I must admit that one day early in our stay the head of one of our reading venues took us to a Portuguese restaurant, where we dined on a wonderfully spicy shredded cod. For our very last night in São Paulo, moreover, The Professor of Everything and The Professor Nothing (as Régis jokingly defined the differences between Nelson and himself) took us to a traditional Brazilian restaurant where he dined on various versions of Frijoada. But otherwise, there were no exceptions. Beef was king.
When I returned to Brazil in 2000, I refused to be intimidated by Régis’ narrow culinary tastes. One day I dined with him at a local fast food eatery, ordering a cutlet of dry, breaded pork. The next night I announced that I was going to the neighborhood Japanese restaurant.
New York, Brazil Grill, May 5, 2003
Reprinted from Sibila (November 2009) in Portuguese as "O cru e o cozido"