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Hocca Orlando

8001 S Orange Blossom Trail 
Suite 1500
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 988-1886
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The original location of Hocca Bar in Sao Paulo Brazil, established itself in the Municipal Market of Sao Paulo, a place that preserves a singular mixture of architecture, aromas, and flavors turning a simple meal into a historical visit.

Ahead of its time, the founders of Hocca Bar introduced a perfect combination of ingredients that turned their pastels, croquettes, and sandwiches into legends, evidenced in articles from newspapers of national and international prestige as well as tv shows.

The Hocca Bar first opened its doors in 1952, and serves up thousands of sandwiches, beers, and pastels de bacalhau (pastries packed with cod) and cuts of traditional Brazilian meats. The mixed crowd of kids, families, polo wearers, old gentlemen, and nuns stand or sit on stools, consuming their sandwiches.

Horácio Gabriel, born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, heads up the Orlando location, which is the first U.S location. He holds a university degree, and has several publications, including an edited recipe book. The chef studied with top quality professionals and teams, and he had the privilege of training with Hocca’s founders to bring the fame and taste of the original to Orlando.

The major claim to fame for Hocca is found in their slogan, "O famoso é aqui" Which means: THE FAMOUS IS HERE. "The famous" references The Mortadella Sandwich aptly named "Belíssima", stacked four inches thick with multiple layers of cheese, savory mortadella meat, dried tomato sauce preserved in olive oil and topped with oregano. This blend is then shoved into an Italian loaf and cut in half.

The Original is a great way to get into the sandwich culture at Hocca as you get four sampler sandwiches with fries. Sandwiches include the classic Mortadella, Pork Ham, American Ribs and a Dried Beef Sandwich.

Mr. Picanah features the classic grilled Brazilian fillet picanha in olive oil, garlic, grilled onions and peppers. This was served with a side of yucca fries and grilled vegetables and was amazing. The portion, as it states on the menu is big enough for 2 pessoas, or 2 people.

The Calabresa is on the Starters to Share section of the menu and is a huge iron skillet full of Grilled Italian Sausage topped with garlic, onions and vinaigrette served with warm bread.

The sandwich that started it all at Hocca bar in Brazil… The Mortadella Sandwich aptly named "Belíssima", stacked four inches thick with multiple layers of cheese, savory mortadella meat, dried tomato sauce preserved in olive oil and topped with oregano that is simply outstanding.

Pastel Dolce & Banana is four mini fried pastels stuffed with fresh bananas, topped with dulce de leche, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and served with vanilla ice cream and is a must have dessert at Hocca.

The Fogosa is a signature Caipirinha with mango, passion fruit, tabasco and pink pepper. Hocca has a variety of handcrafted cocktails, sangrias, beers and wine available on the menu.

Chef Horácio Gabriel and his team have done an excellent job of bringing the passion and fun of the Hocca brand to Orlando and to the United States. The sandwiches, the drinks, and atmosphere here is fun and inviting, and the food is outstsanding.

Hocca is open Monday to Wednesday and on Sunday from 12: 00 pm to 9:00 pm, Thursday they are open until 10:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday the hours are from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

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Father's Day Grilling Recipes with a Brazilian twist

Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, and the influence of fathers in society. It’s also a great day to cook out on the grill.

Whether you do all the grilling and give your dad some rest, or if your father just wont relinquish the grill, Ive got some great recipes to share with you.

If you have ever had the opportunity to eat at Texas De Brazil, the Brazilian churrascaria chain that that offers a selection of delicious mouthwatering meat until you scream ‘no mas', your going to love these recipes. Men love grilling meat, and TDB as I like to call it, is famous for its high-end meat lover's paradise. This Fathers Day, treat your dad to these recipes that are perfect for grilling this Sunday, or any day.

Texas de Brazil - Garlic Picanha


1 picanha (Top Sirloin), about 2 ½ lbs

½ cup of peeled garlic cloves

½ cup of vegetable oil

Salt to taste


-Start making the garlic sauce; in a blender, add the garlic and about half of the oil, cover the blender and turn it on, blend for about 5 seconds, remove the lid carefully, with the blender on slowly add the remaining vegetable oil. Blend until the oil emulsifies and the sauce has the consistency of a mayonnaise, about 20 seconds. Be careful to not over blend or the sauce will break, transfer the sauce to a small container and refrigerate. 

-Move the picanha to a cutting board, using a sharp knife, remove any excessive amount of fat, shaving fat little by little to have a uniform cap of about ¼” to ½”, turn the piece of meat and remove any silver skin and connective tissue from the bottom.

-Find the direction of the grain and start cutting 1 ¼” thick strips on the opposite direction of the grain, the first strips will be small, just tips.

-Once you the strips and few tips cut, cut the longer strips about 3” long.

-You will need 2 skewers; hold one piece of meat at a time and start skewering from the opposite side of the fat, when you are just about to cross the fat, bend the piece so the fat will be exposed.

