Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Mateus, 39
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am an engineer, but currently work negotiating partnership contracts at an oil company. The aspect of my job that I enjoy the most is the contact with people from around the world.

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

Trem bala - Ana Vilela , I will always love you - Whitney Houston

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Breaking Bad and Friends

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

Meza Bar, Palaphita Kitch Lagoa

Who’s your hero and where in Rio De Janeiro would you take them out for a serious hang?

I do not have any heroes.. I admire Steve Jobs, George Lucas and Kai Lenny. I would certainly take them to Jobi , have a few draft beers on the sidewalk.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I buy my clothes at Reserva and Brooksfield mostly

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

Hard to say, I am a pretty ecletic guy...

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

I Love to Stand Up Paddle, anywhere, but mostly on the sea.

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

It os not so extreme or decadent, but I love Gero's chocolate soufflé

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

Not so hidden, but I often join friends at Bar do Bacana, at Leblon

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?

I went to Oro restaurant, before it moved and changed its menu. We ordered a 9 course food menu with wine pairings.

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

I really like the feijoada at the Bar do Mineiro, in Santa Tereza

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

I like the Os Kariocas, from Zázá Bistrô

Where would you take your partner in Rio De Janeiro if you wanted to really pamper them?

I would take them to Olympe

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

Pastel and Pão de Queijo. Pastel can be found in eastern cultures but it is not like what we have here. I guess pão de queijo is best.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Rio De Janeiro?

Fasano Restaurant, in Ipanema

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Rio De Janeiro?

I guess praia da Barra, it should be visited by a lot more tourists

What are the Rio De Janeiro spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

this is cliché, but I guess Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Santa Tereza and the mureta da Urca

Tomorrow’s your last day in Rio De Janeiro. How do you spend it?

I would go to the beach in the morning, to the mureta da urca in the afternoon, to some party in the evening and to Jobi until the next morning

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

Santa Monica, lovely beaches. Great Climate, excellent californian wines. And great amusement parks not tooo far away

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