By David Persons
August 25, 2010

Everybody loves Nestl’s Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies. My family has a little history that goes with that famous cookie as it originated near our home in town back in the USA as I am from Plymouth, MA and my grandmother was from Brockton, MA.

Her high school cooking teacher actually worked at the original toll house in Whitman, MA where my grandmother would have her cooking classes. Her teacher actually invented the recipe for those delicious cookies that are America’s favorite treat (baked or raw). The chocolate chip cookie dough has definitely become famous over the years and the delicious cookies have turned tradition for the American culture.

My grandmother was always so proud to tell us about her cooking teacher’s discovery every time she would make those cookies with us grandchildren, and then my mom with my children. We have lived in Brazil for 2 years now and my kids ages 5 and 7 love the cookies, therefore we still make them at home today as a special treat, and they bring them to school and share their story and the cookies of course…

All of us gringos know how difficult it is to re-create American cookery here in Brazil with the actual ingredients that are available in most areas, therefore we have to be creative and adapt our recipes to what is available in the common market place. I have tried many unsuccessful attempts to reproduce these cookies but I finally got it right and I would like to share this recipe with you, so that you can share it with your friends and family here in Brazil.

Original American Tollhouse Cookies (Made in Brazil)
1 Cup Butter Room Temperature (Itambe Extra) (Any other butter doesn’t work as it is too watery)
Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Regular Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Baking Powder (any brand works, I use Royal)
2 Large Eggs
2 Cups of Flour (Any Brand)
2 Cups of Chocolate Chips (Chunks!) (Nestle Meio Amargo Bar chopped very coarsely)

Mixing instructions:
1. Cream butter, brown sugar, regular sugar, salt and baking powder together using a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy in texture.
2. Add eggs and mix until creamy again.
3. Add flour in 2 parts making the mixture creamy and scraping the bowl.
4. Add the chocolate CHUNKS gently folding them in.
5. Try the mixture (don’t eat it all.)
6. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Baking instructions:
1. Preheat your oven to 375F or 250C for 10 minutes.
2. Place rounded teaspoons of dough on an ungreased cookie sheet, or a pizza pan works great too.
3. Place on middle rack in the oven. Set timer for 10 minutes or until the cookie edges are slightly brown and the cookie tops appear slightly dry.
4. Get a tall glass of cold milk and enjoy (caution they are contagiously delicious).

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By Alison McGowan
August 23, 2010

The Hotel Spa Casinha Branca definitely gets the prize for the most hidden pousada of the hidden group – and we nearly didn’t make it. Halfway up the 3 kilometre dirt track which leads up the mountain our car gave up, hissing and spitting and refused to go any further. Fortunately the pousada has its own 4 wheel drive vehicles for transporting guests and we finally made it to the top, which is just as well because otherwise we would have missed one of the most magical places I have ever seen.

Denilda, the pousada owner is a wonderful mix of black, indian, Brazilian and Italian, and she is rightly proud of what she has created, which curiously is neither a small white house (casinha branca), nor a hotel nor a spa in the accepted sense of the terms. This is a beautiful white mansion perched high up on the side of a mountain, with 6 super spacious suites, a large open sitting area and kitchen, fabulous pool, hammock area and bar, all overlooking the ocean with Paraty and the island of Ilha Grande in the distance. It is called a spa more in the sense of spirit and the use of spring water and organic food, rather than in a place to go for treatment, and the atmosphere is that of a relaxed pousada houseparty with gentle Brazilian music playing in the background and great home cooked food.

Pousada transport is available at minimal cost to anyone who wants to go down into Paraty for the day or the evening, but once you have done that a couple of times you won’t want to do it again. It is far too nice just chilling out here, chatting round the pool or the long communal table, overlooking the ocean, high up in the clouds.

The Casinha Branca is only 10 kilometres from the historical centre of colonial Paraty, but it is lightyears away in terms of spirit and it takes at least 35 minutes to get there, due to the last 3 kilometres of dirt track which lead up to the pousada. If you arrive by bus pousada staff will pick you up at Paraty bus station; if you are coming by car, take the Paraty-Cunha road and, unless you have a 4 wheel drive, park in the pousada garage in Ponte Branca at the foot of the mountain. They will pick you up from there.

