Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto, 39
Social Responsibility in Business
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work with social responsibility for businesses, because I strongly believe we can produce, deliver and enjoy the goods from modern urban life in a more positive way to the society and to the environment.

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

That will depend on the time that tragedy happens, as I am always looking for new soundtracks. But, for sure, it would be something calm and introspective to help me stop and find a meaning to all those feelings.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Sitcoms and brazilian soap operas in general. To cite a few, Game of Thrones, 30Rock and the Brazilian soap opera Avenida Brasil. A good fiction show not only entertains, but boosts creativity. From time to time, one must leave its routine and "live" other realities to be reminded that life can have many different contexts.

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

During the day: the beach. Relaxed environment and amazing views. For drinks: Astor. For lunch/dinner: Bazzar. I picked these two because both have seats in the bar so, if at some point you run out of topics for a conversation, you can always follow the preparation of the drinks and interact with the bartender.

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

I can't think of a specific hero for myself, but a "hero standard tour" would have to include the historical parts of Rio. Being a relatively new country, Brazil is not very known for its history and having Rio been once the home for the portuguese royal family, this tour would include the port area, passing by Cais do Valongo, and going to Quinta da Boa Vista, the residence of the royal family in 1808. And, with a little more availability, the tour could lead to Petropolis, in the mountains, where the royal family had its summer palace.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

My favorite: Handred. For women, a bikini from Lenny is a must.

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

I woudn't say 'never' but Barra da Tijuca is not my spot. I only go there if to visit a friend (and if it's his/her birthday) or to buy something in a specific store, normally a mega store.

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

I love to be in touch with nature. So one thing I wish I would do much more is hiking. I have done it a few times, but as it normally requires waking up very early, I tend to postpone it. There are many amazing spots with amazing views. Definitely recommend. Two other things I have never done - so I don't know if i love it - are water skiing and hang-gliding, both accessible in Rio.

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

That would be rodizio, which is a typical 'as much as you can eat' meat service. All types of meat are brought to you, one by one, in a stick, to be cut and served directly to your plate. I must confess I find it delicious. The best I remember havins was at Fogo de Chão.

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

There is a hidden sandwich place I like very much. It's called Petit. And as it has a delivery service, it's also good for a lazy day in.

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?

Rio may be very expensive sometimes, but normally not luxurious. The places I'd say that combine both would be the restaurant Oro, with a very nice menu degustation, the spa at the Copacabana Palace Hotel and the bar/pub Londra at the Fasano Hotel.

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

One can find amazing food in the restarants inside of a plants' market called Cadeg. On weekends, when the stores are closed, the restaurants put tables on the pathway and offer very good and well served dishes. My favorite is duck rice.

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

Astor bar. High quality alcohol and recipes with Brazilian ingredients. I would recommend any gin drink with Amazzoni, the gin produced in Rio, or a drink with cashew (the fruit, not the nuts).

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

Restaurant Terese in a hotel in Santa Teresa. Cozy, elegant and with a Brazilian touch.

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

When I'm abroad, what I miss the most having are the fruits and juices from Brazil. I have them everyday when here. My favorite juice store is BB lanches, in Leblon.

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

The neighborhood of Copacabana. Very nice sea side, but definitely not the best area for staying. Its fame goes back to the 50s and 60s, but is not very evident these days.

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

The city center. Despite not being known for its history, the old center of Rio has quite a few worth checking spots. I would name: the square of Lapa (with the arches and probably the most awckard cathedral one has ever seen), the square of Cinelandia (with the Municipal Theater and the National Library - definitely worth checking inside), the square of Carioca (with an amazing baroque church inside of a monastery) and the Maua square (with the Museums of Rio and of Tomorrow and, sometimes, with walking tours to Providencia hills, where the city was originally occupied).

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

Ipanema beach, a visit to Christ the redeemer and to the Sugar Loaf, one juice store (there is one in every corner) and a night party (there are many, depending on the calendar; Carnival time is a must try).

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

I would wake up and go for a breakfast with friends at Colombo bakery on the fortress of Copacabana. I would take a couple of hours at the beach of Ipanema and then have lunch at Zaza Bistro, for organic food. After, I would take the chance to buy some Havaianas flip flops to take with me and

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