Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Camila, 47
Book publisher
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I have worked in the art business as a publisher for 20 years at Pinakotheke. It is very fulfilling to be among one of the few solely devoted to visual arts. In addition, I have Memoria Visual, my own imprint, dedicated to lifestyle, cooking, fashion, travel, and literature. When I am not publishing, I am either writing books or blogging about motherhood and parenting on Mundo Ovo. The reason I do it all it's because I was never able to just have one interest in life. To be a publisher, an editor, a writer is more of a vocation than anything else. It is most definitely not about the money, but a responsibility and a sense of being.

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

Classic rock. Always classic rock.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I love some old ones such as Seinfeld, Friends, Cheers that were the very core of the nineties. The best shows are usually the ones I am currently watching: Scorpions, Outlander, The Good Place, Elementary, Vikings, Lucifer, Sherlock Holmes (the one with the Cumberbatch dude), Grimm... it is endless, really. I am not a Game of Thrones girl, sorry. Please don't kick me out.

Name some spots in Rio De Janeiro that are good for a Tinder date.

Tinder dates can be really weird or a lot of fun. It depends on who you are and who is your future hook up/love of your life person. For me, I like to take my dates (or be asked to) preferably somewhere with good drinks and/or an amazing view. So any bar around the Lagoa; Sunset at the Arpoador rocks followed by drinks at Astor; Bar dos descasados in Santa Teresa with their beds and beautiful view. Don't ask me out for coffee. I dont drink it and it is so impersonal don't you think? Nothing good can come out of a coffee date. If you need more tips, message me. I should be ashamed for saying this out loud, but I am sort of good at this. haha.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I love Osklen. From sneakers to swimsuits and jumpsuits, I love it all. Dona Coisa is very stylish and I find lots of things to love there, from necklaces to formal dresses. Both are very pricey, I'm afraid. Been enjoying visiting Rio Etc. the store in largo dos Leões. They have lots of local/independent brands with affordable prices. Look for Aro for their swimwear.

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

Go to the beach. I LOVE going to the beach, I do live nearby and yet life gets in the way. All the freaking time.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Rio De Janeiro and where did you get it?

The chocolate soufflé at La Polonesa, a small restaurant in Copacabana that serves polish food. Seriously, there is nothing like it.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Rio De Janeiro that you particularly like?

Adega Pérola, in Copacabana, is this bar that is half spanish tapas, half portuguese petiscos. Also some very good cachaça drinks.

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

Fasano Hotel for a spa day. It was okay, but I do prefer my go to people for my holistic healing.

What restaurant in Rio De Janeiro looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Caranguejo is one of those places. Located in Copacabana, you take one look at its plastic chairs, paper towels, crammed space and complete lack of decór and you think there is no way their seafood is any good. But you are mistaken. Caranguejo is simply fantastic and you can't leave without trying their "casquinha de siri" (sort of a stuffed crab cooked with different spices served with farofa). This is the place I take all my foodie friends from out of town and all of them become instant fans.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Rio De Janeiro? Which one do you like?

Since I started liking tomatoes (used to hate it and now I love it, go figure), Bloody Mary's became my favorite drink. Astor, in Ipanema have amazing drinks.

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

When on the beach don't miss the combo Biscoito Globo + Mate Leão. This is not even a Brazilian thing, but a Carioca one. Believe me: you just have to. Glossary: "Carioca" is the person born and raised in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Biscoito Globo is a cookie brand whose main ingredients are water, milk, oil, and cassava starch (you can choose their salty or sweet version). Mate Leão is a drink made out of mate herbs. on the beach you get to mix with lemonade. There is this perfect combination of mate and lemonade and you get to choose yours. Mine is 2/3 Lemonade and 1/3 Mate.

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

I love Amsterdam and it's not even because of all the weed. It is small enough you do not get overwhelmed; cute little design stores at every corner (Kitsh Kitchen is my all time favorite); great museums/art galleries; good food and international cuisine and let's face it, it is just a special city.

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