Happy 450th Birthday Rio de Janeiro!

Whether you are Brazilian born or not, most would agree there really is no other place quite like Rio de Janeiro.

(Warning Before Reading! True confession from the author: I’m Brazilian and a proud carioca, so may be just an eensy weensy bit biased in this post!)

Rio, seu mar
Praia sem fim
Rio, você foi feito prá mim

Rio by the sea, (and) never ending beaches
Rio, you were made for me

Let’s think of it as a recipe…

Take one vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

Add generous amounts of gorgeous mountains, white sand beaches and lush rainforests.

Blend vigorously with great music and gorgeous people (purported to be one of the sexiest and happiest populations on the planet!)

Oh and please don’t forget the beautiful, deep blue ocean on the side.

Now that is an intoxicating dish!

And today, Brazil’s most famous city and former capital Rio de Janeiro celebrates its 450th birthday.

Here are a few facts you might not know about the famous metropolis:

  • Founded by the Portuguese on March 1, 1565, Rio was Brazil’s capital until 1960, when Brasilia took over.
  • The official song of Rio de Janeiro is “Cidade Maravilhosa”, which means “marvelous city” is considered the “civic anthem” of Rio and is always the favorite song at Rio’s famous Carnival.
  • But…Rio was internationally popularized by the famous bossa nova song, “Garota de Ipanema” (“The Girl from Ipanema”); the second most recorded pop song in history.
  • The bossa nova was born in Rio.
  • Rio’s residents are known as cariocas who have a reputation as people who have perfected the art of living well and in the moment.
  • Passion Fruit Mousse and Coulis with Brazil Nut CrumbleYou probably knew that Brazil – and Rio in particular – is world-renowned for its passion. Passion for soccer, beaches, music, dance, art, culture – and, of course, food!

So this week, we’re bringing you a recipe almost all Brazilians adore which even has passion in its name—the incomparable passion fruit mousse.

The original recipe calls for condensed milk and heavy cream, so it’s a super huge thing to find a plant-based recipe for passion fruit mousse. But we did! And in honor of Rio’s 450th birthday, we want to share Chef Daniel Biron’s recipe for Passion Fruit Mousse and Coulis with Brazil Nut Crumble with you.

Eat! Savor! Enjoy! And celebrate Rio’s birthday like a true carioca!