Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 166

Virado à Paulista: For the past few days, I've been wanting to change things up and try something brand new that I didn't find in my usual shopping locations. After a less-than-productive day yesterday trying to find a reclusive Russian deli on Covington Highway, I stopped by Your Dekalb Farmers Market and found absolutely nothing interesting or new. I know that may sound crazy, but today is the 160th day I've been doing this. I've eaten a lot.

I came home frustrated and wanting to give up, so I decided to get online and do some hardcore research. One of my favorite local bloggers is the "Blissful Glutton" (, and based on how many great finds she writes about, I figured I could find a good recommendation on her site. After a bit of looking, I noticed something interesting that I'd never tried: Brazilian food. She featured an article about a traditional Brazilian cafe called Minas Emporium (7405 Roswell Road Northeast Atlanta, GA 30328-1026) that sounded really tasty, and the restaurant/market also had an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. I normally don't like buffets that much, but this one sounded good. Me and the GF made plans to check it out for lunch today.

When we walked in, I had hopes of finding feijoada, a traditional dish made with various cuts of pork and black beans. And until I got home, I thought one of the dishes I had off the buffet was feijoada (more on that later). We got our plates and proceeded to fill up, and there was plenty of tasty stuff to choose from. I got a bit of everything, including fried fish, a mix of rice and chunks of pork, some beef served in gravy and a dish including cauliflower and something else I couldn't quite identify. However, my favorite was the Virado à Paulista, which I actually thought was feijoada until I got home, did some research, and figured out it wasn't.
This dish (pictured at the bottom of the plate) was honestly amazing - it featured rice, tutu de feijão (a paste of beans and manioc flour), sauteed collard greens and a few different types of pork. The pork was definitely my favorite element, especially the crispy pieces that reminded me of a cross between chicharrones and bacon. It also included some pieces of diced up sausage - not ground, but with casing. Not exactly light eating, but I went back for seconds. It was a starchy, salty treat that I definitely plan on trying again soon. I could have eaten it till I made myself sick, but considering I have a show to play tonight, I figured that wasn't the best idea.
I also bought several other things to take home, so get ready for Brazilian Week. And thanks again to the Blissful Glutton for recommending this place. Good stuff.


  1. I'm new to the blog after your appearance in the AJC.
    I'm sure you get tons of recommendations, but I know of two great Russian Delis. One is at Killian Hill and Hwy 29 (behind the Burger King). It is called Golden Key.

    Golden Key
    4760 Lawrenceville Hwy NW Ste J
    Lilburn, GA 30047

    Their pastries in the cooler and their wide assortment of Eastern European candies always provide something new. You could try some Russian beverages, such as Kvas, a carbonated barley soda! (An acquired taste, but unique.)

    The second is New Odessa on Clairmont near I85 (behind a Popeye's Chicken)

    New Odessa European Market & Deli
    Ste. C
    2793 Clairmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
    (404) 321-3544

    Their fresh pastries are great. They have a cheese filled pastry that they warm up for you and serve with sour cream. It is awesome.
    They have some bizarre wines that I would really like to try, but they are a bit pricey for a lark.

  2. Thanks for following along! I've been to New Odessa, and I liked it a lot. Those fresh pastries are indeed good. If I have a chance, I'll try the one in Lilburn as well.