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THE INSATIABLE MIND BEHIND BRASIL’S LARGEST CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY, DEBORAH COLKER SPEAKS TO JUNGLE ABOUT THE BUILDING OF HER CAREER AND HER NEW SHOW, CRUEL Perseverance and a lot of energy. These are, without a doubt, two of the most defining traits in the personality of Deborah Colker. The Rio-born dancer of Jewish Russian descent started out with ballet, learnt piano and went on to play volleyball, turning professional in the latter, before deciding to return to dance. After realising it was the right path for her, and from the very start in the early 80s, Deborah has choreographed shows, taught lessons, worked in fashion, theatre and carnival; she created special sequences for the World Cup and became the first woman to develop a dance for Cirque du Soleil, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Canadian company. To the passerby, Deborah, short and with a certain way about her - girlish, yet with a touch of tomboy – could go unnoticed in relation to her vast experience with dance. But one merely has to see her on the stage for any doubt to disappear; the vigour and precision with which she executes movements choreographed right down to the millimetre together with her company simply transform her into a giant. Even when she can’t be identified, whether amid the dancers or not even on stage, she has the ability to captivate the audience with her extremely fertile imagination, through the routines which she develops. Creating a singular and unprecedented style in Brasil, the trademark of the

company today, Deborah strives for more. And the mixture of contemporary dance with circus acrobatics enveloped broader influences, the necessity for which was determined by the very shows themselves. After Rota, in 1997, she realised the importance of staying close to the classical.

I’M VERY DEMANDING AND DON’T WANT TO REPEAT MYSELF. WITH TIME WE BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED AND MATURE, THE RESTRICTIONS ARE BECOMING EVER TOUGHER. “Rota was greatly responsible for my returning to a love of classical ballet. Its technique benefits the existence of a contemporary dance company every day, and this can be seen in every sense: in the discipline, the aesthetic, the technique, breathing, and synchronicity”, she says. Then after Nó, in 2005, she took the gamble of applying more drama to the

shows. And her doing so was not in vain, as her latest work, Cruel, which Deborah is actually presenting around the UK, arriving in London in June, is inspired by the cruelty of youth and of old age, and by emotions such as love, passion, lust and rejection. Beyond winning innumerous awards in Brasil, the Deborah Colker Dance Company also received in 2001, in London, the Laurence Olivier Award for best choreography for Mix, a fusion of their first two productions, Vulcão (Volcano) and Velox. Talking to Jungle, the choreographer, now 50, reflects on her long journey since starting her own company, right through to her modern day recognition amongst audiences and critics alike. How and when did you start dancing? I started when young, studying ballet between the age of five and eight, and then I stopped so as to study piano and volleyball, and focus on my other studies. When I was 15 I began dancing once again, taking classes in ballet, jazz and tap dance. When I was 17 I started contemporary dance, and it was then that I chose to devote myself to dance, though I went on to study Psychology. In 2000, I returned to study piano again. I still dance classical ballet, even today, but it was in contemporary dance that I found a means in which to express my ideas, feelings and concerns. Where did the idea for the Deborah Colker Dance Company come from?

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I was essentially creating a dance company. What was the experience like, of creating a dance company in Brasil? What is the hardest or most challenging part? When I began in the 90s, it was still difficult to get slots in the theatres, coverage in the press or any kind of sponsorship. Starting a dance company in Rio de Janeiro in the 90s was like planting a seed in the desert; it felt like trying to climb up walls or scale a mountain. And that, incidentally, is how Velox, my second show, was born in 1995. At that time there were very few municipal or provincial dance companies throughout Brasil that were managing to

