I had some overdue errands to run today in the Wheaton area, and stopped by one of my favorite places: Brazilian Market.
Last fall, I did an event where I needed to send Brazilian chocolates with the press kits (why is chocolate SO much better everywhere else? Discuss amongst yourselves). I had no idea where to look--I searched online and came up chocolateless; I called every Brazilian I knew (okay, that equals about 2), but they were no help. I was getting a little frantic, and grabbed the phone book, grumbling all the while,
"Grumblegrumblegrumble where in the HELL am I going to find a Brazilian mark.."
So off I went.
It's kind of a dive, although it's in a fairly new building. But it's like being in a different country (okay, duh). Everyone in there, staff, customers, everyone, is from Brazil. Totally friendly, very laid back (your order could take ten minutes to ring up--just get over it). But it's worth it just to pick up some great coffee, cookies, and pao de queijo (to say nothing of the chocolate). Yum.
Closure: the chocolates were a hit, the event a success. Except the person in charge had just discovered Splenda, thought it was the greatest substance known to man, and insisted we use it for the Caiphirinas. Don't ever try it. Ever.
Brazilian Market, 11425 Grand Avenue, Wheaton; 301.942.8412