Order of the Carnival Parades 2023

In 2023 the main parades of the Grupo Especial in Rio de Janeiro’s carnival are currently scheduled to take place on the nights of Sunday, 19 February and Monday, 20 February 2022. The 12 schools and the order that they will parade in 2023 are:

Sunday, 19 February 2023

  • Imperil Serrano
  • Grande Rio
  • Mocidade
  • Unidos da Tijuca
  • Salgueiro
  • Mangueira

Monday, 20 February 2023

  • Paraíso do Tuiuti
  • Portela
  • Vila Isabel
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense
  • Beija-Flor
  • Viradouro

 

Grande Rio – Champions of 2022 Carnival

Great Rio! – And it is Grande Rio from Duque de Caxias that are finally the champions of Rio’s carnival after scoring 269.9 points out of a possible 270, having just missed out in 2020, and on three other occasions. Beija-Flor came second with 269.6; and Viradouro, champions in 2020, third with 269.4. São Clemente were relegated. The full scores are:

  • Grande Rio (269.6 out of 270) 
  • Beija-Flor (269.4)
  • Viradouro (269.4)
  • Vila Isabel (269.2)
  • Portela (269.1) 
  • Salgueiro (268.3) 
  • Mangueira (268.2) 
  • Mocidade (268.2)
  • Unidos da Tijuca (267.8)
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense (266,7) 
  • Paraíso do Tuiuti (266.4) 
  • Sao Clemente (263.7)

Carnival 2022: Day Two of Rio’s Top Samba Schools

Thanks to the Riotur.Rio team of photographers, a quick and colourful look at the second of two nights of parades of Rio’s top samba school. On 23 April it was the turn of Paraíso do Tuiuti, Portela, Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, Unidos da Tijuca, Acadêmicos do Grande Rio and Unidos de Vila Isabel parade.

The results of the Grupo Especial, which covers Rio’s top twelve samba schools, will be announced in Rio on Tuesday (26 April) starting at 15.00 local time (19.00 in London). The lowest scoring school will be relegated to the Grupo de Acesso for 2023, with the winner of this year’s Grupo de Acesso joining the top 12 in 2023.

Dates of the parade of the Grupo Especial in 2023 are 19 and 20 February.

Winners at Festival do Rio in 2021

The awards for the 23rd Festival do Rio were announced and presented during a ceremony at Sala 1 of Estação NET Botafogo on Sunday, 19 December 2021. 

Première Brasil – Redentor Trophy – 2021

Jury: Patrícia Andrade (president), Bia Salgado, Gustavo Pizzi, Quito Ribeiro and Suzana Pires

Best Fiction FeatureMedusa, by Anita Rocha da Silveira

Best Documentary: Rolê – Histórias dos rolezinhos, by Vladimir Seixas

Best Short: Solitude, by Tami Martins and Aron Miranda

Special Jury Prize: Medida provisória, by Lázaro Ramos

Best Director – Feature Fiction: Anita Rocha da Silveira, for Medusa; and Laís Bodanzky, for A viagem de Pedro

Best Director – Documentary:  Murilo Salles, for Uma baía

Best Actress: Tati Villela, for Mundo novo

Best Actor: Rômulo Braga, for Sol

Best Supporting Actress: Lara Tremouroux, for Medusa

Best Supporting Actor: Sergio Laurentino, for A viagem de Pedro

Best Screenwriting: Alvaro Campos and cast, for Mundo novo

Best Editing: Eva Randolph, for Uma baía

Best Cinematography: Ivo Lopes Araújo, for Casa vazia

 

Première Brasil – New Directions (Novos Rumos) 2021

Jury: Emílio Domingos (president), Alice Furtado and Mariana Genescá

Best Film: Rio Doce, by Fellipe Fernandes

Special Jury Prize: for actress Renata Carvalho, for Os primeiros soldados

Special Jury Prize (Honorary Mention): O dia da posse, by Allan Ribeiro

Best Short: Chão de fábrica, by Nina Kopko

The Greatest Restaurants in Latin America 2013-2021

As Latin America gets back to some form of normality, we have the list of what are considered to be the 100 best restaurants in Latin America “past and present”.

