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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 opened the eatery less than six months ago along with chef Antelmo Faria.

The sleek ambiance consists of darkly-stained modern wood with some low cushioned benches inside, as well as a stylized service bar perched to one side overlooking the intimate dinning area. The feel . . .

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