Posts Tagged ‘Brazil’

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It’s a Freja Kinda Day

April 1, 2011

Freja on the brains today! Not sure why. She’s amazing and fabulous in every way so a perfect daily obsession!

Here she is in a recent campaign for Santa Lolla‘s Fall 2011 Accessories line, shot by Henrique Gendre.

Making-Of Videos from the Campaign:

Breath thief!  Sign me up for some Freja overdose any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Photos sourced from Fashion Gone Rogue.

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Café y Chocolate Pastel de Tres Leches – Celebrity Birthday Series – Manuela Tessari

September 11, 2010

September 9th, 2010, my most favourite Brazilian Fashion Model, Manuela Tessari, turned 19! So, I baked a cake! 🙂

Now, I made this with full-on ingredients as I still need to experiment with a Vegan recipe, (or at least one that is low-cal), but I know how to make this like the back of my hand the old fashioned way and I wanted to make something pretty for Manu so~ :p Ford would KILL ME if I fed her this! Secrets! Shhhhhhh!

*BTW, if anyone has tips/recipes for a Vegan Tres Leches cake, please let me know!*

This is two-layer round cake spiked with espresso & rum, adorned with fluffy whipped topping, cocoa powder & decorative chocolate sticks & discs. Everyone here really enjoyed it! I’m a bit spent to post the recipe so I’ll post some history on this sinfully delightful goodie, from Chef Dorothy Sibole at TexasCooking.com:

“So what is this cake? Pastel de Tres Leches is a butter cake sometimes flavored with vanilla. What makes it unusual is that it is soaked in a mixture of three different milk products, hence the name Tres Leches. The three milks, when combined, create just the right sweetness, density and “mouth feel” for a rich cake, making it moist but not mushy.

The idea of soaking a cake in liquid is not new. There are some traditional cakes that require a good bath in some flavoring. You know them as a Baba or a Savarin, and the Christmas favorite, Rum cake. These cakes get their traditional flavoring from being doused with an alcohol mixture. Many layer cake recipes advise you to brush your cake layers with a simple syrup solution to moisten the cake. The Pastel de Tres Leches takes this one step further, adding richness to the soaking liquid.

So how did the Tres Leches come about? It is hard to pinpoint the origin of the confection. There is dispute over where it came from. There is dispute over when it was first created. There is even dispute over what variation is the correct version of Pastel de Tres Leches. After much mind-numbing investigation, I drew two definite conclusions. One is that this cake is very popular in Latin America, especially Mexico and Nicaragua. The second is that it is soaked in a mixture of three different types of milk: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk or heavy cream.

Going on the assumption that sweetened condensed milk has not been around for a long time, I was trying to narrow down the potential timeframe for the introduction of the recipe. Low and behold, my theory was blown out of the water. It appears that sweetened condensed milk has been around since the 1800’s. The product was originally created to preserve fresh milk. That being the case, I gave up on trying to determine when the cake was created. While the facts of its origin may be elusive, the fact of its popularity is not.”

I made some other things but I’m saving the savory recipes for a Culinary World Tour post series I have planned. Suppose this means my recipe tour, which I’ll blog here, will begin in Sao Paolo! (Peru will follow. Then, probably Mexico where my family comes from).

Happy Birthday, Manuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu~~~!!! <3 ( *^-^) ~To love! Happiness! Long life! Infinite success!

Saúde!

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Manuela Tessari – Iguatemi Magazine (Brazil) August 2010 & Blank Generation Project

August 11, 2010

So happy to see her on a cover! 🙂

Here’s her video for Igi Ayedun’s BLANK GENERATION PROJECThttp://vimeo.com/14046958

Oh, and for the record, Manu loves these:

^_^ ♥ ^_^

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Manuela Tessari – Brazilian Beauty Excepcional

August 5, 2010

Photos from Brian Haider.

18 year old Brazilian Model Manuela Tessari! (Born Sept 9th, 1991). There’s just something about her. I’ve kept up with her career ever since she broke into the business and she’s just been uphill from the start. What I find intriguing about Manuela is her very classic beauty. I could see her in any era, any dress. Always radiant. And there’s something in her eyes. Joyful, outgoing. In Manu, I see the life of the party. Through her photos, I can hear her laugh. She’s something special, one of the very sweetest girls alive and my favourite Brazilian Model! 🙂

I will be posting more and more of Manu over time. She is another girl I think would be FANTASTIC in films! She has such a timeless presence. And the camera loves her!

My favourite picture of Manu, (from her Facebook). (DON’T SHOOT ME MANU! I Love it! :p)

Some from her walks at SPFW 2011, July 2010.

Gloria Coelho
Piorski
Maria Garcia
Handara
Cavalera

Here is her FMD Profile.

Here is an Interview by Complexed Teenagers.

Photos from WeLoveModels.com. Follow Manuela Tessari on Twitter, HERE!

*EDIT* SORRY! I fixed her Twitter link. 🙂

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