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Host: Monica

Sao Paulo, Brazil

USD
$38-$52 per person

Authentic Brazilian food in a beautiful neighborhood

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Monica

Monica is an incredibly warm and charming Brazilian with a true zest for life. She loves entertaining and meeting people and finds that cooking is the best way to gather people together. Monica's mother is from northern Brazil, her father is from the Czech Republic and she is married to Walter who is Jewish so her food is a delightful confluence of all these cultures. Sao Paulo is a city of immigrants who have all had their influence on the city - Monica's food is thus, a quintessential representation of Sao Pauloan cuisine. She has been a proud and active mother for over 25 years and is a now a writer, publisher and photographer. Monica has published five books on photography and is passionate about photographing people and communities. People are the most enchanting subject and in her words, the most beautiful creation of God. Monica is married to Walter, a hard-working executive and along with their children, they love hosting guests in their welcoming home.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (8-30 guests) Join Monica and her family (Walter, Bea and Gutti, pronounced Guchi) in their beautiful home surrounded by lush gardens on a peaceful, tree-lined street in the quiet neighborhood of Morumbi. After you get a tour of the home, gather at their bar to enjoy caipirinhas, Brazil's most popular drink made with a variety of fresh local fruits, lime juice and cachaça, a sugarcane spirit. Learn about Brazilian life and culture from this fun-loving family as you dine on modern and creative Brazilian dishes that reflect the family's varied cultural and culinary influences. Over Brazilian music playing in the background, you may enjoy dishes such as vatapá, a seafood and coconut milk stew seasoned with dende (palm) oil eaten over rice, the family's favorite holiday dish, chicken paprikash, a Czech influenced chicken dish in a creamy paprika based sauce, varenix, a Jewish chicken and potato specialty, or a lighter, homemade version of feijoada, a traditional Brazilian pork and bean stew. End your meal with dessert such as sorbets and ice-creams made from regional fruits like jaca, graviola, cupuaçu, and jabuticaba. Monica jokes that you may try these sorbets only if you can pronounce the names of these exotic fruits.
Please note that Monica and Walter will be donating all the proceeds from this experience towards an education charity that they support: www.parceirosdaeducacao.org.br

Cooking experience: (6-8 guests) Join Monica and her staff in her kitchen and learn to cook fresh and light, modern Brazilian food that has been influenced by international flavors. The joy of Brazilian food comes from the freshness of ingredients, even though they are basic. Please note that this is a cooking demonstration, not a hands-on cooking class. You can expect a 45-60 minute demonstration by your host of 1-2 of the main dishes you will be eating.

Traveler reviews

Monica and her family (Walter, Bea and Gutti) were hands down the best, most gracious hosts I have ever met. They welcomed our group of 8 into their stunning, picturesque home with open arms and treated us like family. They shared their favorite family recipes with us over some delicious passion fruit caipirinhas, each course and drink was better than the next. They were also generous enough to show us some of their favorite soccer memorabilia and provide us with recommendations of places to visit during our stay in Brazil. We could not have dreamed of a lovelier experience! - Kimia
- Kimia

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Monica

$38-$52 USD

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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered Not offered $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered Not offered $52
Alcohol
$5 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered Not offered $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered Not offered $52
Alcohol
$5 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-7:00pm

Meet Monica

Monica is an incredibly warm and charming Brazilian with a true zest for life. She loves entertaining and meeting people and finds that cooking is the best way to gather people together. Monica's mother is from northern Brazil, her father is from the Czech Republic and she is married to Walter who is Jewish so her food is a delightful confluence of all these cultures. Sao Paulo is a city of immigrants who have all had their influence on the city - Monica's food is thus, a quintessential representation of Sao Pauloan cuisine. She has been a proud and active mother for over 25 years and is a now a writer, publisher and photographer. Monica has published five books on photography and is passionate about photographing people and communities. People are the most enchanting subject and in her words, the most beautiful creation of God. Monica is married to Walter, a hard-working executive and along with their children, they love hosting guests in their welcoming home.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (8-30 guests) Join Monica and her family (Walter, Bea and Gutti, pronounced Guchi) in their beautiful home surrounded by lush gardens on a peaceful, tree-lined street in the quiet neighborhood of Morumbi. After you get a tour of the home, gather at their bar to enjoy caipirinhas, Brazil's most popular drink made with a variety of fresh local fruits, lime juice and cachaça, a sugarcane spirit. Learn about Brazilian life and culture from this fun-loving family as you dine on modern and creative Brazilian dishes that reflect the family's varied cultural and culinary influences. Over Brazilian music playing in the background, you may enjoy dishes such as vatapá, a seafood and coconut milk stew seasoned with dende (palm) oil eaten over rice, the family's favorite holiday dish, chicken paprikash, a Czech influenced chicken dish in a creamy paprika based sauce, varenix, a Jewish chicken and potato specialty, or a lighter, homemade version of feijoada, a traditional Brazilian pork and bean stew. End your meal with dessert such as sorbets and ice-creams made from regional fruits like jaca, graviola, cupuaçu, and jabuticaba. Monica jokes that you may try these sorbets only if you can pronounce the names of these exotic fruits.
Please note that Monica and Walter will be donating all the proceeds from this experience towards an education charity that they support: www.parceirosdaeducacao.org.br

Cooking experience: (6-8 guests) Join Monica and her staff in her kitchen and learn to cook fresh and light, modern Brazilian food that has been influenced by international flavors. The joy of Brazilian food comes from the freshness of ingredients, even though they are basic. Please note that this is a cooking demonstration, not a hands-on cooking class. You can expect a 45-60 minute demonstration by your host of 1-2 of the main dishes you will be eating.

Traveler reviews

Monica and her family (Walter, Bea and Gutti) were hands down the best, most gracious hosts I have ever met. They welcomed our group of 8 into their stunning, picturesque home with open arms and treated us like family. They shared their favorite family recipes with us over some delicious passion fruit caipirinhas, each course and drink was better than the next. They were also generous enough to show us some of their favorite soccer memorabilia and provide us with recommendations of places to visit during our stay in Brazil. We could not have dreamed of a lovelier experience! - Kimia
- Kimia

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered Not offered $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered Not offered $52
Alcohol
$5 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered Not offered $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered Not offered $52
Alcohol
$5 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-7:00pm
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