Once you make it the up to the top the views are spectacular. The pousada is set in 500,000 square metres of Atlantic forest and the sun rises directly in front of the pousada, silhouetting mountains and islands against a blood red backdrop the day I was there. Cattle graze, birds surround you, and parrots give shows of blue and green swooping over the freshwater pool. Absolute magic!

Not To Be Missed
– horseback riding
– outdoor water massage
– boat trip round the bay
– jeep tour to waterfalls & caminho de ouro
– visit to the historical centre of Paraty

Pousada Starpoints
* freshwater showers in the pousada , water massage and waterfalls
* the silence, the air, the oxygen, the peace
* the birds – particularly blue and green parrots
* balanced organic homecooked food

Try a Different Place If…
… you don’t like feeling cut off, or you don’t like waking up to the sounds of a lone cock crowing

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

Previous articles by Alison:

Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Castelinho 38, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Capao, Serro, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada d’Oleo de Guignard, Tiradentes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Bela Vista, Novo Airão, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Agua de Coco, Ceara
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Alcino Estalagem, Lenois, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada 0031, Cumbuco, Cear
Brazil: Maguire’s Guesthouse, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, Salvador, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel BeloAlter, Alter do Chão, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Santa Marina, Santana dos Montes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarão da Amaznia, Soure, Ilha de Marajo, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Mila, nr. Ubatuba, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Beleza, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Bambu Bamboo Pousada and Spa, Parati, Rio de Janeiro
Random Ramblings on the Weather in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijamar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel 7 Colinas, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada dos Quatro Cantos, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Estrela do Mar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Vivenda, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Terra, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mirante de Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Caju, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Amendoeira, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Estalagem Caiuia, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Lagoa do Cassange, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta do Muta, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia

August 23, 2010

This week in our continuing Foreigners Through Brazilian Eyes series we have an interview with Daniel Bertorelli. Read on as Daniel tells us about his impressions of foreigners, and gives some helpful advice also.

1. Where are you from in Brazil and what do you do?

My name is Daniel Cadete Bertorelli and I was born in Rio de Janeiro. I am a lifelong sportsman and performing arts student, mainly interested in writing and acting with a focus on the movie industry. After teaching and coaching swimming, weight lifting and English, I progressively shifted my career to the arts. I most recently worked on Stallone’s blockbuster film The Expendables (with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger) when parts of it were filmed in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Los Angeles. I am currently finishing a book and improving my acting skills in London, England. Last month I started blogging at

4. What characteristic of other nationalities strikes you as the most different (eg. sense of humour, formality, dress)?

I like the punctuality of the British people and the determination of the Germans. I admire the ability of Americans to network and promote businesses. Some of the foreigners I know well are people like Prof. Tom Sluberski, a “natural born networker”. For example, I worked with Prof. Sluberski, who is a National Faculty Member of the United States Sports Academy and a Judge for the American television Emmy’s, in filming, translating, and coordinating a major fitness and bodybuilding contest in Juiz de Fora, MG. He encouraged me to join the American Society of Rio de Janeiro and eventually to be elected a Governor of the Society (one of few Brazilians). I had a unique opportunity to meet lots of foreigners who live in Brazil, and share knowledge, experiences and different views of life.

5. Which English accent do you prefer and why (eg. Scottish, American, Australian)?

I am not sure if “prefer” is the word I would use. Having lots of American friends, studying and watching movies with a standard American accent (or some similar accents) makes me more “used to it”, therefore more comfortable with it. But living in London for some time now, there are some words and accents that are being incorporated into my own vocabulary and accent. I have now a hybrid accent, but still more American than British.

6. Favourite place travelled abroad and why?

It’s hard to say, I tend to look at the bright side of things everywhere. So picking a favorite place would throw a shadow at many places that I loved, admired or cherish. I prefer to highlight some experiences I had and would recommend friends to try. In New Orleans, take the trolley at Canal Street in New Orleans and go all the way till the end of the line. The old colonial style houses at Saint Charles Avenue are impressive. Come back but not without a pit stop at the Audubon Zoo, and finish the day in a restaurant in the French Quarter. In Los Angeles, enjoy the morning breeze of the Hollywood Hills riding a horse, have lunch at the amazing Bossa Nova Restaurant on Sunset Blvd (and you might rub shoulders with the Wayans Brothers there, I did it more than just once or twice) and finish the day watching the sunset and a music concert at the Santa Monica Pier. I am still discovering London and its beauties, but Richmond Park for a picnic and a walk around Knightsbridge are my favorite activities so far. The only constant in all these places is the people. Anywhere I go the most interesting thing is always the diversity of people. Hum… a lot like Brazil!

