By Nicole Eberhard, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Walking the streets and touring the top attractions are good ways to get to know a new city. However, to truly get to the heart of a place, it is important to explore its culinary culture. Rio de Janeiro has a particularly rich gastronomic scene thanks to its smorgasbord of food influences.

The combination of Portuguese, African, Indigenous and immigrant culinary traditions, including Italian, German, Arabic, and Japanese, means that there is an intriguing diversity of flavors in the Marvellous City.

Food is such an important part of Carioca culture that . . .

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