Unlike most places in the world and even some other parts of Brazil, Paulistas don’t care so much about breakfast, even skipping it most of the time (especially because we are always late for something). But those who don’t skip it and still remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day normally go for:
Our everyday, extremely sweet—even syrupy in texture—-filtered coffee, with a splash of milk, usually served in small beer glasses rather than mugs.
Pão na chapa
Grilled, buttered small round baguettes. They’re grilled with a weight, or fried and flattened with a spatula on top, so the bread is crispy and thin.
A kind of smoothie blended with any of the following: milk, papaya, orange juice, banana, avocado, and strawberry; very dense and filling.
Pão de queijo
Cheesy manioc-starch bread. It is unfermented; the ideal one would be crispy on the outside and gluey on the inside, the Brazilian version of the gougère.
Beiju de tapioca
A flat, crepe-like pancake made with fermented manioc starch, moistened with some water. Perhaps the most Brazilian of all foods, eaten throughout the country in different manners for different people, with fillings ranging from just butter to cheese to chocolate sauce.
Pastel de feira
Minced beef or cheese stuffed in dough and fried, eaten mostly at the street market.
Most people in São Paulo eat some variation of these items for breakfast, be it at home or at the local padaria (bakery) or food market. But for us, more important than eating breakfast is the first opportunity of the day to gossip about last night’s soap opera, politics, and soccer game. We Brazilians love to eat, but we love to talk a little more than that.