Brazil · Culinary · Cultural shock · Food · Habits

Strange Brazilian custom: going under the table

Hey guys,

I have talked about how my husband finds it a little annoying that I offer him everything I am eating, and sometimes “force feed” him stuff he doesn’t even wanted to eat. Well, that’s how I was brought up and I don’t think it is a bad thing.

Last week at work, we had our last newspaper publication of the semester. And because some of the people that works with me are graduating and won’t work there anymore, I decided to perpetuate this habit of mine. I cook one of my mom’s recipes and brought to my co-workers, who loved the food.

Because they all said they liked it, I decided to tell them that in Brazil, people have this “tradition” of walking under a kitchen table if the food is good and that sounded very confusing. So, today I am going to tell you where this whole idea came from and explain how it became a “thing” in Brazil.


 The woman in the picture above is Ana Maria Braga, a Brazilian TV host of a culinary program that is very famous in my country.

I remember her hosting this program since I was really young, and she’s still doing it live every weekday morning.

As you can see in the picture, she is going under the table while holding some food she is eating. Going under the table in this sense means that she really liked the food. Because she is so famous and have done that for so many years, the action became deeply rooted in our culture.


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