Now if you mention Brazil and BBQ in a conversation with my immediate group of “proud-to-be cavemen”, you might be bombarded with a series of semi-coherent, almost jolly, neanderthal-type grunts, followed by stomach rubbing as they descend into an nostalgic trance reminiscing over their last visit to an all-you-can-eat Brazilian Steakhouse. And it’s hard to argue with a true MANFOODie about all-you-can-eat-meat. But here I go, and it’s a simple one: Quality over Quantity.
While many all-you-can-eat Brazilian Steakhouses in SD offer a variety of authentic Brazilian BBQ, you’ve probably never had your meat cooked to order. Enter – Boca Boa – loosely translated as “Good Mouth”, and serving, among many other things: elevated Brazilian street food. And if you don’t stop to ponder the concept, which I’m sure has been around for a while, you may just miss out on how wonderful a thing it is. Elevated street food. It’s like the girl-next-door going away to college and coming back Beyoncé; then confessing her love for you. Beautiful, tasty and convenient, and it’s waiting for you at the Otay Ranch Town Center Farmers Market every Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.
Now I’m not a farmers market critic, and I can’t say I’ve sampled products from any of the other farmers there, but blame that on Alex and Kamile for making a skewer trifecta of beef, chicken and sausage that has me stuck on stupid (a style referred to as churrasquinho, “little BBQ,” and espetinhos, “individual skewers”) . It’s the fresh ingredients, the beef cooked to order, the flavor of a 24-hour brine grilled over natural charcoal, which is the signature of true Brazilian BBQ. Put all that over seasoned black beans and rice and your done, son! And with some bite sized desserts for the road, they almost forgot to mention that their menu is much more extensive than what they display at the farmers market. Don’t take my word for it, look ‘em up ppl! @bocaboasd
Alex (that lucky dawg), originally from Tuscan, AZ met Kamile while she was visiting San Diego, from Porto Alegre, Brazil to study English. And let’s face it, nothing is more powerful than the love and support of the right woman, and in Alex’s case, it completed the cipher, leading to his 2012 move to Brazil where he fell in love with the culture and the cuisine. And lucky for us, Alex and Kamile are back promoting their brand of Brazilian cuisine to the world through the most beautifulest city in the world, offering catering services with a specialized Brazilian menu based on the customer’s likes and dislikes. So if you’re looking for a change of pace at your next function, surprise your guests with a personalized Brazilian feast.
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“I think it’s important for people to know that Brazil is a cultural melting pot just like the U.S. with culinary influences from all over the world, and our goal is to expose that to San Diego.” Alex Schroyer – Boca Boa.
By Dave for MFC
Edited by Di Bassey-Harmon