The World Cup kicks off tomorrow, and no, I couldn’t be any more excited!
Host country Brazil faces off against Croatia in the inaugural game, and though Spain doesn’t hit the field for the first time until Friday (against former rivals the Netherlands), there are still plenty of tastes of Spain to be had in Brazil while waiting for the big game.
If you’re in Rio de Janeiro, try heading to Ibérico Restaurant in the Botanical Gardens for a cool and green escape from soccer madness!
Another high-brow choice in this city is Mani, a restaurant whose chefs Daniel Redondo and Helena Rizzo (who met while working at El Celler de Can Roca) use Brazilian ingredients to make dishes influenced by avant-garde Spanish cuisine.
Or, if you plan on moving around a lot and want to construct your own World Cup picnic basket, stop by one of the approximately one dozen locations of gourmet food shop St. Marché – located throughout the country – and stock up on Spanish ham, cheeses, olive oil and other products.
Happy World Cup!