Actor (“Central do Brasil”, dir Walter Salles) Most memorable meal in Rio de Janeiro… Grilled lobster with salad. Not forgetting roasted whole chicken with salad, enjoyed in the company of families and friends. The best drink is cachaça [sugar cane spirit]. Best Rio ritual is… Look at the beach and then turn around and gaze at the mountains. Best music in Rio can be heard at… Mangueira and Portela [samba schools] and the Municipal Theatre. Best quiet place in Rio to read the papers or a book. A deserted beach, such as Grumari.