Sunday, May 26, 2013

Santo Gelato

I’m writing to you from a beautiful and cozy café in São Paulo – Brazil’s most populated and largest city! This café is called Santo Gelato and is located right around the corner from Brazil’s finest marketing school called ESPM. If you couldn’t guess from the name, gelato is the specialty here and you can find flavours such as whisky, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, chocolate mint and açai.  

The coffee portion of the café also had a variety of traditional drinks such as espressos, cappuccinos and mochas. I ordered a creative drink off the scrapbook inspired menus – the affogado. This drink was made by first drizzling chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass. Next the barista poured in a shot of espresso and then added vanilla ice cream on top. She then layered it with whipped cream and topped it off with chocolate flakes.

Needless to say, it was the perfect drink on a warm, fall day in Brazil. While everyone was enjoying gelato, I was enjoying a nice cold espresso-infused ice cream. I had the best of both worlds! I’ve noticed that cafés here do not make drinks to go. This shows that no matter how busy things can get, Brazilians love to relax and enjoy life (and their coffee) without being rushed. I could really get used to the lifestyle here!

Downtown São Paulo

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