Valentine's Day in Brasil (that's how the cool kids spell it)

Some of you know that Dave went on a church mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil a while ago. We enjoy the occasional trip out to eat Brazilian food - usually to celebrate something at an expensive place where they bring around meats.  Tons of thinly sliced salty meats.

Well we decided to try a traditional Brazilian place with a chef that literally moved here from Brazil and opened a restaurant.  Here's the thing.  It was in the ghetto.  Like the for real East Siiiiiiide Austin ghetto. We were following the GPS directions; just looking around like...there's going to be a restaurant here?  All we saw were pawn shops and check cashing places.  Then we saw the little hut of a restaurant sandwiched in between an abandoned daycare and a mobile home with a chain linked fence and a pit bull in the backyard.  Cool.
I told Dave we could skip it and go to Olive Garden if he wanted to, but he was all for it.  We went inside and there were probably like 8 tables total (from Ikea) each with a yellow rose in a cup (yes a cup) of water.  Loving it more and more.

But you know what?  It was fun.  The chef personally said hi and "hope all 3 of you enjoy your dinner."  Of course I pointed to my belly and said, "Don't you mean all 4 of us?" Then we all threw back our heads and laughed like we were best friends.  There was a live band playing in the back (which was about 10 feet from what was considered the front).  We ordered some traditional food that took Dave back to the days of the mission. And we occasionally reached over the table and kissed.  Correction: Dave reached himself over the table while I sat perfectly still (blocked by the belly) and we kissed.

I mean of course there were certain moments (like when the older couple in matching velvet red blazers walked in smelling like weed) where we just laughed it off and chalked it up to keeping Austin weird.  Did you know that's a saying around here?

This guy is even wearing a puka shell necklace.  Remember those from middle school?
Photos from the evening:

Basically, we need to get better cell phones that have better cameras on them, don't you think? 

Hope you had an excellent valentine's day!


Ashley said...

LOVE that you stayed adventurous and still went in. Cause I probably would've voted Olive Garden. Was this your groupon? I love it. ANd you got to meet the chef! How many people can say that?

Can you believe you're already 35 weeks? You deserve a medal. For real.

jkhoek said...

I love Shumway adventures...Sounds fun! And as usual, your commentary makes me laugh :)

Meagan said...

That is a great story. You two looked like you had a great time. Getting more and more excited for the babies!!