Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Maseno Project Show III

Another fine fashion show organized by Mimmi Boa for the Maseno Project. Afer the show some 'one of a kind' dresses were auctioned for a good deed.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rosana Nishi is the stunning Second Life Girl this month

The new Second Life Girl is the stunning Rosana Nishi … click here to go to the Second Life girl blog and see her sexy and beautiful pictures.

Don’t miss this hottest girl!!!

If you are a photographer or a nice and hottest female girl contact Anna Avalanche in world. Anna and the Second Life Girl team will evaluate your pictures. Good photography will be publish in the Second Life Girl blog and maybe also on the Déjà vu web site.

Sao Paulo, the Brazilian charming biggest city

Sao Paulo, the Brazilian charming biggest city

This was our latest article publish at déjà vu Magazine for the May Issue. Touch here to read my new June article

By Anna Avalanche, Ananda Valeeva, Gisa Miles and Luiz Speedwell

Pictures from São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau (SPCVB) and Luiz Speedwell

As all big cities São Paulo has a particular soul made by millions of people all over the world that live there. If we needed to define it as a person we should say: São Paulo is beautiful, intellectual, cultural and modern. São Paulo is the second biggest city of Latin America and one of the most important and eclectic mega cities in the world. The city is the capital of the State of São Paulo, the most populous Brazilian state. It is also the richest city of Brazil. The name means Saint Paul in Portuguese, as it was founded in 1554, on the Catholic feast of the Conversion of Paul, the Apostle. Immortalized in a Caetano Veloso's song "Sampa" is the city famous nickname.

Although it is known as a city where you make and get money, this capital is one of the only cities that is able to mix with harmony, the modernity, history, culture, art, people from all over the world, gastronomy, diversity and all kinds of tourism.

The architecture of “Sampa” is amazing. The curves are a mix of tendencies of different periods in the history, since the art deco e art nouveau styles to the high-tech buildings of Berrini Avenue.

The big city has thousands of theatres, restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping malls, clubs, parks such as Ibirapuera, Burle Marx and so many other options for leisure and business. Every year about 10 million people come to Sao Paulo to make business, shopping and also to check what is going on about Culture. There are festivals throughout the year, including the Bienal art festival, two world-renowned fashion weeks, and various parades and marathons.

Sao Paulo is one of the most important places to see art in the world. It has unique masterpieces, created by the great masters of painting, photography, sculpture and all kinds of art you can imagine. MAM (Museum of Modern Art), which was projected by Oscar Niemeyer, the Pinacoteca of State and the Museum of Ipiranga are places where you find the whole history of Sao Paulo.

One of the most interesting qualities of this mega city is the people you can meet there. The city includes Portuguese, African, Japanese immigrants, Italian, Lebanese, German, Spanish, French, British, Indian, North American, Chinese and more making it one of the most culturally diverse cities south of the Equator line. People from everywhere are very welcome

This cultural mix makes the gastronomy very special in São Paulo. If you think about Thai to Greek food, you will have it. The city is considered one of the major gastronomy zones in the world. It has more than one thousand restaurants with typical food from all Brazilian regions and practically from all over the world.

Sao Paulo is a city of big numbers with more than 18 million people, 5 million cars, 500 helicopters (it is the second biggest fleet of the world; 17 of 20 biggest banks of world are also there. Tourists will find more than 500 hotels, 280 cinemas, 88 museums, 200 night clubs, 75 libraries, 72 shopping Malls and much more to enjoy culture and leisure. Just about 70 km from the Capital it is possible to visit gorgeous beaches, such as Maresias and Ubatuba or cozy farms and country cities, as Campos do Jordão, considered the Brazilian Switzerland. Those looking to travel to Sao Paulo can come for the Brazilian Carnival celebrations, or just spend time relaxing at a spot on the nearly 400 miles of its beautiful beaches.

Oh Gosh! Come to visit, and be sure you will return sooner than you imagined!

