|At the Counter of Padaminas with the owner, Pedro Coehlo|
(Photos thanks to Julie Spielvogel)
Some days, while I’m listening to Antônio Carlos Jobim (or Bebel Gilberto) , sipping caipirinhas and savoring Brazilian Cheese puffs, I can transport myself to Brazil. Truth be told, there aren’t too many days when I don’t dream of returning to Brazil—I miss the people, the music, the food, the beaches, and more! (And dream of running away to study Samba, and finally learning Portuguese!) But part of the beauty of living in New York, and working in Mount Vernon, is that it seems that Brazil, after all, is here.
|Listening to Pedro Tell one of his Many Wonderful Tales!|
|Still at the Counter!|
If you haven’t been to Mount Vernon in the past several years maybe you don’t know that approximately 10 percent of the population hails from Brazil. This is witnessed by the many markets along Gramatan Avenue that feature a variety of Brazilian products. As the English Language Institute's Assistant Director for Westchester Community College’s Mount Vernon site, I’ve been privileged to meet a nice-sized sample of the population. I’m also thrilled to report that my discoveries of “Little Brazil” are beyond the borders of Gramatan Avenue.
|Getting some purchasing advice!|
Padaminas Brazilian Bakery
66 West Lincoln Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10550