Potato

 (Solanum tuberosum) is a multi-purpose vegetable. Regardless of preference fried, mashed, baked or grilled you will find some interesting facts about the popular potato: Potatoes were firstly consumed 6,000 years ago by the natives who lived in the Andes Mountains in Peru The Incas were the first who measured time based on the time required for…

Samba-therapy

The history of samba-treatment launched from a Japanese-Brazilian who lives in Italy. Samba-treatment does not have an age limit. It is a physical activity, relaxed and creative. It is a preventive treatment for joint and circulatory problems, is an anti-stress, tones and strengthens muscles and soul. Improves personal relationships and helps to conquer self-awareness. It…

Tomato

Lycopersicum The tomato’s scientific name is Solanum lycopersicum, meaning “wolf peach”.   Names  In Italian the tomato is called “pomo d’oro” (golden apple), in France the “pomme d’amour” (love apple) for its alleged aphrodisiac qualities and in Germany “Paradise Apfel” (heavenly apple). Arkansas  Technically speaking, tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable. Considering the…

Chocolate

Your chocolate has a history. The treat that now lies quietly in its wrapper carries a story of exotic places, long journeys and small families that raise delicate tropical fruit trees. As you peel back the wrapper, you’re uncovering the cacao tree’s seed—and joining people around the world who have turned to this mysterious food…

Batucada

Batucada could be defined simply as a percussion musical encounter, but this definition is not sufficient to describe the awesome power and feel that is able to create this “jam” percussion driven by the bateria. It is a series of musicians playing percussion led a conductor, who whistles, yelling and screaming their guides, so all together…

Samba

Samba is one of the most authentic Brazilian features. If you talk about samba, you talk about Brazil. Like Brazil itself, samba is the result of the interaction of many different influences and mixtures. The main samba roots were initially the African rhythms BATUQUE and LUNDU, played mainly with drums and clapping the hands. Later,…

Salsa

Salsa, a “dance of seduction”, is characterized by sensual movements and is definitely one of the most romantic dances out there. It gained incredible success worldwide especially in the recent years among both men and women. It is hard to pinpoint what exactly contributed to this trend, but there are some interesting facts about Salsa…

Tango

The most alluring, the most captivating, and maybe even the most sensual of all the ballroom dances. History Tango sprung from the poor and underprivileged areas of the docklands of Buenos Aires where the African and European immigrants would dance in the street and in the brothels. For this reason, Tango is a fusion of…

Capoeira

Rebelliousness, strength, ingenuity and unique style… The new Brazilian fad that seems to be spreading rapidly across the globe is characterized by the same elements that distinguish passionate Brazilians. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game. The basic aesthetic elements…

Milonga

While Tango and Milonga present two different types of music in Argentina, they are closely related. The Milonga has a complicated history, and the word has many different meanings.According to Borges,  milonga has folk chatacteristics and it is one  of the most important expressions of Buenos Aires. The first Milonga in Argentina was a form…