Monthly Archives: July, 2012

Best Italian restaurant in Itaipava: Farfarello’s

If you are staying in Itaipava and in the mood for some delicious Italian food, drive over to Farfarello‘s about 10 mins from the center of town. Head down the longer drive way and you will see that from the outside Farfarell’s resembles a cozy little house surrounded by nature you might expect to see […]

Grab your hiking boots and experience Nacional Parque Serra Dos Orgaos

Looking for some outdoor adventure? Hop in your car (or take the bus) to Teresopolis and get ready to bond with the incredibly beautiful forests Brazil has to offer.  Nacional Parque Serra Dos Orgaos, is an 118 sqkm mountainous terrain between Teresópolis and Petrópolis full of waterfalls, natural swimming pools, hiking trails, beautiful picnic spots, camping grounds […]

Fondue rodizio in Itaipava

When you drive into Itaiava you will notice many of the restaurants have signs for ‘fondue’ hanging from them as it is a very popular dish in the region.  The first time I drove through I spotted restaurant Pastarella & Parrilla Restaurante and knew I wanted to try it so this past trip, it was at the […]

Where to stay in Itaipava

Feel like getting out of Rio for a few days to exploring some different historical towns in the mountains OR going hiking through waterfalls and venturing up some of the most beautiful trails? Drive (or take a bus) up to Itaipava, a town about an hour away from the heart of Rio situated in between […]

German biergarden and gastronomic complex in Teresopolis

We are only half way through the year I have discovered 2 amazing beer breweries in Rio: Cervejaria Bohemia and Villa St Gallen (also known  Terezópolis Gold).  In the neighborhood of Alto in Teresopolis, you will find Villa St. Gallen, an incredible microbrewery-miniature town-gastronomic complex which is inspired by the architecture of southern Germany.  Seriously, you will completely forget you are in […]

Tropical resort in Rio: Sheraton Hotel

If you are planning a trip to Rio or live in Rio and want to have a ‘get a way’ day (stay-cation) head over to the Sheraton Hotel in São Conrado.  If you have ever gone to Barra you have passed by it, but driving by definitely doesn’t give you the full effect of how great […]


In New York I was pretty used to looking up and seeing squirrel’s scurrying up trees or along phone wires… Not in Rio! Check out the little monkeys who were ‘hanging out’ in front of my apartment! There were about 10 of them, but since they were super fast I was only able to get 2 […]

Elegant dining and event space in Flamengo: Julieta de Serpa

The House of Art and Culture Julieta de Serpa, is a beautiful mansion with a sculpture garden, numerous event spaces and restaurants located on Praia do Flamengo. Since we had called ahead, I was able to get a tour of the entire property, and it is amazing! There are sculptures, and paintings everywhere you turn;  it feels like […]