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York; Cruel was wonderfully received in Germany and also Brasil too. All of the shows have communicated well with the audiences. You’ve performed in London before, haven’t you? What are you expecting from this return? Yes I’ve brought all the company’s shows to London. I’m feeling good about this tour of Cruel in the UK. ‘Cruel bears my trademark style, yet takes things in new directions. I think the shows will be emotional and will have a great rapport with the public. Do you think Brasilian dance has a

good reputation outside of Brasil? I think so. We have good dancers working in companies abroad and we have different types and genres of Brasilian companies performing abroad too. What do you consider to be the most important part of your work? I believe in the force of movement as beauty, wonder and thought. My work is a fascination with experimenting with new spaces and discovering new movements, and building a creative body. It is charged with emotion, intention, ideas and principally the certainty that dance has an intrinsic capacity for expression and emotion. ,&

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Bountiful nature | The region's natural beauty is the main reason that this sleepy fishing village has been transformed into a tourist destination which welcomes more than 1 million visitors a year from all corners of the world. Praia do Forte's 9 miles of coastline is divided into four beaches; a car is handy to get between them, but isn't essential, only a little more will power is required to make the journey on foot, and the resulting weariness and heat can always be refreshed with a quick dip in the sea. The natural swimming pools with their crystal-clear waters can be taken advantage of just a short distance from the town. At

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Enjoyment from day to night | For those who don't just want to stop and admire the diversity of the local flora and fauna, Praia do Forte also offers plenty of water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, diving, deep-sea fishing and canoeing, as well as cycling, horse riding or quad-biking, and even parasailing, which is the ultimate thrill. For those not familar, this involves being towed by a boat, gliding

high behind it suspended from a parasail, a specially designed parachute. The nightlife might not match that of the big cities, but a number of bars offer the chance to liven up the evening, such as the Bahian-Brasilian repertoire which can be caught at the Bar do Souza, also famous for its traditional fishcakes. During the high season, Praia do Forte also hosts a number of summer festivals, from food to music, like the popular Trivela festival. To relax the morning after, pick one of the beautiful local beaches, keep hydrated with iced coconut water and make the most of the sea and sand. With all the natural beauty that Praia do Forte has to offer, this certainly won't be a challenge. ,&

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The lively tapas restaurant-bar marks its 3rd anniversary Both in its name and reality, with Camino being a rendez vous ‘on the way’, the Kings Cross hub of Latin music and fine Tapas has proved that it's no mere passing trend, as on 19th May the restaurant is set to mark its 3rd anniversary. The venue's thrived hugely with a diverse array of live music, DJs and parties, but those aren’t Camino’s only virtues, as founder Richard Bigg explains its intrinsic connection with Spain: “every 6 months I take about 15 staff to visit great cities and wineries and try the local food. This helps the staff learn more, bond and feel appreciated”. For the party Richard’s anticipating “a crazy atmosphere that will seep up everyone, even those not aware of what they've stumbled upon”. And Jungle’s been helping plan the event, with the ubiquitous DJ Lime followed by the lively old Molotov Jukebox. Also, much as we did last year, starting on June 20th we’ll be throwing four months of Summer Sunday Sessions on every 3rd Sunday of the month, with live bands and DJs playing. For the 19th, hop to Camino’s website for a drinks voucher while they last! JD KEY:

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Apesar de seu nome significar 'caminho' e representar, de fato, uma forma de passar o tempo, o bar de Kings Cross que reune música latina e bons petiscos espanhóis provou que não é uma moda passageira com a comemoração de seu terceiro aniversário no dia 19 de maio. O local se desenvolveu imensamente com a grande variedade de DJs e festas com música ao vivo, mas estes não são as únicas virtudes do Camino; o fundador da casa Richard Bigg explica a ligação intrínseca com a Espanha: "a cada seis meses eu levo cerca de 15 membros da equipe à cidades espanholas, visitamos vinhedos e provamos a comida local. Isso ajuda o staff a aprender mais e se sentir valorizado". Para a festa, Richard prevê "uma louca atmosfera que vai contagiar a todos". A Jungle também está ajudando a planejar o evento, que terá DJ Limão e a banda Molotov Jukebox. E novamente este ano levamos à casa o Summer Sunday Sessions, a cada terceiro domingo do mês começando em 20 de junho, com bandas e DJs. Para a celebração do dia 19, veja os vouchers de drinks disponíveis no site do Camino. JD Camino’s 3rd Birthday! 19th May, 6pm–late, FREE camino.uk.com • 020 7841 7331

