By Cristina Salgado
Maison Payot is one of São Paulo`s most sophisticated beauty salons, offering personalized services on a par with anything you will find in Paris or New York.

The establishment will make you feel safe and protected from the moment you arrive with ample security cameras, guards and reinforced doors. Valets are on hand to park your car and point you in the right direction and assistance is always immediate and courteous.
Once you step in the door you encounter a sophisticated and elegant environment, which is not only extremely accommodating, but also very different from other beauty salons.
With many different areas, all clean and with a subtle hint of lilies, Maison Payot offers a whole range of beauty services from qualified professionals, with international experience, including hairdressing, aesthetics, massages, day spa, wedding days, and jet bronze.

All are carried out in areas prepared especially for you, bringing tranquility and satisfaction. But not only this, the Maison has more to offer such as special commemorative rooms for birthday parties, where food, drinks, and cake are provided, and business rooms for those who want to escape the office, with the advantage of a relaxing massage at the end of the day.

The hairdressing salon is ample and comfortable, with excellent hairdressers, in both skill and talent, utilizing only products of the highest quality. The results will always be excellent. Your first visit to Maison Payot will not be the last.

Address: Rua Verbo Divino, 371- Granja Julieta- São Paulo
Telefone: (11) 5182 0500
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to last client.
Free valet parking
Website: www.maisonpayot.com.br

Musician and English teacher, Jason Bermingham, will present a Language & Music Workshop at Drake’s Pub in São Paulo (at the Centro Brasileiro Britnico Rua Ferreira de Araujo, 741. Pinheiros. http://www.drakesbar.com) on December 11th (Sunday). The activity is for intermediate and advanced students and teachers of English as a second language. Live music (in English!) and conversation will follow the event. Anyone who’s been to one of Jason’s events will know they are great fun!

To win two free tickets to see the workshop, which will be of particular interest to anyone teaching or studying English, email us the best trick or method you’ve used to teach English to a pupil or friend. Whether it be teaching a pronounciation, way to remember verbs etc. If in doubt drop us a line. Send your entry to gringoes@www.gringoes.com with “competition” in the subject. www.gringoes.com will choose the best entry on the 9th December (Friday).”

By D. E. Finley
Before we moved to Brazil, we wrote a long RSVP list of friends and family planning to visit us. Then, with each passing month living in Brazil, there were reasons why some friends couldn’t visit – expired passport, work, another tsunami could strike again and so on. The saddest excuse was from our Austin, Texas friends, Hobart and Heidi, whose pet pot bellied pig became terminal.

We are short on time, here.” Heidi explained, “Our pot-bellied pig, Piggy Sue is 17 years, 5 months, and 4 days old. Several months ago, she developed diabetes from stealing too many M&Ms out of the candy dish on the coffee table. Last month, she swiped a Butter Finger pie off the counter. The sugar buzz sent her into a diabetic coma for two days. We had to tube feed her organic tofu shakes to stabilize her blood sugar. So, over $4,000 later, she is okay, but her kidneys are like raisins. Hobart and I give her fluids every day via an intravenous drip.”

“That sounds complex,” I replied.

“Yes. Hobart adores Piggy Sue and is afraid to leave her,” Heidi continued, “We are watching Piggy Sue’s favorite DVDs like Porky Pig, Charlotte’s Web, and vegetarian cooking shows to boost our spirits. We’re also keeping her away from any negative stimuli like TV commercials for pork products and Jenny Craig Weight Loss centers. She’s lost too much weight. She looks more anorexic than a runway model. She’s moodier than the first time she was in heat and squealed at the slightest irritation, before we got her fixed.”

“That sounds bad,” I exclaimed.

“Piggy’s new pacemaker for $3,500 has helped a little, but it’s had some glitches. Two weeks ago, Piggy Sue broke into Hobart’s tool shed and tried to eat his ham radio. She almost became a Cajun pig roast.”

“I understand,” I sympathized, wondering how much my husband and I would spend on our pups, if they became vegetables.”

“Piggy Sue seems okay, but she could go at any time. The net result is that Hobart and I are unlikely to visit you in Brazil until Piggy Sue stabilizes.”

“We’ll be here another two months. Piggy Sue is welcome too. But, she’ll have to fight with our dogs over table scraps and rooting (digging) space in the back yard and indoor garden,” I replied.

“Yes, but it seems less likely every day,” Heidi sighed, “The real test will be for us to go to with her to our favorite Jamaican resort for Christmas next month. We bought her a medical alert bracelet for $300 for the plane ride.”

