Last week on Friday’s Featured Food I wrote about the Taiwanese hot pot as voted by viewers of the Don’t Stop Living Facebook Page. This week I thought I’d feature the runner up, so we’re back in Recife Brazil. After yesterday’s Thirsty Thursdays from Sao Paulo it’s the second Brazilian article in a row. In 2011, I ended up in the city of Recife, pronounced Hess Eaf Eh (if you’re Northern Irish).
In 2007 when backpacking in France, I met Katia Alves in a hostel in Paris. She was from Recife and I always planned to head there to visit her. So 2011 it was. After a night out in Olinda, a visit to the Black Tuesday music night and a party in Recife, it was time to see Recife beach and seafront. I was hanging out with Katia’s son Rodrigo and his mates. They suggested a sea front restaurant near the beach for lunch and beers called Alphaiate so off we went. I just decided to try something on the menu I had never had before.
Despite backpacking through Taiwan and China, I couldn’t remember an exact moment when I tried octopus. I was sure I’d had calamary and squid, but I opted for the octopus curry here.
Alphaiate Restaurant, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
The Alphaiate restaurant seemed quite swanky but then again Brazil can fool you all the time. When I glance back at the menu now, I can’t help but think that it was dear back then. I mean, during the World Cup of 2014, I was paying similar prices for my beer and food. I’m glad I took some menu photos to compare.
Sometimes I forget to take photos of the food menu and the prices and on this occasion I only took photos of the beer prices so I have no idea on the price of my octopus curry, we’ll guess at around 15 Reals. I was making notes in my travel notebooks of course but I didn’t write the price in it. The curry arrived with some ice cold beers and I got stuck in.
But I took a photo of the food and it had octopus through the curry and possibly other types of seafood too. Brazilians are superb at covering up a crap food to make it taste good and spicy. Without doubt the spice made this meal what it was as I devoured it! I kept thinking that I wouldn’t like octopus on it’s own.
So thanks to Rodrigo and his friends for taking me to try the Octopus curry. The strangest thing for me is that I haven’t eaten Octopus since, and this was 4 and a half years ago now! Safe travels.