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Dry and ever so carefully seasoned, the bolinhos de bacalhau (codfish cake) at Guanabara – quintessentially luso-Brasilian finger food – are irresistible with an ice-cold late afternoon beer. Guanabara, Parker Street, WC2B guanabara.co.uk

A Sweet Pitstop

Fogo Vivo’s heavenly truffle will distract your commute via Manor House every day. Why? Strawberry, wrapped in ‘doce de leite’, covered with chocolate. That’s why. Fogo Vivo, Haringey Train Station, N4 07877 074062

Lunchtime Delight

Got a craving for a succulent picanha sandwich in the heart of EC1? Loosen your tie and enjoy a Brasilian bite at this stall amid the buzzing weekday market on Whitecross Street. Brazil Flavour, Whitecross St, EC1 (10am-4pm) whitecrossstreet.co.uk

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bars & restaurants CAMINO L Effervescent tapas bar in the heart of King’s Cross

Covent Garden 020 7240 9742 doubleshotcoffee.co.uk

CENTRAL LONDON A LA CRUZ Argentinean steak house serving varied grilled meats. Main meal and a drink - £20 42 Northampton Rd, EC1R 0HU Angel

Barrio Central A cocktail lounge and basement club with Latin flavour.

barriocentral.com

BARRIO CENTRAL

barrio’s sista Soho just got a brand new Latino neighbour: inaugurated in April, Barrio Central is the younger sister bar of buzzing Barrio North in Islington. It's the same friendly concept, with a novel twist or two - vision of founder Ferdie Ahmed, the bar, menu and ambient blends influences from innumerous countries and Latin corners of the world. Adorned with fabrics and reused objects, Barrio Central’s décor is something special, and revellers are invited to play their part: “under the glass tables we have drawers and people can help us decorate by bringing objects that go well with the place. The idea is that everybody can leave their mark in here”, explains Ferdie. You can enjoy your drinks at the scenic porch at the back downstairs, with artificial grass, deckchairs and a rubix cube table, or have a cosy chat in the cabana. On the drink’s menu (a work of art in itself), exotic cocktails don’t make for an easy choice. If you like it sweet, go for the 'Brazilian Lady': a soft and tasty mix of cachaça, lemon and passion fruit. 'Breakfast at Barrio' is a great citrus choice: rum sour with added spice, and it literally comes aflame! The 'No Brainer', a mix of tequilas, guava, grapefruit and pineapple, is served in a lucha libre mask. The bar snacks are rather attractive as well. The tender Creole Marinated Shrimps are definitely our favourite, but the soft Carne Asada and delicious Calamari rings are also top. With friendly staff, great decoration and drinks filled with character, Barrio Central’s definitely a top choice for a cool night out. barrio central 6 Poland street, Soho - W1F 8PS Oxford Street 020 3230 1002

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020 7287 9506 FREGGO.CO.Uk

Gaucho Serves steaks, chicken and fish dishes. Argentinean Beef Bbq £20

020 7837 1999 ALACRUZ.COM

6 Poland Street, W1F 8PS Oxford Circus

FREGGO L Argentine ice cream bar offering a mouth watering range of flavours. Two-flavour cone £3.95 27-29 Swallow St., W1B 4QR Piccadilly

125 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PU Chancery Lane 0207 242 7727 GAUCHORESTAURANTS.CO.UK

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BRAZILIAN GOURMET Cafe/Restaurant serving Brasilian and Portuguese specialities. Rump Steak (Picanha no prato) £6.50 Whitfield St 112, W1T 5EE Warren Street 07983 633 440

BENITO’S HAT Mexican Burritos, tacos, salads, beer and cocktails. Main meal and drink £7.00 L

