You Really Should Eat This: Feijoada at Taste of Brasil

"What is that?!" the man exclaimed

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By David Hammond

About a month ago, on a white cold winter afternoon, I ordered a plate of fejoida at Taste of Brasil Café.  As my server brought my lunch to me, a man at a neighboring table spotted it go by: his eyes widened as he exclaimed, "What is that?!"

Feijoada, the Brazilian national dish, is served at Taste of Brasil Café with a bright green tangle of lightly cooked collards, a few orange slices, mound of white rice, and toasty gold farofa, which is cassava root fried crunchy. The feijoada is made primarily of beans, cuts of meat and sausage – it's the kind of super-hearty lunch that feels so good when it's cold outside.

I liked this dish so much, I worked with Village Hall's Joe Kreml and Patrick Rollens to produce a video about it as part of our series, "You Really Should Eat This."  So please, watch…and then go eat the feijoada at Taste of Brasil Café.

See previous episodes:

You Really Should Drink This: Manhattans at Barclay's American Grille

You Really Should Eat This: Corned beef hash at George's

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Gabriel from Hinsdale  

Posted: March 25th, 2013 3:57 PM

I have feijoada with hot sauce (pimenta malagueta) and olive oil as I did when I grew up in Rio, Brail. This is not a mex-hispanic influence as described in "Check Please" WTTW

Marty J. Stempniak from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: February 26th, 2013 10:49 AM

What Mike said.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 25th, 2013 2:21 PM

Mike, thanks. I think you and Kim would like the feijoada at ToB. It's hearty food, so this is the right time of year for it.

mike janowski from oak park  

Posted: February 25th, 2013 2:14 PM

Wow! Another great piece, David, and I can't wait to try Taste of Brasil!

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