When I got off the phone with Heidi, I updated my husband on Piggy Sue’s grave situation.

“Well, if Piggy Sue can hold out until January, we can have a barbecue in our back yard in Austin. I’ve been missing Texas spare ribs and pulled pork after living in Brazil for a year.”

Copyright D.E. Finley 2005.

D.E. Finley is a writer and graphic artist. You can visit her website at http://defDesigns.com

To read previous articles by D. E. Finley click below:

Brazil Humour: Doctor Visit

Brazil Humour: Lost Dog

Brazil Humour: Brazilian Chicken

Brazil Humour: Visiting Santos

Brazil: Novo Jerusalem

Brazil Humour: Plastic Surgery

Brazil Humour: What’s In A Name?

Brazil Humour: Sizing Up Shoes in Brazil

Brazil Humour: Hiring a Cook

Brazil Humour: Pet Sitting

Brazil Humour: Driving in Campinas

Brazil Humour: Lighting Up

Brazil: Going to the US Consulate

Brazil: Advice to Dialinda

Brazil: Feijoada Anyone?

Brazil Life: Winter in Brazil

Brazil Life: Home Safe Home
Brazil Life: Hose Shopping
Brazil Life: In-Laws In Town
Brazil Life: Got Floss
Brazil Life: Hiring a Maid
Brazil Life: Brazilians are so Nice
Brazil Life: Gringa Goes Shopping at Carrefour
Brazil Life: Amazon Encounter Lodge Vacation
Brazil Life: Keeping Track of My Purse

By Stephen Thompson
An interesting article in the Estado de São Paulo goes some way to answering a question which has been puzzling me: why don&rsquot;t the Brazilians, or more specifically the Brazilian middle classes rise up against their corrupt, incompetent government? Recently, talking to a Dutch friend, I came to the following conclusion, unsurprisingly: Europeans would not allow a government involved in vote buying on this scale to stay in power. If the Dutch Prime Minister was discovered to have been involved in vote buying on this scale of the Lula government, or even on a fraction of that scale, he would resign immediately, and if he did not resign immediately, he would be quickly chased from power. Should he delay his decision to resign, the streets would quickly fill with demonstrators demanding his resignation.

So why, nine months after the revelations of vote buying in Brasilia, is the present government still in power, and the President even talking about reelection, and why aren&rsquot;t Brazilians in the streets making a noise, as their Argentinian counterparts did with their pots and pans?

The explanation for this extraordinary apathy is that the middle classes receive nothing from the Brazilian state. The rich receive the lion&rsquot;s share of the state&rsquot;s spending, with their inflated pension schemes, free higher education, and high interest payments on their investments, not to mention kickbacks and corruption, and the poor receive the scraps from the banquet table in the form of handouts, including the new government&rsquot;s zero hunger handout. The middle classes bear the brunt of the tax burden, which is high even by European standards, except that whereas the European middle classes receive free healthcare, education, public transport and a relatively honest police service in exchange for their contributions, the Brazilian middle classes have to pay for all these from their own pockets, even after paying taxes.

As a result of this, over the years the Brazilian middle classes have lost interest in politics. Most of my Brazilian friends, nearly all of them I would describe as middle-class, were enthusiastic about the election of President Lula in 2002. However it quickly became clear that the new government wasn&rsquot;t going to change anything, and many of them expressed disappointment, but none of them said they were actually going to do anything. I found this apathy strange; for many years these friends had placed their faith and hopes in the Lula government.

Stephen Thompson runs O Gaucho”, a snack bar serving breakfast, juices, smoothies, sandwiches. For an English menu contact stephenthompson@hotmail.com

The St. Andrew’s Society of São Paulo is running a pub quiz to celebrate St. Andrew’s day.

When? Wednesday 30th November at 8pm

Where? Drake’s Bar, British Brazilian Centre (Ground Floor), Pinheiros

Who? All are welcome – bring your friends along, or join a team on the night.

What? A fun evening with mixed rounds of traditional ‘pub quiz’ questions.
Varied topics (Brazil, Scotland and many random subjects!)

For more details email information@standrews.com.br

Web site http://www.standrews.com.br

This week’s entertainment guide for São Paulo features a restaurant in Jardins, a night club in Vila Madalena, an adventure park for kids, a US rock band coming to São Paulo and elsewhere, and this week’s recommended cinema release.