Guanabara Food, live music and even dance classes. Fish Moqueca Stew £12.50

0207 242 8600 GUANABARA.CO.UK

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BEM BRASIL Typical food in buffet style, pay by weight. Snacks and frozen açaí. Open everyday. Buffet £1,20/100gr 35 Oxford Street, W1D2DT Oxford Circus 020 7437 0400

0207 637 3722 BENITOS-HAT.COM

Las Iguanas Fresh, tasty and authentic Latin American cuisine. Pescado con Coco £11.50

55–57 Charing Cross Road Leicester Square

36 -38 Dean Street, W1D 4PS Leicester Square 0207 494 4716 IGUANAS.CO.UK

07833229369

Café Rio Feijoada and steaks prepared the Brasilian way. Prato Rio £9.80 6 Grafton Way, W1T 5DS Warren Street 0207 387 2285

WAHACA Freshly made, authentic Mexican dishes. Fish a la Veracruzana £9.95 66 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HG Covent Garden 0207 240 1883 WAHACA.CO.UK

Canela Brasilian and Portuguese dishes. Feijoada £9.50 33 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LS Convent Garden 0207 240 6926 CANELACAFE.COM

Comida South American rodízio with music, dancing and late bar. Lunch £16.90 Dinner £19.90 46 South Molton St, W1K 5RX Bond Street 020 7495 1177 comidabar.co.uk

DOUBLE SHOT COFFEE Homemade sandwiches and cakes. English cream teas and nata cakes. Excellent coffees and teas. Two-flavour cone £3.95 38 Tavistock Street, WC2E 7PB

020 7841 7331 CAMINO.UK.COM

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CASA BRASIL TimeOut - recommended. Authentic home-made food. Fish Moqueca £8.90 289 Regents Park Rd, N3 3JY Finchley Central 020 8371 1999

COCO BAMBOO Recently opened Brasilian restaurant with a dance floor starting from 10pm. Char-Grilled “Picanha” £8.90 48 Chalk farm Road, NW1 8AJ Camden Town 020 7627 6613

Parker Street, WC2B 5PW Holborn

56 Goodge Street, W1T 4NB Goodge Street

BELLO CAFE B Brasilian and Italian specialties.

3 Varnishers Yard, N1 9DF Kings Cross

PASTEL BRAZIL Typical Brasilian crispy pastry with assorted fillings. The perfect snack 22 Seven Sisters Road, N7 6AG Holloway Road 07943 633699

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bar PEPITO L London’s only Spanish Sherry bar.

CUBA LIBRE & HAVANA Original restaurant with tapas, meals and cocktails. El Plato Cubano £12.95

3 Varnishers Yard, N1 9DF King’s Cross

72 Upper St, N1 ONY Angel 020 7354 9998 CUBALIBRELONDON.CO.UK

Rodízio Rico Eat-till-you-drop buffet, grilled meats brought to your table Buffet £22.50, veg £15.50

Desperados Mexican Mexican food, cocktails and a great atmosphere. Beef Chimichangas £10.95

020 7354 1076 rodiziorico.com

127 Upper Street, N1 1QP Angel 0207 226 3222 DESPERADOS-ISLINGTON.CO.UK

El-Vaquero Argentinean Meats served off the skewer. The London Equestrian, N12 7BP Mill Hill East 0208 343 4161 ELVAQUERO .CO.UK

FOGO VIVO REST Home-cooked food with family atmosphere

020 7841 7331 CAMINO.UK.COM/PEPITO

77-78 Upper Street, N1 Angel

SABOR Latin American Food and cocktails with a fusion touch. Brasilian Moqueca £13.50 108 Essex Rd London, N1 8LX Angel 020 7226 5551 sabor.co.uk

SPIRITUAL CAIPIRINHA BAR Brasilian cocktail bar serving traditional and fusion dishes. Caipirinha & caipiroska £3 during happy hour 4 Ferdinand St, NW1 8ER Chalk Farm SPIRITUALBAR.CO.UK

Haringey Train Station, Green Lanes N4 1BS Manor House

north LONDON Barrio North Latino-style ‘street food’ served, DJs and events. Brasilian Wax Cocktail £6.75 45 Essex Road, N1 2SF Angel 0207 485 4738 BARRIONORTH.COM

Canecão Pool tables and Brasilian football on TV. Fish Moqueca £7.90

07877 074062

GARUFA Premium selection of meat and wines carefully sourced from Argentina.

