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Advice on traveling to Brazil

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    Spending a week in Porto Alegre for a conference. We will be busy during the days and unable to travel beyond the city.

    Seeking advice on customs, food, adult beverages and music/culture. Anybody been to Porto Alegre? We're boarding the flight right now. Will be checking in when able. Thanks!
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    Trip advisor.
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    I had a girlfriend from Brazil. She told me nobody completely stops at stop signs at night to prevent being robbed. That's all the advice I have :)
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    Well, since you're a dirty old man Davis, go to the Dirty Old Man bar.
    It specializes in micro-brews regional to the area. Baldhead on tap.

    Mulligan Irish Pub - 100 beers on tap
    Lilliput - live music
    Dada Pub - salsa music
    Sala Jazz Tom Jobin - live jazz
    Cafe Concerto - coffee and music

    Definitely try these 4 restaurants:

    1) Atelier das Masses - drive-by pasta and quirky cool.

    2) Disco Bar - best pizza in town

    3) Gambrinus - Dates back to 1889. Try the salted cod.
    The Portuguese brought their love for this dish with them.
    This place specializes in it and gets the most publicity of all.
    Looks delicious.

    4) Iaia Bistro - Order the shrimp and black-eyed peas.
    A favorite dish from up north in Salvador Bahia.

    Others:
    Baelbek - Arabic
    Sharin - Indian
    Koh Pee Pee - Thai

    Visit:
    Usina do Gasometro - centuries old coral-colored electrical plant
    Cathedral Metropolitana - landmark building must see.
    Curitiba botanical gardens and greenhouse
    Also...downtown has some awesome beautiful old buildings.
    Walk down to Lake (river) Guaiba and take in the city view.
    The bridge lights up the town and it looks pretty cool at night.
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    watch your back...neck, arms, legs, etc.
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    Hey Player - thanks! That's exactly what I was hoping for. Will be sure to check out some of your fine choices and report back.

    Porto Alegre appears to be much more affluent than Rio or Sao Paulo. Wife and I walked the streets tonight on our own with no worries. We will def be careful. The neighborhood we are staying in looks a little like Beverly Hills, but with nothing but (really nice) townhomes and condos. Day one of the conference tomorrow. Can't wait to soak up some of the culture.

    BTW - I'm happily married and not a dirty man by any means, but the women down here can be . . . :eek:
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    My apologies Davis.
    I saw some comic relief and went for it.

    Interesting historic town Porto Alegre certainly is.
    I was down in Florianopolis a year ago and loved it too.
    Similar make-up of Italian and German decented folks.
    And yes...the women are warm, wonderful & willing in Brazil.
    Perfect mix of European & South American hot-blooded beauty.
    My biggest problem was coming back home.
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    a friend recently sent me pictures of a brazilian bar during the World Cup-evidently anytime Brazil scored the women took off their tops
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    What a wonderful country.
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    The German and Netherlands games must have been terrible disappointments.
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    The police take bribes, call girls travel in pairs for your enjoyment and their safety. And turn off your data roaming. I sent a $300 email from Sao Paulo.
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    Porto Alegre is much safer than Rio or São Paulo. TMobile has free data in Brazil. But thanks !
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    How's the food and entertainment down there so far?
    Is it hot in Porto Alegre right now....or does it feel like fall?
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    The food has been hit-and-miss. We haven't yet made it over by the port, where I imagine many more good choices exist, including Gambrinus which you suggested.

    Had a good meal last night, near our hotel, but the service at the end was . . . interesting. Best food so far was a buffet today on the college campus. Planning to get out on the town Fri and Sat night, when our work is done. It is not hot now at all. First couple days were beautiful. Rained all day today and maybe tomorrow. Will be a big chilly on Fri (high in the upper 50s), but we live in N Minn now, so the 50s are just a pleasant crisp.
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    Great to hear, Davis...I'm a fan of the cooler weather too.
    This summer has been nice & cool here in southern Cal.
    I do miss the rainy season in Florida a bit though.
    Very therapeutic.

    Is the food good quality even if the service isn't?
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    Had a delicious meal last night. Winery and very small eatery in one. Had a Chilean cab - MUITO BOM! One of the best glasses (well two glasses) of wine I've ever tasted. The food was simple: risotto and a sandwich. Very well prepared. The chef spent almost an hour talking with us about futbol, Harley Davidson, American culture and things to do in Porto Alegre. Much friendlier reception than the previous evening. He was eager to speak English and we were happy to appease him.

    Looking fwd to a fun night on the town tomorrow.

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