The most memorable dining experience I ever had happened in Rio when I was eighteen years old. I was dating a French gentleman who owned a penthouse in Ipanema. During the high summer season he always had lots of friends from France coming to visit. One of them was a sweet old lady who owned a very well known gay piano bar in Paris. She was eccentric and a lot of fun; she would go out with us to clubs and every night she would have a different hair color and when we would go to restaurants in Rio, she always had her small silver antique mustard container--she had to have her own French mustard with any meal, it didn't matter where she was. My friend decided to have a birthday celebration for her in the open terrace area of the penthouse with a view of the beach. I don't remember the menu exactly, but I know it was the first night I had Foie Gras (Eiffel Tower shaped) and I remember the main points of the night.
|"Gazelle France in Ipanema"|
Paulo Gazelle is the founder of Gazelland Magazine, a self-proclaimed artist, has been the muse for numerous painters and sculptors alike and has been called a "Fashion God" by Michael Musto of The Village Voice. Gazelle's Facebook bio simply reads: "I am Paulo Gazelle and my job in this world is to encourage and inspire fantasies... and I am beautiful!"