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Will you be watching Sunday’s World Cup matchup between the USA and Portugal? Eat and drink like they do in Brazil. (Source: CNN) Will you be watching Sunday’s World Cup matchup between the USA and Portugal? Eat and drink like they do in Brazil. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) – Outside of Brazil, it's tough to recreate that festive spirit of Rio during the World Cup.

The festive flavors, however, is not much of a stretch.

"A lot of spice, a lot of rich complex flavors, a lot of that comes from the West African influence in Brazil and the heritage that's grown there throughout the years," said Washington, DC'S Ceiba Executive Chef Matthew Britt.

Britt drew inspiration from two places for a World Cup menu. The first was from Brazil's traditional cuisine.

"I'm going to season the pork belly very aggressively with salt and pepper on both sides," Britt said. "We're going to cook this on a plancha, which is a large flattop, give it a nice even sear, used a lot in Latin America."

The second inspiration is in the spirit of a sporting event that spills out of the stadiums, the country's street vendors.

"Everyone realizes if they do go to Brazil or if they're gone to a foreign country, that's the place to really get the most authentic food, is from the street vendors," Britt said.

One result, a breakdown of the classic Portuguese stew considered Brazil's national dish – feiojada, with beans, beef and pork.

"Chilis, onions, and garlic – miso is not something traditionally used when making this dish in the Serra Pelada, Brazil, but it gives it a nice like unctuousness and umami flavor," Britt said. "We'll take my crispy pork belly and drop it into my sauce."

Since each game ends in a celebration for at least half of the fans, Britt prepares summertime comfort brews.

"We have Palma Louca and Xingu," Britt said. "Xingu is a really dark kind of stout lager; Palma Louca is a nice, light and refreshing for the warm days down in Brazil."

Or toast a goal with Brazil's national cocktail, the caipirinha, made with sugar, lime and cachaça, a hard liquor that comes from sugar cane.

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