Brazil did not disappoint my expectations. My mother and I wasted no time after we arrived and chose a churrascaria to commemorate our very first night in the country. As per recommendation of our hotel, we decided on a place called Marius’s, supposedly known for its specialty in seafood. My mother and I opted to walk to the restaurant via the Copacobana beach. While we strolled along, I pointed out a gaudy yet mysteriously inviting restaurant front that resembled something close to what Posiden’s playroom and treasure chest must look like. Imagine our surprise to find out that this was in fact our destination for the evening! My eyes just about popped out of my head when I stepped into the parlor and was immediately greeted by what looked to be a never ending bar of seafood delights spanning one length of the restaurant. This salad bar was one distraction i knew I wouldn’t be able to avoid. The table was filled with such delicacies as raw oysters, caviar, smoked fish, octopus salad, sushi, sashimi, tar tar; the list goes on! I settled into my seat and enjoyed a lengthy meal with my mother, catching up and planning for the week ahead while enjoying table side service. I devoured grilled fish, bubbling cheese-covered baked clams, crunchy head-on prawns and more than one grilled lobster tail. The accompanying meat dishes were just as satisfying. Salt-crusted steak served tender and medium rare never fails to pair nicely with a rich and buttery lobster tail.