Where to get a Capirinha in LA

September 13th, 2012 by admin No comments »
Caipirinha, Caipirna, Caprinha

Brazil’s national drink, called caipirinha, is a mix of cachaça (sugar cane rum), sugar and lime.


Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail. It’s a simple mix of cachaça, sugar and lime that may remind you of a really sweet margarita. It an incredible drink, a must try, and so I’ve set out on a mission to find the best Caipirinha in Los Angeles.


Below I’ve gathered a list of places that serve caipirinhas in Los Angeles.





1) Agave – http://www.yelp.com/biz/agave-los-angeles

2) The Bazaar – http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-bazaar-los-angeles

3) Bamboo Restaurant – http://www.yelp.com/biz/bamboo-restaurant-los-angeles

4) Home Restaurant – http://www.yelp.com/biz/home-restaurant-los-angeles-4

5) The Mandrake Bar – http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-mandrake-bar-los-angeles

6) Barbarella Neighborhood Bar and Kitchen – http://www.yelp.com/biz/barbarella-neighborhood-bar-and-kitchen-los-angeles

7) Porto Alegre Churrascaria – http://www.yelp.com/biz/porto-alegre-churrascaria-pasadena

8) Fogo de Chao – http://www.yelp.com/biz/fogo-de-chao-beverly-hills

9) Tropicalia Brazilian Grill – http://www.yelp.com/biz/tropicalia-brazilian-grill-los-angeles

10) Nobu – http://www.yelp.com/biz/nobu-west-hollywood-3

11) Bossa Nova – http://www.yelp.com/biz/bossa-nova-brazilian-cuisine-los-angeles-3

12) Asia de Cuba – http://www.yelp.com/biz/asia-de-cuba-west-hollywood

13) Samba Steakhouse – http://www.yelp.com/biz/samba-brazilian-steakhouse-universal-city

14) Zengo – http://www.yelp.com/biz/zengo-santa-monica

15) The Terrace – http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-terrace-cafe-venice

16) La Cuevita – http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-cuevita-los-angeles

Did we miss any? If you know of more places please let us know in the comments!







Brazilian Day in LA 2012

September 1st, 2012 by admin No comments »
Brazilian Day in LA

Brazilian Day in LA 2012


Brazilian Bingo

June 26th, 2011 by admin No comments »

On Sundays we have a Brazilian Bingo event going on at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood .

The event features rounds of bingo+ prizes + a live dance, jazz, bossa- samba band + DJ sets.

They’re giving out some pretty awesome prizes, including a night’s stay at The Standard, Hollywood!

7pm-10pm Poolside & Cactus Lounge
7pm – 8pm Sponsored Leblon Caipirinhas
10pm – 2am more music and live performances in the Purple Lounge

The night continues in the Purple Lounge with more performances and DJ sets.

This sounds like a fun event, if you go make sure to take lots of pictures!


Annual Carnaval Calendar

June 26th, 2011 by admin No comments »
2012 February 18, 19, 20 and 21
2013 February 09, 10, 11 and 12
2014 March 01, 02, 03 and 04
2015 February 14,15,16 and 17
2016 February 6,7,8 and 9
2017 February 25,26,27 and 28

This Saturday: Balé Folclórico Da Bahia – Brazilian Event in Los Angeles

March 11th, 2011 by admin No comments »

From the Brazilian state of Bahia and back in Los Angeles for the first time in seven years, Balé Folclórico da Bahia performs a spectacular cultural repertoire of Afro-Brazilian dances.

With mesmerizing choreography of high back kicks, flips and spins, feverish rhythms and the boundless energy of rapidfire footwork, the troupe’s world renowned 24 dancers PLUS musicians and singers evoke the heartbeat of their nation.

Colorful Carnaval dances, acrobatic capoeira & martial arts, and the irrepressible samba erupt onstage.

(This performance contains partial nudity.)

Wilshire Ebell Theater – 4401 West 8th Street, Los Angeles 90005

For more information or for tickets call (818) 566-1111 or visit: http://balefolcloricodabahia.eventbrite.com/


Carnaval 2011 – What’s the haps?

March 4th, 2011 by admin No comments »

Don’t want to wait until St. Patrick’s day to dress up and pretend to come from a different heritage?

Have no fear — Carnaval is here!
And don’t worry about buying a $1,000 plane ticket to Brazil, you can stay right here in L.A.
Sure, it’s a bit colder here and you may have to wear more clothes, but you can still shake your booty and pretend to know how to samba (once you’ve had enough cachaça).
There are a couple big Carnaval celebrations in the L.A. area:
If your friends ask, “hey, what’s Carnival?” here are some good answers.
“No, it’s not just a crazy naked-feathered dance fest”
“In Brazil it’s actually when the best samba schools in the region compete against each other. They have elaborate costumes and in some areas huge floats. Whoever wins gets some serious bragging rights. The entire country virtually stops for an entire week to watch the dance contests, either on TV. To Americans, the best way to describe the contest is a type of parade, but way more elaborate.”


