Diving into the meat.
Today we went to a Churrascuria, which is a Brazilian buffet/meat place where waiters come around with giant skewers of meat. You have a small cardboard coaster by your plate. One side is in red and says something like "No, stop feeding me", and the other side is in green and says something like "Give me more meat!". If you have the red side up, the meat-wielders will skip your table. If you have the green side up, they'll lop off a piece of meat with a giant steak knife onto your plate.
Overall, the food was good, and the meat was probably the tastiest I've had in Brazil, but it doesn't take too long to reach meat overload status. Although it's worth trying a Churrascuria, to get the best value for your money you should be very hungry.
After lunch we went to the botanical gardens (Jardim Botanico), which was founded by the king of Portugal in the 1800's.
Pao de queijo - popular dish served at almost every place, bread balls filled with cheese.
We saw monkeys running around, an ant-sized beetle pushing around a pea-sized rock, and a greenhouse filled with carnivorous plants. The weather wasn't too great, but it was still quite relaxing and peaceful walking around the green, well-maintained gardens. And at only a few reais per ticket for entry, it was probably one of the best bargains in tourist-priced Rio.
Unfortunately, my stomach was feeling a bit ill (not sure if it was from the Churrascuria or if it was just adjusting to the new food), so we just stayed in for dinner. I got a microwaveable, gluten-free frozen meal from the supermarket that turned out to be fairly unappealing in both sight and taste, and Lisa ordered a tasty looking sandwich from a nearby deli.
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