Degrau Restaurante

Degrau Restaurante
Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 517B – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22440-032, Brazil


Behind an old familiar dark door
Childhood memories make my heart so warm
Narrow rows of plain tables
No shallow glamour, just simple bohemian charm

Pictures of landmarks filled with humor
Caricatures of old singers on the wall
History of the “Marvelous City” comes alive
Redeemer embracing the united spirit of us all
From the diverse long menu I find
Delicate, flaky, sweet sole seems ideal
Spinach cream is like seaweed involving the fish
Bringing the ocean to a bright and colorful meal

An impeccable Belle Meunière sauce
Shrimp, mushroom and capers topping the delight
Rice soaking up all the juices and spices
Like sand grains drinking the waves in the sunlight

Flavor of fresh salted water
Lingers all the way until my last bite
Saving the best forkful as grand finale
No more pieces left in sight

I smile and lean on my chair, satisfied and guilt-free
Not ready to break the magic with such ease
To wave at the friendly waiter behind me
With the harsh reality of a “Check, please…”


Contributed by: Ana Writer, I wrote my first poem in my native country Brazil, when I was 12. Despite my teachers telling me to write and never abandon this path, I went back and forth between teaching ESL, translating and other professional fields. However, writing was always a present companion, as English language a constant passion. Now as a Brazilian American citizen, I am ready to follow the advice of a great author and friend who told me at that same age 12: ‘You just need to live more, feel more, and tell the world your stories’. Thus, I have my blog, because I am a mom, a woman, a wife… an’a writer.You can find her on social media right here! WordPressFacebookInstagramLinkedIn

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  1. Ana Writer

    July 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you for posting! ?

  2. Ana Writer

    July 30, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks so much for posting! ?

    1. Donna Chlimon

      July 31, 2016 at 12:17 am

      Thank you for contributing!

  3. Jerry T. Johnson, Writer

    July 31, 2016 at 1:44 am

    I’m loving the poetry, the sole, the soul and the sauce!

  4. Beeray

    August 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Lovely how the food is explained in poetry. Simply brilliant

  5. Forrest Pasky

    August 4, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I liked this post even more after breakfast this morning than I did last night before dinner.

    1. Donna Chlimon

      August 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Haha, now that’s what I’m talking about!

  6. randyjw

    August 14, 2016 at 2:34 am

    This is a wonderful poem, and the food looks so delicious!

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