Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Célio José, 55
Plastic Surgeon
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a physician. Plastic surgeon. It's a fascinating and challenging area of medicine. Being able to return the self-esteem and quality of life to my patients makes my performance rewarding. We strive to be always up to date and attentive to the most modern technology related to our area of expertise. Outside of medicine I'm the off-road type, I do rally outdoor rides, and I love gastronomy, photography and the cultivation of orchids.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

I am very eclectic, but I can not deny my roots. I prefer sertaneja music, but I also like romantic rock, classical and instrumental musics.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

My two favorite series are "Trilhas do Sabor" and "Terra de Minas". Another amazing show is the "Chef's Table" - it's a documentary about the life of big names in world food, it's just fantastic.

Name some spots in Belo Horizonte that are good for a Tinder date.

Belo Horizonte is a very romantic place in general. Those known as the national capital of the bar are the ideal place, and they are many.I think the best are the Club Chalezinho a nightclub known by its lively and handsome audience. There are 12 environments in addition to an internal lane and an external lane. If you prefer you have a balcony ideal for more quiet conversation. Another place is Wood's BH one of the busiest houses in the BH metropolitan area. In a beautiful and modern space there always arises an opportunity to call someone to dance.

Who’s your hero and where in Belo Horizonte would you take them out for a serious hang?

My wife is my heroine! I'll take her to a good restaurant in BH. I know she'll love it!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Without a doubt in BH shopping or Patio Savassi Shopping. There are also many street stores in the coolest area of the city, the Savassi.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I don't really like agglomerations so I do not think I would ever go to the "Forró das Borboletas" although many friends of mine love this place.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I love walking through the city's neighborhoods and getting to know their museums. To know your story. The Liberty Square (Praça da Liberdade) today has a fabulous museum circuit. It would be nice to have more free time to enjoy these amenities.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Belo Horizonte and where did you get it?

I do not like to talk about bad experiences. I think maybe in that ocasion the cook have not a good day. I always give a second chance and things usually go better. But of course there are those places that you look and you know that we will not find things that will please us.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Belo Horizonte that you particularly like?

Grocery store Djalma. A quiet place with tasty food. Perfect for a late afternoon appetizer.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Belo Horizonte? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Restaurante Vecchio Sogno. Black Angus ancho steak with green pepper sauce, purple onion and herbs, funghi risotto and Portobello grilled in black herbal butter. It cost R$106,00

What restaurant in Belo Horizonte looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Mercado Grano in Jardim Canada. Looking from outside looks like an industrial shed but the inside is full of life and flavor.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Belo Horizonte? Which one do you like?

Restaurant Glouton. Without a doubt, the traditional caipinrinha.

Where would you take your partner in Belo Horizonte if you wanted to really pamper them?

Region of Savassi and Lourdes. With its bars and restaurants are the better place of BH.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

"Pão de Queijo" (Cheese bread) a delight of Minas Gerais cuisine. It is incomparable, nowhere else in the world will you find an equal. You have to taste the famous "Tropeirão do Mineirão" , "Frango ao Molho pardo" (a cooked chicken in own blood) and still a "Leitão a pururuca" (little pig with baked and burst skin).

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Belo Horizonte?

Unfortunately the region of Pampulha Lagoon. It is a beautiful place to walk around but unfortunately suffered from neglect and abandonment of the government.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Belo Horizonte?

The Mangabeiras park. It is a great place to walk outdoors with trails that lead to the top of the Serra do Curral with a wonderful view of the city.

What are the Belo Horizonte spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Don´t miss the Mercado Central, Circuito Praça da Liberdade of museuns, Pampulha´s Architetonic complex and Mineirão footbol stadium, Visit the Hippie Fair and the Municipal Park on Avenida Afonso Pena and eat a good Minas Gerais food.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Belo Horizonte. How do you spend it?

In the morning I would take a walk through Liberty Square (Praça da Liberdade) and its museums. I would go down at lunchtime to the central market (Mercado Central), one of the top three markets in the world, and have lunch at one of his fine restaurants or bars spending my last hours of stay on the city.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Orlando. I love that city.

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