Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Daniel, 31
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What do you do and why do you do it?

So I kind of fell into fashion after feeling a bit lost after school. Initially thinking I was going to be a designer, I rotated towards Styling. I think fashion is an amazing way to express yourself without having to say a single word and I love that!

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

A song that's guaranteed to get a tear rolling from my eye is Mama by the Spice Girls. Always does the trick.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Oh I could go on forever! The first one to come to mind has got to be Friends. CLASSIC! My first TV show addiction and it was basically a ten year friendship. What was Rachel getting of that plane? OMG the tears. A few all time and recent favs would have to be, Modern Family, Game of Thrones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Skins, Ru Pauls Drag Race and Black Mirror. I also love me some cartoons too, specially Adventure Time and Steven Universe.

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

Hmm, I am a bit of a romantic, so I would definitely go with a café. I enjoy daytime outings. There is an adorable little coffee shop called "Chá Comigo", it's full of personality, small, quiet, cozy and great for conversation. Theres free wifi too, so if you are stood up, at least you won't be left single handed!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

My fashion is a mix of local brands, thrifting and department stores. There are a few local designers here in Belo that are excellent! But sadly, their shops are only online. LED https://www.led.moda/ CACETE CO https://www.cacete.co/

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

As long as the price is fair and the company is good, I'm up for anything!

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

Even tho I'm quite an urban and concrete loving kind of guy, I do love nature. There's a mountain in the northern part of Belo, just after the Popes Square called "Serra do Curral". Don't worry, it isn't that high and there's a pathway up to the top where the view of the city is amazing!

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

Theres a place called Bacon Paradise. I went there a while back (before my veggie days) and ordered a Hipster burger filled with bacon and blue cheese, with a side of fried bacon instead of fries and an ice-cream deserts covered with powdered bacon. Even their cocktails come in a glass with a bacon and sugar covered rim! Bacon lovers, you know where to go.

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?

I'm not really a big spender, I usually go for good yet affordable places, no need to flaunt. But there was this one restaurant called

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

Bolão! It's a shabby looking little restaurant in Santa Tereza that's open until late hours. The price is fair, the serving is huge and the food is excellent. You can get typical dishes from Minas and many carb filled options like rice, spaghetti, nhoque and lasagna. Great comfort food after a night out!

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

Ok, Brazil is a hot country, so to me, the more refreshing the cocktail the better. At "Bombshell" you can get the famous "caipirinha" but with a twist, they call it the Demon (no black magic involved). They use cachaça (a typical brazilian spirit), devil limes (yup thats a thing), honey and top it off with lots of ice and a cinnamon stick. You won't regret it.

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

I love going to the cinema! Here there are a few theaters that offer VIP rooms. The difference between it and a regular room is that the chairs are huge and comfy, the also recline with the press of a button and there is a menu with gourmet popcorn, wines and other nice things. The best cinema experience ever.

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

All the SALGADOS! Translates to salties. An all time favorite of most brazilians is the coxinha, which consists of pulled chicken mixed with a soft cheese, wrapped with a starchy pastry and then deep fried. AMAZE BALLS. There's also pão de queijo, aka cheese bred, don't leave without trying it! A typical desert, delicious and easy to make is brigadeiro. Cooked condensed milk mixed with chocolate, rolled up into a ball and covered in confetti. SImple yet delish.

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

Lourdes! Fanciest neighborhood in Belo. I get that all the restaurants are gorge and delicious and what not. But everything is extremely overpriced, no need people! So many things to do around here without having to sell of your organs to pay for them ahaha.

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

Municipal Park is located in the middle of the city center, which some people find to be a little risky. But the park is gorgeous, filled with huge trees, a few man made lakes

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

You have to visit mercado central, it's a market in the middle of town where you can find all things Minas Gerais. Cheeses, Doce de leite, many different Cachaças and so on. A great place to go if you are looking for something typical to take back home. There are a few vendors that sell pineapple slices cooled over ice, a must for a hot day in Belo.

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

For a vacation I like to go to beach cities. Rio is amazing and Copacabana has such a great vibe. I enjoy going to the beach at the end of the day around 4pm, I get into the sea for a little bit, go back to the sand with a caipirinha in one hand a book in the other and soak up a bit of sun before walking over to Ipanema beach to see the sunset. And to top if off, I would finish the day at the nightlife area called Lapa where the is usually a food fair and many bars.

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