7. Favourite foreign food?

I am always counting calories, since I started swimming when I was five years old. Maybe I am not the best adviser on this topic. Anyway, what is “foreign food” for a Brazilian? You can find all nationalities in Brazil! I guess my Italian genes would vote for pasta. Italian food is always the best! There’s nothing like pasta and good wine. Or a hamburger and Coca-Cola. Or Japanese food… What can I say? I love them all!

8. Favourite foreign band, book and movie?

Hard question… There are so many. Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen… Currently listening a lot to a band from Arizona called “Trash”. The 1976 ROCKY and THE GODFATHER movies would be among my top 10 choices. I am re-reading now Passages by Gail Sheehy. Also like The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Soon I will have finished the book I am working on, and I would recommend it if I had made up my mind about the title… Maybe the title should be “Untitled book”!

9. What is the difference between dating a Brazilian and Foreigner (if this applies to you or perhaps a friend)?

Personalities aside, there is a cultural clash that needs to be understood if one wants any relationship to work. Stereotypes, pre-conceptions and beliefs must be deconstructed and rebuilt. The family is also important. When you date, and eventually marry, you end up dating/marrying the whole family. The hint to everyone is to be curious and patient. My wife is a wonderful German-Brazilian woman and every day I find out something new about her and her lovely family.

10. Can you share an incident, misunderstanding or ‘culture shock’ that you have experienced with a foreigner?

The first time I went to New Orleans, I understood only about 50% of what local people said. The Southern accent can be tricky and basically I tried to fill in the gaps to understand what they were saying!

11. What are 2 things you would recommend for a visitor to do in Brazil to better understand Brazilian people and their culture?

Interact every chance you have and enjoy the ride. Brazil is so big and diverse that any advice given by me would be incomplete and inaccurate.

To read previous interviews in the Brazil Through Foreign Eyes series click below:

If you are Brazilian, or know a Brazilian, who has traveled abroad or has considerable experience with different nationalities here in Brazil, we would like to hear from you. Please send an email with contact details and a brief description of yourself to gringoes@www.gringoes.com

To read previous interviews in the Foreigners Through Brazilian Eyes series click below:

Marco Cassol
Ana Clark
Vanessa Agricola
Ubiratan S. Malta
Brescia Terra
Renata Andraus
Ana Vitoria Joly
Helio Araujo
Adriano Abila
Anderson Ferreira
Sandra Partridge
Samara Klug Szachnowicz
Flavius Ferrari
Daniela Ribeiro
Adriano Gomes
Alexandre
Elizabeth Sacknus
Geberson Coelho
Rosaly Loula
Andreas Saller
Elvis Renato Barbosa Lima
Bruno Santos
Maria Cecilia Schmidt Maluf
Marta Dalla Chiesa
Cludia Ramis De Almeida
Vivian Manasse Teixeira Leite
Fernando Saffi
Gabriela Kluppel
Patrcia C. Ribeiro
Fabiano Deffenti

By David Persons
August 3, 2010

I fell in love in Brazil and with Brazil in 1990. It was love at first sight in both cases.

It all began as I started my college studies in Boston, MA, and started working at a restaurant call The Bay Tower Room that employed a number of Brazilians. The restaurant would shut down for a 3 week renovation in February and one of my Brazilian coworkers invited me to travel and spend the Carnaval” in Brazil. At the age of 19 I was completely naãve to what this was, and that there was more to Brazil than the Amazons. So of course I accepted the adventure and made the necessary preparations for my trip.

I arrived in Rio and then went to Juiz de Fora, MG, and unknowingly this is where it all began… I spent the Carnaval in Juiz de Fora where I met the most beautiful girl I had ever seen, and the people were so friendly even though I didn’t speak a word of Portuguese and limited Spanish. It was amazing and heartwarming, the best experience of my life at the age of 19. During these 3 weeks I also went to Rio and Cabo Frio then returning back to the daily grind as a scholar and worker in a metropolitan city in the USA but I couldn’t get over this trip. It was so intriguing that I had to go back to Brazil and see this beautiful girl again.

