A tasty carioca fit for Her Majesty

Is quite rare that we the pleb can have a taste of royal life. Thanks to an independent chocolatiére in Rio de Janeiro, one now can. Literally: chosen by the British Red Cross as a special gift for Queen Elizabeth II, Brazilian chocolate brand Q has now given visitors a very fancy option of memento to bring back home.

Not only it is because it is quite a rare treat in terms of taste – it is made from beans hand-picked from a single annual harvest from Ilhéus, in northeastern Brasil – but also thanks to the fact its curvy silhouette has been conceived by no one less than the legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer.

A creation of Samantha Aquim, who hails from one of Brazil’s finest gastronomic clans, Q has a graduated tasting of six blends. It’s only available at he family’s Ipanema boutique store. For a mouthwatering preview, check the Aquim’s website. But don’t forget that it is not an experience for budget traveller’s. The box given to Elizabeth II, for example, costs a hefty £800…

Aquim Gastronomia

Rua Garcia D’Ávila, 149 – Loja B

Ipanema

(21) 2523-5090

http://www.aquimgastronomia.com.br/boutique01.html

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