One day and a half in Salvador


“OUTSIDE of Carnaval week each February, when the emphasis is decidedly on the present, the coastal city of Salvador seems almost obsessed with its African past. Nowhere in Brazil is the deep influence of three and a half centuries of slavery so obvious, from the color of people’s skin to the color of the food (often orange, from the ubiquitous use of dendê, or red palm oil); from the deep influence of the African-derived religious traditions of candomblé to the musical beats of axé and samba. In the Rio Vermelho neighborhood, home to the hottest night life in this city on the Bay of All Saints, even the cool kids often shun the chicest bars and restaurants to hang out in the public plazas, drinking beer and eating the traditional, African-inspired black-eyed pea fritters called acarajé.”

The rest can be found here on NYT. (The rest of the article is an itinerary, includes slide-show)