Need an 11-pound bag of rice? What about two pounds of sea salt? Craving some Guarana soda? Or perhaps some bulgar wheat? Pop into Brasil Legal, a small market on Western Avenue stocked with all kinds of goods from the world's fifth largest country.
Brightly painted in yellow, green and blue, Brasil Legal is a cheery one-stop shop for daily staples, exotic ingredients or the occasional chocolate splurge. A good variety of dried goods lines the shelves, including rice and beans, crackers, Passa Tempo and Triunfo cookies, Dona Benta cake mixes, Brazilian coffee and teas. There's also coconut milk, jars of hearts of palm, banana paste, guava concentrate, passion fruit juice, spicy pimento peppers and 32-ounce canisters of Victor Guedes olive oil. The Delakasa Doce de Leite spreads also looked interesting, coming in flavors like pumpkin, coconut, guava cream and strawberry.
There's a cooler in the back of the store, full of frozen products (chicken sausage, acai fruit pulp and the popular Forno de Minas cheese rolls) and one in the front with cheese, smoked sausage and soda cans. Grab some Garota chocolates or a bag of Yoki Farofa Pronto, a popular Brazilian flour mix made from ground cassava or yucca root and used like bread crumbs.
Take a moment to walk around the shop and look at everything – the store isn't large, but you'll be surprised at the variety it offers. And if you find yourself a little puzzled by what sits on the shelves, the friendly, knowledgeable staff is quick to explain each product’s purpose and use.
Centerstage Reviewer: Katie Piepel