ExpoSec ’99: Brazilian Cuisine Is Second to None in Sao Paulo

For most U.S.-based security professionals who attended ExpoSec ’99 in Sao Paulo, the term late supper was a definite understatement.  That’s simply because dinner service in Brazil began no earlier than 8 p.m.  However, that did not seem to bother anyone since the three-day event began at 1 p.m. and ended at 8 p.m.  Once the show doors closed for the day, security exhibitors and attendees headed out for a night on the town.  If you’ve heard anything about Brazilian cuisine, you would know the country is famous for its steakhouse barbecues called churrascarias.  However, if you were picturing a Texas-style affair, forget it.  This barbecue took place in a slightly more formal setting.  Once the cardboard coaster or wooden marker was turned over revealing the color of green, several waiters approached the table bearing up to 18 cuts of beef, chicken and lamb along with several side dishes.  Some restaurants even distributed a diagram illustrating the different cuts of meat.  When patrons had enough, they simply turned over the card or marker to reveal the color of red and the waiters refrained from serving anymore food.  If the main course failed to satisfy those with voracious appetites, Brazil’s selection of breads and pastries were sure to move them up a pants size or two.  Cheese bread was very popular with meals and, often times, became the dinner for those who neglected to pace themselves before the main course.  After dinner, many security professionals ventured to the many discos and samba clubs throughout the city.  The more adventurous types stepped onto the dance floor and gyrated to the Latin rhythm, while the more subdued were more content being a spectator.  Aside from the fabulous cuisine and lively entertainment, security professionals characterized Paulistanos (residents of Sao Paulo) as warm, friendly people who were eager to make their visit pleasant and very memorable.

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