This is me in Brazil in 2000 drinking ice cold coconut milk straight from the source. This is one of the things that impresses Majumdar about Brazil - one of the few things. The coconuts are sold by street vendors and opened with machete's. Majumdar does not find much to like about Brazilian food, or Brazil. He does have some bad experiences there, but as James pointed out he does not meet any Brazilian's while there. Brazilian's are fabulous hosts, and are friends to all. I will admit that the food is not always special. James says that the national spices are salt and sugar. There are some good tastes there. Zuco's (blended juice drinks) made with acai, passion fruit, mangos and other tropical fruits are refreshing and tasty. "Lonche por kilo" is not mentioned in Majumdar's book. This is more an experience than a taste. Lonche por kilo restaurants are buffet-style and are paid by the kilo. They all seem to feature the same kinds of food, including potato salad with peas, and beef. My website tells more about our trip to Brazil. In the meantime, if you are in southeastern Massachusetts and are interested in having a very authentic "lonche por kilo" try the Brazil Grill in Brockton, across the street from Massasoit Community College.