Special tanks to for Cristiane Rocha from São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau (SPCVB) - www.visitesaopaulo.com

This article has been sponsored by AA Trade Company, Cleary (128,128,0) http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cleary/128/128/0

For more pictures and information see:
English blog: http://annaavalanche.blogspot.com/
Portuguese blog: http://dejavu-intl-portuguese.blogspot.com/
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/annaavalanche/

The Brazilian YaYa Quindins!

This was our latest article publish at déjà vu Magazine for the May Issue. Touch here to read my new June article strong


By Anna Avalanche, Gisa Miles and Luiz Speedwell

Photography by Luiz Speedwell

Quindins by Gisa Miles

Who likes a sweet dessert? Everyone does! Brazilian as everyone likes it too! But looking by a dessert genuinely national, we realize that most favorite sweet is the Brazilian foreign origin, because of the many culinary contributions that we received in our colonization. But exist a dessert typical from Brazilian Northeast Region made chiefly from sugar, egg yolks, and ground coconut that everybody loves, even the foreigner when visit Brazil.

Iaiá – translated as YaYa, by the way, is a diminutive of sinhá (madam), which is an alteration for Lady. This small sweet pie was even a famous song title. "Os Quindins de Iaiá," sang by > Carmem Miranda , the Brazilian bombshell. Who knows Brazilian music will recognize this title from the famous Ary Barroso song (Brazilian composer, pianist, Academy Award-nominated and the Brazil's most successful songwriter in the first half of the 20th century).

Quindim, a popular coconut treat is often served small and individual, although it can also be made into one large ring custard. Quindim is baked in a water bath, and the coconut rises to the top while it's baking. The cakes are then flipped out of the molds to reveal their sparkly golden cap of custard. The coconut becomes the sweet chewy crust.

• 8 tablespoons butter, plus 2 tablespoons melted butter for greasing the pans
• 1 1/3 cup sugar, plus more for dusting the pans
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 14 egg yolks plus 1 whole egg
• 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 2/3 cups fresh or frozen finely grated coconut, unsweetened

1. With a pastry brush, paint melted butter inside all of the molds of 2 mini-muffin pans.
2. Sprinkle sugar liberally over all of the molds, then turn the pans over and tap out the excess.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and heat a pot of water on the stove.
4. Cream the butter with the sugar and the salt until fluffy.
5. Make sure the egg yolks and egg are at room temperature (you can warm them very briefly in the microwave if necessary). Add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each. The batter should be smooth. Stir in the coconut flavoring and the vanilla.
6. Fold in the fresh coconut. (If coconut is not finely grated, process it in a food processor or blender first).
7. Place each cupcake pan inside of a large pan with sides, like a roasting pan. Fill each mini cupcake mold almost full with batter.
8. Pour the hot water into the larger pan to a depth of about 3/4 of an inch, so that the muffin pan is sitting in a water bath, being careful not to let water splash into the batter. It sometimes helps to put the pans in the oven first, and then pour the water into the bottom pan, so that the water doesn't slosh around as you are moving the pans to the oven.
9. Bake custards for about 15 minutes, or until they are firm to the touch and light golden brown.
10. Let cool for 15 minutes on a rack. To remove custards, run a knife around the edge to loosen them from the pan and then gently flip them or lift them out. If they will not come out easily, chill them first.
11. Serve chilled.
Note: This recipe can be made in one standard muffin tin, to make 12 standard muffin size flans. It can also be made in a medium size (6 to 7 cup) ring mold.

Oh Gosh! It was delicious!

Special thanks to Gisa Miles for making us delicious Quindins.

This article has been sponsored by AA Trade Company, Cleary (128,128,0) http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cleary/128/128/0

For more pictures and information see:

English blog: http://annaavalanche.blogspot.com/
Portuguese blog: http://dejavu-intl-portuguese.blogspot.com/
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/annaavalanche/

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Happy Easter!

Easter fills us with hope, joy and warmth. It is a time to get together with friends, family and loved ones and celebrate this joyful time. Reach out to all your loved ones and renew your ties.

Wish you all receive many blessings, peace, joy, and renewed energies. Wish this special day brings rebirth, love, hope and liberation! Thanks to my friends and readers for help making this special blog!

Anna Avalanche