WTF? Osama bin Laden-themed cafes are a thing in Brazil

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 28 April 2014

Ok. So there’s not just one but a dozen Osama bin Laden-themed cafes in Brazil (including one named Bin Laden and Family). The franchise began right after the 9/11 attacks (timing, right?) when bar owner Francisco Elder Braga Fernandes was told he looked similar to the Al Qaeda terrorist. So, he, uh, changed the name […]

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What the Brazil World Cup arenas look like just months from kick off

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 25 April 2014

The first game of the World Cup in Brazil is just a couple of months away and it looks as though the country is ‘rushing to finish the last of its brand-new stadiums’. Just eight of the World Cup stadiums are ready to be used (out of 12), with some venues half-built, ‘sometimes tucked between […]

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Take a stroll down the most beautiful street in the world

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 23 January 2014

Porto Alegre, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul is being called ‘the most beautiful street in the world’. Why? Take a look at these photos and see for yourself. Each side of the street is lined with trees, with some as tall as the 7th floors in adjacent buildings. […]

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Roll up this magazine for a free iPhone amplifier

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By Annie Churdar in New Design on Friday 25 October 2013

Just roll up this super slick magazine ad, tuck in the tab, pop your phone in, and listen to some tunes. Thank to JWT, this campaign to bring attention to the new Coca-Cola.FM in Brazil means a free iPhone amp. What better way to encourage magazine readers to tune in?

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Labirinto: an exhibition made from recyclable materials

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By Cat Madeira in New Art on Thursday 8 August 2013

The Labyrinth exhibition appears in Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was made in the form of a geometric maze from 60 tons of recyclable materials (PET bottles, plastic containers, tetra packs, among others). It occupies 400 square meters, with acrylic mirrors inside.

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Bob’s fast food restaurant wrapped their cheeseburgers in edible paper

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 17 July 2013

What’s better than a delicious burger? Paper wrapping that tastes just like the delicious burger it envelopes. Bob’s, a Brazilian fast food joint, conducted a case study where they wrapped all their burgers in edible wrapping. Customers loved the edible paper, and they claimed it tasted just like the burger. It’s a great idea for […]

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Aya: the finest Japanese cuisine in São Paulo

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By Didu Losso in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 11 July 2013

Launched in July 2011, Aya Japanese Cuisine is the finest place in São Paulo for authentic Japanese sushi. It’s classy, contemporary, clean and intimate. The Chef, Juraci Pereira, aka Jura, and his investor, Beto Ganme, are the people behind this amazing restaurant, which was designed by the talented architect Carolina Rocco

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Cão Véio: dog-themed Brazilian cuisine in São Paulo

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By Didu Losso in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 10 July 2013

São Paulo restaurant Cão Véio has a theme of dog. That’s right, dog. Indeed, the name is inspired by the loyalty between dogs and their owners that always grows over time. The items on the menu are named after different dog breeds, and every week at lunch time, they create four different dishes and one […]

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Echoes of an Industrial Past: photo series by Barry Cawston

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By Anthony Garratt in New Photography on Friday 7 June 2013

I met Barry Cawston a couple of years ago during filming for a television production and have since been following and enjoying his work. His recent series of photographs from Avonmouth, an industrial port on the West coast, caught my attention. The series is called, Echoes of an Industrial Past and there is something other-worldly […]

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Astounding street art in Beco do Batman, Sao Paulo

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 21 May 2013

I recently got to know about Beco do Batman (Batman’s Alley), a heavily graffiti-ed zone in Sao Paulo, from watching one of these Anthony Bourdain travelogue shows. The sheer vibrancy of the street art there is just astounding, as you can tell from these photos taken by travel blogger Ling Ge.

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On-the-go furniture folds up for easy transportation

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Products on Tuesday 7 May 2013

For those of you who love well designed furniture but don’t want to be tied down with lots of stuff, this nomadic furniture series will be right up your alley. You’ve seen the old movies where Victorian-era people travel with huge, clunky trunks. Well, imagine those same traveling trunks except they also unfold to be furniture. Thanks […]

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Benihana Brasil: the finest Japanese restaurant in Brazil

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By Didu Losso in Cool Travel on Thursday 2 May 2013

Since Brazil was announced as the host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, it brought a lot of attention to the country, and especially to São Paulo, which is considered one of the finest places for gastronomy in the world. Benihana Brasil opened its doors in December 2012. Its kitchen is […]

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Porno Klan: American pop hits meets Brazilian funk

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By Sublime Silence in New Music on Thursday 2 May 2013

You have to hear it to believe it. Porno Klan is a weird music project from a Brazilian producer that likes to mash-up pop artists like Beyonce with underground dirty Brazilian funk or carnival songs. Sometimes he even releases a music video to illustrate the lyrics. And to top that, he creates exotic 80s inspired […]

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Rothko: a new restaurant in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Didu Losso Contributor

By Didu Losso in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 1 May 2013

Rothko is a São Paulo restaurant inspired by the paintings of Mark Rothko and the passion for gastronomy of Diego Belda. From the rock clubs he owned, Casa Belfiore and CBBAR, to a unique restaurant in the heart of São Paulo’s nightlife, Belda is also a painter but in parallel discovered the world of gastronomy […]

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Escola São Paulo

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By Didu Losso in Cool Travel on Thursday 25 April 2013

Founded by Isabella Prata in 2006, Escola São Paulo is an institution that offers very special courses in the creative world, entrepreneurship and innovation. Prata is a Tate Modern member of International Acquisitions Committee in London, President of the Committee to Support the ‘Glass House Project”, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, among other great projects […]

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