La Calaca in Leblon is Rio’s Latest Gourmet Mexican Restaurant

La Calaca in Leblon is Rio’s Latest Gourmet Mexican Restaurant

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Sitting on the same block as iconic late night destination Pizza Guanabara on the far end of the typically quiet and chic Leblon is the new open space “Mexican gourmet” restaurant La Calaca. American expatriate Kristen Caverly Peixoto from California and Carioca husband Marcos Peixoto […]

Petrobras May Help Push Brazil Stock Market Down 35 Percent

Petrobras May Help Push Brazil Stock Market Down 35 Percent

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A new report by market research company Capital Economics has tried to calculate the cost of the Petrobras scandal in Brazil, which has caused political and financial ripples across the country. Brazil’s stock market has fallen by 35 percent in terms of U.S. dollars since […]

Rio Police Presence in Lapa Increased for Carnival

Rio Police Presence in Lapa Increased for Carnival

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The neighborhood of Lapa in Rio’s Centro had an increased police presence this year through Carnival in an effort to reduce street crime and make the celebrations safer. Operação Lapa Presente (OLP) brought 180 police agents to the street, and according to authorities reduced crime […]

Prices are 7.42 Percent Higher for Carnival in 2015

Prices are 7.42 Percent Higher for Carnival in 2015

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL – In general prices during Carnival for products and services are 7.42 percent higher this year than in last year’s five-day celebration. According to a report from the Consumer Price Index of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (IPC-FGV), the price hike is almost at the same level […]

Five Alternative Things to Do in Rio During Carnival: Sponsored

Five Alternative Things to Do in Rio During Carnival: Sponsored

By Nicole Eberhard, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While your Carnival week in Rio will (and should) inevitably revolve around samba beats and endless parties, in a whirl of parades, blocos, balls and costumes, don’t miss the opportunity to see more of the Marvelous City at the same time. One thing to keep […]

Rio to Host 111 Blocos this Weekend as Carnival Approaches

Rio to Host 111 Blocos this Weekend as Carnival Approaches

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Official Carnival dates this year are Friday, February 13th through Tuesday, February 17th, but in Rio the famous bloco street party-parades are already in full form. Of the 456 licensed blocos in the city, 111 are happening this weekend drawling all that are near into […]

Rio Designers Turn Scrap Wood Into Artisanal Sunglasses

Rio Designers Turn Scrap Wood Into Artisanal Sunglasses

By Anna Harcourt, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A group of young Brazilian designers are turning scrap wood from construction sites into high-fashion sunglasses.The Zerezes sunglasses are part of the growing world of sustainable fashion, mixing trends in international design with local materials and production. The small-scale business was founded in 2012 by […]

December Street Robberies Increased by 12.5% in Rio

December Street Robberies Increased by 12.5% in Rio

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – According to a survey released on Friday by the Public Security Institute (ISP), cases of pedestrian robberies rose again since last year. There was an increase of 12.5 percent, with 5,667 reported incidents in December 2013 and 6,374 in the same month in 2014. Fortunately […]

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