Having a husband from Latin America, I have learned to expand my cooking to include some of his favorite dishes and treats. Prior to meeting my husband back in college, I only knew how to cook Italian food, that my grandmother had taught to my mom and I. But, my college experience not only introduced me to my husband, but it also expanded my palette in regards to trying foods from all over the world. During my freshman year in college, I lived on the "International Floor," which housed the foreign exchange students, due to limited space on the other Freshman floors. This was the best thing that could have happened to me, as I was able to make friends with girls from countries like Spain, Japan, Russia, Korea, etc. And, on weekends, we would travel into Boston and surrounding areas to enjoy their countries cuisine. This is how I got hooked on Latin American and Brazilian foods. My weakness out of everything was pão de queijo, or Brazilian Cheese Bread. Being Italian, I could never say "No" to bread, and just knowing that this bread which is popular in Brazilian cultures was filled with cheese, it couldn't get any better. :-)
One of the first dates my husband took me on was to a Brazilian Churrascaria. Maybe he wanted to see if I actually ate, as he said I ate like a bird. :-) Or, maybe he wanted to introduce to flavors and foods he was accustomed to. Whatever his reason for choosing a Churrascaria for the first date, he won me over. :-) Prior to the different meats being offered at our table, the waiter brought over a bowl of Brazilian Cheese Bread to enjoy. My now-husband didn't know if I knew what it was, until I exclaimed, "Oh boy, cheese bread," before taking a bite out of one. And, before the meat starting coming to the table, my husband and I were on our second second of pão de queijo. :-) If you have never had this bite-size cheese bread before, be warned they are addicting, and hard to stop at just one. You think just because they are small that you can pace yourself or stop at any time...good luck, as the crispy, flaky outside with a fluffy smooth inside make you crave more and more. :-) Beware if you are on a diet or trying to give up bread....oh, heck! You only live once, so why not enjoy a bowl of Brazilian cheese bread.
Since welcoming the girls, we have stayed away from restaurants as they are prone to acting out, or rushing us through a meal. But, for our anniversary back in February, my husband surprised me by taking me to a Brazilian restaurant, to enjoy true Brazilian cooking and pão de queijo. :-) We were both in heaven, and could have sat there all night just eating the cheese bread. After we returned home, I looked online to see if I could order Brazilian Cheese Bread and have it shipped to our house. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a retailer or vendor who sold it and shipped it nationwide. So, I gave up the thought of surprising my husband and girls with pão de queijo --- that was until recently, when I stumbled across Brazi Bites. And, after reaching out to them, they kindly sent along their three varieties" Original, Bacon and Fire Roasted Jalapeño.
I couldn't wait for my husband to come home that night, so that we could try them out. But, like luck would have it, the girls and I started to come down with a cold, which has lasted over a month, as we keep passing it back and forth. Not wanting to waste the bread, as our taste buds were off, I asked my husband to hold off until we were all better to enjoy the cheese bread.
While it has been some time coming, just last night I cooked up a sampling of three Brazi Bites varieties. I love how the freezer bags are resealable, in case you don't want to cook up all the cheese bread bites at once. All you have to do is line a cookie sheet with the Brazi Bites and bake for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Easy Peasy! Then, out comes golden cheese bites that will have your mouth watering.
After the first bite, I was transported back to my college days enjoying Brazilian Cheese Bread with my friends, and my first date with my husband.
Ingredients and Nutritional Value of the Original Brazi Bites
This authentic tasting cheese bread is naturally Gluten-Free, Wheat Free, 100% Natural Ingredients, has No Trans Fat, No Sugar, No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives.
Out of the three varieties sent my way, I have to say my favorite was the Original, while my husband who likes spicy foods was a fan of the Fire Roasted Jalapeño Brazi Bites. My girls, on the other hand, kept reaching for the bacon ones, and asked if they could have more with breakfast in the AM, along with eggs. I am looking forward to it, just as much as they are!
In addition to eating the Brazi Bites as is, you can also enjoy with eggs at breakfast, sliced open and making a meatball sandwich with, enjoyed with a bowl of soup, or simply enjoying with a cold beer. There are so many ways to enjoy Brazi Bites, that you will have fun thinking of ways to enjoy them. :-)
If you don't live near a Brazilian restaurant, where oftentimes they serve homemade pão de queijo, you can now find it in the freezer sections of many stores like Whole Foods and Sprouts, all over the United States. Just look for Brazi Bites to get your cheese bread fix, and let me know what you think. I know you will love them, too!
Locations where Brazi Bites are sold in retail stores
Click here to see if Brazi Bites are sold at a retailer near you -- http://www.brazibites.com/.
Not in one of the states that carries Brazi Bites? Not to worry, as you can also order an of the three Brazi Bites flavors directly from their website and have them shipped right to your door to enjoy. :-) Visit Brazi Bites to learn more about their product offering, or to order some oh so good Brazi Bites today. You will not regret it! :-)
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Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.