RocketsRockets aspires to be a haven of 50s America in Jardins. Styling itself after a 50s US burger bar, complete with checkerboard floor, albeit with a slight update to the present. For starters the original jukebox has been updated, and each table has the “music machine” system with 100 CDs that allow you to choose what you listen to. Of course it has hamburgers, claimed to be made from selected and imported ingredients, as well as hot dogs, malts, shakes and more traditional sandwiches. This is aside from a selection of desserts with names such as the “Marilyn”, “Elvis”, and “Ice Cream Rockets”. Alameda Lorena, 2090. Jardins. Tel. 3081 9466. http://www.rockets.com.br

CoppolaThe night club Coppola, located in Vila Madalena, has a mafioso theme suited to its name, with paintings of gangsters and graffiti in black and white adorning the walls. The club still has a contemporary feel and is well lit, with various areas and bars including a pool table. Coppola has a very complete drinks menu, with the typical beers and whisky, as well as aperitifs, brandy, liqueurs, champagne, wine and energy drinks. The club is also available for events, so check both the availability and live music programme at the web site. Rue Girasol, 323. Vila Madalena. http://www.coppolamusic.com.br

Cidade das AbelhasCidade das Abelhas (City of the Bees) is a mini-city set in an ecological park of around 20,000 square metres. In the park are various activities for kids including a giant slide, a see-saw and a 14m toboggan. Between the other activities there is a giant bee, 18m long and 3m high, as well as a transparent bee hive which has clothes and equipment used by the bee keepers. The “Casa do Mel” (Honey House) has various types of honey on show, with free tasting. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30am to 5pm. Entry R$6. Estrada da Ressaca, km 7, Embu das Artes. Tel. 4703 6460. http://www.cidadedasabelhas.com.br

Pearl JamThe legendary rock group Pearl Jam comes to São Paulo on the 2nd and 3rd December, playing at Pacaembu stadium. Note that the start time of the event changed recently to 6:30pm (doors open at 3:30pm), opening with the US rock group Mudhoney. The change in start time was to allow a finish by 10pm to coincide with the maximum permitted time set by Jos Serra, SP’s mayor. Pearl Jam’s tour consists of 5 shows in total, playing in Porto Alegre (Ginsio Gigantinho) on the 28th November, Curitiba (Pedreira Paulo Leminski) on the 30th November, and Rio de Janeiro (Praa da Apoteose) on the 4th December. Tickets can be bought from sites such as Ticketmaster and ShowTime, as well as shops like Fnac. http://www.ticketmaster.com.br http://www.showtimetickets.com

Harry Potter and The Goblet of FireThe inevitable film recommendation this week is Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (“Harry Potter e O Clice de Fogo” in Portuguese). Harry continues in his fourth year at Hogwarts, and this year not only is he having to contend with visions from his nemesis, Lord Voldemort, he’s also mysteriously entered into the Tri-Wizard tournament with three other wizards and witches, including a competitor from both Hogwarts and two other wizarding schools. Can he even survive the tournament, let alone be champion when facing competition from older and more experienced wizards and witches? Aside from trying to keep his friends while everyone is suspicious of his entrance in the tournament. This film is a little darker than its predecessors, but it’s hard to argue that it isn’t a better film overall despite being a rather rapid romp through the book. Rated 12 in Brazil, and PG-13 in the USA and 12A in the UK. http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0330373/

If you have been to a restaurant, club, park, or anywhere that you would like to recommend to other readers in future Entertainment Guides then don’t hesitate to contact us!

What’s On Guide, November 21 – November 27 2005
What’s On Guide, November 14 – November 20 2005
What’s On Guide, November 7 – November 13 2005
What’s On Guide, October 31 – November 6 2005
What’s On Guide, October 24 – October 30 2005
What’s On Guide, October 17 – October 23 2005
What’s On Guide, October 10 – October 16 2005
What’s On Guide, October 3 – October 9 2005
What’s On Guide, September 26 – October 2 2005
What’s On Guide, September 19 – September 25 2005
What’s On Guide, September 12 – September 18 2005
What’s On Guide, September 5 – September 11 2005
What’s On Guide, August 29 – September 4 2005
What’s On Guide, August 15 – August 28 2005
What’s On Guide, July 28 – August 14 2005
What’s On Guide, July 7 – July 27 2005
What’s On Guide, June 22 – June 28, 2005
What’s On Guide, June 15 – June 22, 2005
What’s On Guide, June 6 – June 15, 2005
What’s On Guide, May 26 – June 6, 2005
What’s On Guide, May 20 – May 25, 2005
What’s On Guide, May 13 – May 19, 2005
What’s On Guide, May 6 – May 12, 2005
What’s On Guide, Apr 29 – May 5, 2005
What’s On Guide, Apr 21 – Apr 28, 2005
What’s On Guide, Apr 6 – Apr 20, 2005
What’s On Guide, Mar 31 – Apr 6, 2005

By Mark Taylor
You don’t have to be an eagle eyed policeman to spot evidence of piracy in Brazil, with street vendors offering the latest films (usually in poor quality, having been filmed with a video camera in a cinema), as well as video and computer games, and music. Certainly the computer game sections of the average high street store are usually pretty empty.

