4 Jeri Foods

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Avocados beside a tennis ball, these are small ones!
Avocados beside a tennis ball, these are small ones!

My top 4 Jeri Foods: Kiwiroska, Abacaxiroska, Maracujaroska and Caipirinhas.

No…just kidding ;-)…

Every person organizes their life priorities differently – some opt for party, sleep, windsurf, eat, others for eat, sleep, party, windsurf. I prioritize eating, and as good as the windsurfing and nightlife is in Jeri, I return every year looking forward to the food.

So what are my favourite 4 unique Jericoacoara foods?

Cashew Nuts – they grow here! In fact the “Caju” or cashew fruits are laying beside my equipment every day in the storage at Club Ventos. Rinse it off and take a bite, but don’t go for the nut. The shell of the cashew nut is on top of the fruit and contains oils which will burn or give you a rash. The nuts are full of nutrients and very healthy, but probably not in the quantities I consume :-). I eat cashew nuts every day; with my oats in the morning, snacking, mixed in salads, and my all-time favourite in my Açaí!

Caju fruit ready to be eaten in the equipment storage at Club Ventos.
Caju fruit ready to be eaten in the equipment storage at Club Ventos.

Açaí – A “super-food” berry from the Amazon, frozen into a pulp, blended with bananas and Guarana Syrup, topped with granola, cashew nuts (of course), and chopped banana and mango. I eat Açaí every day. During my morning windsurfing session I usually start to get tired and lose my focus after 1.5 hours on the water. What’s distracting me? The thought of a massive delicious bowl of Açaí!

Phil Soltysiak windsurfing and getting hungry in front of Club Ventos in Jericoacoara, Brazil. Photo by Montorfano Andrea.
Phil Soltysiak windsurfing and getting hungry in front of Club Ventos in Jericoacoara, Brazil. Photo by Montorfano Andrea.

Tapioca – A pancake made from cassava root flour. It’s pretty weird to make it, You wet the flour slightly, and crumble it until it’s fine. Then you just spread it on a dry frying pan, and the heat makes it stick together. The first time you make it you don’t believe it’s going to work, it’s almost magic. My favourite is tapioca topped with Queijo Coalho and a poached egg for breakfast. Brazilian fusion cuisine 😉 I eat Tapioca most days here in Brazil.

Having Tapioca for breakfast with my brother Tom.
Having Tapioca for breakfast with my brother Tom.

Avocados – They taste really good here, but the best part is that they’re huge! Make guacamole out of 1 avocado, and it’s a full meal for 2 people! Never have I seen avocados anywhere close to the size you get here in Jeri. I would say I crack open an avocado here at least once every second day.

Phil Soltysiak Shove-it Spock in front of Club Ventos in Jericoacoara, Brazil. Photo by Montorfano Andrea.
Phil Soltysiak Shove-it Spock in front of Club Ventos in Jericoacoara, Brazil. Photo by Montorfano Andrea.

Oh yea….and the 4 fruit drinks I mentioned at the beginning:

Kiwiroska = Fresh kiwi, crushed with ice, sugar and vodka.
Abacaxiroska = Fresh pineapple, crushed with ice, sugar and vodka
Maracujaroska = Fresh passion fruit, crushed with ice, sugar and vodka
Caipirinha = Fresh limes, crushed with ice, sugar and Cachaça (a brazilian rum type liquor made from sugar cane)

There are probably 100 more combinations, but I hope I never try ALL of them…. 😉