If you will remember from 7th grade music class, that was a number from the Dickens-tale-turned-Hollywood-musical, “Oliver!” about a bunch of homeless children dreaming of glorious food while being served slop in the boys’ shelter. Well, not to compare Brazilian food with slop, (not in the slightest… in fact, I’ve been craving a good ole’ Brazilian rice and beans since I’ve been back), but there were certainly times in my nearly two-year stint in South America when I seriously craved good ethnic food and there was just none to be had. Rio, bless its soul, is a wonderful city, but the dining out options there are certainly lacking, and even more so when you want any type of authentic ethnic food. Because of the large Japanese influence from Sao Paulo, there are some decent sushi restaurants, but they also cost a fortune. So upon my return to the U.S., I took every chance I could to eat all and any types of ethnic foods, because a good life is worth filling with good food. (Forgive the photo quality; I took all of these with my cell phone.)
I’ve also eaten a lot of other ethnic food as well–Korean, Indian, French, El Salvadorian, Chinese, Spanish, you name it. But I’ve given you a highlight from all the major “ethnic” continents: Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America (is there such thing as Australian food? Kangaroo and wallaby burgers?), so I’ll stop there. Do you guys have any favorite ethnic foods? Any that you couldn’t live without?