Piracy in Brazil was brought into the view of the rest of the world recently when the Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, watched a pirate version of the infamous and Oscar nominated Two Sons of Francisco” while on a plane trip to Moscow. In all fairness apparently Lula was oblivious to this, and the blame was put at the feet of two of his advisers. The government said they were suitably reprimanded, and Lula, who says he is friends with the two singers whose story was featured in the film, also expressed disappointment. The news was sufficiently powerful to make it to the front page of the BBC’s news site, which others news items in Brazil rarely make.

Folha ran a recent article on piracy in Brazil, with some statistics underlying the issue. They say research has shown that over 85% of DVDs and 65% of CDs sold in the country are pirated. In comparison with other countries, Brazil has about 9.5% of the pirated CDs in the world. The rate is clearly growing, although this isn’t surprising with the relative increase in usage of CDs and the popularity of the technology, mirrored by DVDs. In 1997 the country occupied around 5% of the pirated CD market, which grew to about 7% in 2002.

Of course it’s no great surprise with low salaries and a large percentage of the population living in poverty that people buy pirate CDs. Other countries with large piracy markets have similar problems e.g. China, Mexico, Paraguay, Russia, and Taiwan. Folha suggests from research that those earning less than R$1000 per month buy more than 50% of their CDs and DVDs in the “informal” market. Based on the previous figures of the percentages sold relative to the original this is no great surprise, and suggests that this figure is probably a lot higher. It’s currently estimated that this global pirate market is worth around US$4.6 billion to the pirates, with around 1.2 billion pirate CDs in circulation in 2004. In Rio de Janeiro the pirate market has reached a sufficient level of organisation that pirate CDs and DVDs are actually branded, with labels such as “Piratex” and “Viajando”. If you buy a CD or DVD which subsequently has a problem you are able to exchange it at any street stall or market that is showing the same label.

The pirate stalls and markets are clearly tolerated on some level. Although infrequently visited by the police they tend to lie low for a few days after a visit, not having the CDs and DVDs on open display, but will be back to selling openly a few days after that. Even so data from the Secretary of Public Security shows that in the first half of this year in Rio alone approximately 290,000 CDs and DVDs were seized.

Of course some Brazilians can be a little ashamed of this pirated market. Pirated CDs, DVDs and games are often somewhat jokingly referred to as “generico” (generic) and even Lula referred to his recent brush with the pirated market as being a “não-oficial” (non-official) DVD.

But returning to the topic of poverty in Brazil it’s no great surprise that people aren’t willing or even able to pay high street prices, compounded by the high tax levied on imported electronic goods, leaving less money for original discs. Also the topic of piracy is often not as clear cut as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA) would have us think. These being the bodies primarily behind the push to stamp out piracy. Other independent research has shown that those at least in countries with higher levels of income are more likely to buy original CDs and DVDs when they have larger pirate collections, in that piracy tends to be a feature of those groups who are already big buyers of original material. There’s also the argument that the MPAA and RIAA ought to be focusing its members on producing better quality material to stimulate the market. But there are still worries that the piracy market is being used by organised crime to fund their activities and launder money. The reality of the situation is hard to know for sure.

Previous articles by Mark Taylor:

Brazil: Gestures
Brazil: Proclamation of the Republic
Brazilian Film Review
Brazilian Film Review
Brazil: Finados (Day of the Dead)
Interjections, exclamations and onomatopoeia in Brazilian Portuguese
Brazil: Halloween
Brazil says “No” to banning firearms
Brazil Humour: Phone Etiquette
Brazil’s Gun Referendum
Brazil: Scams
Brazil: Moby Review
Brazil: Keeping in touch via the Internet – Part 5
Brazil: Keeping in touch via the Internet – Part 4
Brazil: Avril Lavigne at Pacaembu
Moby in Brazil
Brazil: Keeping in touch via the Internet – Part 3
Brazil: Keeping in touch via the Internet – Part 2
Brazilian Film Review
Brazil: Keeping in touch via the Internet – Part 1
Brazil: First season of Lost repeated on AXN

To hear jazz in the same style and with the same quality as the Petit Journal in Paris, the Hundred Club in London, and the Caf Carlyle in New York… you can now visit the Red Horse Bar in São Paulo (located in the Crowne Plaza Hotel) where you’ll find Tito Martino’s Jazz Quintet:

