Sao Paulo, Brazil
Aline, 35
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I teach kids!! I work in a great big school in São Paulo teaching everyday, and it makes me happy because when you teach you learn a lot, specially from kids.

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

I love brazilian music, a little bit rock a little bit pop but what really makes my mind is MPB (brazilian popular music) that is something like "bossa nova" and musch more.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I really love MASTERCHEF. I´m not the kind of person that cooks and understands a lot about cooking, but I just love to watch that people cooking and being perfect on that.

Name some spots in Sao Paulo that are good for a Tinder date.

"Aurora". It s a bar with some music and young people. I like that place.

Who’s your hero and where in Sao Paulo would you take them out for a serious hang?

Tony Stark, the Iron Man. I would like to take him to Terraço Italia. Because is a special place to special people and he deserves it.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

São Paulo has a LOT of clothing stores and you can buy since the cheapest to the most expensive kinds. I don´t like to spend my money in expensive things ( beacause I preffer save them to travel...) I usually go to the big stores in the malls around town.

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

the great neighboorhoods like Jardins, Jardim América...

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

Walking through Paulista Avenue and eat in "Mercadão" the popular traditional Market of São Paulo.

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

Some Hot Dogs that people offer you when going home from some club...

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Sao Paulo that you particularly like?

Yes! There is the Veloso bar, it s not exactly a hidden bar, but its location is not common. It is in Vila Mariana and they have GREAT caipirinhas and coxinhas ( a typical food) I love this place.

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

The most expensive restaurant that I went in SP was " A Figueira Rubayat". I went there with a ex boyfriend, I really wanted to know this place, and it was good. But it s not for me, because is too expensive.

What restaurant in Sao Paulo looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

I had the perfect suggestion for this question, but the restaurant is now, closed. It was a small place located in Brás and they used to serve the BEST "PF" ever. We call PF when your food came ready to eat in the plate. PF means PRATO FEITO or "done dish".

Where can you get the best cocktail in Sao Paulo? Which one do you like?

Boteco São Bento is a great option.

Where would you take your partner in Sao Paulo if you wanted to really pamper them?

Edifico itália. It´s wonderful.

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

Pastel and coxinha are the best!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Sao Paulo?

Some fancy restaurants...

What are the Sao Paulo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Avenida Paulista on Sundays. =D

Tomorrow’s your last day in Sao Paulo. How do you spend it?

I would like to eat in Bella Paulista, a bakery that serves delicious food and it s next to Paulist Av, so then I would like to walk through Paulista Av and maybe get an uber to Veloso to have some caipirinhas before leave this wonderful town.

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

San Francisco, CA. I went there in 2010 and it was my perfect vacation. The city is small but has everything you need. the spots are unforgettable, and i met people there that I will never forget.

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