“The Hero in Me” Spotify Playlist

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Want some music while you’re reading The Hero in Me? I curated a Spotify playlist inspired by my book The Hero in Me. The hour-long playlist features music by Depeche Mode, Otis Redding, The Stranglers and more. Get into the playlist below.

The Hero in Me

COVER-officialIn The Hero In Me, we dive into the mind of Schuyler, an overthinking young adult who is trying to piece his life together after the death of his mother. When he moves to Connecticut to grieve at his Aunt Lu’s, Schuyler finds comfort in an alcoholic bartender and a handsome heroin addict. Suddenly, Schuyler is faced with new highs and lows, and must decide between family, love and drugs.



Back at the Farmers’ Market

What’s my favorite part about Brazil? MMMmmmmmm FOOD!

Fresh sugar cane juice is the absolute best!
Fresh sugar cane juice is the absolute best!


My honey tasting some local honey.
My honey tasting some local honey.



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Weekend Street Fair in São Paulo’s Liberdade District

The district of Liberdade in São Paulo has the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. It is also home to many Chinese and Koreans, so walking through the district is a great cultural experience.

From block to block, you’ll find restaurants serving traditional Asian cuisine as well as unique shops that feel more like art galleries. However, what makes this area extra special is the weekend street fair, which is full of delicious and inexpensive street food, handmade crafts, and so much more.

It’s always nice to stop through Liberdade for lunch or to visit the oriental garden. Here’s a little taste!

All photos by Stephen J. Grant

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Brazilians May Love Coffee, But I Still Love Tea

Coffee drinkers don’t relax like this! Bistrô Ó-Chá in Vila Madalena. Photo by Stephen J. Grant.

I am not much of a coffee drinker, which comes as a surprise to my Brazilian friends. I prefer to relax into a cup of tea and São Paulo has many options for us tea drinkers. So far nothing compares to Bistrô Ó-Chá in Vila Madalena. Thanks to its comfortable decor and superb tea menu, this delightful bistro has become my go-to spot for a warm cup. They also have delicious desserts, snacks, and a store to buy loose tea to go. You certainly pay extra for the vibe, but it’s totally worth it. Here are a few photos from some of my recent visits.

All photos by Stephen J. Grant



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