-Season the meat with kosher salt, both sides, using a kitchen brush apply the garlic paste to the meat, you can use as much garlic as you want according to your preference.

-Place the skewers over the fire, let it grill without turning until the meat had seared and the fat has a nice golden color, about 5 minutes, turn the skewer and repeat.

-Transfer the skewers to a serving tray, or remove the meat from the skewers and place on a serving platter, let the meat rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 6 to 8

Texas de Brazil - Churrasco de Flank Steak (Flank Steak Brazilian Style)


1 large piece of flank steak without removing the fat

4 lb Brazilian Sal Grosso (rock salt)


-Prepare an open flame grill, charcoal or wood; a medium to high temperature is required and the flames must get very close to the meat

-Apply a generous amount of salt to the flank steak without rubbing it, the salt must be loose or the meat will be too salty

-Take the meat to the grill and cook for about 5 minutes each side for medium rare, turning only once

-Once ready, grab the flank steak with a large tongs and hit the meat with the side of a large knife to eliminate the extra salt

-Let the meat rest for a couple of minutes before slicing it

Bonus - Chimichurri Marinade and Sauce


1 cup of olive oil

¼ cup of lemon juice

½ cup of chopped parsley

¼ cup of cilantro

2 soup spoons of fresh chopped garlic

1 soup spoon of dry oregano

1 soup spoon of red crushed pepper

Salt to taste


-Using a large chef knife chop the parsley and cilantro, move to a bowl and add all other ingredients.

It can be used as a marinade for beef and chicken or as a sauce for the meat after grilled. The chimichurri can be refrigerated for about 2 weeks.
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Tastes Of Orlando

1430 North Mills Ave. 
Orlando FL 32803

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With close to 400 locations in Brazil and more than 30 years in business, Giraffas has brought their multicultural cuisine to Orlando. The Giraffas brand has two locations in Orlando with the first location opening on International Drive and the second one, that I visited, in Mills Park on North Mills Avenue. The cuisine is one that combines a touch of American favorites with a dash of some popular Brazilian items.

Giraffas goal is to combine value, service, and quality in a fast casual atmosphere. The menu is pretty simple and not overly complicated. Once you order your food at the counter you are given a number and can seat yourself. A staff member will then bring your food out to you. The menu consists of burgers and an offering of grilled meats. The burger selections are a cheeseburger for $5.90, a double cheeseburger for $7.90 and a grilled chicken breast sandwich for $5.90. For no additional charge guests can accompany any burger with a choice of Hampton Creek Just Mayo’s Mayo, Garlic or Sriracha. For another $1.00 per topping,  you can "Boost your Burger" with bacon, ham, fried egg or extra cheese.

For an additional treat you can order the Brutus Burger for $7.90 This is Giraffas legendary Picanha burger made famous by its delicious combination
of toppings - a fried egg, ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayo.

The burgers don't come with any sides, so you have to pay an extra $2.50 for your choice of traditional fries, seasoned fries with rosemary garlic & parsley or a small mixed greens salad with red onion and cherry tomatoes tossed in balsamic dressing.

For the grilled portion of the menu guests can choose from Picanha for $13.90
Contra filet (New York strip), baby back ribs or shrimp for $ 12.90 or a chicken breast filet for $9.90 and a salmon filet at $13.90. All grilled items come with a choice of three sides included in the price. Side selections include white or brown rice, black beans simmered in sauteed garlic & bacon, traditional or seasoned fries, mashed potatoes, small mixed greens salad,  grilled veggies or Quinoa. All grill selections also include a sauce to accompany your meat. Sauces available are Brazilian vinaigrette, Chimichurri, Bahia butter, garlic butter and Brazilian BBQ.

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Both of my dining companions ordered Cheeseburgers with seasoned fries and Just Mayo. The fries were delicious and cooked wonderfully and the burger was cooked to a nice medium temperature.

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I went with the Contra Filet, black beans, rice and a side of salpicao (Brazilian chicken salad) with a side of Chimichurri. My steak was cooked well and had a great flavor, but had a tad too much fat on it. The sides were good.
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No visit to Giraffas is complete without an order of Pao de Queijo which is the authentic Brazilian warm cheese bread. These are two for $1.00, and are very addictive.
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For desert we ordered the Chocolate Petit Gateu that is served with ice cream and drizzled with your choice of Ghirardelli caramel, chocolate or raspberry sauces. We did one with caramel and one with raspberry. Both were delicious.

Here is my dilemma...I really liked Giraffas and enjoyed all of the food, but for some reason, it was not a very memorable dining experience. When I think of Picanha, I think of Texas de Brazil or Fogo de Chao. I appreciate the offerings on the grilled menu, but perhaps I'm too Americanized to not think of all you can eat Brazilian meat buffets when ever I think about Brazilian food. 

The food is good here, and I think its a worthwhile place for you to visit, I just cant say that its a place that would cross my mind when Im out and about and thinking of my dining options.

And no...They do not serve Giraffe Meat.

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