Originally Posted by PassThePickles
i'm in brazil for 3 weeks hardly know any portuguese at all and am STARVING!! i actually find somebody who speaks english and i try to explain my situation to them and all i get in return is either a completey lost and confused look or the ever so encouraging whats up w/THAT psycho eye roll and dismissal...then a plate full of beef. so i've been living on pretty much just fruit and salad n such.
anybody been here or know of vegan foods that they have??
Hmm, where in Brazil are you? I was there for about two weeks in the southern part (Porto Alegre) where they basically survive on BBQ and I managed to survive. Usually you can tell people "Sou vegetariana/o" and they will understand. It's also helpful to tell them, "Quero comida sem queijo, leite, o carne" .. they know that means no cheese, no milk, no meat. I believe eggs is similar to the Spanish "huevos" (maybe "ovos" or something). Do you know any Spanish? They seemed to understand that pretty well when I found my Portuguese was not enough.
I dunno, I guess I was lucky. The people I met were pretty understanding. You might ask for polenta, which is basically fried cornmeal - they seem to have it on hand at a lot of restaurants. Go to different restaurants, i.e. middle eastern ones, pizza places, Italian..
When you're in grocery stores, read the labels - all you need to know are:
queijo, leite, leite em po (powdered milk), frango, I forget the words for beef and pork but it should be obvious when there is meat..