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Tortilla Fresh, affordable CalifornianMexican cuisine. Burritos £4.50 - £5.50 13 Islington High St, N1 9LQ Angel 020 7833 3103 tortilla.co.uk

104 Highbury Park, N5 2XE Arsenal 020 7226 0070 GARUFA.CO.UK

MERCADO BAR & CANT Exciting cocktails and a great mix of Mexican home cooking and traditional favourites. Fish Taco £6.00

17 York Way, N7 9QG Caledonian Road

26 - 30 Stoke N Church St, N16 Stoke Newington rail

0207 485 4738 canecaolondon.com

020 7923 0555 MERCADO-CANTINA.CO.UK

east LONDON Bankete Brasilian cuisine dishes, picanha and feijoada. Chicken Stroganoff £6.50 3 Bell Lane, E1 Liverpool Street/ Aldgate 020 7247 5479

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bars & restaurants Buen Ayre Argentinean steak house Main meal and a drink £20 50 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ Cambridge Heath 020 7275 9900 buenayre.co.uk

SEE p.59

Horner Square, E1 6AA Liverpool Street PINCHITO TAPAS L Vintage Chic restaurant with an authentic and Tapas menu.

CARIBBeaN SCENE Award winning Caribbean restaurant offering an impressive range of traditional dishes and cocktails. Ackee & Saltfish £14.95

Raízes Grilled steaks and torresmo on the menu. Grilled rib £7

17 Western Gateway, E16 1AQ DLR – Royal Victoria

460 Hackney Road, E2 9EG Bethnal Green

020 7511 2023

020 7739 2009

south east LONDON Bandidos Mexican cuisine at affordable prices.

020 7353 6761

21-23 Norwood Road, SE24 9AA Herne Hill

Chilango.co.uk

Coffee Café Serves snacks and lunch Feijoada + Guaraná drink £5 68 Compton Street, EC1V Farringdon

020 8671 3772

Buenos Aires Café Argentinean beef, fresh pasta and Argentinean style pizzas. Grilled Bbq £14.50 – £24

020 7253 1249

17 Royal Parade, SE3 0TL Blackheath

El Paso Cocktail bar and restaurant serving Mexican, Tex-Mex and vegetarian dishes.

0208 318 5333 BUENOSAIRESLTD.COM

350-354 Old St, EC1V 9NQ Old St. SEE 0207 739 4202

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Favela Chic Seductive Latin flavours with French touches. Hand of God £15 91-93 Great Eastern St, EC2A Old Street 0207 613 5228 FAVELACHIC.COM

GAUCHO Argentinean Beef Bbq £20 5 Finsbury Avenue, EC2M 2PG 020 7256 6877

29 Westferry Circus, E14 8RR

CASTELO Bar & restaurant with a substantial Brasilian and Italian menu. Live music 171 Coldharbour Lane, SE5 0207 5019504

CONSTANCIA – ARGENTINE GRILL Argentine Steak House recently inaugurated. Ojo de Bife Argentino (310gr) 11oz.Prime Argentine Rib-Eye £17.00 52 Tanner Street, SE1 3PH Borough 020 7234 0676 CONSTANCIA.CO.UK

SEE p.59

020 7987 9494

1 Bell Inn Yard, EC3V 0BL 020 7626 5180 GUACHORESTAURANTS.CO.UK

Green and Red, Bar and Cantina Authentic Jaliscan food and the biggest selection of tequila in the UK. Late-night DJ bar. 51 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA 020 7749 9670 greenred.co.uk