“It’s KIND of like mardis gras, as that it marks the beginning of Lent and people use the opportunity to drink, have sex and eat lots of meat before they have to stop for 40+ days. But imagine instead of it being just limited to New Orleans it’s the ENTIRE COUNTRY.”
And if you really get stuck, “sexy Brazilians dancing samba” might work.
Now, I can’t promise the celebrations here in L.A. will be anywhere near as elaborate as the ones in Brazil, but you’ll probably still have a blast.

Jair Oliveira at the Conga Room

November 16th, 2010 by admin 2 comments »
On his CD release tour Jair will be stopping in LA at the Conga Room.
Son of Brazil’s legendary singer Jair Rodrigues, Sao Paulo native Jair Oliveira gives samba a modern, soulful spin. “His melodies update the sing-along vibe of classic samba with traces of contemporary R&B, and most tracks use nothing but vocals, guitar, bass and percussion-which keeps the focus on his sensitive songwriting, where it belongs (Chicago Reader).”
What sets Oliveira apart from the country’s crop of new stars is the breadth of his talent-singer, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, and the depth of his experience. Jairzinho (“little Jair”), as he was affectionately known, has been performing and recording since age six, first alongside his father, and then as part of a hit TV show & band Balão Magico (selling over 10M albums by his mid-teens). After receiving a formal music education at Berklee College of Music, and exploring in NYC during the height of R&B/neo-soul resurgence of the 90s, he returned to São Paulo and has remained a leading force in the Brazilian music industry since. Jair has produced over 17 albums (3 Grammy-nominated) for artists like Tom Zé; composed countless songs for MPB stars such as Seu Jorge and Ed Motta (who referred to him as “the most influential songwriter to come out of Brasil since Edu Lobo”); and released 5 of his own, critically acclaimed albums. He also starred alongside actor Rodrigo Santoro in the popular film Os Desafinados (and is featured on its soundtrack); has written theme songs for cult-followed Brazilian telenovelas; and authored a children’s book & CD (also Grammy nominated), which has since been adapted for stage and is playing in theaters across Brazil, with Jair and his wife, famed actress Tania Khalil, leading the cast.
This tour marks the release of Jair’s 6th solo album, Sambazz-which as the name suggests, explores further genre blending, and includes everything from a bilingual bossa nova ballad and to a danceable,funky ode to soccer fans, destined to be a theme song of the next World Cup.
Jair Oliveira Brazilian Event Flyer

Jair Oliveira


Miss Brazil USA 2010 – Los Angeles

November 11th, 2010 by admin 1 comment »
Miss Brazil Event Flyer Los Angeles 2010

Miss Brazil USA 2010

This Saturday Ariel Del Mundo will be hosting Miss Brazil USA 2010 in Hollywood.

Should be a fun event with live music from Brothers of Brazil, a samba rock band started by two brothers Supla and João. While Supla is totally Rock and Roll (Punk, Classic Rock), João is all about Brazilian sounds like Samba and Bossa nova. The combination is amazing.
Admission is $20 dollars but girls get in free before 10:30pm if you mention the flyer.
For tickets contact:
1) Taste of Brazil in South Pasadena area: 323-342-9422
2) Brasil Mania in Torrance – 310-212-6040
3) Super Mercado Brazil in Culver City – 310-837-4291
4) El Camaguey Market in Culver City – 310-839-4037
There will also be an after party rumored to last well into the morning.
Hope to see you there!

Brazilian Day in L.A. – Sunday September 12th, 2010

August 26th, 2010 by admin 1 comment »
Every year across the United States there are Brazil Days to celebrate Brazil’s independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822.
Organized and sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles, Brazil Day in LA will be held at the La Brea Tarpits (Hancock Park).
Many vendors setup tents with yummy Brazilian snacks, and you never know, maybe this year we’ll see a Caipirinha bar or a Brahma tent somewhere at the event.
Admission is free. There will be a raffle for 2 round trip tickets to Brazil sponsored by Korean Airlines.
There will also be live performances by Sambajah, Muamba, and Los Brazilian Boys.
The event is from noon to six, for more information see the flyer from the Brazilian Consulate.

Brasil Brasil Cultural Center

August 25th, 2010 by admin No comments »
The Brasil Brasil Cultural Center (BBCC) is the longest running Capoeira academy in Southern California.

With the Capoeira Batuque and Ballet Folclórico Do Brasil, the BBCC offers us an enjoyable piece of rich Brazilian culture, inviting anyone who is interested to partake in these exciting traditional dance forms.
Capoeira – a martial art that’s equal parts dance, music and acrobatics – is a great means to not only enhance physical strength and agility, but exercise one’s spirituality as well.
Capoeira classes are available to just about anybody who would like to participate; youths and adults, beginners and advanced students alike are all warmly welcomed.
Here, diversity is embraced, respectfully bridging the natural divides of distance, language and race, and helping to attain a sense of community, demonstrating that underneath it all everyone is a kindred spirit.
For more information visit http://capoeirabatuque.org
Brasil Brasil Cultural Center is located at 4325 Sepulveda Blvd in Culver City: