Local Dish: Brasil Arts Café

Posted on Jul 15 by SEASONS Magazine

By Nancy Ransohoff

Didn’t make it to Carnival this year? Not to worry. Daniel “Chin” Yoshimi is poised to bring the zesty tastes and colorful culture of his native Brazil to Santa Barbara. By the time you read this, Brasil Arts Café will be in full swing. Brasil Arts Café is the creation of Yoshimi, owner of Capoeira Sul de Bahia studio, and his wife Jennifer Yannella. The café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring such specialties as the traditional feijoada (pork and bean stew), along with coxinhas (deep-fried chicken croquettes), empadinhas (savory pastries filled with chicken or shrimp) and carne seca (dry aged beef). The café also ladles up moqueca, a white-fish stew made from coconut milk, and betcha-can’t-resist Brazilian desserts, such as flavored brigadeiros (chocolate balls made from condensed milk) and pudim de leite (Brazilian flan). Brazilian chefs and SBCC grads Lica Sfredo and Carlos Lima mind the stoves. A true cultural center, the café also includes a dance studio (“eat, drink, move!” as its website exclaims), offering classes from capoeira to samba to Brazilian drumming. (1230 State St., Ste C, 805/637-5355)

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