Enjoy Comfort Food on Brazil's Praia do Espelho Beach
The dirt road that leads from the hip beach town of Trancoso, Brazil, to Silvinha’s could be a luge run but for the potholes and the stream we had to ford. We arrived queasy and left with the deep calm that often follows deep pleasure. Silvinha’s cottage is on Praia do Espelho, which some call the prettiest beach in Brazil. There’s no menu, but Silvinha, a longtime resident, knows best. She makes homey food: whitefish, plantains, and, of course, caipirinhas. After lunch, some of us canoed in the mangroves; some repaired to hammocks. And now, all of us want to go back, even if it means another luge run. Lunch only, reservations essential. 55/(0) 73-9985-4157 —Beth Ann Fennelly
This appeared in the August/September 2014 issue.