the octopus risotto was to die for. Zaza Bistro in Ipanema was adorable, fun and fresh. The menu was creative and seasonal. The wine was perfect and the atmosphere was hip and exciting on a Saturday night! We were so stoked to get a table right away on the patio, and avoid the long wait. It pays to be a two-top sometimes.
After the passport drama I encountered when I left Ubatuba, I was lucky that the bus driver let me on the bus and continue on my journey to Rio de Janeiro. What an amazing city it was!
Rio was everything I had imagined about Brazil – the city where all the stereotypes came true. Beautiful people sitting at cafes, girls walking like supermodels in Copacabana. There were all the more-than-half-naked people at the beach in Ipanema. There was the Samba music playing in the street from the favellas on the hill. There was the gigantic Christos spying on me from every different angle of the city – no hiding from that one!
Here are a few photos from my trip to Rio de Janeiro:
At the beach in Ipanema. Barely room to get a spot. The waves were fun to bodysurf.
Typical Sunday at the beach!
At the mosaic steps in at Escadaria Selarón.
View of the Christos on top of Sugarloaf at sunset.