Why Brazil’s Answer to Mexican Tequila Is the Perfect Drink
Older than Peruvian pisco and Mexican tequila, cachaça originates from the sugarcane plantations in north Brazil. "Cachaça is the perfect drink," says restaurant owner Silvio Luiz de Oliveira. “It invigorates the energy and makes a great caipirinha."
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Brazilian Olympic Sailors Concerned About the Legacy of the 2016 Games
Brazilian sailors are disappointed that officials did not do enough to clean up the water in the bay.
This Tiny Berry Could Help Save the Amazon
In 2014, açaí production in the Amazon was worth more than $125 million, with the fruit being sold locally and sent to Rio de Janeiro. It’s part of a drive to promote non-timber products and reduce deforestation of the rainforest.
How Rio 2016 Will Be Secured in the Cloud
While all eyes will be on the track, field, and pool come August 5, the Games will be managed and secured from above in a “milestone” for the Olympics.
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Shooting For Respect: The Indigenous Brazilian Archers Attempting To Become Olympians
An archery program for marginalized native Brazilian youth has been more successful than expected and ultimately could produce the country's first indigenous Olympian.
"No Teachers, No Doctors," and More Police Violence: How the Rio Olympics May Victimize Street Children
By siphoning government money away from social services and encouraging violent police "pacification" of poor favelas, Rio's upcoming Summer Olympics may make life even tougher for homeless children.
The Fight To Save Women's Basketball In Brazil From Itself
It wasn't so long ago that Brazil's women's basketball team was one of the best in the world. But, as Rio 2016 approaches, it all appears to be falling apart.
Rio de Janeiro’s First Ice Bar Is Too Cold for Brazilian Drinkers
Rio Ice Bar was built using 130 tonnes of sculpted ice and requires visitors to don huge thermal coats at entry. “No one can manage to stay inside longer because it really is freezing,” says marketing manager Lorena Santos.
How a British Expat Ended Up Running Rio de Janeiro's Only Wine Bar
“Everyone told me it was a big risk,” says Dominic Parry, owner of WineHouse bar in Rio, a city where cold beer rules supreme. “Brazilian wine is very different. It’s fresh and fruity, and it’s easy to drink.”
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Growing Basketball in Brazil's Favelas
The NBA is partnering with Rio de Janeiro's sport secretary of state to develop basketball in the largest favela in Rio.
Will Brazil's New Anti-Doping Lab Be Ready for the Rio Olympics?
After losing its WADA accreditation in 2013, Brazil's top sports doping laboratory has a new building and a bigger staff. Will it be ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio?
How Rio de Janeiro Fell in Love with the Bagel
“We always try to give everything a Brazilian element. New York bagels are made with a malt syrup but we use Brazilian artisan beer,” says Jorge Jacob, owner of recently opened Rio bagel shop The Baguel Store.