CUBANA – BAR & RESTAURANT Home-cooked Cuban and Latin food prepared from quality ingredients at a reasonable price. Happy Hour Mojitos - 2 for £6.95 48 Lower Marsh SE1 7RG Waterloo 0207 928 8778 CUBANA.CO.UK

Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, SE1 6TE Elephant & Castle 0207 701 9166 LABODEGUITA.CO.UK

sins of the flesh Although it has been around since 2006, it was last year's featuring on Gordon Ramsay's 'The F-Word' that made Santa Maria del Sur famous. However, the place remains committed much more to food than fame - especially the carefully selected meat from the best sources in the Argentinean Pampas, hung for 28 days. Best of all, the TV fame had no impact on the price list the average meal costing £35 per head. Despite being a place which is always busy, Santa Maria's atmosphere remains relaxed and unpretentious, and the staff are friendly, attentive and dynamic. Manager Gerardo (a forty-something year old) represents it really well with his cool and laid back attitude, and he'll personally dim the lights and move tables around to accommodate the guests. The steaks are the stars of the show, but Santa Maria offers a full range of starters, such as the empanadas - £5 will get you two pasties with assorted fillings - beef, chicken, sweetcorn, spinach and cheese. And for those real cheese-lovers out there there's the grilled provolone slabs. For the main course, we recommend a PARRILLADA DELUXE, a mixed grill to share containing the finest cuts the restaurant has to offer, at £25. Although Santa Maria has an extensive selection of South American wines, it's handy to note that they also allow you to bring your own bottle, with a corkage fee of £5.

8 Lant St. SE1 1QR Borough

Old Spitalfields Market - 1

020 7357 0057 elvergel.co.uk

santa maria del sur 129 Queenstown Road - SW8 3RH 020 7622 2088 santamariadelsur.co.uk

0871 3328774 elgaucho.co.uk

Fiesta Havana Cocktail lounge bar with tapas, live music and dance. 490 Fulham Road SW6 5NH Fulham Broadway 020 7381 5891 Havanafulham.co.uk

Las Iguanas Fresh, tasty and authentic Latin American cuisine

GAUCHO Argentinean Beef Bbq £20

Royal Festival Hall - SE1 8XX The O2 - SE10 0DS

020 8948 4030

89 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DX

0207 494 4716 I GUANAS.CO.UK

Towpath, Richmond TW10 6UJ

LITTLE BRAZIL Bossa with a hint of jazz. Home made meals.

GAUCHORESTAURANTS.CO.UK

020 7584 9901

Goya Authentic Spanish tapas and friendly staff make a visit to this hidden gem in Pimlico a must.

30-A Catford Hill, SE6 4PX Catford Rail Station 0208 690 2770

Rodízio Rico Eat-til-you-drop buffet, grilled meats brought to your table. Buffet £22.50, Veg £15.50 Tito's Peruvian Seafood, soups and risottos. Ceviche £7.50 4-6 London Bridge St, SE1 9SG London Bridge

34 Lupus Street, SW1V 3EB Pimlico 020 7976 5309 goyarestaurant.co.uk

Loco Mexicano Huge portions at decent prices. With a variety of cocktails on offer and sombreros to make the experience more authentic. 65 Wilton Road, SW1V 1 Victoria

0207 407 7787 TITOSEATERIES.COM

020 7931 7325

Margarita Loca Latin Music, Mexican food and Cuban cocktails.

south west LONDON Azteca Latin Lounge Mexican cuisine, mouth watering cocktails and beers. Latin bands and top DJs.

527 Battersea Park Rd, SW11 Clapham Junction Rail 0207 924 2772 margaritaloca.co.uk

Preto Traditional Brasilian “rodízio”. Live music on the weekends.