I began to study Portuguese on a daily basis with a private tutor while practicing with phone calls to this girl and writing letters nonstop. It was meant to be, I was Brazilianized. In 1991, 1 year later, I went back and spent 3 months, and it was just as amazing, but this time I could communicate fluently and it only got better. I saw this beautiful girl again and I also traveled between MG, Rio & ES to various touristic points, and to visit newly acquired friends, always returning to Juiz de Fora to visit my girlfriend.

I left after 3 months with a completely new outlook on life, as I was 20 years old and just had the most awesome experience of my life that I never could have imagined. Over the next 9 years I had little contact with this girl, but I had traveled to Brazil several times to explore this truly amazing country from top to bottom. I also went on to explore other parts of the world too, but always coming back to Brazil for more.

In 1999 I was on my way to Rio to spend the turn of the millennium. I was on my way to Juiz de Fora, MG to meet a friend, and then on my way to Rio for the biggest party of the millennium in the only place in the world that I could imagine spending this rare occasion. I then remembered my old girlfriend from 9 years ago, and that it had been a while since I spoken to her. I called her and she invited me to Angra dos Reis to spend this special time with her and her family. It started all over again we began calling each other and writing letters, sending pictures and getting to know each other again before my arrival. It was magical only that this time we were both professionals and adults with similar ideas about life.

When I saw her waiting for me at the bus terminal in Rio I could not believe my eyes. She had transformed into this beautiful woman. The rest was history. We fell in love, got engaged, married, and had 2 kids. We spent our first year of marriage living in Brazil but something just wasn’t right, so we moved to the USA for the next 7 years where our children were born. In 2008 we returned to Brazil to live with our 2 children. 2 years later we are still here. She is a professional teacher / Dean of education and I am a professional business man.

We faced many challenges upon our arrival, just like other foreigners, but I had an advantage – I was a permanent resident with all my documents as needed, I had 18 years of Portuguese and Spanish, and years as an executive to accompany me through this time. I thought it would be easy to land a decent paying job for a multinational company. Wrong. It was the greatest challenge of my life. I was living a dream come true but I was hustling day and night to make a buck to live just like the natives. I started up a couple of companies but they didn’t do so well.

I came to find my niche in the Brazilian market and today my family lives a decent life, without all of the bells and whistles of the USA, but we are happy and healthy and things are definitely getting better every day.

My advice to those of you who love Brazil and want to live here is to prepare yourselves for the long tough haul that is ahead of you, as work is scarce regardless of your nationality, education and past careers. Portuguese is a must and Spanish is a bonus, and the best place to get started is in the big cities such as Rio and São Paulo where you can at least teach English while you are in limbo.

Good luck to all you gringos we all face the same challenges and we are all here for the love of Brazil it is amazing yet difficult but by far the best time of our lives… (I’m sure)

August 3, 2010

Meet Jeff Eddington who first came to Brazil over 20 years ago, and continues to visit. Read the following interview in which he tells us about some of his most memorable experiences and gives some useful advice to newcomers.

1. Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, what do you do etc.?

I was born and raised (and still reside) in San Diego, California. I am a corporate and real estate attorney with my own practice. A significant amount of my practice involves Brazil. I am married with four beautiful daughters.

2. When did you arrive in Brazil and what brought you here?

I first came to Brazil in December 1987 as a Mormon missionary at age 19. As a missionary, you do not get to choose where you go – you just decide whether you want to serve a mission, and the church gives you your assignment. I hit the jackpot and got assigned to the São Paulo South Mission. During my two-year mission, I spent about six months in Santos, and the rest of the time in various places around the São Paulo metro area (downtown, Interlagos, Maua, Ribeirao Pires, and Cotia). Now, as an attorney, I travel to Brazil once or twice a year for work.

3. What were you first impressions of Brazil?

For a southern California kid who grew up surfing and playing soccer, Brazil was a dream assignment for me. I was sent to Santos first and I think it took me about 5 minutes to adjust. I pretty much loved everything about Brazil from the moment I arrived – the food, the people, the language, and the culture. I very vividly remember the drive from São Paulo to Santos. I was mesmerized by the green jungle as we descended the mountains into the Baixada.