Ari Giorgi – Piano
Carlos Lima – Pocket Trumpet
Zeca Araujo – Double Bass
Paulinho De Lima – Drums
Tito Martino – Clarinet and Saxofones

Tito and his Quintet play on Thursday’s from 8pm.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rua Frei Caneca 1360 (between Av. Paulista and Luis Coelho). Tel. 4501 8000
Optional buffet, parking 3 hours for R$5.
Entry R$15.
http://www.crowneplaza.com.br

By Simon Thompson
Churrascaria Novilho de Prata on Avenida 23 de Maio, close to Paulista, is a true meat-eaters paradise. Comfortable and spacious the restaurant is dominated by a huge salad bar which boasts over forty different dishes; from salads to sushi (and virtually every other fresh delicacy you can imagine in between.) And with over twenty different cuts of char grilled meat from the brazier being offered continuously by uniformed waiters who glide silently between the tables, this is buffet dining at its very best.

On arrival, diners are greeted and shown to a table; drink orders are taken and the menu presented. The rodizio (all you can eat) is the standard call and a selection of traditional side dishes is offered. These include potato fries, rice and deep fried mandioca. Drinks arrive accompanied by a selection of mini pasties of meat and cheese to whet your appetite, then its up and off to the impressive and amply furnished salad bar. It is extremely tempting (and absolutely possible) to make a hearty meal of the myriad enticing dainties here – smoked salmon, beef carpaccio, a wide selection of cheeses and several hot items, such as crab gratin are but a few of the dishes on offer, but it is the meat that this place is all about. And the meat is good. Waiters appear at your table with unerring regularity, discreetly bearing swordfulls (or in some cases, trolleyloads) of glistening, mouth-watering cuts of meat.

If you are new to this kind of dining then you are advised that it definitely pays to be patient and selective and not to stack up your plate too hastily. Aside from the fact that the meat will get cold, there are after all over twenty different cuts to choose from, and to fill up on sausages and chicken drumsticks would be to miss out on some of the most succulent cuts of beef, lamb and pork from Uruguay, Argentina and of course Brazil.

Some of the various meat cuts:

Picanha – The most popular beef cut – cut from the top of the rump
Alcatra – Top sirloin
Maminha – Triptip sirloin (bottom of the top sirloin)
Fraldinha – Bottom sirloin, cut from the bottom rib
Cupim – The hump of the steer, slow grilled
File Mignon – Fillet of beef from the lower back
Costela – Beef ribs, slowly cooked
Contra File – Entrecote (sirloin) extremely tender cut from the top of the sirloin)
Carneiro – Lamb shoulder and loin chops (mint sauce – molho de hortela – available)
Calabresa – A coarse, spiced pork and beef sausage
Frango – chicken
Coracao de frango – chicken hearts
Costela de suino – pork ribs

The wine list contains a selection of around twenty wines from nine different countries and there is also a full range of Brazilian beers. An itinerant cocktail waiter pushes his trolley between tables and, with a variety of fresh fruit on board, will mix you a batida or caipirinha any way you like it.

Finally, for anyone who has left enough space for desert there is a choice of around twenty-five different cakes, tarts and puddings to tempt you. Most popular are the chocolate torte and lime mousse tart.

Prices are reasonable, with dinner for two costing around 60-70 Reais, plus drinks.

In terms of organisation, the operation is beautifully smooth. Everything is exceptionally clean and the service is attentive and polite.

The restaurant is located in Paraiso on Avenida 23 de Maio. (On the same side as the Beneficiencia Portuguesa Hospital and on the corner of Pedro Ivo.) Open for lunch from 11:30am and for dinner from 6pm – 12 midnight 365 days a year. There is free parking, disabled access and toilets, high chair and baby changing facilities.

To read previous articles by Simon click below:

Brazil: Tiziano Cappai Restaurant

Press Release
What did Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo look like a hundred years ago? See for yourself in GREETINGS FROM BRAZIL (Solaris Edies Culturais), a richly illustrated coffee table book that features Brazilian postcards from the early 20th century.

This English-language volume will be released on December 1, 2005, in São Paulo. Authors Carlos Cornejo and João Emilio Gerodetti will be on hand, as will Johnathan Amacker and Jason Bermingham, who edited and translated the book respectively.

Thursday, December 1, from 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Loja de Artes – Conjunto Nacional, Av. Paulista, 2073, São Paulo, SP
Telephone: (11) 3170-4033

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