356 Kings Road, SW3 5ES South Kensington

72 Wilton Road, SW1V 1DE Victoria

0207 352 4087 AZTECALATINLOUNGE.COM

020 7233 8668

BRAZAS Restaurant and delicatessen serving home-made food with Portuguese, Brasilian and English influences. Sticky date pudding £3.45 45 Tulse Hill SW2 2TJ 020 8678 0697 BRAZASRESTAURANTE.COM

30 Brixton Water Lane, SW2 Brixton CRAVOECANELA.CO.UK

Tacuba Cocktail bar and Mexican street food. 10 Bedford Hill SW12 9RG Balham 0208 6735394 Tacubabar.com

CRAVO & CANELA A choice of Brasilian cakes and pastries that are to die for! Try also the feijoada

El Vergel Uniting aromatic and spicy Latin America with delicate Mediterranean flavours.

Las Iguanas Fresh, tasty and authentic Latin American cuisine.

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Chelsea Farmers Market, 125 Sydney Street SW3 6NR South Kensington

La Bodeguita Tapas, fish and home-made Colombian food. £8 - 13

SANTA MARIA DEL SUR

020 704 2123

142 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BP City Thameslink

2 More London Riverside, SE1 Tower Bridge 020 7407 5222 GAUCHORESTAURANTS.CO.UK

0207 4900121 PINCHITO.CO.UK

27 Upper Street, N1 OPN Angel

El Gaucho Grill Steak House £13.90

IGUANAS.CO.UK

32 Featherstone Street, EC1Y Old Street

Chilango A burst of Mexican flavour. Chicken Burrito £5.40

GAUCHO Argentinean Beef Bbq £20

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TU CHICAS Tasty food and flamboyant cocktails. Mexican dish £20 12 –14 Leopold Road, Wimbledon, SW19 7BD Wimbledon 0208 946 4300 TUCHICAS.CO.UK

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RODIZIO BRAZIL Brasilian style barbeque with unlimited portions of meat. 505 Garratt Lane, SW18 4SW Earlsfield Rail St. 020 8871 3875 RODIZIOBRAZIL.COM

0207 622 2088 SANTAMARIADELSUR.CO.UK

wines, frozen + fresh food. Portuguese Nata Tart 70p 40 Delancey Street, NW1 Camden Town

020 7636 8650 ibericalondon.com

020 7485 2351

Café Estrela do Norte Portuguese cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Spicy Francesinha £9.50 294 Kingshill Av, UB4 8BX 0208 841 3488 GO.TO/ESTRELA

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Sushinho Brasilian chic with Japanese efficiency. Sushinho roll £9 312-314 King's Rd, SW3 5UH South Kensington sushinho.com

Floridita Restaurant Cosmopolitan Cuban and Latin American cuisine and authentic Daiquiris. Expect swanky decor and a vibrant atmosphere

GAUCHO Argentinean Beef Bbq £20

IPANEMA CAFÉ Special dishes everyday, feijoada, puddings and cakes. Buffet £1.20/100g

64, Heath Street, NW3 1DN 0702 431 8222 GAUCHORESTAURANTS.CO.UK

7-9 Queensway, W2 Queensway 020 7792 9050 IPANEMACAFE.CO.UK

RODÍZIO RICO Eat-til-you-drop buffet, grilled Meats brought to your table. Buffet £22.50, veg $15.50 Royal Oak - 111 Westbourne Grove, W2

Amber Grill Rodizio Cuts of meat from skewers. Prime Rodízio £19.50

Guanabana Famous Jerk chicken served with mango+papaya chutney. £7.85 - £12.75.

7, Station Road, NW10 4UP Willesden Junction

85 Kentish Town Rd, NW1 Camden Town

020 89631588 ambergrill.co.uk

SEE p.58

0207 4851166 guanabanarestaurant.com

100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN Tottenham Court Road

020 7792 4035 RODIZIORICO.COM

Barraco The atmosphere of a Brasilian bar with live music Friday to Sunday. Chicken Hearts £6

Made in Brasil Classic Brasilian fare, from seafood to meat and feijoada. Picanha Na Chapa £13.50

020 7314 4000 floridita.co.uk

TAQUERIA Mexican cafe serving a great variety of Tacos, Mexican dishes and cocktails.