4. What do you miss most about home?

When I lived in São Paulo as a missionary, it was my family, and not much else. When I am in Brazil now for work, it is still same – I miss my family and not much else.

5. What has been your most frustrating experience in Brazil?

The Brazilian tax code! As an attorney, some transactions (actually most) are highly impacted by what taxes do or don’t apply. I have been involved in transactions where we get very different conclusions on the same issue from different tax attorneys. So I would have to say the lack of clarity on the application of the tax code.

When I lived in São Paulo in the 80’s, the driving habits were much worse than they are now. That was a bit frustrating and scary back then.

6. What has been your most memorable experience in Brazil (specific incident)?

In 2005 I was able to visit a person I knew 15 years ago when I was a missionary and see how her life had turned out. She was a young 13 year old girl at the time and joined our church. In those 15 years, through a lot of determination and work, she became an attorney, a wife and mother of a beautiful family. It was very gratifying to see what she has made of her life.

7. What do you most like about Brazil (in general)?

It is very hard to narrow that down. I basically love everything. I love the soccer, the food, the beach, the people, the architecture, the culture, the music, etc. I feel very much at home in Brazil. I have taken my wife to Brazil many times and now she is a card-carrying Brazilophile too.

8. What is your favorite restaurant/place to hang out here?

A small restaurant on Copacabana near the Excelsior Hotel where my wife and I would eat (several time a day) the best chocolate (for her) and maracuja (for me) mousse in the world.

9. Do you have any funny stories/incidents to tell about your time in Brazil?

After I had been a missionary for about 18 months, I had reduced my gringo accent to the point that most people thought I was Brazilian. When we would meet with people in their homes, they would usually ask where we were from. If they asked whether I was from Brazil, I would sometimes say yes. When they would ask where, I would say the Bahia. This would usually cause a perplexed look on their face (I had a full head of blond hair back in those days). I would then ask for a bacia (large, round metal wash basin) and then balance it on my head while I walked around the room to prove that I was a true Baiano. Everyone would start laughing and I would fess up that I was really from California. It was a great ice-breaker!

10. What difference between your homeland and Brazil do you find most striking?

Those differences are starting to fade away as Brazil becomes a more modern society in terms of its economy, business climate, etc. The most striking thing (and something that I love) is how my clients in Brazil treat me and my wife like family. While our relationship started out on business terms, they really do feel more like a family to us. When my wife accompanies me on trips, they treat her like a queen. It is wonderful.

11. How is your Portuguese coming along? What words do you find most difficult to pronounce/remember or are there any words that you regularly confuse?

Thankfully I learned Portuguese when I was still a teen and have been speaking it on a regular basis for the past 20 plus years.

12. What advice do you have for newcomers to Brazil?

If you are going to be living there for any amount of time, learn the language. Find some fresh-made maracuja juice (with ground up seeds and all) and enjoy!

13. What are some things that you would recommend for a visitor to do in São Paulo (or anywhere else in Brazil)?

São Paulo is an acquired taste. Walk down Paulista Ave. and take in the hustle and bustle. Go see one of the classicos (game between any of the major soccer teams in São Paulo) and get down to Santos and Guaruja for the beach and some neat history (historic Santos downtown).

You can contact Jeff via jeff@eddingtonlaw.com.

To read previous interviews in the Brazil Through Foreign Eyes series click below:

