Field Trip To Bossa Nova Restaurant

In an ongoing quest to get in touch with my roots, I’ve been taking Portuguese language classes at the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute. Usually we meet in a classroom, but this week our teacher Patricia suggested we take a field trip to Bossa Nova Brazilian Restaurant in West Hollywood instead. It’s already one of my favorite eateries in town, but it was fun to socialize with my classmates and practice our Portuguese skills in a new setting. In fact, the waiter knew that we were in “class” so would only speak Portuguese with us. We tried several traditional Brazilian appetizers including pão de queijo (cheese bread), bolinho de bacalhau (deep fried balls of codfish), coxinha (shredded chicken and cheese inside deep fried dough), and croquetes de camarão (shrimp croquettes). Of course I couldn’t pass up a caipirinha—the national cocktail of Brazil. It’s made from cachaça (a liquor made from distilled sugarcane juice) that’s poured over crushed ice, along with sugar and lots of fresh lime. Bossa Nova is famous for its chicken breast (filé de frango) and skirt steak (bifi) that’s been marinated in traditional Brazilian spices and served alongside black beans (feijão), rice (arroz), salsa, and yucca flour (mandioca). The best part is definitely the fried plantains (bananas fritas). It was a really fun experience and I hope we take more field trips in the future!

Bossa Nova has three locations in the L.A. area. The one we visited is located at  685 North Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood – (310) 657-5070 www.bossafood.com

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