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More Top Rio Restaurants for 2017 – This Time from O Globo

Guia Rio Show, the guide to Rio published by the city’s main daily newspaper, O Globo, has sent a team of reviewers out to visit over 200 of the city’s bars and restaurants to review them and to pick the and list the very best.

For the 15th edition of Guia Rio Show, eight of the 200 establishments were considered worthy of the judges’ maximum score. They are:

Fasano Al Mare (Seafood – Ipanema)

Gero (Italian – Ipanema)

Lasai (Contemporary Brazilian – Botafogo)

Mee (Pan-Asian – Copacabana – PHOTO)

Naga (Japanese – Barra)

Nosso Bar (Bistro – Ipanema)

Oro (Contemporary – Leblon)

Shiso (Japanese – Barra)

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Veja Picks Rio’s Top Restaurants for 2017

Veja, one of Brazil’s top weekly news magazines, has chosen its top restaurants and bars in Rio de Janeiro for 2017 from over 600 featured in the 22nd edition of the publication’s Comer & Beber (Eat & Drink) guide. Felipe Bronze of Oro in Leblon was elected “Chef of the Year”, the chef considered this year’s “revelation” was Nello Cassese of the Copacabana Palace’s Cipriani, while sommelier of the year was Jorge Nunes of Eleven Rio, located on the Lagoa. Laguiole in Flamengo got a special mention for its wine list.

Others to be chosen by the publication’s panel of judges include as “best in class”:

  • Asian: Mee (Copacabana)
  • Brazilian: Capim Santo (Barra)
  • Cheap and Cheerful: L’Ulivo Cucina e Vini (Copacabana)
  • Contemporary: Lasai (Botafogo)
  • French: Le Bistrot du Cuisiner (Ipanema)
  • Gastronomy: Eleven Rio (Lagoa)
  • Italian: Fasano al Mare (Ipanema)
  • Japanese: Naga (Barra)
  • Meat: Giuseppe Grill (Centro / Leblon)
  • Pizza: Braz (Jardim Botanico)
  • Portuguese: Rancho Portugues (Ipanema)
  • Vegetarian: Org Bistro (Barra)

Mocidade share Carnival title with Portela

After lodging an appeal with the League of Samba Schools, that are responsible for the parade of the top samba schools, it was decided that Mociade should share the title of champions of the 2017 carnival with Portela.

Mocidade had appealed after it learnt a judge had marked its Comissão de Frente on the wrong set of rules. They had dropped .1 of a point when it should not have done. With that extra .1 Mocidade’s score was the same as Portela. 269.9 points out of a possible 270.

It is Mocidade’s sixth title, having last won in 1996.

 

After a wait of 33 years Portela is champion again

screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-22-27-23After a wait of 33 years Portela, one of Rio’s oldest and most iconic samba schools, is champion of Rio’s carnival again. And by the narrowest of margins of just point one of a point out of 270. Portela scored 269.9 with Mocidade in second with 269.8 and Salgueiro third with 296.7.

The last time Portela won the title outright, was way back in 1970, but it is still the school with the most wins, the first coming in 1935.

Due to problems with some of the big floats it was decided that no school will be relegated, but one school will still be promoted, so in 2018 thirteen rather than twelve schools will parade on the 11 and 12 February 2018 and two will be relegated.

The school promoted from Série A is Império Serrano, another historic and traditional samba school that won its first title in 1948 and most recent in 1982.

The full results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2017 were:

  • Portela (269.9 points out of 270)
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (269.8)
  • Salgueiro (269.7)
  • Mangueira (269.6)
  • Grande Rio (269.4)
  • Beija-Flor (269.2)
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense (268,5)
  • União da Ilha (267.8)
  • Vila Isabel (267.4)
  • São Clemente (267.4)
  • Unidos da Tijuca (266.8)
  • Paraíso do Tuiuti (264.6)

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Counting Down to Carnaval

Mangueira, champions in 2016

Mangueira, champions in 2016

The clock is ticking down to Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, the city’s first really big celebration since the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Rio de Janeiro is the most famous and the largest of Brazil’s carnival celebrations. In Rio the focus is on samba and the parade of the samba schools organised by the League of Samba Schools on the Sunday and Monday evenings.

The main parades of the Grupo Especial will next take place on the nights of Sunday, 26 February and Monday, 27 February 2017. The schools parading will be:

Sunday, 26 February 2017

  • Paraíso do Tuiuti
  • Grande Rio
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense
  • Vila Isabel
  • Salgueiro
  • Beija-Flor

Monday, 27 February 2017

  • União da Ilha
  • São Clemente
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
  • Unidos da Tijuca
  • Portela
  • Mangueira

Six schools will parade on Sunday night and six on Monday and they will start at 22.00, 23.05, 00.10, 01.15, 02.20 and 03.25.

