Part Four: São José do Rio Prêto, Brazil
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breakfast Avyakta took me downstairs and showed me around his very
attractive centre. As well as selling a range of Asian-style clothing,
essential oils, incence, crystals and handicrafts in the front-of-shop
boutique, the Espaço Cultural Subhadra also teaches
an impressive range of courses in yoga, Ayurvedic massage, Reiki,
Aromatherapy, Taro, Mantra meditation, Astrology and Feng Shui.
He handed me his business card: Espaço Cultural Subhadra Avenida
Benedito Rodrigues Lisboa, 2240 - Jardim Vivendas São José do Rio
Preto, SP - Brasil Tel.: (17) 229-1681. E-mail: email@example.com
had planned a busy schedule for me in Brazil: today we would shop
for produce and set up the kitchen. Tomorrow there would be a cooking
class at the Espaço Cultural Subhadra, plus a couple of newspaper
interviews. Then we would drive back to São Paulo for
a Sunday morning class at the Gopala Prasada Restaurant,
then onto Pindamonhangaba for another class, and finally
back to São Paulo for a class at a Zen Macrobiotic
restaurant. He showed me a poster he had produced for the week.
Once again, little rest time for Kurma!
checked the area out back of the centre, a large multi-purpose hall,
which would serve as our temporary kitchen. Quite suitable, I thought.
We spoke about cooking equipment, and I checked the size of the
saucepans. I had already written a shopping list, something I have
done practically everyday of the tour so far. It is a challenge
moving from city to city, country to country and just hitting the
local shops with no prior experience of local produce. But since
I have done it hundreds and hundreds of times, I seem to have 'got
it down', and there are rarely any major hitches.
asked Avyakta to pose for a photo with his wife out the front of
the shop, and then we were off to the local feira,
markets. My favourite occupation! I had been reading up a bit on
Brazilian produce, and was looking forward to discovering new and
"hitherto-untasted" produce. Brazil has more varieties
of fruits than any other country. Brazilian bananas - large or tiny
- are sweet and tasty, especially because they are not harvested
green. Brazilians like to eat them fried for dessert or as a garnish
for meals. Let's see what we can find!
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