People tend to eat rice, beans, fish, or meat and a selection of vegetables and salads. Lunch is followed by a straightforward dessert like pudim (like a flan) as well as almost always by one shot of espresso with a lot of sugar. Plus, it is common to have a specific shot of caipirinha before beginning lunch, just to increase their appetite.
Business lunches are considered a significant part of building client relationships. These ones are often far longer than one hour without any time pressure as well as with the intent of creating one friendly and relaxed environment. Commonly, an important meeting takes place at 10:30 a.m. or so., followed by one business lunch. A popular place to have one business lunch is at one churrascaria (i.e., Brazilian steakhouse with all-you-can-eat things) where the waiters serve a couple of cuts of meat on skewers other than the diverse and extensive salad bar. At lunch, people òten chat informally about life, football, travel, and culture; business comes later.
Some eating etiquettes are present in Brazil. At the dinner or lunch table, it is polite to wait until others have been served before beginning to eat. Food like bread should be eaten with one napkin — Brazilians do not usually touch food with their hands. Also, when a fork and knife cannot do the job, they use a napkin instead. Smoking at the table while enjoying food is one big no-no.
Brazilians often snack later in the day at around 3 p.m. as well as again at 6 p.m. on their way home from work. Some of the typical snacks are packets of milk biscuits and cereal bars. Other popular snacks should be salgadinhos that are savory pastries as well as pieces of bread like cheese slices of bread.