Up coming dates for Carnival in Brazil (Friday-Wednesday) are:

  • 2018: 9-14 February
  • 2019: 1-6 March
  • 2020: 21-26 February
  • 2021: 12-17-February
  • 2022: 25 February-2 March
  • 2023: 17-22 February
  • 2024: 9-14 February
  • 2025: 28 February-5 March

Metro’s new Olympic extension now serves Barra da Tijuca

mapa-olimpiadasThis new extension to the Rio Metro opened on 1 August. 16km long it serves five new stations: Nossa Senhora da Paz, Jardim de Alah, Antero de Quental, São Conrado / Rocinha and Jardim Oceânico. The last being the nearest to the Olympic Village and Olympic activites in Barra da Tijuca.

The journey between stations Nossa Senhora da Paz in Ipanema, and Jardim Oceânico takes 13 minutes. Between Carioca station, in the centre of the city, and Barra da Tijuca, the journey is just 34 minutes. From Uruguai, in the city’s north zone, it will take 50 minutes. It’s estimated that once the Olympics is over more than 300,000 people will use the line every day resulting in 4,000 fewer cars on the road during rush hour.

During the Games, between 5 and 21 August, the five stations will be open from 6am to 1am, Saturday to Sunday and from 7am until 1am on Sundays and holidays. Between 5 August and 18 September, only people travelling with RioCards or tickets for events will be allowed entry to this part of the metro.

London has its own Rio Olympic Lounge

Rio Lounge 2016If you can’t get to Rio for the Olympics and are stuck back in London, you can still soak up the atmosphere of the games and Brazil at the Rio Olympic Lounge that is located in the Brazilian Embassy, just off Trafalgar Square (14-16 Cockspur Street. SW1Y 5BL).

Entry is free and the lounge is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 and 19.00 from 6 to 21 August.

The Lounge showcases what lies beyond the city of Rio, and shows the state of Rio’s many other attractions. Basically where the residents of Rio – the Cariocas – head out to to have even more fun (if that is possible) at the weekends. Some even live there and go to Rio for the weekends!

If you are in Rio for the Olympics, you can get more information of what the city and state of Rio has to offer from the Visit Rio and TurisRio stands in Espaço Rio de Janeiro located at the Olympic Boulevard, at Orla Mayor Luiz Paulo Conde in the port area.

 

Mangueira: Champion of Rio’s carnaval 2016

Bethania Mangueira 2016Last was again not least at Rio’s carnaval, and the last of the top 12 Rio samba schools to parade in 2016, the iconic Mangueira of “Verde Rosa” (Green and Pink), a school that was first champion in 1932 and which was last champion in 2002, is champion again with a parade that honoured the great Brazilian singer Maria Bethânia.

Mangueira scored 269.8 points out of a possible 270,  beating Unidos da Tijuca and Portela in to second and third with 269.7 point, Salgueiro, that had lead for most of the countt, came fourth with 269.5, and the champion in 2015, Beija Flor, was fifth with 269.3. Estacio de Sa was relegated to the Grupo de Acesso while Paraíso do Tuiuti was promoted and reutrns to the main parade in 2017 for the first time since 2001.

Mangueira 2016 3The main parades of the Grupo Especial will next take place on the nights of Sunday, 26 February and Monday, 27 February 2017. The schools parading will be:

  • Beija-Flor
  • Grande Rio
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense
  • Mangueira
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
  • Paraíso do Tuiuti
  • Portela
  • Salgueiro
  • São Clemente
  • União da Ilha
  • Unidos da Tijuca
  • Vila Isabel
Mangueira, champions in 2016

Mangueira, champions in 2016

Tomorrow has arrived in Rio de Janiero

Museu Amanha

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and South America has a major new attraction with the opening of the Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do Amanhã). It is one the most exciting new museums and attractions to open in Rio in time for the 2016 Olympics

Designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Museum of Tomorrow is one of the anchors of the newly developed Porto Maravilha cultural area that also houses the Museum of Rio Art. Dedicated to the sciences, the facility, which opened in December 2015, has a format unlike any other museum of natural history or of science and technology.

The Museum of Tomorrow offers visitors the opportunity to engage in personal-choice experiences, have a glimpse of future possibilities and envision how they will live and shape the planet in the next fifty years. The space explores variations on tomorrows in the fields of matter, life and thought and debates questions like climate change, population growth and longevity, global integration, the world’s increased diversity of material goods and its decreased natural diversity. It is a museum where people can follow the trails of their imagination and make their own choices about the future more conscientiously and ethically.