Manda brasa Manda Brasa is a project born of passion and intent. The expression manda brasa is difficult to translate. It literally means light it up referring to the famous Brazilian barbecue grills, but is used in a variety of situations to mean let's get going, just do it, or go ahead. We chose the name because of the desire we had to make a Brazilian snack business a reality for so long. It was also a chance for us to put certain initiatives into practice in a real way, like our ideas about sustainability and local collaboration. We're incredibly excited to roll up our sleeves and manda brasa in our kitchen and communities.
Savory and sweet Salgados, or savory pastries, are one of the most popular types of Brazilian snacks. We make some of the most common types of salgados, including pão de queijo (cheese bread), coxinha (think Brazilian bitterballen), and empada (like small pies). We also make Brazilian doces (sweets) for a complete culinary portfolio. We are constantly testing our new recipes to add more traditional dishes and vegan options to our repertoire.
Home away from home My name is Bartolomeu Araujo, and I come from a large state in Brazil called Minas Gerais. My city, Belo Horizonte, is about five hours north of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo by car. When I decided to move to The Netherlands, I had the idea to start a Brazilian snack business. Food plays a huge role in my life, and having lived abroad before, I’ve always understood just how important snacks from home can be.
The best part about my job is the opportunity I get to create an experience for people that brings them both happiness and nostalgia. We love working at different street markets in The Netherlands, and when we do we get a chance to meet Brazilians from all over the country, as well as internationals who have enjoyed Brazil through traveling or friends and family. The connections we make this way bring us joy and show us the value of providing a place in the community to gather and celebrate Brazilian culture.
Brazilian tradition Salgados have a very important place in Brazilian life. You can find lanchonetes on almost every corner in the center of my city, Belo Horizonte, offering the same snacks I produce. The region is known for its delicious pão de queijo (cheese bread), which is made using tapioca flour and the famous traditional cheese from Minas Gerais. These snacks can be found at practically any social event in the country, from samba shows to birthday parties. You can also often find me eating them.
Foodie philosophy Cooking has always been a big part of my life, starting when my grandmother taught me the recipe for arroz e feijão (rice and beans), and then my mother, who taught me how to prepare tropeiro (the state dish of Minas Gerais). Although I am a philosophy teacher by trade, I left Brazil several years ago to come to the Netherlands and open a food business. One of my favorite things about cooking is that food can bridge the gap between different cultures. My snacks combine traditional Brazilian flavors with local Dutch ingredients to bring you the best of both worlds in one snack.