Rich breakfast, affection and lazing around
Today you woke up early, feeling like taking a dip in the sea and enjoying the day. But you were hungry as a lion, or, for the more esoteric, you woke up with a Taurus hunger. The wish is to have a hotel breakfast, but there is not even an egg in the house. You want to make a good meal for lunch, but in the fridge you only have tomato, onion and coriander. This itinerary is for you who are disorganized but full of good gastronomic intentions. Take a towel, the sunscreen and your appetite. Today is a day to eat well and make the melanin circulate.
Full table and small talk
Casa Castanho is a company specialized in brownies, care and affection. Partners Catarina and Cristina serve options on the menu for breakfast, late lunch (brunch) and afternoon coffee. This is all in the city’s most bohemian neighborhood, Rio Vermelho, full of bars and restaurants, but lacking in options for those who love sweets and goodies. The idea is to gather people around a table, arranging everything with flowers, crockery and comfort foods. Better yet, after everything is eaten, staying there for hours at the table, talking, telling stories, laughing and being happy.
On weekends, from 9am to 2pm, coffee and brunch combos are served, and after 2pm it operates normally until 6pm. During the week, you have many options to start the day, for a snack or light lunch. The delights are the crispy, toasted cheese bread waffle; toasts; and the iced mango, passion fruit and cardamom cream. To top it of, the rapadura cake with ganache, jellies, and the house granola.
A small “neighborhood beach”
After losing track of time sitting at the table, having eaten a lot, walk to the charming Paciência Beach a few meters from Casa Castanho. A small strip of sand where most of the regulars are the neighborhood residents. The quality of the water is relative comparing to other beaches in the area, but it has been gaining more and more fans precisely because it is getting cleaner.
It’s close to everything in the neighborhood and has some pretty cool rock formations to the right side. There, there are nice natural pools for relaxing and chatting. There are beach stand and umbrella services. As it is hidden, below the road level, on weekends the sand strip is usually crowded, but if it is a less busy day the tip is to pay attention around and try to go when there are more people in the sand and/or policing close by. Learn more at this link.
Fresh fish straight to the pan
Do you remember the tomato, onion and coriander you have at home? Well then … they have a right destination. Buy a fish at Casa do Peso, near Paciência Beach, at Iemanjá House. The super-famous place due to the celebrations of February 2, Iemanjá’s festival, also has good options of fresh fish. Local fishermen have many of the neighborhood restaurants as clients.
Get to know Iemanjá House and, if you want to know the place’s history, we tell you on this link. From there, go home to enjoy your meal, call some friends and make projects, organize trips, share dreams around a big table. Nothing better to bring people closer together than a good meal, right? If you are not a cooking person, call somebody who is. On that day, you will wash the dishes happily, after so much joy in your tummy.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Saturdays: from 9am to 6pm. Sundays, from 9am to 3pm.
Address: Travessa Bartholomeu de Gusmão, 104 – Rio Vermelho, Salvador – BA, 41950-310
Phone: (71) 98139-3353
Address: Paciência Beach, Rio Vermelho, Salvador – BA, 40140-130
Casa do Peso (Iemanjá House)
Address: R. Guedes Cabral, 143 – Rio Vermelho, Salvador – BA, 41950-620
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Casa de Iemanjá. Rio Vermelho. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.