Arne Rasmussen – Denmark
Rod Saunders – USA
Don Fenstermaker – USA
Ken Van Zyl – South Africa
Angus Graham – UK
Anne Morddel – USA
Jessica Mullins – Switzerland
Evan Soroka – USA
Mary de Camargo – USA
Brendan Fryer – UK
Aaron Sundquist – USA
Jay Bauman – USA
Alan Williams – USA
Derek Booth – UK
Jim Shattuck – USA
Ruby Souza – Hawaii
Stephan Hughes – Trinidad and Tobago
Louis van der Wiele – Holland
Drew Glaser – USA
Barry Elliott – Canada
Joel Barsky – USA
David Drummond – Canada
Liam Porisse – France
Jim Kelley – USA
Max Ray – USA
Jeremy Clark – Canada
Don Fredrick – USA
Jase Ramsey – USA
Ben Pearce – UK
Nitai Panchmatia – India
Johnnie Kashat – USA
Jeni Bonorino – USA
Eric Jones – USA
Bill Martin – UK
Bernard Morris – USA
John Graves – USA
Deepak Sapra – India
Alison McGowan – UK
Brent Gregory – USA
R Dub – USA
Tara Bianca – USA
Jack Hurley – USA
James Woodward – Canada
Tony O’Sullivan – Ireland
Anna Belavina – Russia
Jim Kirby – USA
Linda Halverstadt – USA
Michelle Monteiro – USA
Chris Mensah – UK
David Sundin – USA
Stephanie Glennon – USA
Julien Porisse – France
Hans Keeling – USA
Jim Adams – USA
Richard Murison – USA
Will Periam – UK
Jan Sandbert – Sweden
Jim Jones – USA
Mike Stricklin – USA
Edward Gowing – Australia
Adrian Woods – USA
Kevin Raub – USA
Pierpaolo Ciarcianelli – Italy
Zachary Heilman – USA
David Johnson – Bermuda
Cipriana Leme – Argentina
Timothy Bell – USA
Patti Beckert – USA
Timothy Bell – USA
Paul James – USA
David McLoughlin – Ireland
Pat Moraes – USA
Richard Dougherty – USA
James Weeds – USA
Tom Sluberski – USA
Peter Kefalas – USA
Sylvie Campbell – UK
Kathleen Haynes – USA
Matt Bowlby – USA
Alan Longbottom – UK
Eric Karukin – USA
Eddie Soto – USA
Kieran Gartlan – Ireland
Bryan Thomas Scmidt – USA
Emile Myburgh – South Africa
Bob Chapman – USA
David Barnes – USA
John Milan – USA
Chris Coates – UK
Matthew Ward – UK
Allison Glick – USA
Drake Smith – USA
Jim Jones – USA
Philip Wigan – UK
Atlanta Foresyth – USA
Lee Gordon – USA
Carmen Naidoo – South Africa
Lee Safian – USA
Laurie Carneiro – USA
Dana De Lise – USA
Richard Gant – USA
Robin Hoffman – USA
Wayne Wright – UK
Walt Kirspel – USA
Priya Guyadeen – Guyana
Caitlin McQuilling – USA
Nicole Rombach – Holland
Steven Engler – Canada
Richard Conti – USA
Zak Burkons – USA
Ann White – USA
Monde Ngqumeya – South Africa
Johnny Sweeney – USA
David Harty – Canada
Bill McCrossen – USA
Peter Berner – Switzerland/Brazil
Ethan Munson – USA
Solveig Skadhauge – Denmark
Sean McGown – USA
Condrad Downes – UK
Jennifer Silva – Australian
Justin Mounts – USA
Elliott Zussman – USA
Jonathan Abernathy – USA
Steve Koenig – USA
Kyron Gibbs – USA
Stephanie Early – USA
Martin Raw – UK
Sean Coady – UK
Hugo Delgado – Mexico
Sean Terrillon – Canada
Jessie Simon – USA
Michael Meehan – USA
Thales Panagides – Cyprus
Tammy Montagna – USA
Samantha Tennant – England
Ron Finely – United States
Bob Duprez – United States
Peter Baines – England
Youssef Bouguerra – Tunisia
Van Wallach – USA
Lesley Cushing – England
Alexander von Brincken – Germany
Hank Avellar – USA
Ed Catchpole – England
Penny Freeland – England
Yasemin de Pinto – Turkey
Amy Williams Lima – USA
John Naumann – England
Marsye Schouella – Eygpt
Rita Shannon Koeser – USA
John Fitzpatrick – Scotland
Liam Gallagher – Northern Ireland
Lorelei Jones – England
Adam Glensy – England
Tommie C.B. DeAssis – Japan
Aaron Day – Canada
Graham Debney – New Zealand
Silke Tina Tischendorf – Germany
Tanya Keshavjee Macedo – Canada
Frank de Meijer – Holland
Carl Emberson – Australia
Kim Buarque – Wales
Damiano Pak – South Korea
Jonas Helding – Denmark
Pari Seeber – Iran
John Milton – England
Ken Marshall – Australia

Can’t make this up