I'm from Minas Gerais, in southeastern Brazil. As you all know, Brazil is a huge country, divided by regions and states. our culture is one of the most genuine in Brazil. Let's talk a bit about my land, the name Minas Gerais is because it is a land rich in various minerals. Minas = mines. In the 17th century, Minas Gerais was the largest source of gold in the American continent. even today it's still very rich in minerals. Our State has a lot of mountains, rivers and waterfalls, we are far from the sea. we, "mineiros"- people who born here- have a saying: Se Minas não tem mar, então vamos pro bar"- If we don't have the sea, together in the bar we'll be". So, not by coincidence we have strong ties to our food, we're known by other brazilians for being quiet, tradicional in our costumes and very welcoming, ah, of course we're specially known for our good food too, our cheese became immaterial heritage recongnized by UNESCO, we have the best "cachaça" of Brazil (some people called it mineiro whisk, it's made from sugar cane, it's the main ingredient for "caipirinha", I know, guys, you know what it is
. Belo Horizonte, the capital city, has one of the biggest food market of Brazil, it has some very good bars and restaurants, as well as, handcrafts, many artisans sell their works there, it's called "Mercado Central", by the way, it's my favourite cultural place, here, in Belo Horizonte. We have a different name for bar, we call it "boteco", so, because of our accent we pronounce it like " bootecho". In 2000, a mineiro chef created a contest (competition) called "Comida di Buteco", as you see, it's written, the same way as we say it, in fact, the right way of spelling is: "comida de boteco", the only reason is because other brazilians like our accent. Let's carry on, this competition got so famous that today many capital cities in Brazil have the same festival. I hope, you guys, if you happen to visit us, save the date: it's usually in middle of april until middle of may, acctually, it's happening right now. Below, British journalist Harpeed Singh Kohli interviews the creator of "comida di Buteco", chef Eduardo Maya. Going to the buteco right now, cheers!
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