Day 5 - Christ The Redeemer
We wake up early and have breakfast as we have to be at Christ The Redeemer by 7am, 6:30 even better. Thank goodness the traffic is a little lighter at this time. We gradually get closer and drive past Rio’s world famous Maracana football stadium. Its been spruced up for the World Cup and does look magnificent. We take the long road that leads right to the top of the hill. Its quiet and we are allowed to unload our kit and get up to the statue before the crowds are let in. Once standing next to it, it really does take your breath away. The view is also stunning, thankfully no cloud. We film a couple of pieces to camera and take lots of photos. You can see why its one of the man made wonders of the world. By now the place is filling up pretty quickly, so we finish up and go and get a coffee. Its pretty awful and the cheese pastry is even worse.
Getting back into the bus we head back to our hotel to film the first cooking sequence of the trip.
At the hotel I meet up with chef Ricardo and I explain what I want, he is really helpful and sets off to prepare for me. Janice, G and I go to find the best place to film. We finally decide on one corner of the helipad, with a stunning view of Rio behind. Once we get the BBQ alight we stop for a quick bite to eat.
Lunch like dinner the previous evening was very good indeed. Grilled Atlantic squid, soft as they come with quinoa, flaked almonds, and tiny cubes of feta. Around the outside, was a reduction of Balsamic and olive oil. The main course is Grilled shrimps with ‘sawdust’ sorry manioc, passionfruit sauce (smear errrrrr) and sweet onions. This was served with a thick coconut milk sauce with ginger and peppers. This really was way too thick for me, but quite normal here. Finally chocolate fondant vanilla ice cream with a cashew manioc? Janice loves it so much she has two! Then after a coffee, Alison goes off for a snooze, as she is not needed.
I’m going to make bbq ribs with guava glaze and salsa. We film it a couple of times and get some great pack shots, just as the sun moves away and starts to shine straight in my eyes, causing me to squint like I’ve been chewing in a lemon.
Then it’s downstairs to interview Ricardo about Brazilian food and how he sees it, his background and his style of food. He’s very nervous, but was fine in the end.
We pack our kit, it’s late now (nothing new here) and get into the van for the 5hour drive to Paraty for the second stage of our tour.
Finally once we are out of the Rio outer reaches the traffic calms down a bit and I have a quick nap. The van is very quiet, its been a long day. About 9:30pm Janice suggests we eat as we still have a couple more hours to go so we stop at a roadside café. Only food on offer is Picanha!! Yes, with ‘sawdust’ so we all go for it. Here it comes with rice also. For a roadside café its pretty good, although we cannot eat all the meat. Suitably stuffed we finally get back on the road to Paraty.
We arrive at the villa gone midnight, have a quick beer and choose our rooms, mine is fabulous, even with a punch bag and semi outdoor bathroom. I shower and climb under the mozzy net.