Rio's Brazilian

After a long day of waiting in line to see the Architects of Air exhibit, lil Phan, her friends Katie and Caitlin, and I went to Rio's Brazilian for a post-Luminaria snack.

I am currently obsessed with beets. This is a perfectly acceptable obsession as it's much cheaper and healthier to be obsessed with beets than, say, Louis Vuitton handbags, Ferraris, Monte Cristos, or shar peis (not sharpies, those are affordable). My favorite beet salad is from La Condesa, but the apple and beet salad from Rio's is pretty good, too.

My favorite item from Rio's is their famous cheese bread, pão de queijo for my Portuguese-speaking readers (of which there are none, according to Google Analytics). I wish they offered them by the dozen. They come as a trio - original, red pepper, and basil. The triple dose of cheese bread is probably best for my waistline.

While I had my apple beet salad and pão de queijo, lil Phan had the veggie Tijuca sandwich and not one, but two orders of yucca fries. Her friends had a risoli de frango each. We all loved our dishes and the fact that lil Phan had ordered so many yucca fries that we'd get to share.