Due to the pandemic the organisers decided to come up with a retrospective list, which spans 12 countries and was created by aggregating the votes from all previous editions, all the way down to No.1, being crowned The Greatest Restaurant in Latin America 2013-2021. The top ten are:

  1. Central, Lima, Peru
  2. Maido, Lima, Peru
  3. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
  4. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
  5. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  6. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
  7. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
  8. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  9. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  10. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Brazil has 17 restaurants listed in the Top 100 and they are:

  • 3 D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
  • 7 Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 11 A Casa do Porco, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 22 Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 23 Mocotó, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 41 Oteque, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 49 Manu, Curitiba, Brazil
  • 51 Oro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 54 Tuju, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 65 Evvai, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 66 Fasano, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 68 Glouton, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 75 Tordesilhas, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 77 Soeta, Vitória, Brazil
  • 86 Arturito, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 88 Komah, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 90 Corrutela, São Paulo, Brazil

The short video counts them down:

 

Brazil Qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup

With a 1×0 win over Colombia on 11 November 2021, Brazil mathematically guaranteed its place at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in December 2022, and in doing so remains the only country to qualify for every single one of the 22 World Cup Finals, winning five of them. 

After the finals in Russia in 2018, Brazil is tied with Germany in playing 109 games in the finals, but has won 73 games compared to Germany’s 67. Brazil has also scored 229 goals in finals, compared to Germany’s 226. 

Follow the World Cup at www.worldcuptheguide.com

Veja São Paulo’s best restaurants for 2021

São Paulo is a city that rightly prides itself on its gastronomic excellence, offering not only the best of Brazilian cuisine, especially the barbecue houses, but also a truly eclectic mix of restaurants serving dishes from the four corners of the globe. For many food critics, São Paulo now boasts the best selection of top restaurants in the world.

For that reason alone you will want to know what are the picks from Veja São Paulo’s restaurant guide “Comer & Beber”, which like Veja Rio is celebrating its 25th edition. Not exactly the same categories as Rio, but Veja’s best in São Paulo for 2021 are (and see if you agree):

  • Best Overall Restaurant: Casa do Porco (Centro)
  • Contemporary Brazilian: Maní (Jardim Paulistano)
  • Brazilian: A Baianeira (Masp – Av Paulista))
  • Barbecue / Meat: Rubaiyat (Itaim Bibi)
  • French: Président (Cerqueira César)
  • Italian: Fame (Jardim Paulista)
  • Trattoria: Lido Amici di Amici (Pinheiros)
  • Pizza: A Pizza da Mooca (Mooca)
  • Japanese: Ryo (Itaim Bibi)
  • Arab: Shahiya (Moema)
  • Mixed: Chez Claude (Itaim Bibi) 
  • Newcomer (Asian): Kazuo (Jardim Paulistano)
  • Hamburger: Z Deli Sandwiches (Pinheiros / Centro)
  • Sandwich: Zoe Sandwich Shop (Tatuapé)
  • Botequim / Bar: Esquina do Souza (Perdizes)
  • Cheap & Cheerful: Cuia Café (Edificio Copan – Centro) / Pão com Carne (Itaim Bibi)
  • Ice Cream: Frida & Mina (Pinheiros)

Veja Rio’s best restaurants for 2021

In 1997 Veja Rio launched its excellent restaurant and bar guide “Comer & Beber”, which also chooses its best restaurants and bars in Rio for the year (it does the same for São Paulo). The list of the city’s best for Rio 2021 are:

  • Contemporary Brazilian: Oteque (Botafogo)
  • Barbecue / Churrascaria Rodizio: Churrascaria Palace (Copacabana)
  • Seafood: Escama (Jardim Botanico)
  • French: L’Etoile – Sheraton Rio (Leblon)
  • Italian: Grado (Jardim Botanico)
  • Pizza: Ferro e Farinha (Catete / Botafogo / Leblon)
  • Portuguese: Gajos D’Ouro (Ipanema)
  • Asian: Spicy Fish (Ipanema)
  • Japanese: San (Leblon)
  • Hamburger: Sabor D.O.C. (Leblon)
  • Veagan: Ganic Lab (Barra)
  • Gastropub: Pope (Ipanema)
  • Botequim / Bar: Bafo da Prainha
  • Cheap & Cheerful: Cantón (Copacabana)
  • Ice Cream: Mil Frutas (Ipanema / Leblon / Jardim Botanico / São Conrado / Barra)
  • Breakfast: Café 18 do Forte (Copacabana)
  • Kiosk: De Lamare (Posto 8 – Ipanema)
  • Best Terrace: Boteco Belmonte (Ipanema)