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café • monuments • viewpoints • brazilian restaurant • pub • art/design workshop • local design
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a designer and marketing analyst, who loves the challenge of matching the best business opportunity for the company with the best experience for the customer. Besides that, I'm a naturally curious person, who loves to explore and always learn more about certain things: urban art, languages, culture and beer.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Back for good - Take that, If you leave me know - Chicago, Evidências - Chitãozinho & Xororó (this last one is THE heartbroken song. Seriously, check the lyrics).
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Seinfeld, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Homeland, Marco Polo.
Name some spots in Brasilia that are good for a Tinder date.
Outro Calaf, 5uinto, O'Rilleys Pub, Velvet Pub.
Who’s your hero and where in Brasilia would you take them out for a serious hang?
Well, I sincerely don't have a hero... But if you mean someone special overall, I would take them to Mangai, probably.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
At Threadless or at A Loja das Camisetas Legais (The Cool T-shirt Store, translated)
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
At Eixo Monumental. Too many people everywhere.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I rarely spend a day at the Parque da Cidade (Park Ana Lidia). I would love to do it often.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Brasilia and where did you get it?
The hamburger of the Central Bus Station... It's known as "Morte Lenta" (Slow Death).
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Brasilia that you particularly like?
There's a bar, run by some Syrian immigrants, called Shisha. It's simple, nothing special at a first look. But the beer always come fast and always cold. And the food is cheap and tasteful.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Brasilia? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
I went once to a restaurant called Pobre Juan (Poor Juan, translated). I felt truly Juan when the bill came. And It certainly didn't worth it. It cost me something like 150 US dollars for a T-bone steak.
What restaurant in Brasilia looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
There are some. Faisão Dourado serves a Prato Feito (Made Dish, translated), or just PF as we say. It's huuuge and delicious. Comes with rice, beans, a huge steak, onions, crumbs and a fried egg. The single dish could serve like three people, easily. Another one truly famous is Careca, a Chinese restaurant. I personally dislike Careca, but everyone loves it. And there is Bar do Amigão, a low quality bar, which serves at lunch time a traditional german dish: Haxnbauer (Pork's knee). Many chefs from all over Brazil came to this simple place to taste their Haxnbauer.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Brasilia? Which one do you like?
There are some places in Brasília. I'm not a fan of cocktails but I would recommend those places: Dudu Bar (at Lago Sul), Taypá (a Peruvian restaurant in Lago Sul), El Paso Texas (at Asa Norte), Cine Paradiso (at Asa Sul), Loca Como Tu Madre (at Asa Sul), Universal Dinner (at Asa Sul) or BalcoNY (at Asa Sul). If I had to choose one place only, it would be Dudu Bar, at Lago Sul. Nice place, drinks, food, music and people.
Where would you take your partner in Brasilia if you wanted to really pamper them?
To a nice restaurant like Taypá, Tratoria do Rosário, Santé 13, Oscar or Villa Tevere.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
It's not exactly a snack, but Brazil is trully popular for the Brigadeiro, a candy made of chocolate and condensed milk. The best places for a Brigadeiro in Brasília are Labecca, Doux Brigaderia or Govinda.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Brasilia?
Empório Santo Antônio or Fausto Manoel. Those are some bars that doesn't worth the visit and I don't get why some people like it. The food sucks, the beer sucks even more, the waiters are the worse ever and it's extremely noisy.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Brasilia?
Londom Street. A place for special beer. People should know it more. It's really special.
What are the Brasilia spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Catedral, Three Powers Plaza, Pizzaria Dom Bosco. That's the 1-day and must-go-places tour in Brasília!
Tomorrow’s your last day in Brasilia. How do you spend it?
Take it easy, avoid too much alcohol and food you are not used to. Go to Páprica Burger and have a great hamburger in a cozy place.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I'm particularly fan of Barcelona, because it has a excelent mix of urban life, art, culture, food, architecture and landscapes.