10 Kingsgate Place, NW6 Kilburn

12 Inverness Street, NW1 Camden Town

SEE p.57

Tia Maria Restaurant & Tapioca House Tia Maria offers delicious tapioca stuffed chicken drumsticks w / catupiry, in addition to traditional dishes of Brazilian cuisine and feijoada on Saturdays and Sundays.

FOGO Exciting new churrasco in London.

0203 195 3777 fogo.uk.com

202 High Street Harlesden, NW 10 4SY Wilesden Juction

10 - 12 Kentish Town Rd, NW1 Camden Town

9a, Victoria House South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QT Vauixhall

iberica food & cult. Traditional Spanish restaurant with a innovative twist.

0208 965 4723 corcovadobar.com

020 74825065 MANGOROOM.CO.UK

Ferreira Delicatessen Sandwiches, meats, cheeses,

MERCEARIA BRASIL Brasilian traditional snacks

020 7793 9700

and products in-store. Coxinha £1.50 773 Harrow Road, NW10 5PA Kensal Green 02089620252

SEE p.60

Santa Maria del Sur Argentinean grill house with live music on Mondays. Argentinean Steak £12 129 Queenstown Road, SW8 Battersea

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195 Great Portland Street, W1W Great Portland Street

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45 The Mall, W5 3TJ Ealing Broadway

139-143 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS Notting Hill 0207 229 4734 TAQUERIA.CO.UK

North west LONDON

020 7604 4664 barracocafe.co.uk

Corcovado Typical Brazilian food with live music at weekends.

020 7482 0777 made-in-brasil.co.uk

MANGO ROOM Fish, Meat and vegetarian Food: a taste of the Caribbean. Goat Curry £12

Mestizo Restaurant-bar offering a fine and authentic Mexican cuisine Enchiladas £12 103 Hampstead Rd, NW1 3EL Warren Street 020 7387 4064 mestizomx.com

SABOR BRASILEIRO Brasilian fish and beef, game room, internet, bar/lounge. Buffet £7.50 10% weekend discount 639 Harrow Road, NW10 5NU Kensal Green 02089691149

SABOR MINEIRO Typical dishes from Minas Gerais (but no alcoholic drinks). Buffet £6.50 63 Station Road, NW10 4UX Willesden Junction 020 8965 2050

THE CUBAN L Long bar upstairs or dinner in the fiesta Room. Lamb Cubano £10.95 Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd Camden Town 0870 850 8975 THECUBAN.CO.UK

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DREAMS DO COME TRUE Hi JD. You got in contact with me in October regarding a competition I won and I quizzed you about some film stuff in Brasil. Anyway, just want to say thanks, due to the info you sent me I am now moving to Rio to work with Cinema Nosso and I’ll be independently running film workshops with young people in both Rio and Salvador. Obrigada! Olivia, via email That’s fantastic news! We wish you every success with the project. JD A WORD OF ADVICE JD. I realise the magazine keeps the Brasilian community in London informed, but there's one thing they might not know: every Brasilian residing abroad can apply for credit to buy a property in Brasil without having to prove income. I thought It would be important to spread the word. Maria Emilia, via email

Hi Josivaldo. Thank you for your kind words. We're very flattered by your comments and happy we're able to inspire others out there. It just makes all the hard work worthwhile. JD LONGING FOR FUNK Hi JD.. I was just wondering, and possibly even suggesting, I think it would be a good idea to throw a Baile funk party in London. A lot of my friends here are from Brasil and we all think it'd be a great idea if someone could organise that. Even my nonBrasilian friends love Baile funk! Denise, via mail

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JungleDrums issue 80 - May 2010  

JungleDrums is the only magazine that covers all that’s new and essential in Brazilian arts, entertainment and lifestyle in London. Showcasi...